With just three days before the Dolphins Week 2 matchup with the Vikings, coach Tony Sparano met with the media today to discuss all things Fins. Of course one of the biggest challenges facing his team this week will be Brett Favre. Not only is the veteran QB capable of fitting passes into tight spaces, but he’s not afraid to take chances. The coach used an old Bill Parcells term to describe what his DB’s need to do in coverage this week: “plaster” the wide receivers. He said that when Favre gets rolling and moves out of the pocket, men in coverage often have a tendency to break for the quarterback. And when they do, they get beat. Something to look out for this weekend for sure. Other notes:
-While there has been a definite improvement in the defense’s open-field tackling, the coach mentioned that it is, for obvious reasons, a pretty tough thing to work on in practice.
-Sparano said that while coaching the Dolphins, University of Phoenix Stadium has probably been the loudest place he’s taken his team (Fins lost 31-10 there Week 2 of 2008). He certainly expects this Sunday’s game to be loud, as well, and has piped in crowd noise during practice.
-Even with Tony McDaniel getting Jared Odrick’s reps at defensive end this week, the coach still expects to use a rotation on his defensive line. He believes in having fresh bodies in the game and essentially said that if a player dresses for the game, he should expect to play.
-The coach was asked about the play of #2 tight end John Nalbone. Sparano said that Nalbone was in for about 14 offensive plays against the Bills, was asked to do some different things, and did. He also contributed on special teams. Seems the team will try to continue to develop him.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of the coach’s talk today, to see him discuss Anthony Fasano as a run blocker, the way his team needs to run the ball against the Vikings, and if Brandon Marshall’s debut was a success:
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