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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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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.

Posted by: LouD | August 16, 2011 at 08:55 PM


Maybe you can enlighten as to what crap is meaningless and what isn't? For starters, are your posts meaningless crap too? And are you in a tizzy? I'm not.

LouD. Good post. You forgot to listen to a loud mouth that could not back up his talk, never played a full season, has credibility. That's like Billy Boy saying he did not have sex with that woman.

2004 all over again?

Sparano = Wannstedt - coach on his last leg (produce this year or else)

Henne = Feely/Fiedler combo - You know it doesn't have a prayer, but like a train wreck, you wath it anyway.

Daniel Thomas = Lamar Gordon - Maybe not a fair comparison, but both cause fans to keep their fingers crossed due to the unknown.

Marc Colombo = Wade Smith - No business starting as an NFL tackle, but we roll it out anyway.

Talented defenses both years hamstrung by totally inept offenses.


I thought TS and JI signed contract extensions in the off season after the Harbaugh fiasco. They already have a built in excuse adjustung to a new OC and no pre season. Not sure another 7-9 season gets them out the door.

crowder gave his honest opinion which is shared by many in the locker room. dansby wouldnt endorse henne either;he wanted to wait! henne wasnt elected to be one of four team captains last year which says alot. henne hasnt LED this team;players havent bought into henne.

Contracts mean nothing, they are broken or bought out.

Crowders performance doesn't negate the fact he was a player on the field with Henne for some time, has actually played on the field against the best of them, and would have far better insight than any fan or analyst.

Bryan Cox was known as one of the most classless players in all of Pro Sports in the mid to late 90`s rivaled only by Dennis The Worm Rodman and Albert Belle. There was even a S.I. report about how the biggest jerks in all of Pro Sports resided in Cicago. Rodman with the Bulls, Belle with the White Sox and Cox with the Bears. Everybody seems to forget how some of his on field meltdowns hurt us badly in some games, maybe he becomes a good coach but was a less than model guy as a player.

Channing Crowder had a good rookie year after that he was all yap and no bite. Funny he was talking about retirement and how he could never play with any other team and now talkin mad chyt!! He probably went to the bank and finally noticed he had spent his money on dumb stuff and wasn`t smart enough to do anything else, maybe a plummer on the gang of defeat (G.O.D.)


When judging a football player, it makes no sense to compare them to a prince. Princes don't make very good linebackers. Linebackers are not princes. If you want someone ghetto tough, guess where they come from?

Your comment on Crowder makes no sense. If he spent all his money he wouldn't have retired. All the players and coaches around him have said publicly many times he was very smart, but some fans like you can't accept that a rangy wild mouth dude was smart enough to make in a few years more than you will make in your whole life.

Channing Crowder is a smarter businessman than Truth. And I'm sure he laughs all the way to the bank.



Dolphins Waived Henne!!

I do not let my judgment be influenced by the Media as there is a lot of misinformation. Players opinions are somewhat better as f4l said. Still a lot of confusion as to the present, shaky state of this Team.

Who is responsible for the disarray on this Team? Was it BP as JT more or less said? Is it Sparano as Ricky clearly stated? Or Ireland/Ross according to Channing? What you guys think?

Well, we've heard what Ricky Williams had to say about Sparano, Ireland, and Henne and we heard what Jason Taylor said when he left for the Jets (although, I fairness, JT's problem was with Parcells), and now we've heard from Channing Crowder. Maybe someone should go interview Ronnie Brown and get his opinion (hint, hint...Armando!).

Emotha Yam Johnson = DyingBreed

Did anyone watch the Jet game yesterday? Rex looked even more worried than Sparano. Sanchez spent the offseason posing for GQ, so his mind is not on football anymore.

I always have certain things I remember former Dolphins by.

I'll always remember Bob Griese walking on the field for the first time with them big ole bug eye'd glasses under his helmut.

I'll always remember Marino and the fake spike against the hated wets!

Who could forget Nat Moore's helicopter catch featured on the lead in of Monday Night Football?

