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Tony Sparano in his own words

Tony Sparano covered a number of issues during his press conference with the press on Wednesday.

As the Internet is not yet full, I've decided to share with you every word the coach uttered so that it comes to you unfiltered.

Notice he was coy about the health of Jake Long (things are looking good for a season-opening debut), he awarded the starting right tackle job to Marc Colombo "right now" -- I suppose leaving open the possibility the Dolphins add another player such as Bryant McKinnie or someone of that ilk.

And he really didn't want to get into any criticism of Chad Henne by any former players. His words:

(On how dropped interceptions would change the defense as a whole if they were caught)- “We felt like at the end of the year it was somewhere around 24, 25 balls that we thought we had our hand on you know that we could have made plays on, some harder than others, some routine.  But that was last year and this is this year and right now they’re catching ‘em out there so we got to take it into the game and catch a few in the game.  I mean we got one the other night, Benny (Sapp) made a nice play on the ball and came up with it.  So that was good.”

(On how much dropped interceptions that were caught would change things)- “It’s going to change it tremendously.  I mean I think at the end of this thing when you look at it teams that are playing in somewhere deep into January there’s teams whose turnover ratio is pretty good.  I mean rarely are you seeing a team whose flip-flopped turnover wise kind of the way we were that’s playing at that point.  It’s just hard to win those kinds of games.  You know I think that’s something that we talk an awful lot about here.  Some people think its micromanaging or whatever the heck that thing is but if it is I am gonna continue to do it because it’s not helping us in January.”

(On the value he puts on Bryan Cox)- “Well right now it’s been tremendous.  You know I think that some place out on the practice field during the course of our practice the pass rushers can get lost a little bit.  It might be first down day; it might be short yardage goal line stuff.  Unless it’s third down when they’re rushing the passer you know those guys can get lost a little bit and Bryan (Cox) is kinda like, he’s this home, this kind of island out there where they can go to to get this work during the course of these special team periods.  You seem ‘em working ‘em pretty good and individual Bill (Sheridan) and Bryan (Cox) will split those guys up to get extra work.  It’s starting to trickle down I seen that after practice today (Jason Taylor) and (Jared) Odrick standing out there and it’s starting to get in the younger players a little bit.  Bryan has a different way of doing things with those guys that way and part of it is a challenge and part of it is fundamentals and things that he’s learned along the way.  I think it’s very, very valuable a lot more valuable coming from Bryan than it is coming from me who’s never done it before.”

(On how Bryan Cox has handled the whole mix of linebackers, both veterans and young players)- “Well I think he’s done a great job.  The good news is Bryan (Cox) comes with a lot of stripes.  You know a guy like (Jason Taylor) who’s got I believe, he corrected me the other night, but 132.5 sacks.  I left the half out and he told me how hard it was to get the half and he’s completely correct.  But that being said a guy like (Jason Taylor) hearing from Bryan (Cox) he knows Bryan has done it you know and the two of those guys bounce ideas off of each other a little bit and then the young guys are looking at Bryan with big eyes and are understanding that he’s been out there and this guy has been a really good player in this league. I think that’s done nothing but help us.”

(On the level of satisfaction on the intensity with practice)- “I think that the practices have been pretty good.  I like the intensity. I didn’t like the finish yesterday; I liked the finish today. You know this is a grind much different than any place I’ve been associated with.  It’s hard than it was in Dallas, certainty harder than any other place, you know Jacksonville.  I mean down here at training camp this time of year and with the heat being what it is and yesterday with the humidity was really up it’s just a grind.  To think that you’re gonna be…the intensity is gonna be from start to finish at its highest level, that’s not gonna happen.  You know but I think the longer it goes and the more you can keep the intensity the better you see your football team gettin’ and I felt like today we took some strides that way.”

(On without excuses, how the team has gotten to this point)- “To be honest with you my first year here I had blinders on, it didn’t really phase me one way or the other you know I just kinda brought this but as I said to you before I think you gotta identify particularly with the veteran players on the team, the (Jason Taylors) and the (Marc) Colombos and some of the older players on the team that you’re looking at and watch their body language out here in the heat and then you’re seeing some of the guys on the team that are in the best physical shape like a Davone Bess is always in good shape or (Tyrone) Culver and I try to watch those guys to tell me when I need to back off.  Today we finished practice 14 minutes early today. So when you talk about intensity now they’re getting through this thing pretty good so that was good.  Where yesterday I had to, I seem ‘em kinda maybe hittin’ a little bit of a wall and I had to trim some plays off of practice. That’s something in the past I probably wouldn’t have done.”

