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Ricky Williams cross free agency bridge, then burns it

Ricky Williams is a lot of things. He's a solid, old running back. He's not very well rooted. He's an articulate man. He's a classic me-guy. And he's a hypocrite.

He's also pretty much done with the Miami Dolphins and I believe the feeling is mutual. And so with his Miami career pretty much over, a bridge Williams knew he would cross eventually, the running back went about burning that bridge on Monday Joey Porter style.

In his weekly radio radio show on WQAM, Ricky criticized coach Tony Sparano, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and took a subtle swipe at QB Chad Henne. He said, among other things, he is a closet New York Jets fan.

The comments you'll hear that seem most damning is that Ricky criticized coach Tony Sparano, saying among other things that the coach had lost his locker room toward the end of the season and the attention span of the players throughout the year.

“Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things it takes to win football games,” Ricky said. “Not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring touchdowns in the red zone. He spends a lot of time saying, ‘If you do these things, you win.’ And sometimes I feel personally that he does a little bit too much. My personal opinion is if you have the right attitude that you guys are going to win, then all that other stuff takes care of itself."


Interesting that Ricky didn't mention that during the season at any point. He refused to speak with the local media unless they paid him, which local radio station WQAM did in giving him a show. And even during those paid weekly appearances, Ricky never before complained about the coach asking the team to convert on third downs and score TDs in the red zone.

It wasn't until Ricky was clear of the season and felt he had cover that he made his point about Sparano's approach. Interesting. Maybe it might have been more productive had he brought the issue up with one of the captains to take to the coach. Maybe, as the longest tenured Dolphin, he might have brought the issue up to Sparano himself in private.


“Coach [Nick] Saban had a saying, ‘We’re worried about mouse manure, when we have elephant [crap] all over the place,’” Williams added. “I want to really start focusing on what I want to accomplish and what it is I want to achieve, but not micromanaging this or that and focusing on the little things. It’s keeping my eye on the prize and putting myself in a supporting environment and going to work every day with a smile on my face.”

That quote in a nutshell is Ricky: I, I, I, my, myself, my.

I guess it could have been more accurate if Ricky had included a couple of "me" references.

Ricky is very self-aware. And that self awareness guided him to reach this conclusion last week as Miami was preparing for the season finale:

“I had," Williams said, "a little bit of a sense during the week of practice that we weren’t maybe as focused or preparing as well as we needed to.”

Did he tell anyone? Nope.

He surely didn't tell anyone that could have changed the course of the preparation, that's for sure.

Ricky, by the way, is not a big fan of some of his teammates that he shares a huddle with, we now discover. Marshall, Miami's leading receiver and perhaps the most vocal and open critic of what was happening during the season, is Ricky's prime target.

“Being around Brandon a lot – I like the guy, I think the world of him – but as a teammate, sometimes he makes it difficult to like him and support him,” Ricky said. “It’s not necessarily what he says, it’s when he says it and the way he says it. But for the most part the things that he says are things that everyone else wants to say, but no one has the courage, or the balls. And some of it is intelligence – they’re smart enough not to say those things, because they don’t want to burn bridges. But when you have $50 million, then you can get away with whatever you want.”

Let me get this straight, so Marshall is speaking truth. And Marshall is saying these things while there is still time to correct course. But that makes him difficult to support?

And the guys not saying anything are doing so because they're more intelligent than Marshall?

Oh, and by the way, having courage is a bad thing?

Ricky said the biggest difference between the Patriots and the Dolphins is, "they have a quarterback," and with that he threw Henne under the bus. Nothing wrong with that, but throughout the season on the very same show, Ricky often talked about how much he supported Henne and how much he was progressing.


Now the season is over and so it's OK to do an about-face and pile on the guy when he's down and everyone knows he's going to be replaced?

The best part of the interview to me was when Williams spoke in glowing terms about Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas and the New York Jets.

Taylor and Thomas both hated Ricky when he quit on the team in 2004, weeks before the season was to begin. Ricky, you'll recall, said he wanted a break from football to go discover himself. Then he changed that story when it was learned he had failed his, like, fourth drug test and was en route to a suspension anyway.

