On this last day of 2010 (wow), the Dolphins held their last practice of the season as they get set for Sunday’s season finale at New England. After practice, coach Tony Sparano met with the media and was asked a couple of questions about the unique dynamic that exists with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Sparano said he basically never sees the two of them apart when they’re in the facility and spoke glowingly about their relationship, noting that they could probably both be #1 backs in other places but they have put ego aside for the betterment of each other and the team. He even joked (I think) about how they’ve rubbed off on each other: Ricky seeming more youthful and energetic and Ronnie seeming deeper and more introspective.
The coach also discussed his pre-game running routine and said he arrives at the stadium, home or away, at about 7:30am for a 1 o’clock game. While running the stadium he said he thinks about who will be inactive, about injuries, and the gameplans. Seemed like he most enjoyed his run at Lambeau field this year and that while running in the cold and rain before the Jets game a couple of weeks ago at the Meadowlands, he bumped into a stadium employee who said “You know you’re crazy, right?” for running in those conditions.
Discussing Chad Henne’s perceived “careful” play at quarterback, Sparano noted that he has been careful not to over-coach that aspect of the game and in fact had a conversation with Henne prior to the Oakland game telling him to “cut it loose,” which he thinks he has done well since that time.
UPDATE: Here is video of the coach discussing the pieces that he currently has on offense as well as his evaluation of rookie TE Mickey Shuler, Jr., who became the first tight end not named Fasano to catch a ball this season last week against the Lions:
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