The Dolphins have just one practice today and unfortunately it is not open to the public. Beforehand, coach Tony Sparano met with the media to discuss the news of the day and one of the first things that stood out to me was his discussion of CB Will Allen’s penchant for working with younger guys and passing on some of his hard-earned knowledge. Specifically, Allen was seen working with rookie Nolan Carroll during the evening practice yesterday. Other topics of interest:
-When asked which player on defense would be receiving the green dot to wear on his helmet (and thus which player would have a radio receiver to receive and distribute the play call), Sparano said it would most likely be a linebacker. My guess would be Karlos Dansby, but we’ll have to wait and see.
-Wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen, who was very impressive in the Spring and early in camp has fallen to the wayside a bit because of injury. Last night, he worked full speed for the first time in a couple of days and so Sparano said it would still take some time to be able to properly evaluate him.
-With all of the movement and rotation on the interior of the offensive line, Sparano said he definitely thinks that the situation “needs to settle down.” He also said the first two pre-season games would be very important when it comes to evaluating those players.
-An amazing stat about goal-line play (defined by Sparano as plays from the 1, 2, or 3 yard lines): during the course of a full season, teams will only average between 15-17 true goal line plays during games. Would have thought it would be WAY more.
-Carrying four quarterbacks has not, according to the coach, caused any problems as far as getting reps for the different guys. Chad Henne leads the way with about 360, while Tyler Thigpen has about 274. Pat White and Chad Pennington are both around 140. I love how he keeps these numbers so accurately.
-Finally, the coach’s face lit up a bit when asked if he was a fan of the TV show “Survivor.” He is. And he said he’ll be pulling for Jimmy Johnson and that “better him than me” as far as being on the show.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights from the coach, as he discusses what he likes about rookie guard John Jerry, if it is accurate to call Ronnie Brown “injury prone,” and his thoughts on moving last night’s practice from Sun Life Stadium to the bubble:
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