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Update following morning Sparano presser

Tony Sparano just held court with the reporters. I love this guy!

He will not always tell you everything he's thinking. He will never criticize players. But if he doesn't believe he's giving up information that will affect Miami's competitive advantage, he'll become somewhat entertaining.

Sparano is something of a stat freak in that he knows every player's practice repetitions, every player's weight, every player's number of plays from last year. Example:

Rookie Andrew Gardner, who has amazing potential once he gets stronger, leads the team with 103 repetitions. Jason Ferguson, a 34-year-old veteran that Miami must keep healthy, has 53 repetitions.

The groin injury to Matt Roth, which Sparano said "isn't significant," has thrust Jason Taylor to the starting job at strongside outside linebacker. And he has 72 practice repetitions the first three days of training camp.

Sparano says in the coming days and particularly after Saturday's "standup" scrimmage, he will adjust players' repetitions. The players battling for roster spots or starting job that do well in the coming days will get more repetitions next week. Those that don't perform as well will get fewer repetitions.

That's how players separate one from another in the coach's eyes.

Sparano confirmed my report from Tuesday that receiver Brennan Marion suffered a season-ending knee injury. He added that Marion has been waived injured. I asked him what the team is likely to do with the open roster spot created by Marion's departure and he said no receiver is likely to be added right away.

That could mean a couple of things: The players that came in for workouts Tuesday didn't impress and more are on the way. Or the Dolphins might want to add a player at another position to increase the competition at that spot.

As far as Rothgate is concerned, the mystery has become somewhat boring to me. Sparano, still masking the fact he was peeved at Roth for not being totally forthcoming about his injury-illness, is now hinting the player was ill at least early on. Now, obviously, the issue is the groin and that is apparently going to be attended to with rehab and treatment as it has been the past couple of days. 

Finally, mentioned Brandon London during the press conference and said he's "starting to feel him a little bit more," which is coachspeak for London has been making a few plays of late. He added that both rookie draftee receivers -- Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline -- have both "flashed" but they are still trying to get from under a mountain of information.

When the information decreases sometime next week, Sparano expects the youngsters to think less and play faster. We'll see.

Hey, the classic training camp moment is a big hit! As a result, I will attempt to share a classic training camp moment after the evening practices. So check back tonight and you'll get the afternoon practice update, PLUS a classic training camp moment update, PLUS an IPhone app update. 


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I'm anxious about how the middle of both our lines are looking, and would appreciate an update on that front. How's Grove adjusting to the offense? Does Murphy provide a decent answer at RG? And finally, how about the backup nose tackle? Is Soliai going to be able to produce for us this year when he spells Ferguson? Do the coaches believe he can step up full-time should Ferguson gets injured?

How about making the iPhone app free? Yeah, that's the ticket.

How about an app for my blackberry storm? Also any info on Tony Mcdaniel how does he look?

How bout a free large pizza? No, make that two.

I don't know what a blackberry is, but I do have a few dingleberries that are quite interesting.

Hey coach Ryan:

A Blackberry is what I refer to as my dingleberries.

dingleberies are great on a salad!

seriously, I'd like to get some real intel on what our base offense package will look like this year.
If Ronnie and Ricky do what we pay them to do, we could score 20-24 pts per game which is plenty of points with our D coming into championship caliber.
I'd hate to endure another season that has our D ranked in the top 5 but our O somewhere around 20. That will not get us to the promised land.

Any insight on whether Ronnie Brown will FINALLY get the majority of carries?? I love this guy, but he hasn't got enough touches in my book...

How's Langford (DE) doing?

Can you define "repititions" for me, Armando?

Does he just mean "reptitions" in game situations? Or does 7-on-7 count? Blocking drills? Sprints. ...yada yada...what exactly constitutes a repitition?

Water break for Jason Taylor! *Tony Sparano scribbles notes in his journal about Jason Taylor*

Repetitions are the turns an individual player takes during practice, regardless of the period in practice.

So if a player lines up in 7 on 7 and goes out for a pass, that's a rep. If a guy takes a snap in 11 on 11 (the team period) that's a rep.

Can you please give us some more tweets Mando? Omar is beating you in posts by like 10-1.... Are you watching or what?

Dolphins Classic Training Camp Moment: 1986 Joint training camp scrimages with Atlanta Falcons. Falcons first round draft choice, Tony Casillas, gets schooled again and again by Dwight Stephenson.

Mando, since you answered a question about repetitions can you answer my twitter question from the previous blog? A lot of us haven't signed up yet and are just waiting for someone to sell us on the idea. No one answered me so for right now I'm taking that silence as a hint that signing up isn't worth it. What's the deal with it? Am I going to be at work getting messages that some no name receiver who's going to be cut anyway just dropped a pass on the sideline and will each of those messages cost money or is there a one time fee. Forgive my ignorance on this matter but the whole twitter thing seems sensless. Can someone who signed up take two seconds to explain the benefits please?

Here's the deal on twitter: If you want IMPORTANT or INTERESTING tidbits texted to your phone in real-time, meaning as they happen, then you should sign up for twitter. You must know I am not obssessive about anything. I will give you what I deem is truly important and update you when this blog updates.

I WILL NOT post that I have a hangnail on my left index finger. I will not post that Will Billingsley just scratched his neck. Therefore I don't care how many times other writers are tweeting compared to me.

One last thing: If you DON't want to follow me on twitter, you can still see my twitter updates on this blog. Look around, the last three on the left hand column of the page.

By the way, the afternoon practice report, including a classic camp moment from 1992 is on the way. I'll tweet you when it's ready. Or just refresh.

Okay forget my last post because I just found out that the Dolphins (and the Pats,Saints,Colts and many other teams) are no longer allowing reporters or players to tweet during practices. They're telling everyone to turn their electronic devices off around twenty minutes in which is probably why you're not getting tweets from Mando. But if Omar IS tweeting that much and he gets caught I wouldn't imagine they're going to be too happy and will probably put restrictions on him in the future. So now what Mando? If you can't tweet during practices will your followers now get updates on your morning coffee and shopping excursions? I'm totally joking and not trying to be mean at all. To me this whole twitter thing seems just as ridiculous as the pet rock was in the seventies.

Guys,Get a life.....................

if mando's busy, he wont tweet...

You guys are sad.......

I think we need to give Jay Fielder a call.

cuban, are you talking questions tonight ?

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