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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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Harbaugh is going to be a ? no matter what. No one knows how he will translate into the pro's, the difference with him and other coaches is he played in the NFL and was pretty successful.

I know they would not rush it but this blog is so damn negative and seems we have no hope, announncing Henning is gone at least gives us some peace.

This Luck kid looks like he's 16 and barely shaving.

One hit from Ray Lewis and he folds like a lawn chair.

He just appears injury prone to me...anyone else?

2 watt,

I am on record saying I like Ryan Mallet a lot. I think Luck, Mallet and Newton are all first round worthy talents. Will they all be good? History tells us no but that's why teams have to do their homework.

Oh wait Miami does no homework on medical history and uses first round picks on guys with a history of a leg injuries but they ask the more important questions like "Is your mom a prostitute?"

What a joke my team has become

Schmoe I think it was you (?) that had a long post yesterday itemizing a whole bunch of things how Sparano has repeatedly failed...if you still got it, post it again. I'm getting burned out on trying to debate with some folks who have no sense of reality and no compelling argument to the contrary.

2watt...I've heard this Mallet kid has been lighting up the SEC all year with pinpoint accuracy.

I've yet to see him in action, but anyone that can have repeated success against the SEC is ready for the NFL in my book.

Dude, you are such a Sparano/Ireland shill and apologist. Makes me wonder what they are promising you or what you hope to gain.

I'd have NO problem with the Dolphins taking a QB in the first round. They have to keep plugging away at this until they find a solution.

That said, a couple of things are clear: They have NO shot at Luck. And, sorry, but no team in their right mind would ever make the kind of "throw the future away" deals that I hear some of you proposing. Do you think Bill Belichick would give up multiple future firsts or an entire draft for one guy?? Please. It's beyond ridiculous.

No, if Miami takes one it'll be a guy ranked lower. They have zero ammunition to move higher. There will be decent prospects there at #14.

Luck looked good for a half, and he is playing against much slower/smaller competition. that being said, so is every QB coming out of college, successful or unsuccesful. I think he will be a pretty good pro at least. Remeber, Ryan Leaf looked that good once befroe also. You can not give up a draft or to many picks for that reason.

0x80, I can come up with a list a day LOL I don't remember which blog it was on

This analysis is moronic. What employee is going to bad mouth their employer while they are still getting paid and under contract? Ricky Williams can finally say what is on his mind and in the mind of every fan. I hate the Jets with a PASSION but you can't help but like the attitude they bring to the table from the head coach on down. Anyone who is a fan of the Dolphins really hates what is going on with this team, I can't disagree with anything negative said about the Dolphins right now because they are a poorly run and poorly coached franchise.

Ryan Leaf was probably regarded even more highly than Luck coming out.

People tend to get convenient amnesia about that stuff but the truth is he was a tossup with Manning in that draft in most "experts" eyes.

Dont worry fish fans. GM Ireland is busy checking up on the mom's of every player in this years draft. You will not go wrong this year. He will get that Pat White / Turner gem. He will uncover that Smiley, WIlson, Wilford FA gem. Its all OK !!!!!!

this regime treated zach thomas like crap.. and did the same with JT..

i liked sparano, but Ricky's comments has changed my opinion on him a bit.

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?

Posted by: NHFINSFAN | January 04, 2011 at 10:11 AM

As far as Miami Dolphins r concerned
It is just that, noise

The guy can write his own ticket in college or NFL as HC and the results will speak for themselves

Ireland & Sparano will retain Employment w the Miami Dolphins Franchise

Home would like to see the best, most aggressive young OC available signed to the Dolphins
as well as Yup
... 6.6 250 lb rookie QB Cam Newton signed to the Dolphins at whatever the cost
and of course a new QB coach
Hell, Home will take the obvious
Chad Pennington as new Dolphins QB coach
Why not?

