Allow me to begin this morning by serving you up some reading material as we await the 11 a.m. start to open practice and a live blog of that event:
First, I want to share with you the fact Dolfans are staying away from camp the first two days as I've never seen before in all my years covering the team.
At a time when interest in football is spiking -- NFL Network reports a 288 percent veiwership increase and this blog's page view and unique visitor numbers seem to be on a steroid and HGH cocktail -- local Dolfans are seemingly either disinterested or wary about checking out their team despite the fact the practices are free.
We'll see what the attendance is today and tomorrow night.
Secondly, here are words from the mouth of players or coaches:
Tony Sparano on what he saw in Daniel Thomas his first practice with the Dolphins: “The biggest thing is the amount of times the guy carried the ball in college and the level of production. I mean this guy was a big producer in college and really carried it a bunch of times. I think for a big guy this guy has really soft hands. He catches the ball well. In college you didn’t really see Daniel block a whole lot, wasn’t really what he was asked to. That’s something that we got to get to the bottom of here a little bit fast. But you did see flashes of physicalness there in the blocking and the things. But this guys a physical, get your shoulders square runner and I think that’s what we seen. He has, it’s funny, they talk about home run speed and top gun speed but this guys finished some runs. So he’s got pretty good speed. I was excited today, just on a couple of, from early carries to see some of the bounce that he had in his legs for a big man.”
Thomas on whether knowing his assignments is his greatest obstacle in practice so far: “Not really, the coaches do a really good job of going over our assignments, like I said the toughest thing is just going out here in the heat , and the heat just messes you all up.”
I am not a conspiracy theorist. If someone tells me something, I do my best to tell you, assuming it doesn't break trust with my source. As you know, I've been told that, as of yesterday, the Dolphins were still not giving up on the idea of Kyle Orton. (Or at least adding a legit QB to compete with Chad Henne.)
Other media have reported the team is giving that role to Matt Moore, which if you really think about it, is simply moronic.
Well, Moore was asked if he has been told he was in town to compete for the starting job with Henne:
“You know what … I am going to come in and compete. That’s how it’s going to be. That’s how it is everywhere. As of right now like I said, I am learning. I am going to come in and make all of the throws and make all of the right reads and we will see what happens."
Obviously, Moore has not been told he'll be competing for a starting job. Yet, I have faith the Dolphins will do their best to find that player to do exactly that. Maybe they try Mark Bulger. Maybe they beg the Bengals to trade Carson Palmer one more time. Maybe they cave to Bulger's salary demands.
Point is the quarterback issue is absolutely not resolved.
Talk to you in the comments section for the start of practice.