The Dolphins general manager spoke with our Jesse Agler, Keith Sims, and Sam Madison to give his thoughts on the state of the team heading into the 2011 offseason. Don’t miss Ireland’s comments on the team’s quarterback situation as well as his explanation of Dan Henning’s departure from the team.
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A very interesting day at the Dolphins training facility in Davie today, as owner Stephen Ross, general manager Jeff Ireland, and head coach Tony Sparano sat with a media contingency in a conference room to discuss everything that has been going on in recent days.
Ross began the discussion with a lengthy opening statement that was highlighted by, among other things, his reiteration that his #1 priority is to bring a winner to Miami.
On this day-after the Dolphins 17-14 loss to the Bills, coach Tony Sparano met with the media to continue to discuss the game as well as the remaining two games in the 2010 season. With so much talk about the Dolphins lack of a rushing attack against one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL, Sparano pointed out that in the second half, they chose to come out throwing after 12 first half rushes resulted in just 40 yards (3.3 yards per carry).
There are all kinds of stats floating around the Miami Dolphins about the more rushing yards they pick up, the greater their chances of winning are. Offensive coordinator Dan Henning said yesterday that the only stat he really cared about was that the Fins are 6-0 this year when scoring more points than the other team. That said, the magic number for Miami seems to be 130 yards on the ground.
Coach Sparano usually arrives at the team’s training facility well before the sunrise, but recently he finds that his car has not been the first one in the parking lot, it’s the one belonging to Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Brandon has been working extremely hard in rehab so he can quickly return to the field from a recent hamstring injury.
The Dolphins were back at work today as they get ready for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati. After practice, head coach Tony Sparano met with the media and discussed several pertinent issues, including the perception that he has a “conservative” approach on offense. Sparano refuted the statement and used the wildcat as an example of why he does not consider himself that kind of coach.
Quarterbacks, they say, are like fine wines. They take time to develop and they both get better with age. And like a wine being better with a nice piece of steak or a great dish of pasta, quarterbacks are better when they are given protection and weapons.
Our QB, John Congemi, is here to tell you that the Dolphins young quarterback, Chad Henne, is on his way.
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.
For the final time before Sunday’s opener at Buffalo, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano met with the media this afternoon. Not surprisingly, the coach wasn’t particularly open when it came to injuries, but it certainly doesn’t seem like LB Channing Crowder is going to play. On the bright side, though, I would be very surprised if LT Jake Long didn’t make the start.
After practice this afternoon, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano met with the media and discussed the topics of the day. One of the things I found most interesting was a conversation about his defense’s blitzing tendencies. The coach said he had a “pretty good idea” of the ratio between blitzing and base situations that he would like to use in the regular season, though of course game situations can dictate that a bit.