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Intrigue and inefficiency at morning practice

The Dolphins have finished what I would tell you was an unspectacular practice this morning.

I saw way too many dropped passes. I saw a lot of passes to running backs. I saw very little inspiring work. Just my opinion.

And during interviews following the practice, it became apparent coach Tony Sparano had a talk with the team and ordered players not to comment on the offseason banter between linebacker Channing Crowder and Jets coach Rex Ryan.

Sparano told Crowder on Thursday not to speak with the media unless it was cleared by the team's media relations staff. He also told him to tone down the rhetoric. Then he shared the same message with other players.

Crowder was not made available to the media although several TV stations requested to speak with him. He evaded reporters and cameras by entering the locker room through a back door rather than the door the other players went through.

"No comment on that," Pat White said when asked about the back-and-forth.

Joey Porter, perhaps the most outspoken of Dolphins, actually said he wasn't paying attention to the taunting. Yeah, right.

Sparano was asked about the issue during his post-practice presser. He clearly wanted nothing to do with the subject.

"We're in June right now," he said when asked why Crowder walked in the back door.

We're in June right now," he said when asked if he thought the banter was funny.

"You guys must be running out of questions," he said when asked if he's addressed the subject with the team.

Linebacker Akin Ayodele offered this nugget initially: "I just don't think it was necessary for a head coach to be bickering with a player," he said.

Asked another question on the subject, Ayodele said, "I want to move on. I don't want to be talking about those things."

Ok, let's talk football.


Pat White had a tough practice. He overthrew tight end Joey Haynos on one sideline attempt. Haynos is listed at 6-foot-8. He followed that by skipping a pass Patrick Turner. And he completed his day by chucking a sideline toss over the 10-foot fence that runs parallel to the field the team was working on today.

I have never seen a pass tossed over the fence.

"Just throwing it away," White said of the throw. "It went a little far, huh? I wanted to get it out of the field of play and not give anyone a chance to touch it. I guess I put a little too much on it."

I guess if he had more accuracy on his other throws his intentions to throw this one across the street might have been more readily understood and not been mistaken for just another errant pass. White was asked about the accuracy that Sparano descried as, "hit and miss."

"Just got to keep working," White said. "Never stop. Never give up. Never give in."

I must remind you this is one practice. White can easily come back in stellar fashion for the afternoon work. And he would need some company to raise the team's level of performance.

Ernest Wilford dropped two passes this morning, although one would have been an excellent catch had he executed it. Brian Hartline had a drop. White had a pass batted at the line of scrimmage by Quentin Moses. Chad Pennington had a pass batted at the line of scrimmage as well.

It wasn't all bad.

Greg Camarillo, recovering from ACL surgery, is running quite well. He is now completing a full practice -- approximately 52 repetitions --- for the first time. He stuck out during the practice for the right reasons, catching every pass thrown his way and getting open. Camarillo will not take every repetition in the afternoon practice, according to Sparano.

Joey Haynos had a one-handed catch in the end zone during 7 on 7 drills.

Paul Soliai got a lot of work with the first team defense today as Jason Ferguson was apparently resting. Soliai looked quite active, but these are not a live or full-speed drills so it's hard to tell.

Sparano said Soliai's weight is still "not where it needs to be," but added he has every confidence, "it will be where it needs to be."