So there u go
QB Cam Newton (boy would my boy Brandon Marshall & Simply The Bess b happy)
Z Best Young Aggressive OC available
Chad Pennington new QB coach

Then Offensive line
New RB

someone who can cover a TE

and whatever other pieces to the puzzle we can grab

have a HAARPy day :(

guys. mallet reminds me of rivers. no bull. nfl ready imo. but what do i know, i haven't seen a real qb in aqua since '98.lol

guys; no way sparano stays. just hope henning/ireland go with him.

Why is the o-line so bad? Let's look in depth at what the O-line guru & the Jeffy Boy have done. Considering how many draft picks, signings & money has been wasted on it, it's hard to fathom. 2008-2010

Long, Thomas, Murphy(Trade UP for), A. Gardner, J. Jerry, Alleman, Ndukwe, Grove, Smiley, Satele, Garner, Feigna, Chiacuc, Mcquistan, B. Frye, Murtha, Procter, Berger, P. Brown.

I think there are more but you get the idea. Have faith in Sparano & Ireland, he's proven he can get the job done.

Oh Yeah
New Rookie QB Cam Newton being coached up by new Miami dolphin QB coach Chad Pennington

and Miami Dolphins offense w a few more pick ups at offensive line, RB & TE




Joe S,

What the hell is going on? We are agreeing today. Let's create an argument for the sake of it if this continues lol.

Sparano is not an X and O's guy. I guess that is why I like Gruden so much. I know many of you don't like Gruden and I am not arguing that point right now just stating why I like Gruden as a coach but not a personel guy.

The good thing is Ricky's comments made it onto ESPN which is a good thing. I hope this makes Stephen Ross see that Sparano is not as well liked as people think by his players.


I thnk that is what our focus needs to be, even more than a QB, The offensive line needs to get a lot better!

Andy, I am looking for something to argue with you on but I'm having a hard time! I had my fill with Craig last night accusing me of ducking his question.

I don't like gruden, but I agree he is an X's & o's. So even when I disagree, I still agree somewhat. I think we disagree on Henne somewhat but agree on most other things.

Ok there It Is:

Home predicts Miami Dolphins keep
Ireland & Sparano

Draft QB Cam Newton

U heard It Here 1st!

and u will hear it a few hundred more times b4 draft day

At this point,who cares what Ricky says..Play calling sucked,Henne the Horrible sucked..The only thing we had was defense.One can almost understand that it was futile on their part,being that they were the only ones on the field that had a clue.Henne is as mobile as Marino was.Why didn't they develop Thigpen and enter him mid-year?
Time for "Mr.Owner" to make wholesale changes..

we need an nfl caliber coach. tony can stay on as a head cheerleader. jeff can be the mascot. parcells can be in chg of concessions/team apparell sales.

Ok there It Is:

Home predicts Miami Dolphins keep
Ireland & Sparano

Draft QB Cam Newton

U heard It Here 1st!

and u will hear it a few hundred more times b4 draft day

The biggest micro manager in the world is bill belicheat.

LOL kris.

ALoco, we could give them a 2nd-rounder next year, or a 3rd and Henne this year, or trade back on our 1st for a 2nd and give them that.

If they want Orton they can do a bunch of things to get it done.

Everyone, I need to stick up for CraigM. The guy comes on here everyday (for at least the last few weeks), has a different point-of-view, but usually isn't disrespectful or hateful. He's totally wrong (IMO), but I've been totally wrong before too (and everyone here probably has). This is a blog where discussion is the lifeblood, so who cares if he comes here with a different opinion than everyone else. He gets props for standing up for himself and making his argument.

So leave the guy alone. If you can't debate why Sparano/Henning/Henne shouldn't be here without personally attacking Craig then you shouldn't be expressing your opinion (because there's LOADS of evidence to support that claim).

Let's have some respect for each other, you idiots (that was a joke)!!!

How is it that the Patriots can find 2 legit Probowl caliber TE's in ONE draft and in 3 drafts, Morono & Ireland can only find John Nalbone?

