Coach Sparano spoke between practices today and once again shed some light on what it is he’s looking for as positional battles start to develop. In his time with the media the last four days, Sparano has said the word “consistency” as much as any other word and it’s clear that he values that sort of effort out of his guys.
Other things that stood out:
-CB Will Allen is a totally different guy than he was earlier in the off-season. This is not surprising, as he is coming off of an injury, but whether he continues to work as a nickel corner or earns back a starting job, he is part of a very nice group of three at the position.
-Guard Donald Thomas is fighting for reps and Sparano said that consistency (there’s that word again) is what will get him noticed.
-When asked about managing different egos and personalities, the coach says he tries to be truthful and…consistent. He says he is always crystal clear with his players and that they may not like the message but that they’ll respect the way it is delivered.
-Brian Hartline has continued to work as the starter opposite Brandon Marshall at WR, and while this doesn’t necessarily mean that he is a starter, Sparano did say that when he and his staff went back and looked at tapes from last year, they were very happy with his run after catch yardage. He also mentioned he now feels he knows what he can get out of Hartline.
So that’s the latest from the head coach. He won’t speak again until tomorrow morning, but continue to check back to the site throughout the day for more information.
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