It has been a weekend of change not only for the Dolphins, but all around the NFL, as teams have been making cuts and scouring the waiver wire for late roster additions. Today, after an initial delay, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano met with the media to discuss the changes.
Prior to the coach coming into the room, the team officially announced that they had waived DE’s Charles Grant and Marques Douglas as well as guard Cory Procter. Additionally, they placed CB Will Allen on injured reserve. To fill those roster spots, Miami signed DE’s Clifton Geathers and Robert Rose as well as versatile offensive linemen Jeremy Parnell and Joe Reitz. As for the coach:
-Sparano would not get into any specifics as far as why anyone was or was not kept on this roster.
-The coach pointed out that although this team is young, with 18 first or second year plays among the 53, that they also have 23 players with five or more years experience.
-With both Pat White (second round) and Patrick Turner (third round) now out of the picture, the coach was asked about what he thought of that 2009 draft. He indicated that starting free safety Chris Clemons is an example of a positive from that draft and that things don’t always work out.
-With the new guys coming in, it’s clear that Sparano is still not satisfied with the different groupings on the interior of his offensive line.
-When asked about the cornerback situation, the coach said that he feels comfortable with the unit and brought up both Benny Sapp and rookie Nolan Carroll as reasons why.
-OL Pat McQuistan, acquired in a trade with the Cowboys, was described by Sparano as smart, versatile, durable, and a really strong guy. Sparano said that Thursday night in Arlington, McQuistan played both guard and tackle positions against the Fins.
-Don’t expect to hear any updates on Channing Crowder or anyone else until Wednesday, which is when the NFL requires injury reports to be released.
-When asked what his expectations are for the 2010 Dolphins, the coach replied, “We want to be in the playoffs.” He also said that this wasn’t an example of a coach or a team just saying that and that he meant it completely.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights, including how Davone Bess helped make it easier for undrafted rookie receivers Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace to make the team; on the expectations placed on Pat White when he arrived here; and the difficulty of making roster decisions:
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