I will continue to toss out lil tidbits through out the day for the Morono & Ireland supporters to think about.

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

Posted by: NHFINSFAN | January 04, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Actually NH...that was Dick Vitale spouting that....he is still butt hurt from his stint in the NBA as a Por basketbal coach....just cause he sucked at it doesn't mean that others shoudn't go for the gold.

I don't think predicting Sparano and Ireland are staying is exactly swinging for the fences. Fairly obvious to me.

As for Newton, he'd certainly be someone they'd have an interest in.

Not exactly Nostradamus stuff, dude!

It takes only one cancer to ruin a football team and thank God that cancer is leaving, stage exit left. Ive been here during the entire Ricky drama and Im tickeled stink-less Ricky is finally---GONE, thank God and Greyhound.

the sparano supporters who want to stay the course and think things will change are nuts sure we can get a bunch of new good players and make the playoffs with sparano but his horrible clock management,blatent misuse of timeouts and lack of in game coaching ability among other things will probably never get us past round one or two of the playoffs no matter how many good players we have imo


NostraHomeUs stuff

Indeed, Yes

Ok there It Is:

Home predicts Miami Dolphins keep
Ireland & Sparano

Draft QB Cam Newton

U heard It Here 1st!

and u will hear it a few hundred more times b4 draft day

LOL Andy, "Sparano is not an X's and O's guy."

He's not an oline guy either. Or an offense guy. Or a game manager. Or a game planner. Or a strategy guy.

Come to think of it, WHAT TYPE OF GUY IS SPARANO? I know he can lose weight, wonder if most of it was from his head?

DC, I was attacking him. I admit it. But, only after he insisted on repeating a question to me last night that I clearly answered 4 times.

He either cannot read, refused to acknowledge that I did in-fact answer him or my answer rebuffed the claim he was trying to make. His arrogance and superiority complex has run it's course.

Disagreement is fine, but ignoring what people respond to him with and to repeatedly make it look like people are ducking him is classless, even on a blog LOL

look at our 2009 and 2010 draft picks,then compare those picks with bill bellicheks picks. thats all u need to see;u will agree that ireland should be fired but will be retained because he is a friend of a friend.

well we know hes a field goal kinda guy thats for dam sure fistpump!!!!

Posted by: Joe Schmoe | January 04, 2011 at 10:53 AM


Joe Schmoe
"Nalboner" was actually another failed Bill Parcells late draft choice from NJ

Parcells has an MO
Grabbing a player project late in the draft from his Home state of NJ

Of course this was another failed project

and Bellicheat, well kinda went the other way with his two great rookie TE draft picks

... Just Saying

Sparano is an overly enthusiastic statisician.

I mean, you know he's a good head coach when he can rattle off snapple cap like facts:

Snaps a guy plays, how much he bench pressed, how many mental errors a guy makes in practice.


DC is right. I respect the opinions of Craig and Mark in Toronto as they bring well thought out opinions to the table. If everyone agreed with each other there would be no blog. We all want the same thing, just have different ideas of how to get there.

I Cant believe all of these people on here that claim to be fans of this team. Every time I come on here I read these comments from these so called, wannabe fans who rip this team inside and out. Why should this team win at home in front of a bunch of LOSERS who talk nothing but negativity about this team??? Want to talk about losers. You people should consider what the word means because as far as a fanbase goes, you are the most sorry bunch of losers out there.

I can totally understand why they only won 1 game at home. Who wants to play in front of such a fickle fanbase?? Get real...


It's because Tom Brady is throwing them the ball.I guarantee if Nalbone was playing for the Pats,he'd be great.

It makes me chuckle that there are people saying how gutted they are that we missed out on Gronkowski and how great he'd be if he was a Fin.....sorry,but in this offense,he'd be crap and then we'd all be saying how much of a bust he is.

