After today’s practice, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano met with the media to continue to preview Sunday night’s home opener against the Jets. With Sun Life Stadium sold out, things are obviously going to get loud and so Sparano had crowd noise piped into practice today–something that almost exclusively happens when teams are preparing to play on the road. The coach said that he anticipates the Dolphin fans will be nice and loud, even when the offense has the ball, and so he wants the team to be ready.
In addition, the coach seemed pretty thrilled that the infield dirt would be covered up for this game. He made sure to thank owner Stephen Ross for spending the money to put grass in on a temporary basis. My own understanding, by the way, is that doing this is an exceptionally expensive project. Other notes:
-Sparano echoed the words of offensive coordinator Dan Henning, who spoke earlier in the day, saying that just because the Jets will be without Darrelle Revis doesn’t mean they are going to change the way they attack. Both men said that the scheme is what makes the Jets so good.
-Asked about receiver Brian Hartline, Sparano said that he definitely bounced back last week at Minnesota and that he continues to get better.
-Sparano mentioned that he has similar concerns about Mark Sanchez’s roll-out abilities as he did Brett Favre’s last week. They hare both good at rolling out and throwing on the run.
-Starting RG John Jerry is still sick and did not practice today. The coach said that the team basically has four guys getting ready to play that position on Sunday night.
-Sparano had seriously high praise for Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, with whom the coach has been friends with for a long time. He called Schottenheimer “outstanding” and said he has a great mind and that he’ll eventually be a head coach.
UPDATE: Here are video highlights to see the coach talk about defensive depth, how he thinks Jason Taylor will be received, and the developing identity of this defense:
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