Third-string Dolphins running back Patrick Cobbs is one of coach Tony Sparano’s guys.
Cobbs is a player who is greater than the sum of his parts, someone who became impossible to cut despite his status as an undrafted player that was originally brought in by Nick Saban.
That’s why the news Tuesday that Cobbs will miss the season with a torn ACL seemed to hit Sparano hard.
“You guys know what I think of Pat Cobbs,” Sparano said. “This guy is a
tremendous, tremendous warrior. I think the world of this guy as a
player . . . But that’s how this game goes. The next guy gets a turn.”
The next guy in this case is 2008 sixth-round pick Lex Hilliard, a hard-charging runner that looked good in the preseason.
If Miami’s offensive line plays like it did Monday night for the rest of the season, the Dolphins could probably hand the ball off to Sparano and find success.