Taylor's disgust with Ricky was most obvious when he showed up at the annual team Halloween party in a Ricky costume, complete with dreadlocks. Well, this year, Ricky showed up to the Halloween party in a JT costume, including a giant JT shaven head.

Taylor had little taste for Ricky and Ricky knew it. And Ricky took his revenge in his typical passive aggressive style.

But now Ricky is a huge JT fan: "... When I got here, playing with guys like Jason and Zach, it was awesome. Just their professionalism, and the way they played the game, it was incredible.”

Ricky also thinks LaDainian Tomlinson is incredible. In fact he thinks what LT and the Jets are doing if pretty cool.

“I like watching the Jets play,” he said. “Because of LT. I’m an LT fan. And I like the fact that the Jets run the ball.”

Dolphins fans might have liked Ricky to run the ball against the Jets. He 62 yards on 17 carries in two games against New York this season -- a 3.6 yard per carry average.

Ricky is a free agent in 2011. I think he realizes that. Otherwise you would not have heard him say any of this stuff.


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I used to really like John Clayton but I've found his credibility has dropped a bit the last few years, largely because of what you said.....he's wrong as often as he's right. Still like listening to him sometimes and trying to sort through fact from fiction.




The point of the blog was not that he shouldn't say anything or that he was wrong for saying it, but that instead of doing this now he should have done it sooner when it mattered. He should have said what he said now directly to Sparano, Marshall, Henne, etc. Or to team capatains that could do things like the Heat did and air it out and get on the same page.

Just go away Ricky. You are a pot head and a flake. The Dolphins kept you around because you could run the ball a little bit but now you are washed up so just go away. Go play for the Jets if you love them so much. You have the perfect agent for your attitude, Rosenhaus. You and TO and Ocho Cinco can go to some team as a packaged deal. Three losers that have never won anything and an agent that is all mouth and never says anything important. Good riddance Mr. Williams now you can smoke all you want because your career is OVER.

It's so easy to be the flavor of the day as a college coach. Remember when all the Dolphin fans wanted Spurrier? Saban? Longer and more impressive resumes than Harbaugh. Still no match for Hoodie.

Sparano is staying and Henning has already retired. You guys DO realize the team doesn't have to put out a press release just to announce that to you, right?


Remember Now,the military (your government) actually owns HAARP, all the acres of restricted land around it and all the patterns on the technology

So it is technically ours, right (yeah right)

So who wants to play with this weapons of mass destruction?

The more complete list of primary intended uses of HAARP
now reads:
# Enhancement of or interference with communications, as well as development of new types of radio transmissions;
# Manipulation of weather patterns;
# Weapons-related (physical/psychological disablement) and mind control uses;
# Earth-penetrating tomography -- an X-ray like function which can reveal, for example, the existence of underground installations as well as oil or mineral deposits;
# Detection of electromagnetic seismic activity which may precede earthquakes -- and triggering of such activity;
# Generation of gravitic waves, interdimensional/time "portals" and other highly esoteric, relativistic phenomena.
# Pushing the envelope" in terms of pumping electromagnetic energy into the ionosphere, just to see what happens.
# Drawing astronomical amounts of electrical power from the ionosphere.

And he was wrong why?



Clayton reminds me of "Coffee Cake" from A Bronx Tale

Guys I want to talk the playoffs this weekend. I'm kind of liking the four road teams this weekend. Anybody else?

DC....why don't you tell us how you really feel.....enough of this pussyfooting around the issue


Good movie!

I see Ricky as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange...passing along information that everyone wants to hear, but no one is willing to stick their necks out for.

Ricky is brave enough to stick his neck out...thanks RW

For your own protection:

Please be cognizant when going outside of falling from the sky dead HAARP microwaved birds

Win 4 more games a year, get into the playoffs and the stadium will be filled. And lose the Jimmy Buffet song.

ALoco; a 2 in '12?

Personally, I think that number is inflated. a 3 should seal that deal. They're just out there trying to see who is desperate enough now to even consider that number.