(On if he feels there is still untapped potential)- “Yes, I definitely do and that’s where I feel like Bryan Cox has been able to help a little bit there too.  You know again Bill Sheridan does a tremendous job, he and David Corrao with our linebackers, but having somebody to go to that can just coach him on pass rush and they can just sit in the room together and watch the pass rush film together you know I think is gonna make Cam Wake a much better player.  I think the way Bryan prepared for games mentally will help make a player like Cam Wake a better player.  You know in other words being able to share some of those things and what he look for in some of those situations.  Having (Jason Taylor) in the room with him helps make Cam Wake a better player so all these things I think are positive.  I think Cam (Wake)’s a pretty driven.  He’s not one to settle to where he was.  He understands there’s a whole different set of challenges coming at him this year with the way people are gonna approach him during the course of ball games and I think he’s starting to prepare for that out here now.”

(On Channing Crowder saying on the radio that Chad Henne cannot get the job done and if the rest of the team feels that way)- “He’s on the radio already (laughing)?  I’m not going to comment on that.  I’ve been around and round with this already before.  You guys know that.  You know my feeling on Chad (Henne).”

(On the defense’s conditioning with the lockout)- “I mean if you watch Jared Odrick run out here I wouldn’t call it a lack of conditioning I mean this guy is tremendous, in great physical shape.  Now some are in better than others, but I would tell you are they ready for game one right now from a physical standpoint…no, but they’re pretty close.  I like the shape that most of them are in, (Paul) Soliai, some of those guys came back in really good shape for where they are body weight wise.  It’s just gettin’ them into playing shape right now, playing football.  Eight plays are different than standing here running sprints.  When you play eight plays in a row at the level that those guys have to play at it’s completely different.  That’s where we need to be.  In the last couple of practices we’ve increased the number of reps that they are out there.  Before it was fours and fives and now it’s sevens and eights from a reps standpoint where they’re out there at one time.”

(On the uncertainty in the running game)- “Yeah sure I mean there is, no question about it.  I mean I’m seeing more and more out of ‘em every day in practice but I really need to see it in the games at a consistent level here and it’s hard because you’re running out of quarters but I mean we gotta see it.  We’ll get ‘em out there again this week, we’ll play some of these guys and see what we see.  I was pleased with what they did in the ball game last week although we didn’t gain a lot of yards on the ground. I am talking about total package protection, routes, all the things that are necessary.  Identifying the looks I thought was good but we got a little bit of a ways to go there right now.”

(On the uncertainty with the offensive line)- “I feel pretty comfortable I just think these guys just need to play together.  So they just need to keep playing together.  This is probably the most we have had a group together out there you know short of Jake (Long) not being out there right now, certainly since I’ve been here.  And I think that little by little they are starting to get better.  You know today was practice nine for that group.  So sometimes it takes 50 practices for those guys to get on the same page if you’ve played the position so we don’t have 50 practices right now.  They gotta figure it out fast but they’re gettin’ there and it’s not any different than probably any lines in our league right now.”

(On Jake Long’s progress)-“He’s doing well.”  

(On how Vernon Carey has adjusted since moving positions)- “I think he’s done a nice job.  I mean I think if you were to ask Vernon (Carey), Vernon would tell you it’s different because the speed is faster in there.  That’s a true statement.  I think he’s done a nice job to date right now. I see him everyday kinda getting’ a little bit better at something.  He’s a hard guy to move in there so he’s good, he can keep the quarterback’s feet clear between he, Richie (Incognito) and (Mike) Pouncey.  That core is pretty solid in there and hard to move that way.  We just gotta get ‘em playing just a little tick faster at the second level right now.  Those are the things that come with reps.”

(On his comfort level with A.J. Edds)- “I’m comfortable with what A.J. (Edds) has done so far. A.J. needs to keep coming.  You know we need to get him to keep coming.  He’s a young guy that hasn’t played a lot of football this way.  You know again he’s played out there in space but in between the tackles he hasn’t played a whole lot of football there and I think the more reps we can get him the better we’ll be.  I want to see him be able to put a couple performances together and maybe do some things in this ball game coming up this week that he didn’t do last week and see whether or not he can take another step coverage wise, another step with pattern reads and block recognition, all the things that good linebackers do.  

