The Dolphins were back at work today as they get ready for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati. After practice, head coach Tony Sparano met with the media and discussed several pertinent issues, including the perception that he has a “conservative” approach on offense. Sparano refuted the statement and used the wildcat as an example of why he does not consider himself that kind of coach. Other things that stood out:
-Rookie DB’s Nolan Carroll and Reshad Jones were both out of practice today.
-Sparano said that offensive coordinator Dan Henning makes protection the number-one priority in the gameplan each week. He also says that the time and space that Chad Henne has had in the pocket is attributable not only to the offensive line but to TE Anthony Fasano and the running backs, as well.
-Brian Hartline’s fumble against the Steelers was partly the fault of Henne, Sparano said. With the pass to Hartline away from his body, he wasn’t able to protect the ball as well as he could have.
-Sparano said that he has heard back from the league about the goal-line replay review against the Steelers but that that play and that game are now in his rearview mirror.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights to see the coach talk about some of Brandon Marshall’s strengths, what he’s seen from TO and 85 in Cincy, and how much Channing Crowder’s return has helped the defense:
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