Speaking of QBs, anyone see Luck playing last night? wow, is he not the real deal or what? The pocket presence, awareness, accuracy, mobility, and on and on. I would seriously consider trading our #1 this year, and next years, and whatever else it takes to get him if he's in this year's draft. Again, i know it's a crPshoot, but the kid sure looks like a frachise QB to me. Of course this is all premised upon getting Henning the F outa here!!!

There have been so many compelling arguments made on this blog attesting to the fact Sparano is not HC material, highlighting how he has REPEATEDLY failed and showing without a doubt how the team continues to go only backwards (lets not forget losing miserably to Cleveland, Buffalo, Detroit at home).

Yet some bloggers here could find their wives dress in the back seat of a rental car and still not believe she is cheating on them. Thats what you are dealing with, unconditional loyalty, like a pet. Blind faith against all information pointing in the opposite direction.

You guys are a total disaster. Enjoy another generation of irrelevance in the NFL. You're bringing back a GM who can't draft or evaluate free agents (looking forward to more of the pat white, turner gems) and you have no qb. Good luck. Plus it would appear that your team doesn't respect the HC that you are also bringing back. Your owner cares more about B list celebs than winning. Welcome to Detroit south. It is only going to get worse.

I wonder if that means that Ronnie is now a candidate to be signed back. I really thought we would have ricky and not Ronnie. Maybe the other way around now?

Excellent post from the "Live Free or Die" state blogger

Waz a matta
Ya cant handle the truth, Dolfans?

LOL. Ricky has NO RIGHT to rip this team. If it wasnt for them taking HIM back, he wouldnt be playing football right now. After he bailed on Miami, there werent many teams knocking on his door. That is why he played in Canada. He wants to knock this team because he knows he is old, washed up, and has no respect for anyone but himself. I dont blame the Dolphins for not wanting him. He is a lousy teammate and a known quitter. We dont need attitude players like him. Whatever coach we have needs to weed out the players like Williams, the ones who are all about themselves, other than being a team player. Ricky has never been a team player. It has been all about him. So let him walk. We dont need players like him. We need TEAM players and that is not what HE is.


Henne + Ireland + Ross = LOSERS for the next decade.


You have zero hope.

Cancel your season tickets now. Move the team to LA.

I like Baltimore as a dark horse to go all the way. They are built to play on the road and have been there before. Think Baltimore vs Miami in 2009 (playoffs). With a week of rest Phily should be able to take down GB. Seattle is horrible but they play well on special teams and having been in that stadium on game day they will be rocking. Still got to go with NO. No feel on Jets/Indy except that it should be high scoring.

Mando, very disappointed with your article. You don't like RW? That's fine but don't try to skew reality by making him the bad guy.

I know you support bringing back Ireland and Sparano, I don't. You're entitled to your opinion but using RW to support your agrument is plain unprofessional.


Luck looked terrific, agreed.

It's also possible he could wind up a total dud in the pros and never do anything memorable.

The same has happened 100 times before with kids who looked EVERY bit as good and had the same size, accuracy, awareness, etc.

Unless a guy is a Manning or Elway (and he is not) there are no guarantees at that position---even though I think he'll make it.

nc, 4 more wins still wouldn't have gotten us to the playoffs this year. With NE, Pitt & Baltimore in the AFC, and set for awhile, Miami will need to win 11 games just to have a shot at the 6th seed.

With the way we're stuck in neutral, & with needing another overhaul on offense, get used to watching other teams in the playoffs.

Thanks Home...what's your take on all this Harbaugh noise?

Mike & Mike on ESPN say he is NOT an NFL caliber coach and belongs in the NCAA...thoughts?

