Coach Tony Sparano met with the media today as the Fins are officially in Minnesota-mode. With the day off yesterday, the team returned to practice today, and afterwards, the coach was asked about a variety of topics. When addressing the Vikings’ run defense, Sparano said that their unit is one of the best he’s seen “in a long time” but that you still have to run the ball and play to your own strengths. Should be a great battle between two great units. Other things that stood out:
-Speaking about the dangers that Brett Favre presents, Sparano said that his quick release and ability to fit the ball into tight spots make him so tough to defend and also that “when he buys time, he’s dangerous.”
-Defensive lineman Tony McDaniel played all three positions Sunday in Buffalo: nose tackle, left end, and right end. Sparano said that he liked what he saw out of McDaniel and that he would certainly be getting a lot more playing time now, thanks to the injury to Jared Odrick.
-Speaking of injuries, the coach conceded that LB Channing Crowder is “getting closer” to returning to practice, and that the recent re-signing of Erik Walden is unrelated to Crowder’s injury status.
-Sparano seemed to like the way his offensive line played against the Bills. He said that their play was “a lot cleaner than it had been,” though they aren’t all the way there yet.
-Finally, the coach talked about wanting quarterback Chad Henne to be aggressive, but that also he must be sure to take care of the ball.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights from the coach’s address to watch him discuss how to stop Adrian Peterson, on what help Benny Sapp and Greg Camarillo can provide their new teams, and on the status of Odrick’s injured leg:
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