On this day after the Dolphins 33-17 win over the Raiders, coach Tony Sparano met with the media to continue to break down the game. As well as the Dolphins ran the ball yesterday (49 carries, 186 yards), Sparano said that the team only ran about five different rushing plays against the Raiders. Though they mixed up the formations, he said that the Oakland linebackers knew what was coming but the blocking by guys like Lousaka Polite and Lex Hilliard really freed up the running game.
Speaking of blocking for the backs, Sparano said that WR Brian Hartline was asked five or six times to slide over and block a defensive end and that he did a really nice job. The coach also singled out guys like Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, Richie Incognito, Tim Dobbins, Yeremiah Bell, Chris Baker, and Koa Misi for all really contributing in less-noticeable ways. He said that they got “a lot of contributions from a lot of players” ad that sometimes you need “fewer architects and more bricklayers.”
At quarterback, Sparano seemed pretty pleased with Chad Henne’s play, saying that he saw some things out of Henne that indicated definite growth. He said that Henne just needs to keep getting better. As for the interception in the red zone, Sparano said that when that clock in the QB’s head has been ticking for a while and he’s still got the ball, it’s usually a bad thing and that he wishes Henne would have thrown the ball away to the Darth Vader guy in the stands (see video).
UPDATE: Here are some video footage of the coach talking about the resiliency of this team as well as another reference to his favorite Raider fan, the “Darth Vader guy:”
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