(On if Marc Colombo will be the starting offensive tackle for game one)- “Yeah that’s safe to say now.”

(On the story behind the hiring of Bryan Cox)- “You know it’s interesting.  When Bill (Sheridan) was here there would be several times when I would walk into Bill’s office and he might be on the phone with Bryan (Cox), ribbing him one way or the other as their relationship kinda is.  I’ve got to know Bryan (Cox) through Bill (Sheridan) and that’s the way I got a chance to meet him.  What I really liked about Bryan, talking with him a couple times at the Senior Bowl and at the combine and at those type of things and getting’ a chance to meet him is I just thought this guy is as straight as a straight shooter comes, he tells it like it is and I thought that from a player’s standpoint that they would appreciate that coming from a player.  I thought it would be valuable to have a resource like that on my staff because I needed somebody to say to me ‘hey coach, not in pads today…that’s too many.’ Or ‘hey coach…put ‘em in pads today.’  In other words I’m lucky that I have three or four of those guys on my staff at all different positions.  Ike (Hilliard) being a skill guy, and Danny Campbell being one of those semis.  It gives me a chance to bounce some things off of those people.  I got a chance to visit with Bryan (Cox) at the Senior Bowl this year and he and I just kinda sat and we kinda talked a little bit.  You know there was a point where he was obviously out of a job and that’s where it started.  But the vision, there was no position at that point and this was kinda of an idea that I just had and I thought would be somethin’ that worked out good.  I went to Jeff (Ireland) with it and I was fortunate that Jeff amen’d it.”

(On if he ever talked to Don Shula about Bryan Cox)- “I never really had a conversation with Coach (Don) Shula about him but when Coach Shula found out that I had him here and we seen each other at the Jim Mandich function he told me that it was a pretty smart thing to do.” 

 (On the practice schedule change after the preseason games)- “There’s not much I really like about it to be honest with you but I kinda felt like you see…you have to give the players one day off every seven days.  If you do the math right now and I don’t practice this week right after the game I have to give ‘em the Tampa Bay game off.  That’s probably not gonna work is it?  So I don’t think anybody would be too happy with that.   So it gets to a point where you give it to ‘em off in the middle of the work week or you bring ‘em in right then and there after the game which is not un-normal.  In other words in season you would bring ‘em in, they would lift, they would run, they would meet and all we did was bring ‘em out for kinda a 22-play deal here and got the first group a little bit of work.  So we’re gonna do that again this week and then we won’t have to do it the following week after the Tampa game.  We will be able to give ‘em the day off right after that because that’s a short week going into Dallas and then we’re kinda on schedule.  But having to give ‘em that one day off you know in a perfect world if that rule was in place before your preseason games were scheduled you would rather play all Friday nights or all Saturday nights, not a Friday and then a Saturday.”

(On if he has seen the impact with the training camp drop off)- “Not really that way.  Where the drop off comes is when you start to look.  I mean we’re all creatures of habit, I’m sure everyone is doing it around the league.  But I told my guys the other day both the team and the staff, and I told them this because of urgency, in other words time is not a friend right now, you gotta get your team ready to play.  I’m trying to make a point to the young players, you either got it or you don’t right now.  At some point the parade is gonna pass you by here.  So this time last year going into the first preseason game, we had 22 practices and this year we had 12.  And that equaled 1,167 reps and this year it equaled 744 reps so you’re 360 or 70 reps short of where you were a year ago going into the first preseason game.  You’re not gonna get those back, you’re not gonna make ‘em up.  So that’s where I see the greatest impact.  The walk through reps you really have to have the player’s attention in this walk through which it’s been good for us, the guys have done a nice job  but you have to have something specific that you’re gonna work on, maybe something that you wouldn’t rep out here in practice.  Whatever the situation is we do some coming out, we do some short yardage goal line; you know some of those kinda things.  The players gotta do a good job executing because they count.”

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First!

I'm not going to read it.
I've had trouble understanding Coach TS's unique language.
I'll wait for someone to summarize and re-post.

GO DOLPHINS!!!

Armando

Why not just post the link to the video on the fins site? Easier for us to listen to it and why type ALL that???

Take advantage of the technology age!

http://www.miamidolphins.com/video

I'll summarize: you're an idiot fan.

I really wish we would have re-signed Ricky... and we need a good TE fast!!