Bryan Cox stilled my heart by challenging the ENTIRE Bengals sideline, that's how you lay down a legacy!

Channing Crowder? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Crowder,.........lets see..............

It's a little early to be sure, but I've narrowed it down to either his overall lack of production.


The way he embarrassed the entire Dolphin Nation by letting Matt Light whip his a s s and chase him off the field.

A return to the NFL? ROTFLMAO-Yeah righ, maybe as a ball boy!

Why do People deviate legitimate comments on Blogs? Only 2 reasons: Orders or Fear.

Why so much hate for Crowder? So what if he had a big mouth. I'd rather have someone entertaining than all these school boy say the right thing players.

It's not Crowders fault they drafted him and kept him on for several years. He didn't get into off field trouble. If the best he could do on the field wasn't good enough, well I can't hate him for that. He was kept on for a reason, and now they have let him go. Blame the FO for keeping him ok, don't knock him for trying his best.

Don't get the hate. Way better things to hate than Crowder.

Did somebody say Crowder has "insight"?

Rotflmao? Yeah, he's got insight on how to let your mouth write a check your ass can't cash. In laymans terms, he was a FRAUD ILB, Heh heh.

For his entire career he SPECIALIZED in being often injured and underacheiveing. Thanks, but ah, NO thanks good bye and good riddance!

PS: At least Cox and Rodman backed up their bullshyt with awesome play!

People think I drink too much? Bhwaaa Haa Ha!!!!

I Think Mando has a "Man" Crush on cox,Watch out Mando, Jason Taylor's gonna get Mad...

Aloco, Whats the latest on "The Gang of Defeat"?, I hear there drafting new Posters, Any chance I could try out?

Same goes for Henne. I can't hate the guy. I think he is trying his best, he is not out patying and getting into trouble. If his best isn't good enough, then its the managements fault for keeping him on. Be frustrated with them.

When I used to attack Fidel Castro on one of his Blogs(Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez of suppossed anti-Castro fame) there was a wolfpack of bloggers there that, when a comment came to close to Castro, first, they tried to disqualify the poster, if not, they deviated the theme and x other tactics. Err, we have some experience in Internet.

oscar is it true young cuban women prefer rear entry to preserve their virginity longer?

Oscar, Are you "Partying" With Aloco?

"Just say NO to drugs Kid".

As you ninnies are not even in the shadow of Fidel Castro I suppose all these silly comments come from Fear, bred by Ignorance.

fear of what?

Why so much hate for Crowder? So what if he had a big mouth. I'd rather have someone entertaining than all these school boy say the right thing players.

Posted by: rezar | August 16, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Who cares about his mouth? I'd prefer an ILB that could actually PLAY A FULL SEASON!

One that gets more than 1 int and 2 sacks in six seasons.

But since you brought up his mouth, how about this: He runs it like he's a Hall of Famer turned analyst!

The only thing this guy has the right to say is Goodbye!

You can blame the FO for keeping him on, but you can't blame the FO for how he's running his mouth about things when HE HIMSELF basically accomplished NOTHING in six years?

Get a grip and some perspective while you're at it.

Bottom's Up!!!!

PS: Crowder sucks! And now I'm happy to say in past tense, he SUCKED BIG TIME!


Well, I'm not one to criticize someone for offering their opinion. He was asked his opinion and gave a direct honest answer. None of that other stuff you are rambling about has anything to do what his take is on the QB situation. He's been closer to the situation than anyone else writing about it.

You should know, taco, you are the ignorant one, not me.


LOL @ Aloco, What's a "Donky"? LMAO

Sometimes when I wax nostalgic I make myself hard and mess my Zubaz.


Try to dress it up anyway you want.

The fact is, IF Crowder was a true Dolphin at heart he wouldn't dis on the FO and Henne only days after "retiring"(sorta like Hennings retirement-lol).

If Crowder was a Dolphin at heart, he could've took the high road(like SpOrano, Shula, Marino, etc, etc). He choose to bear sour grapes. Sounds a tad too much like Joey Porter to me.

