Coach Tony Sparano met with the media today before practice and gave some thoughts on the state of the team. He also mentioned that he was not too worried about any longterm problems relating to the injuries to Greg Camarillo, Reshad Jones, Tristan Davis, or Channing Crowder, all of whom have missed some practice time as of late. Other notes:
-When asked his reaction about Brett Favre’s return to the Vikings, the coach smiled pretty widely and said “I have no reaction.” He then turned to the ever-present Senior VP of Media Relations Harvey Greene and jokingly asked: “I do good there?” Greene nodded. Slightly.
-When asked about the relationship between left tackle Jake Long and right tackle Vernon Carey, Sparano said that they have a really good relationship and that they are also friends off the field.
-Asked again about Brandon Marshall today, the coach mentioned that #19 “sure has been” one of the most impressive guys in camp. He also said that Marshall has a “tremendous” approach to the game.
-With the rotation at center continuing, you could tell the coach was irked that he still did not have the offensive line situation settled and he even said he would like to do so “as fast as I can.” He needs, at that position especially, the starter to get the majority of reps in practice, not to be splitting the reps.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of the coach, including a discussion about Yeremiah Bell’s expanded role this season, what the end of training camp means, and the specific role of the second pre-season game:
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