What I'm most confused about is naming Colombo the starter and not even giving Murtha a look when Jake comes back. Colombo is getting roasted by quick LBs and even linemen are beating him on the pass rush. And as someone mentioned a few blogs ago wasn't it Colombo who allowed his man to go pretty much unblocked at Romo and knock him out for the season?!

This with a QB who can't stop staring down his receivers in his 4th season? Better not throw any passes to the left side of the field or Chads getting crushed. (hmmmm maybe that's Tonys plan?:)

However it comes out it's just business as usual for our coach. An o-line coach who can't figure out his o-line.

And I am just an idiot.

Saints released RT Jon Stinchcomb.
Stinchcomb made the Pro Bowl as recently as 2009, but he couldn't get over the hump with recent knee injuries.

Criterion A) Aging.
Criterion B) History of injuries.

Congratulations - the Dolphins want YOU!
Free AARP membership available.

Bill and Brian will make our defense one to fear...Brian Cox was a Dolphin great...he also hated the Jets.

$0.02, lol, I agree about TS and the way he talks....hard to understand. I just read the article and I feel like I need a drink.

1167 reps minus 744 reps is closer to around 423 off the top of my head, but this fo's math has never really added up.

What he should have said about Jake Long....I pray to god he's healing quickly because I was a total idiot to play him at all in last year's 4th preseason game just to make a point.

Wednesday?

I've got to agree. Colombo isn't the answer at Right Tackle in my opinion. Murtha may not be either. We may have to see who gets released in order to address the issue. Or, use the extra cap money for a pass-catching Tight End. One other glaring weakness to me is that we still don't have a pulling Guard. The only two with experience in pulling is Long and Pouncey. Usually, you want your Left Guard to have at ability, but Incognito doesn't have that skillset.
I still think we need a new GM. Ireland has brought in a lot of talent but doesn't know how to bring in good skill players (QB, TE,))

YellowGinn (from last blog), thanks for the info on Penny dissing Ireland. DEFINITELY an eye-opener because, like you said, Penny was a team guy, didn't really spout off out the mouth like JT or Crowder. So something DEFINITELY must be up with that.

As far as this press conference, absolutely nothing was said. Oh, other than Colombo is slated to be the RT starter. That just erased all the good feeling I was having for the Coach from all these players saying he's great. Maybe that's because he's too soft on them, that's why they feel that way.

If Sparano really is a decent line Coach, I don't know HOW he can look at Colombo and say he's starter material. The guy looks horrible if you ask me. It's like if you're one of the Coach's pets (Fasano, Polite, Hilliard, Colombo) you can do no wrong. Polite, Hilliard, ok, I understand their role, and they do it pretty well. Fasano, Colombo, they should be 2nd or 3rd string.

TS's english is just as bad as his math. I'm not sure what subject he is good in, but I do know it doesn't take a scientist to figure out he's history if we don't win soon.

And as someone mentioned a few blogs ago wasn't it Colombo who allowed his man to go pretty much unblocked at Romo and knock him out for the season?!

LouD | August 16, 2011 at 06:18 PM

That was a Sunday Night Game which I happened to be watching and it was MLB Micheal Boley on an inside blitz that smashes Romo driving him into the turf on his shoulder. In the replay you see clearly that he shoots a gap between the LG (Leonard Davis) and the Center (Andre Gurode) I don`t know who`s responsibility it was to pick up the inside blitz but it was between those two

DC, I agree wholeheartedly. If they weren't getting another QB and knew that, they should have targeted Miller. Even Henne would have to improve with miller, Bush, Marshall and Bess on the fiield at any one time. Ireland is a joke as a gm and is basically a lame duck. You would think he'd be all in and try to win. He just is not a good talent evaluator or team architect. Period.

how about when he gets fired because henne is the qb and they have a losing record again?

Bill and Brian will make our defense one to fear...Brian Cox was a Dolphin great...he also hated the Jets.

Ted Sheridan | August 16, 2011 at 06:34 PM

Bryan Cox best Seasons as a Pro were between 98-2000 as a NY Jet were Parcells switched him back to OLB after Shula plugged him in the Middle in 94 after Ohferdahl retired. In NY at OLB he was an absolute terror much to the dismay of all Dolphans. He was let go to Chicago in 96 by JJ because Cox publically said he had no respect for him and would only play for Shula before the HC switch that year.

