With the Dolphins now 2-0 and the win over the Vikings basically in the rear-view mirror, Tony Sparano met with the media today to discuss the win and move past Minnesota and onto the Jets. Unsurprisingly, the play of the defense was a major point of discussion, and in particular, the play of the secondary. The coach said that although the entire unit played very well, it was CB Jason Allen who graded out the highest. He also said fellow corner Vontae Davis has a “pretty bright future ahead of him” if he continues to improve. Other things that stood out:
-LB Karlos Dansby has a huge impact on his team. Even in the middle of the game, he is calm and level-headed, talking with coaches and teammates about what he sees on the field. A quiet guy, but a definite leader nonetheless.
-The big pass to Brandon Marshall on the first offensive play of the day was basically scripted, but Sparano mentioned that the coverage by the Vikings on the play was perfect for what they wanted to do there.
-When asked about the team’s better open-field tackling this year, the coach said it was mainly because they have players who are better tacklers. He specifically mentioned Dansby, Chris Clemons, Davis, and Jason Allen.
-On offense, the coach singled out the nice game by TE Anthony Fasano, who did not have a catch. He said that Fasano was critical in pass protection and also was big on run blocking.
-The play of LB Koa Misi is certainly encouraging, and Sparano said that his motor and tenacity can help to cover up some of the rookie fundamental mistakes that he makes.
-No surprise, but the coach smiled a little and was very impressed by the way Jake Long handled Jared Allen all day.
-Finally, the coach was asked if he was able to get off the field in Minnesota without thinking about the Jets yesterday. He said he did, but that Gang Green was on his mind soon thereafter.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights, including Sparano talking about the 2-0 start; the play of Jason Allen; and how he feels about the offense having only scored two touchdowns in two games:
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