After years of not using canibas
... I`d do a bong hit w Ricky, any day, Man

Thanks for being truthful and venting your frustration Ricky

Home 4 1
Has seen many a game this year
when Ricky had the hot hand & was pounding the rock
Only to be taken away the op by ...
U guessed it
OC Dan "the dinosaur" Henning


As a lifelong Dolfan, now living in Virginia, I read you nearly every day and truly respect your work. Ricky is a different type of guy and, as is well documented, has some now treated social issues. As such, he is not the kind of guy to confront a teammate or a coach (read up on the topic). I have to disagree with your overall point on this story, especially the negative portrayal of Ricky's statements. The press (media) in our country always thinks that they are entitled to hear everything, and to hear it first if possible. Sorry, this is wrong both in sports and in more important issues such as family and politics. Why would Ricky bash teammates and coaches DURING the season on a radio show? We always criticize people for that, yet you seem to endorse it here? Secondly, nothing that he said is entirely wrong. Marshall does talk too much at inappropriate times, Henne is much less a QB than Brady and something about Sparano's coaching (or Hennings!!!!) made that team tight and unproductive. Although I love your insights on the Dolphins and usually agree with your angles; this post sounds more like the frustration of a reporter who has been spurned and now seeks retribution. Ricky marches to the beat of his own drummer, and talks in circles, but he is no dummy and NOT a hypocrite!

Folks, I assure you Henning is ALREADY gone. The team is not going to breathlessly rush a press release out just to inform you of that.

As for drafting Luck, there is zero shot. Miami simply does not have nearly enough ammo and too many other teams are searching for the same thing. It's a waste of air to even discuss it.

Ricky is right. Based on what we watched beginning with preseason play, Sparano's focus was to find complacency in the pleasure of the little things--prime example is his passion for field goals. After a season of sh it playcalling, Ricky summed it all up

Luck is as close to a lock as there is at QB in the NFL. Harbaugh is as close to a lock as there is at coach in the NFL so long as he has a non-meddling owner behind him, and he would in Miami. And, he probably wouldn't require total power like Cowher.


I thought Luck looked really good to me in the second half. He has all the things you ralked about but to me it's got the 'it' thing going on. Bobby was at the game and didn't think he looked great but I think he's ready to step in and contribute right away. I'd look at trading for him but i don't think there's a chance in Hell that Carolina trades that pick.



Ross = could barely affford to buy the team in the first place. Now he has no money to pay Sparano and Ireland and hire a better GM and coach. Spent it all on a club inside the stadium and other such nonsense. Thinks a good time at a football game is seeing some loser walk into the stadium on an orange carpet and then watch the team dink and dunk its way to a loss vs teams like Clevland and Detroit.


Everybody felt Saban was a lock as a pro coach as well, In fact, he was considerably more highly regarded at the time than Harbaugh is currently.

How can you get excited about the future with another year of Sparano? This ultraconservative approach with the micromanaging is sickening. What Ricky said about mouse maneur and elephant crap was right on. Let me translate: it is plain to everyone that the quarterback sucks, but he had only 6 minuses against Detroit!. Too bad Ricky did this after the season. And by the way, I LOVE Brandon Marshall. This guy has balls. It seems he wants to win more badly than anyone on the team, including the coaches.

Hope Ricky hooks up with the Bill's


Greg--I guess you won't be watching the Dolphins in that case. Sparano is going to coach the team next year.


Dump Sparano.
Hire Harbaugh.

...then pull a Dikta and give away the entire draft to get Luck.

Harbaugh & Luck are reunited in Miami.

...the rest is history!

Thanks Mr. Ross for keeping the current cast of IDIOTS in the front office and coaching on the sidelines. You can keep my season tickets I've had for 20 years. This organization has no heart, hasn't since Coach Shula was forced out. Good Luck trying to see out SUN LIFE LESS Stadium.

Ross = could barely affford to buy the team in the first place. Now he has no money to pay Sparano and Ireland and hire a better GM and coach. Spent it all on a club inside the stadium and other such nonsense. Thinks a good time at a football game is seeing some loser walk into the stadium on an orange carpet and then watch the team dink and dunk its way to a loss vs teams like Clevland and Detroit.

Posted by: TorturedDolphan | January 04, 2011 at 10:15 AM


What on Earth are you babbling about? Ross could "barely afford" to buy the team??

The fact of the matter is that after Paul Allen, Ross is considered the 2nd wealthiest owner in the league.

Perhaps you think you can just spout off uninformed nonsense without anyone knowing better. Sorry, no dice.