Not one negative comment out of Sparano. Me thinks the blinders are all-encompassing.

TS is a divIII college coach,nothing more. parcells hung us with these 2 guys,jeff & tony.

Wow. Good stuff Armando.

DC,

My humble opinion of Sparano`s OL Coaching Prowess

Incognito is the slowest pulling Guard in Pro Football, go watch some video of last Season and watch him try and pull and you`ll see why some runs were so slow in developing. I know he was steady and good in pass protection although it was his man who gets past him landing on Henne`s knee and hurting him vs. Tenn. but as a pulling Guard, ahhh!! It was down right painful watchng him out there again youtube the video. The man would loose a turtle race but as our Center standing up the NT he maybe the answer given he is the strongest player on our roster by many accounts.

Richie was a Center at the Univ. of Nebraska who the Rams convert to LG out of need because they couldn`t keep a Q.B. healthy behind what they had out there in 08. It`s Sparano`s lack of doing something as obvious as trying people at there natural positions or the ones they played in College that really leave you scratching your head because we all know Pouncey played Center last year out of need as well and was thought of as an athletic LG coming into the draft. I think we may have been one of the few teams that were thinking Center.

You asked in your post about the pulling ability of the Guards presently on the roster well Itc, the best pulling Guard in Miami is playing Center, WHAT!!!, HUHHH?? The more I see Sparano tinker and sputter the more I come to realize he was just in the right place at the right time in Dallas were all 5 starters were Pro Bowl players. It`s my estimation he`s about as much of an OL GURU as I am a Rocket scientist, in short in my book he`s a fraud!!!

BOOOOOOOOO HENNE!!!!! YOU SUCK!!!! BOOOOOOOOO JEFF IRELAND!!!! YOU SUCK!!!! BOOOOOOOOOO STEVEN ROSS!!!!!! YOURE A MORON AND ARE MAKING TURNING THIS TEAM INTO A MOCKERY!!!!!! (I actually feel bad for Sparano. Ross and Ireland are jerking him around)

Who are the 3 most controversial fins that take the hardest rap from the fans?

Ireland
Sparano
Henne

All would agree right? Well interesting enough to date those are the very same ones, and nobody else, to get dissed by ex fins upon leaving the team. Maybe the fans are right?

I thought during dallas's preseason game romo threw his first pass to the te that wiffed on the block that got him hurt, or did I hear that sub-plot wrong?

Good point just saying, good point

Ok, preseason does not mean a whole lot, still, I'll be worried if the starters don't do noticably better against Carolina, a far weaker team than Atlanta.

TS is a fake a s s coach, Marc Colomobo are you freaking kidding me!!! That's the reason this offense Amit going nowhere, TS can't coach and can't develop players... Come guys tell me how many players have this and past coaches they develop??? You see guys we will be again at the bottom in offense again, we have below average QB below average OLINE below average RB except bush just barely!! You see what I mean!!

....Just Sayin@ 7:17

Interesting point. Of course Sparano is going to try and downplay what Crowder may be chirping about. But it is disturbing, and a trend here. Like you said other players have been quick to put on blast the HC, QB, and GM.. Sure this happens with other teams(see James Harrison comments about Big Ben, and Mendenhall) But where there is smoke there is usually fire.

Sometimes these rants by ex players turnout to be nothing more then sour grapes. Tiki Barber said about Eli Manning that he wasn't a leader and the team lacked confidence in his abilities..The Gigantes took the cup that year. So much for Tikis statement. But there had to be some truth to what he said. And although proven wrong. I'm sure he wasn't the only one thinking this prior to the Super Bowl run.

I just wonder how many if asked off the record have any faith in the structure, and leadership of this orginization?

Ireland was brought up doing things the old school way. He's cautious, traditional and stubburn. I would have preffered daring, inventive and flexible. At least a creative or unique approach would be fun to watch.Not only are our losses hard to watch but our wins are usually just as boring and lackluster. Try to find highlights from miami games on post game shows and there usually isnt much to be had. Henne's touchdown throw and livas' punr return didn't even get shown on NFL network to my knowledge anyways.

Darryl

The difference here though is not one but several players have now spokent out. JT's commnets against Sparano were in my view much harsher than Ricky's. If several are thinking that way, several more are too. I can't imagine what motivation Crowder would have to diss Henne other than just speaking his true opinion. Like you say, where there is smoke there is fire.

