On this morning after the Dolphins 13-10 loss to the Browns, coach Tony Sparano met with the media to continue to dissect the aftermath. There were plenty of interesting topics discussed, including the decision to not dress Brandon Marshall for the game. Sparano said that it was 100% his call and that Marshall tried “real hard” to get into the game, but Sparano did not want to risk further injury. Other notes…
-When asked if he would put any thought into starting Tyler Thigpen over Chad Henne next Sunday in New York, Sparano answered, “No.”
-Discussing Ronnie Brown’s tackle of Browns’ safety Mike Adams late in the 4th quarter, Sparano reminded everyone that this weekend alone there were three instances of players running back interceptions who had the ball stripped out of their hands and that Ronnie was just trying to make a play.
-When asked what has been most frustrating for him this season, Sparano mentioned several things: overall inconstancy, allowing big plays, struggling in the red zone, as well as injuries.
-Talking about rookie Nolan Carroll, who’s near-interception could have iced the game for Miami, Sparano said that he was not worried about the corner and that in the 16 or so plays that he was in on defense, Carroll played physically and covered very well. He also mentioned his standout performances on special teams.
-With Marshall out of the game and Brian Hartline missing for much of the afternoon with a finger injury, Sparano said that the WR play was “not one of our best performances.” He said that sometimes guys try and do more than they’re asked when they’d just be better off doing only what they’re asked.
UPDATE: Here are some video of the coach talking about Henne’s performance, the defense doing their job yesterday, and how his team can regroup after this loss:
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