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The world according to Tony Sparano

Tony Sparano spent some time today talking with enigmatic outside linebacker Matt Roth. The coach said he wasn't cutting Roth on the spot, or trading him on the spot, or begging him to come back to practice.

"I like to get a feel for how he's feeling after these conditioners we have and that stuff," Sparano said. "It's just getting feedback. I'm constantly trying to get feedback of where he is and how he feels."

Sparano was asked if the Dolphins are closing in on the moment when they have to make a decision on Roth's roster status -- either trading him, or cutting him, or placing him on either the injured reserve or physically unable to perform list, or just getting him on the field and working.

"We'll see," Sparano said.

That answer should raise red flags. The last time Sparano said, "We'll see," the Dolphins cut Eric Green. The time before that when he said, "We'll see," the team signed Connor Barth to compete with Dan Carpenter.

We'll see translates to something is about to happen.

So what is about to happen?

The Dolphins will not be cutting Roth. No team simply releases a player that has worth and is that young unless the player has other "issues."

Moving him off the roster? It is still early to make a decision that would sideline Roth for a significant time, as Miami is not hurting for a roster spot. So putting him on injured reserve, which sidelines Roth for the season, or placing him on PUP, which sidelines him until after the sixth week of the season at the earliest, is probably not something the team must do now.

A trade? That is possible.

The Dolphins can envision a time that Matt Roth is not in their plans. That time is right now, in fact.

"The truth is, and I don't mean this in a bad way because I care about all my players, but you have to worry about the guys that are out there," Sparano said. "You have to go thinking what if [the situation] doesn't get ... I don't know. We'll see where this thing is. I have to worry about at this time, Jason Taylor, Quentin Moses, and the guys that are out there playing."

Sounds like Roth is gone. But it's hard to believe another NFL team will be giving up what Roth is worth at a time he's injured or hurt or whatever he is. It is also hard to believe the Dolphins would jettison Roth in a bargain sale.  So the timing for a trade -- right now, at least -- simply doesn't feel right.

That leaves the possibility of Roth returning to practice in the near future. It would not be surprising to see Roth back on the field in the next week or so. If he fails to make it back by Sept. 5 when the team must finalize its 53-man roster, then all the other options, except for cutting him outright, open up.

But right now? We'll see.

As for the rest of the stuff surrounding the Dolphins, Sparano called it "business as usual."

On cutting Ernest Wilford: "I mentioned this a hundred times if I mentioned it once. When you play this many games in this few a days, you have to eventually get your team ready that you think will be your team."

On trading Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe to Kansas City: "You're not trading away guys not feeling comfortable with some of the pieces you have here," Sparano said. "Now there are still some things that have to unfold over the next 10 days in that group. But I'm starting to feel more comfortable with that group and where we are and what I think the final vision might be."

On Greg Camarillo playing only 13 plays vs. Carolina while Patrick Turner got 20 meaning something: "We're planning on trying to get him involved a little more this week ... We have five guys, six guys, seven guys that we've been rolling through there. We're trying to get reps for [Anthony] Armstrong. We're trying to get [James] Robinson in the game. It's not an indictment on anybody right now. the the nice thing is some of these people we do have history with, we do know what they can do. So whether [Camarillo] gets 10 plays or 15 plays, it's not relevant to me. It really isn't. I see him out here getting a ton of plays in practice. He's coming along nicely."

On how Vontae Davis played vs. Carolina: "I was pleased with what Vontae did in the game. I liked his look, I said that after the game. Sometimes you can see a player in pregame and see his focus and I thought the kid was pretty focused. He went over and played on the other side which was a good benefit for us. I thought he was active in the game. He had several situations where he made one-on-one tackles and he closed the deal on most of those. And I thought when you watch the film in some of our man stuff, he was in good position most of the time. Now he did make a couple of mistakes in the course of the game that go unseen to the naked eye that we have to make sure we clean up."