Still, nobody has given a reasonable explanation why they do/don't like the Pick4 or any of it's parts. Just go off carried by your emotions and prejudices.

Just read on Bleacher Report that Miami waived Brooks Foster and signed John Mathews, a FA WR from the Jags. So, our average team just got even more average, I guess.



You are the one dressing things up. The topic was his comment on Henne, and you go off on another tangent that had nothing to do with the matter.

He is not a dolphin any more than you are now. He spoke his mind. Are you one of these politically correct people that prefers to hear insincere bs just to be polite? I'm not. I dig the truth man. He stated his honest opinion, its for whoever hears it to decide how much value to give it.


No gang of defeat for me.

I'm on the "4000 yards or bust" Bandwagon!

All excuses aside, back to the wall!

Just the way I like it. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Make a believer out of me or join Crowder in the has been been stands!

Really these politically correct idealists make me sick. They want you to say the polite thing instead of what you really think. Sounds like censorship to me.

I will go read my books on my I-phone now.

I will be hosting a round table discussion tomorrow at 11 est. Topics include why I am smarter than Sparano and everyone on this blog, my enormous rectum, and those cute buns of Columbo.

Well I will politely say good night to all now.

Me Too.

Oh, by the way, I have no schedule. I talk when I want to talk, I joke when I want to joke.


You are the one dressing things up. The topic was his comment on Henne, and you go off on another tangent that had nothing to do with the matter.

Rezar, are you really this stoned? Dude, put down the pipe and listen up. How can Crowder comment on ANY Pro football player when he himself couldn't cut it?

His play impeaches his own credibility. Crowder don't know jack about evaluating football players. He thinks he was great(cough-puke). He's almost as stoned as you must be thinking he'll make a comeback-ROTFLMAO! Yeah, sure and monkeys will fly out of your but.

Listening to Crowder comment on football is like having Bart Simpson giving you tips on your investment portfolio. You better roll up another one and have fun in the poor house!



Good night Oscar. I will imagine us in manly embrace in sec 401 after destroying the Patriots week one!

ROTFLMAO! Yeah, sure and monkeys will fly out of your but.

Posted by: odinseye | August 17, 2011 at 12:17 AM


If anyone else wants to join us that embrace will become a trAin of flesh!

Where is this tryout? Sounds like a great place to meet guys.

crowder is a complete moron. i wish i could remember some of his best stupid statements. some were so stupid. a voting thing and a geography thing. if anyone remembers please post them!! he was a poor tackler, a very poor coverage guy. in a year who'll want him? he got no play once cut by us. i'm also glad the didn't try to resign ronnie or ricky!! i think ireland has done some good things as GM. including not over paying for a QB this season. with the rookie structure i'm so glad they didn't waste picks for a kyle or ton. he may be better than henna but not worth the picks and pay they would have had to give up!!


Jaison is todays voice of reason.

Don't waste the picks on average stop gaps. I want to party myself into drunken delirium during next years draft!

What we need to do is sign Bryant McKinnie or some freaking body and shore up this O-line.

I hope for the best for Henne and I want him to be in the best possible position to suceed. I want to see what he can do with this years receivers and a solid run game and o-line. Marshall, Bess and Bush! Are you kidding me? Throw in Gates with his 4.3 speed! Shore up the o-line-PLEASE!

Worst case scenario, Henne ends up being our back up and helping out next years no. 1 draft pick!



Posted by: ALoco | August 17, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Wait a sec Aloco, I don't get it.

Jaison was content to go with Henne this year and is happy we didn't waste picks on Orton.

You keep saying Henne will throw for 4000 yards and shut up all the doubters.

Maybe I'm missing something?


Instead of repeatedly bashing Henne and giving "air time" to his bashers, why don't you upgrade your trolls and find someone that can actually carry on a conversation?

I understand the "Blog-Hit Wars" and all, but geez!

Talk about stones and glass houses.............CHIRP..........CHirp.........chirp.............

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