The Dolphins were back at practice today as they prepare for Sunday night’s home opener against the Jets. After practice today, coach Tony Sparano met with the media to discuss the match-up as well as give an update on some of his players. First, the good news: LB Channing Crowder was back to work today. On the other side, though, rookie guard John Jerry was not at practice today. Sparano said that he is sick. As for published reports that Jets CB Darrelle Revis is officially out for the game, the coach said “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Other notes:
-In a roundabout way, the coach essentially said that Jason Taylor is keeping him up at night this week.
-When talking about taking shots downfield, the coach mentioned that it is much easier for the offense to read what the front-seven is doing than it is the secondary. I guess this means that it’s easier and perhaps more importantly, safer, to call for running plays and short and intermediate passing plays rather than deep balls.
-When talking about Jets corner Antonio Cromartie, Sparano said that he’s one of those guys that the ball seems to find and also that “he can get rough with you.”
-When asked what the most important stat is to him, the coach mentioned turnover margin is near the top of the list but that more specifically, he was most concerned with what he called the “negative plays stat,” which includes turnovers, penalties, and other negative situations.
-Quarterback Chad Henne also spoke today and one comment he made really stuck with me. He said that “you never want the quarterback to be the reason that your team is losing.” Pretty good insight into his mindset.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of the coach, including his take on facing the Jets, on Channing Crowder’s return to practice, and the importance of Randy Starks’ versatility on defense:
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