Between his team’s two practices today, Coach Sparano met with the media to discuss the goings-on as we (finally) close in on the first pre-season game of 2010. Early on, Sparano was asked about TE David Martin, back with the team after starring in 2008 and missing all of 2009. The coach said that he really isn’t thinking about ’08 at all and that he is just looking to create competition. I’m very curious to see how Martin looks once the games arrive. More from the coach:
-Sparano once again talked about how Channing Crowder is a major beneficiary of getting to play next to Karlos Dansby. It certainly seems like there are raised expectations for #52.
-Rookie LB AJ Edds was very good in coverage before suffering a season-ending knee injury and the coach mentioned how he is now looking to a couple of other guys the Fins picked up during the draft to help fill the void: Austin Spitler (seventh round pick) and Tim Dobbins (traded from San Diego in round one).
-One of the biggest question marks all camp has been at the free safety position and the coach said that while he wants to wait and see how Chris Clemons does in a game, I don’t think there would be any surprise if he was soon named the official starter at that position.
-One other note from the secondary, as the coach mentioned that CB Jason Allen has been “a really good surprise” and that he has probably gotten his hands on the ball more than anyone else on the defense so far in training camp.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of the coach, including some great info on the different ways players can make the team, on the way the tight ends will benefit from Brandon Marshall’s presence, and some very high praise for Karlos Dansby:
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