I'd like to read or hear Mando's take on Just Saying's point. Really a great observation. Time for the truth to come out...

I thought during dallas's preseason game romo threw his first pass to the te that wiffed on the block that got him hurt, or did I hear that sub-plot wrong?

: Fusstr8tedfinfan | August 16, 2011 at 07:17 PM

It was Sunday Night week 6 last Season for sure.

He's not impressing me," Crowder told Rose. "He has all the tangibles. He can make some good throws. But the intangibles, the winning the game, wanting to have everything on his shoulder like the [Tom] Bradys and [Peyton] Mannings and wanting to be down by five with a minute left on the 20-yard line, let's see what happens, he doesn't have that in his heart yet. And I think it'd be hard for him to win."

Amen.

..Dishpan A couple of posts back I asked a question that was similar to what Crowder spoke on today. I asked if folks here thought there was a connection between our poor end of game execution. And the elephant in the room that is the lack of belief internally with Henne.

I do not think there is any way a writer close to the team would try and ask this question. Knowing that the team is going to say all the right things, even if that is not the truth. It would do nothing for current players to "mutiny" against whoever is playing quarterback. Look what happened with the crackwagon last year. Those players quit on their coach, and the season was a disaster. Sure every player to a man may have some reservations about either Henne, Sparano, Ireland, or a combination of the 3. But they all know that it is an unwritten rule that you show your support...That is until you retire, or realize you aren't coming back. Then you can light the fire.

wow off the garbage heap and now columbo is starting for us. awful

Fin4life,

I know romo was hurt last season, im just saying his first completion in preseason last week was to the guy that wiffed on the block last year. Sorry for the confusion.

I just wonder how many if asked off the record have any faith in the structure, and leadership of this orginization?

Darryl Dunphy | August 16, 2011 at 07:29 PM

Would you in all honesty have much faith in working for these people. Forget all about some of the draft blunders, every team has those but the play calling is something else all together. I think back to the Pitt. game last year when everybody got caught up in the controversial call at the end on the fumble but I had another take because I got to tell you our play calling in the 1st few minutes inside the Pitt. 20 coming on two straight turnovers in my opinion lost that ball game. I remember thinking about the conservative calls which resulted in 6 points instead of 10 or 14 really being the differencen and the players once they got over the call and watched the tape had to have thought it as well.

After that the players who watch TV and the news as well as us bare witness to some of the most questionable and Amateur hour Off-Seaon moves in resent history out of any Profesional Sports Organization. It was down right embarrassing. You wonder if we stumble out to another 1-2 start if the paint doesn`t start to peel on the walls in that Locker Room. The players are Pro`s and want to get paid but they also want to win and believe in a competent structure, it`s only human nature.

I hear ya DD, and I think you're right. There is one very positive note in this new campaign, however: the playcalling will be different. And it may be better than last year's joke at playcalling by virtue of it being different. Chad will get his last chance to show what kind of QB he's going to be without the limitation of having to listen to Dan Henning.

I'm a huge supporter of this regime and what they've done to improve the team. But ,I to, am completely baffled as to how our OL is so disfunctional. Tinker, tinker, tinker.......I'm very concerned about this. If our running game sucks again this year, Henne will certainly struggle again.

Mando,
Don't EVER quote Sporano unfiltered again, EVER. My brain hurts, like I just did crack, or something. I've never done crack, but, it can't be much worse than trying to decipher Sporanoese.
OUCH, freak'n brain aches.
Stop it, Mando.

..fin4life. Good post @8pm

I think to the core most of these guys if not all want to win first and foremost. Sure there are times within a career, even a season, or game where the money factor comes into play. But when it is first and goal from the 5 everyone is thinking about gettin in the endzone(well almost everyone..for some the perfered method of scoring is of the 3 point variety)

And I totaly agree with you about the Pitt game. I took some heat here for my opinions after that game. And if you are of the school of thought that the refs soley robbed this team of the game OK thats fine. But go back to the missed opportunities that we had. The Steelers turned their turnovers into TD's..The Phins fistpump city baby..Also to your point. We had the ball with plenty of time to march down the field for....Another 3 point masterpiece. That is on us..nobody else. Yes the call took the air out of the team. But buck up and overcome..That is what a good team does.

