The Dolphins were back at practice today as they get ready for Sunday’s season finale at New England. After practice, coach Tony Sparano met with the media and discussed several key issues, including what kind of effort he expects out of the Pats, who already have the #1 seed in the AFC wrapped up. Sparano said that he thinks they’ll try and come out to win their 14th game and that they are not a team that practices mediocrity. With the bye coming up, he said he knows that they’ll want to finish the regular season firing on all cylinders.
As for Tomy Brady’s lack of interceptions streak, Sparano seemed genuinely amazed. He said that the streak “blows my mind” and made the point that a simple tipped ball could ruin the whole thing. He also said that in their last 10 wins, the Pats are +24 in turnovers.
When asked if Chad Henne’s play against New England was extra important as far as off-season evaluation goes, Sparano noted that Henne has already had 893 snaps this season and so it’ll be the entire body of work that will be used to evaluate his season, not just what he does this weekend.
On the injury front, Karlos Dansby, Nolan Carroll, Lydon Murtha, and Anthony Fasano were all held out of practice today. With the head injuries to Murtha and Carroll, Sparano said he will have very little control over when and if they are able to return to action.
UPDATE: Here is video of Sparano talking about his expectations that the Pats will go hard on Sunday as well as his breakdown of the differences between this Patriots offense and the one his team saw back in Week 4:
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