On Miami's atrocious special teams play that included allowing a 58-yard punt return and suffering a 15-yard penalty on a kickoff: "We seen some guys get bumped out of their lanes a few times so lane discipline hurt us. [We had] guys not finishing, meaning they're getting to the play but they're not finishing, not tackling, not breaking down properly, a lot of fundamental stuff. It certainly wasn't scheme stuff."

The Dolphins worked on correcting their special teams problems in practice today.


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Week 17 sounds like a winner. I hope she doesn't cut you off when we pound the Steelers!

lol odinseye. when we win bragging rights for the year will be worth one night of cutoffs. i know alot of steelers fans and that's all i ever hear about.

sammo did u say cutoffs?

Sometimes you have to take one for the team brother. LOL!

Miss Bobbit

Put the knife down and step away from Mr. Sammo!!!!

i had a feeling someone would comment on the cutoffs. good one tho. my friends i must take my leave i have a big day 2morrow. be safe and oh yeah GO DOLPHINS!


Miss Bobbit....now that were alone....

Hey Roth swap out your tampon and ask JT nicely for your toys back. Get out of town biatch.

Hey Red Dread.....I am Punctuation.....nice to meet you!!! What's wrong with the education system in this country....people are idiots!!!!

Fin Fan 13 is none other then the cross dressing hermaphrodite M@@c, Nj, was at work from 9pm to 5am protecting the mall(lol).Sounded like our Norse warrior handled the wanker know as fin fan 13 well....

never a dull post with you knuckleheads

That last post was meant with love

Of course..

NJ the menace says you are M@@c. Why does he call you this?

Please delete the posts of people have no comment about the Roth situation but are more interested in showing us all how insecure they are through their rambling posts and insults to others?

I was actually born in Newfoundland. Lots of big drinkers. Lots of pretty girls. Not so many Dolphins Fans.

As for Roth...he has the misfortune of playing in a positon where the Dolphins are fairly stacked.

Joey's performance last season speaks for itself:

JT may not be the player he once was, but still is more than capable of starting and performing well in the NFL.

...and even if he's not.

Cameron Wake is starting to show flashed of what made him a total monster in the CFL.

And I'm starting to like what I see out of Quentin Moses.

If Roth were playing a position where the Dolphins were thin -- they would have to be patient. OLB is a luxury position for them. No matter how legit his injury is -- that's the bad fortune.

Jaskin, in no way or form is NJ Phin fan the hermoridite M@@C, never implied that, i said phin fan 13 is the hermy that we all call M@@C..NJ is much informed where football is concerned, where M@@c is more interested in what color the phins uniforms should be.. I hope the post was helpful, but now i must go cause i hear theres a fracas next to the shoe depot that i must Quell with my mall cop (LOL)heavy handedness..

Ok kids after weeks(nah months) of reading posts here's the menaces take on the posters and what jobs they hold during the day time
#1 carlito---U.N ambassador to the U.N #2Odenseye--- Lead guitarist for Deep Purple
#3Fin Fan 13---Cross dresser appearing aS Cher at Trump towers New jersey #4Nathanal Doddsworth--former prime minister of Canada mr Trudeau(P.s you wife was hot as the devil back in the 80s nat. #5Gary Stevens---Well i believe this man is ex coach gary stevens #6 Justin credible aka Afc champs---this man is actually Malcolm X re incarnated #7 Myself(Cuban menace)--I Am paul Blart ..MALL COP- #8 nj phin fan ---is actually from Australia hes better known as "THE PLUMBER FROM DOWN UNDER" #9 Souljabeats-- One time mixer for bandsz in the late 80s early 90s , was instrumental in M.C. hammers raise to success(also instrumental in his down fall in the late 90s #10 Jaskins-- This poor guy is stuck in Ohio... I feel bad for my friend here.. #11 Sammo-- Is actually Bill Gates (founder of ... Well we know who bill gates is, Right guys?? So there you have it the people, there jobs if iam missing any one please post who Iam missing..

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