What does everyone think was said in that conversation between Ross and Sparano?

Ross: So, Tony, how you gonna fix the team if you get another shot?

Tony: Oh, boss, I got LOADS of ideas. That oline I've been tinkering with, I'll blow it up besides 2/3 guys. Yeah, it's been done every year, but I know exactly what to do now. Sure, they were the highest paid, but I want to spend more money on it, that's how we fix it.

And, the run game, I'll dump our cheap, slow, hard runners for more expensive slow, hard runners (because I don't believe small and fast can win in this league).

And the WRs, I'll just get Coach Lee to work with Henne some more this offseason. He's almost there. Used to throw to the ground, now he throws to the shoelaces, so he's improving. Only had 5 minuses against NE.

Ross: Wasn't he only in for 5 plays?

Tony: Wow, you've been paying attention? I thought you were out of the country.


Ross: So, Tony, how you gonna fix the team?

Tony: Well, you saw how I gave the defense to Nolan last year. Worked well, right? Well, this year, I'll find an OC and give the offense to them!

Ross: And, so, what do I need you for?

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Seriously, it works great!

sparano's an idiot savant..well minus the savant of course

Reads like Mouse manure....who really cares...this is like the cabin boy of the Titanic saying the Captain is blind in one eye and can't see out of the other.

DC Dolfan,

You're right what exactly is the identity of a Sparano coached team? To not get a minus play and play for chunk yardage and be consistant.

LMAO he makes Mike Singletary look like a Rhodes Scholar.

I think you did a good job of pointing out Ricky's contradictory thoughts and comments. He appears to be saying one thing, complementing or criticizing the staff and players, then attempts to cover himself with a sentence or two that tries to negate what he just said. It reminds me of an unskilled politician that is way too inexperienced and obvious in trying to have his cake and eat it, too. He criticizes, but then awkwardly tries to counter it with the next sentence. It's transparent and phony and self-serving and you are right; if he had these concerns, he should have expressed them privately to the coaches and if they didn't agree, simply leave at the end of the year. Not very loyal to an organization that took him back in from the Twilight Zone and gave him a new contract, unsolicited...

Doubt that Mark
C`mon , Man!

Gronkowski is an awesome TE
Guy his huge, uses his body well to catch, runs great patterns and has soft hands

Def would not be as good w one of the worst offenses in the NFL
but no sense slamming Gronkowski

the guy is a gem of a TE

Joe S,

Snapple facts hahahahaha. Great line.

todays nfl is a qb driven league. its sad but alot of these old school guys have missed the bus. sparano/henning/parcells can't get up to speed;the game has evolved. bellichek saw it and adjusted quickly!!!!

C'mon guys the Dolphins only had 15 "minus plays" all season.

Mark, I hate to say it, but your point is well taken.

I will go further to say that Brady has NEVER had a bad O-Line.

Our O-Line was horrendous this year.

I think our issue this year was 50% O-line and 40% Henning, leaving not much of a % of blame to Henne, partilly because the first 90% needs to be fluent for any QB to be successful

DC is right. I respect the opinions of Craig and Mark in Toronto as they bring well thought out opinions to the table. If everyone agreed with each other there would be no blog. We all want the same thing, just have different ideas of how to get there.

Posted by: Chris in the 623 | January 04, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Chris...you forgot to add that none of our ideas count....I could should have my masters degrees with all the useless writing I have contributed to this blog...lol

Just to clear it up I am NOT sure Henne is the answer.


I'm not slamming Gronkowski bud,i'm just saying with Brady throwing him the ball,it obviously helps his progression.

Do you think Gronk would have similar stats if he was in Miami?



Trying to dismiss Gronkowski? Come on...I don't get it. Is it all Brady?

How about their defensive choices? Spikes? Mayo? Mccourty? Cunningham?

Let's stop making excuses for our team drafting like sh*t while our rivals are experts at it. We are like a division II school compared to NE.

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