The Dolphins practiced this afternoon for the first time since Friday night’s 16-6 loss to the Falcons and after practice, coach Tony Sparano met with the media. While most of the reaction to that game has been negative, the coach emphasized that there were some positives to take away. He didn’t single out any players, but said that he did like the way that the interior of the defensive line played and that they were able to move some people around. Other notes:
–Ike Alama-Francis was seen working with the first team today at outside linebacker, in place of rookie Koa Misi. The coach said that no change has been made but that they are “looking” at Alama-Francis in that spot.
-Friday night’s game definitely helped Sparano as far as the battle at center is concerned. He got a chance to watch both Jake Grove and Joe Berger, though he isn’t quite ready to tip his hand and even went so far as to say that whoever starts this Thursday night at Dallas will not necessarily be the starter.
-Sparano said that he has “no concern” when it comes to second-year cornerback Sean Smith, who did not start against the Falcons because of a very minor violation of team rules. Sparano said that Smith has been focused and that there is no need to try a new approach with him.
-Finally, some injury notes: At this time, the coach is not preparing for life without Channing Crowder Week 1 at Buffalo, despite the fact that he’s missed the last two games. Additionally, tight end Joey Haynos, seen on crutches today after suffering a foot injury in the game, does not seem close to returning, as the coach said that he thinks “It’s going to be a little while” until he can come back.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of the coach’s meeting, including discussion of Vontae Davis’s play on Friday; the importance of hidden yardage; and what he has seen so far out of TE David Martin:
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