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Thursday: Introducing the Miami Grumpies

The Dolphins need a win very badly because they seem quite grumpy now.

On Thursday, most players avoided being in the locker room during the media session. The group of media covering the team actually outnumbered the number of players in the locker room.

Some players coming into the locker room as usual but refused to speak to some of the media -- Joey Porter chief among them.

Porter ignored a group of 15 reporters that gathered around his locker stall as he dressed. Once he was dressed, he walked away, saying he had only 30 minutes to go eat and wasn't going to talk. He came back about 15 minutes later and was approached by a reporter again. That reporter, the Herald's Jeff Darlington, requested time with Porter twice in 30 minutes before finally getting Porter to answer one question.

Darlington asked Porter if something within his game needs to change after he's failed to get a full sack since September.

"Nothing needs to be changed," Porter said. "I’ve got a job to do. I’m not thinking about anything but trying to figure out what we need to do to win. We’re 3-5 at the halfway point. We’re not where we thought we’d be. We’re just trying to figure out how to win a game no matter how I’m playing."

Coach Tony Sparano also was in a foul mood during the eight minutes he spoke to the press.

A sampling:

Reporter: Can you update us on the injury situation?

Sparano: "Nothing really different from yesterday. Same guys practiced. Same guys didn't."

Actually Lydon Murtha, limited Wednesday, returned to practice Thursday.

Reporter: Why wasn't Justin Smiley at practice?

Sparano: "I sent him to the doctor," Sparano said.

 Reporter: Was it for an examination of the shoulder?

Sparano: "I sent him to the doctor."

The Smiley situation is a concern, but I doubt it's the reason everyone was so irritated today. Smiley was lost for the season last year and it didn't feel like this.

Today was the most uncomfortable Sparano press conference in the two seasons he's been the head coach -- and that includes immediately after losses, including tough ones in Arizona and Houston and against Baltimore.

Some of the players that agreed to speak with the media today also shadowed the coach's mood. Jason Taylor, who always talks on Thursday and is perhaps the most media savvy player on the team, also seemed curt at times during his four minutes in front of the microphones.

He was asked about what strategy the Patriots used to keep Miami pass-rushers at bay.

"We're done with New England," Taylor said.

Taylor was clearly eager to to be done with the interview.

This whole deal smells of something to me. It is unheard of when an entire team, from the top all the way to the players, seems upset about something. Either they had a terrible practice and Sparano tore into them, or they got some sort of bad news that has yet to be unearthed.

Or maybe the team that finds itself 3-5 and in third place in an AFC East they won last season just needs to win. Badly.

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defence needs to pace its self olddd big games orl colts offence couldnt sustain drives D gets tired on field to much it all comes down to dropped passes not able to convert

Armando, when I was a small boy and I was feeling low I would tell my mother, "I'm miserable."

She would always sympathetically say, "Awwwww."

Now as a 42-year old, when I tell my wife I'm miserable, she also says, "Awww."

I think the Dolphins need a collective "Awwwww" from all of us. It works wonders.

I am going with Parcells let the team know he is retiring this year and is leaving us high and dry like Saban! That was the last time the players acted like this. I hope it is not true, but is our luck... Anyway, I know I am wrong, I am just frustrated also.

And what did Marino win? A hell of a lot of games, and he did more with less around him than anyone in the history of the game! I really do not know why anti-Marino fans bag on him about no SB's, IT IS A TEAM GAME!!!! And he hardley ever had a playoff team around him, but his talent made them that much better. So sick of the stupid SB comments!

The team is much better than their record indicates. One or two plays in each lost game could easily have put those games in the win column. The players should forget about the previous losses and concentrate instead on the second half of the season. There is still a lot of football left to be played.

C'MON people. Let us all NOT forget that we are STILL a team in the REBUILDING process. I loved the success this team had last year just as much as anyone else but it is important to remember the season before that we were 1-15 and it was looking DREADFUL. As long as these guys and this team are headed in the right direction and making improvements week to week there is no casue to contiually bash any of them. Enjoy the games, enjoy watching the team grow up in fornt of you and enjoy the fact that we have the tpeople and tools to become a QUALITY team for years to come.

sounds like a bunch sore Losers! They forget us fans are the ones paying their pay checks. They should lighten up

Bond - very well put. You are correct - the Fins are a few good players away from being a great team but they chose to go with what they have - this clearly is not enough - unless they have someone they have not played yet who could be a contributor. The dropped passes and gaping holes in the secondary were the primary reasons for every loss - EVERY LOSS! They get a team in the "rope a dope" mode then in the 4th quarter let them off the ropes by poor play from key positions. It's disheartening because this team is the same team - having a nice lead, only to let it slip away. They lack the knock out punch. I wonder how things would be if CP hadn't been side lined with the injury? Seemed like a different team last year with him playing with virtually the same receiving corps. Now my sentiment is the same as it is every year "maybe next year." Dan, we miss you.

There was a meeting!

Sparano told his players

" be careful what you say , it can and WILL be used against you . These guys aren't looking for information , they're looking for ammunition!"

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