I think it really came down to money. As bad as it is to have the least competent coach in the nfl one more year, it makes it that much easier on Ross's wallet, plus he can say he gave a more than fair chance. TS has already lost this team. Its highly likely we will finish last in the division next year. Sparano will be gone by Turkey day 2011.

Enjoy watching teams that actually know how to use free agency and the draft to build their teams this weekend. BTW, remember the Dolphins were a better team than the Jets at the end of this regime's first year. They beat the Jets in NY on the final game of the season to make the playoffs. Look at you now. No excuses. Ireland and Sparano have failed miserably. Ireland / Parcells more so.

It's not official yet that Sparano is staying put. In fact I was watching the same thing you were Andy in NJ on Mike and Mike but then on NFL network it says Jason La Canfora says that Sparano has not been given a timetable about decision. So like someone said already on the blog these so called experts just speculate.

This article makes no sense....you prefer that Ricky said all this DURING the season? He is done here and he said how he feels, which is pretty much spot on. Armando you don't know a damn thing about being a teammate.

if saban pix brees,he's still coaching the phins. what is the big difference between the 2008 season and 2009-2010 huh.?....... it was the q.f'n b. in 2008. very simple.

0x80, I am now seeing what you said at 10:07 is true. Blind loyalty & ignoring the record.

3 years & this is what we have achieved:

1. 3 offensive line configurations & this one sucks worse than its predecessor

2. Poor special teams year in, each one has sucked worse than its predecessor

3. Improved but Spotty defense, good against bad teams, bad against good teams

4. Revolving WR's:
Year 1 WR: Ginn, Camarillio, Bess, London, Fasano, Martin.
Year 2: Ginn, Camarillio, Bess, Hartline, Fasano, Haynos, Sperry.
Year 3: Marshall, Hartline, Bess, Moore, Wallace, Fasano, Shuler, Mastrud.

5. Failed offensive improvements: White, Henne, Grove, Smiley, Incognito, Berger, Turner, every #2 TE since Martin, Murphy, Wilford, etc

6. Offense ypg: #14 in 2008, #17 in 2009, 31st in 2010

7. 1 QB & 0 RB's under contract for 2011. What foresight!

I could go on for days but why bother? Keep Sparano/Ireland & hope that magic finally happens in year 4.


I like Baltimore as a darkhorse team too. To me there the only team that can beat NE.

Jim, what makes you think Luck isn't the next Elway or Manning. There are people claiming his measureables are off the charts and nobody has tested out this high before. Obviously there are still a lot of unknowns with this guy but he sure loks like the real deal.

nh. make it so.lol.. but go check out mallets #'s.. something like a 170 qb rating.. if i read it correctly..this way we can keep some of this seasons upcoming draft pix. throw in marshall and keep all of the draft.

Joe S,

Good facts @ 10:22.

What the hell man. I hope Berto and some of you are right and it's just speculation. I hope Ricky exposing Sparano goes noticed by Ross.

Sounds like Ricky says Sparano babies these guys with harping on the basics. Like most of us already know, that's all Tony knows. For this team to get to the next level, we need a HC who knows more than basics.

Craig---absolutely he looks like the real deal and, in fact, I DO think he'll be a good one.

I'm just saying there aren;t any guarantees with these guys. He is not ranked in the Manning or Elway strata, as good as he is.

He's ranked about where a guy like Heath Shuler was, who everyone ALSO was "positive" would be a great one.

Been watching drafts too long to still be like a kid and believe in can;t misses---although as I said I do think Luck will turn out just fine for whoever takes him.

@ jim (10:10)
Agreed that there is no sure thing in finding a franchise (or even competent) NFL QB. However, seeing as the Fins haven't drafted one in round 1 since Marino, and have been content to live with has beens, cast offs and unknowns since Marino retired, isn't about time they perhaps took such a plunge? Who would fault them? Not me. It is clearly a risk/reward thing, but we know with no risk, surely there is no reward. And don't think Carolina (a team believe it on not that is in more dire straights than the Fins) won't listen if a bunch of picks are dangled before them. IMHO the Fins have been way too conservative in the draft. When is the last time you truly got excited about one sexy pick? I can't even remember when that last happened. So why not go for it??

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