NEW ORLEANS -- You'll remember that the change in offensive coordinator -- a welcomed one in some circles -- was cast in some places as a move from one attack that evolved from the Ron Earhardt-Ray Perkins system to another attack that evolved from the same system.
Different. Yet similar.
Well, that apparently isn't quite true. Brian Daboll's system, learned primarily during his time in New England, is different than Dan Henning's system which was learned from Earhardt during his days with Bill Parcells and which the Patriots use.
"No, it’s not really similar," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said of the difference while talking in a room full of head coaches during the NFL annual meeting. " I think from a terminology and verbage standpoint it wouldn’t be difficult. I mean, when they tell us it’s time to go, it’s time to go. The difficult part would be how much you can give them. Whenever the ball drops and we’re playing, it’s going to be the same for everybody in here, but there will be new coaching staff or new coordinators in this room and how fast you can get going and give them early, who knows. I think that’s going tobe the key. I think what we’ve tried to do with Brian and with where we are and what we’re in, we’re trying to keep as much terminology consistent as much as we can. So when we do get the players, that part of it is seamless.”
The fact is Miami's offensive line calls this year will be exactly the same as last year. that doesn't suggest the similarities of the system but speaks to their difference because rather than have nearly a dozen players learning new calls and new wording, it was Daboll who learned what the Dolphins called different things last year.
I told you in last post Sparano says his team will continue to run the ball. That is not news. But what I find interesting is that Sparano will do it fully knowing that fans, and indeed, his owner want more passing, more fireworks, more electricity.
"We're going to continue to run the football because that's my nature," Sparano said. "That might not be popular with everybody but that's what I like to do. So we're going to continue to run the football. It might look a little different the way we go about doing it."
That doesn't mean the Dolphins will be Ohio State from 1969. They will pass, also. And do it with more of a desire to get vertical. (Salguero aside: Can we limit the checkdown passes to less than one dozen per game?)
"When it comes time to open some things up, I think we'll be able to do some more things and challenge them," Sparano said. "I think we're going to be a little more vertical. Brian is a really aggressive guy by nature. And with some of the parts he has right now, I'm excited with Brian and some of the parts that we have."