After practice this afternoon, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano met with the media and discussed the topics of the day. One of the things I found most interesting was a conversation about his defense’s blitzing tendencies. The coach said he had a “pretty good idea” of the ratio between blitzing and base situations that he would like to use in the regular season, though of course game situations can dictate that a bit. He also said he knows exactly what percentage of the time that his defense has blitzed during all of training camp. As for some other notes…
-Sparano is looking forward to playing the Falcons on Friday night, saying he considers them a playoff team in the NFC and so they should provide good competition.
-When asked if the fact that Jake Grove is due to make a ton more money than Joe Berger this season will factor into the decision of who will start there, he simply stated, “No.”
-On the left side of the offensive line, the coach said he definitely sees Jake Long and Richie Incognito developing a chemistry and getting on the same page.
-The coach made it pretty clear that in pre-season games he is much more interested in working on “basic” things, specifically on defense, as opposed to coming in with a complex gameplan and showing much to future opponents.
-After spending some time praising ILB Karlos Dansby, Sparano continued by saying that he thinks Dansby can be an even better player and that he thinks “his best football is still ahead of him.”
-Some players on the bubble have an opportunity to make the team because of what they’re able to do on Friday night vs. Atlanta, especially those players who are asked to do something specific. That said, he said that what has happened on the practice field should not be dismissed and goes a long way towards deciding a player’s future.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of the coach, where he’ll discuss the team’s decision to draft Nolan Carroll, the play so far of fellow-rookies Jared Odrick and Koa Misi, and his relationship with offensive coordinator Dan Henning:
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