Wednesdays are fun days at the podium, as both coach Tony Sparano and starting quarterback Chad Henne take some time to chat with the media. With so much conversation about the team needing to get off to a quick start, Henne agreed that it was very important and that “all these games mean something.” He added that he knows there are major playoff implications, even in the early going.
Sparano also said that the players voted on captains and announced the following players will wear the “C’s:” Jake Long, Karlos Dansby, Yeremiah Bell, and Patrick Cobbs (special teams).
Other things that stood out from the QB and coach:
-Henne surprised some people when he said that Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are the best athletes on the team when they have the ball, even as receivers.
-Henne doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about the recent roster churning or the transition in the front office. He went on to say that “Coach Sparano is our leader” and that the relationship with him is the key one.
-When asked if he was aware of who was blocking for him on the offensive line, Henne made it very clear that he can tell when Jake Long is out there. Long, meanwhile, did practice today, though he was limited. Linebacker Channing Crowder on the other hand, did not.
-As for Sparano, the coach was obviously peppered with questions about Bill Parcells’ move away from day-to-day operations and continued to say that this was not something that would affect him. He said that during the season he would sit and talk with Parcells once every week or two and no more. He also said that the man that he does speak to on a regular basis is Jeff Ireland. Sparano also said he did not mention or address the situation with his players.
-The coach thinks that Henne is so far ahead of where he was this time last year if for no other reason than he’s been getting all the reps in practice.
-When asked if there was concern about all of the transition on the offensive live, the coach pointed out that the two tackles have been set, that rookie John Jerry has been at RG all through the pre-season, and that Richie Incognito has been at LG for at least 20-25 practices now.
-New RB/KR Clifton Smith practiced today and Sparano wouldn’t commit to whether or not he’d be used on Sunday in Buffalo. He said that he’d have to wait and see how he looks the rest of the week.
-Sparano said that the difference between being 1-0 and 0-1 is “tremendous” and that winning your opener brings credibility, validation, and can snowball into more good things happening.
-Finally, the coach had very high praise for Bills’ rookie RB CJ Spiller, whom the Dolphins were paying close attention to on draft night. He said that Spiller is tough to tackle and that you really need to set the edge to try and contain him.
Check back in a bit for video highlights of both the coach and the quarterback as you’ll hear Henne talking about being the opening day starter and his relationship with Brandon Marshall. You’ll also hear Sparano discuss how much better Marshall can make Henne and some of what he had to say about Parcells.
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