Darryl

The difference here though is not one but several players have now spokent out. JT's commnets against Sparano were in my view much harsher than Ricky's. If several are thinking that way, several more are too. I can't imagine what motivation Crowder would have to diss Henne other than just speaking his true opinion. Like you say, where there is smoke there is fire.

just saying | August 16, 2011 at 07:39 PM

I think the fact it was players like JT and Ricky, guys not necessarily known for ripping anybody being the ones who come out and say the things they said very telling. We are talking about two very resepected guys in the Locker Room, so you can almost bet they are not alone in there opinions. The Barber situation in NY was different he was ripping there HC Coughlin and threw Eli under the bus with him because Tiki hated the Drill Sargent manner that Coughln ran camps in NY. That wasn`t new in his 06 rant it was a while in the making it`s no secret Tiki had become a bit of a premadonna at that stage in his career alienating some teamates who ripped him back and came to the Coaches defense like Strahan who weighed in as well on that one, different set of circumstances.

Hope Sparano is gone end of this year if we finish worst than 7 wins I won't cowher has are next coach MAKE IT HAPPEN ROSS!

Darryl @8:11,

We are of the same thought on that one, I remember watching and thinking after the 2nd FG that we had let Pitt. off the hook big time and then getting that bad feeling in my gut that it would haunt us late in that one. The call at the end saved them from a week of endless 2nd guessing and bashing in the press also Polite in the 2 minute O at the end had me screaming at my TV.

This is waht I like to hear from my coach! I like the hire of Bryan Cox, it show's a side of Tony I never saw! YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Hope Sparano is gone end of this year if we finish worst than 7 wins I won't cowher has are next coach MAKE IT HAPPEN ROSS!

CJ | August 16, 2011 at 08:18 PM

IMO anything short of 9-7 gets everybody canned with the exception of Ireland who seems to have brown nosed and yes manned his way into Boss Ross`s pocket. If we are sitting at the midway point at 2-6 expect to see Interim HC Nolan taking over as Ross will try to keep butts in stands and make a business decision.

ELCacheUSA @8:24

He will be gone end of this year YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

So this time last year going into the first preseason game, we had 22 practices and this year we had 12. And that equaled 1,167 reps and this year it equaled 744 reps so you’re 360 or 70 reps short of where you were a year ago going into the first preseason game.

Is it just me or does anybody else feel Sparano likes to nickel and dime everybody with his percentages in order to weasel out of giving some straight foward responses sometimes??

fin4life@ 07:15, completely agree. Don't know why more of the knowlegeable fans haven't seen it. These guys (Ireland/Sparano) are constantly trying to put a square peg in a round hole.

Well, it'll all be over soon.

Crowder calls it like it is...Henne doesn't have it. I feel sorry for all the wasted talent around this QB.

Henne is Rosses boy.

So anyone who thinks Tony and Jeff will be gone after this year. Is sadly mistaken.

Billionaires love their toys.

That's a good point too, phinsfan78. But I think the fans have spoken loudly thus fan (in chanting for Orton) and things will get worse (low attendance) IF the team starts losing games. May be too much for Ross to bear.

Noticing a pattern here. Lets not anoint Crowder the next Ron Wolf. The things he said about Henne, (the same things people in here are now applauding Channing for as if it's coming from some expert QB evaluator) are the exact things we have been saying for a year now. He didn't say anything we didn't already know, he didn't say anything new, and he didn't say anything that every sports writer in the world hasn't already written.

I'm as down on Henne as the next guy but I'll be damned if I'm going to use Crowders statements as fuel to further ignite an already raging inferno. This is Channing Crowder people, he's had 2 sacks and one interception in 6 years. He should be worried about critiquing his own game first.

cocoajoe @8.31,

Yeah very un-nerving to say the least!!

Long story short, Henne sucks, but coming from Channing "I got cut" Crowder it doesn't have the same impact.

And about the bad mouthing of the Dolphins by former players, it happens all of the time. Tiki Barber and two other players ripped the Giants the season they left. Especially ripped Coughlin but also the owner. A year later the Giants won the superbowl.

The year before Miami started it's dominance there were a lot of people saying Shula didn't have what it takes including Colts players that had played for him.

I could go on and on. Lombardi was hated by many players and they were never at a loss for words about how they felt.

ON AND ON AND ON AND ON.

Guys we have enough real issues regarding this team to worry about so I can't figure out why everyone gets in a tizzy over this meaningless crap.

LouD

You may go to bed now.

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