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Sparano gushes about Randy Starks' transition to nose tackle

With Jason Ferguson suspended for the first eight games of the 2010 season, the Dolphins need a contingency plan at nose tackle.  That plan includes moving Randy Starks from defensive end.

So far, coach Tony Sparano is pleased with what he has seen in offseason practices that culminated (for now) in a weekend minicamp.

“[H]e’s a hard guy to block and especially when the game is going sideline to sideline a little bit, he’s a tough guy to block, tough for the guards on the back side to get a hold of, those type of people,” Sparano said.  “It’s not only his speed but it’s his strength.  You know, he can pull through gaps, do those types of things and hold the point.  So, I’ve been impressed with what he’s done out here in holding the point of attack with no pads on, so, I’ve already seen this guy when he puts pads on, so, I don’t really worry about that, so, I’ve been impressed that way.  The blocking scheme recognition inside is something that is still a little bit of a work in progress, but he’s gotten so much better in the short time that we’ve been out here at feeling those things, it’s starting to become kind of old hat for him to get.”

(In past years, we’d wonder how Sparano can assess that Starks is able to hold the point of attack in workouts that are supposed to entail no contact.  But offseason workouts entail contact, the NFLPA apparently doesn’t mind, and we’re numb to it.)

Sparano also said that Starks had no reluctance to move from defensive end to nose tackle, an attitude that the Redskins surely wish their erstwhile defensive lineman named Haynesworth would apply.

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34 Responses to “Sparano gushes about Randy Starks' transition to nose tackle”
  1. dolphinfiegl99 says: May 30, 2010 3:45 PM

    I Can’t Wait To See What Starks Can Do At Nose Tackle!
    I Think That We Should Put Pat White At WR For 2 Or 3 Games This Year And See What He Can D0!

  2. PittsburghSteelerz says: May 30, 2010 4:16 PM

    Really?
    Starks is a third year player… he’s staring down a potential big payday in a few years if he shines. Nose tackles make more money! Of course he’d welcome the position change.
    Plus, Ferguson is ancient and they drafted a DE (Odrick) in the first round.
    I don’t think this is a valid comparison to the Hanyesworth situation.

  3. Fins2theleft says: May 30, 2010 4:23 PM

    Starks will hold up fine in the middle for 8 games. He’s a tough cookie. The season cant come any slower. GO PHINS!!!

  4. FranKtheTanK says: May 30, 2010 4:40 PM

    If they had a probowl spot for 3-4 DE’s he would have deserved a starting spot in either league…..
    I have not been a fan of moving him to NT at all. Is it temporary until Ferguson comes back ? Will they switch him back to end ? Can he really be the future at NT ? Can he be a Jay Ratliff type ? ? Only Tuna INC. knows.

  5. smithopher says: May 30, 2010 4:51 PM

    Screw the Dolphins, they are going 7-9 at best, Randy Starks is not able to play the NT position in a 3-4 properly, and they were stupid for not drafting Dan Williams. The Jets are about to stomp these guys out twice this year. The Patriots are gonna smack that ass twice. The Ravens and Bengals are both gonna lay it on em. The Vikings and Packers will both beat the fins. Sparano’s looking at 8 losses right there. Can’t rule out the Bills to contribute a loss, they got their superstar CJ Spiller now (LOL, Marshawn is probably better, there’s no O line to block for any RB in town though so nobody’s gonna look good). I’m looking forward to the Dolphins missing out on the playoffs again, as they deserve. The last time they made it in they put up such a pathetic performance against the Ravens, I was ashamed to be a fan of a team that plays in their division and call THAT team our division champ.

  6. william sizemore says: May 30, 2010 4:55 PM

    Every team has contact during ota’s, and the union and NFL looks the other way, they should drop the rule because its not being enforce making it a joke. Bill

  7. BigD88 says: May 30, 2010 5:05 PM

    Where’s the sarcastic remark about being so quick to praise a player? You know, the kind you say whenever something positive is said about Dez Bryant?

  8. lifelongphinfan says: May 30, 2010 5:25 PM

    i’ve liked starks since he was drafted & i really like his attitude -to me he’s not a dl or a nt he’s simply a football player and a guy that will help us win

  9. twan7272 says: May 30, 2010 5:30 PM

    (In past years, we’d wonder how Sparano can assess that Starks is able to hold the point of attack in workouts that are supposed to entail no contact. But offseason workouts entail contact, the NFLPA apparently doesn’t mind, and we’re numb to it.)
    Really? C’mon Dwight Schrute

  10. ryanleaf says: May 30, 2010 5:33 PM

    (In past years, we’d wonder how Sparano can assess that Starks is able to hold the point of attack in workouts that are supposed to entail no contact. But offseason workouts entail contact, the NFLPA apparently doesn’t mind, and we’re numb to it.)
    Then why do you keep mentioning it like a 4 year old that doesn’t get his way? Let it go for God’s sake, let it go. No one cares but you.

  11. Sdivine says: May 30, 2010 6:03 PM

    I’m looking forward to the Dolphins missing out on the playoffs again, as they deserve. The last time they made it in they put up such a pathetic performance against the Ravens, I was ashamed to be a fan of a team that plays in their division and call THAT team our division champ.
    Really? I hope your not a Pats fan because you guys didn’t do much better at home against the Ravens either. If your a Jets fan get ready for a 30-14 smack down by the Ravens on your home opener. Fins went 4-2 in the AFC East last season as compared to the 2-4 turd the Jets put up. Steelers prove this every year, beat the teams in your division first. Fins will do that this year.

  12. GaryClark says: May 30, 2010 6:20 PM

    Love the obilgatory shot at Fat Albert. I think we all need to relate anything and everything positive or negative in the world today to the lack of effort provided by the fat slob who took $100 million from the Skins in the biggest con in the US…Only to be overshadowed by the BP Oil disaster. Which by the way, could have been prevented had Albert gone to OTAs!

  13. Byrd Is The Word says: May 30, 2010 6:20 PM

    So, he has speed, and so, he has strength, so, he also has wills, and so, he is basically the most amazing player ever, so, old hat.

  14. VanDolPhan says: May 30, 2010 6:22 PM

    smithopher says: May 30, 2010 4:51 PM
    Screw the Dolphins, they are going 7-9 at best, Randy Starks is not able to play the NT position in a 3-4 properly, and they were stupid for not drafting Dan Williams.
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    PittsburghSteelerz says: May 30, 2010 4:16 PM
    Really?
    Starks is a third year player… he’s staring down a potential big payday in a few years if he shines. Nose tackles make more money! Of course he’d welcome the position change.
    _______________________________
    Your a moron smithoper.
    Anyone that _actually_ watched Starks play would know that A) Starks has already played at nose on occasion and done well. B) Would notice that most of his big time plays came while playing to the inside as opposed to the outside at end.
    The only real change for Starks is that he will have to face more double teams then he used to…that’s about it.
    Pitt…..Starks isn’t a 3 year player. This will be Starks 7th season in the league. Miami gave him a $7 million signing bonus a couple years back after Starks put up 3, 3, and 4.5 sacks from a 4-3 DT spot before having a down year (or no way would we have gotten him for the deal we did). Starks came into this league fairly young and NT’s seem to stick around a long time so if this move goes well he could go as long as Ferguson perhaps.

  15. Fins2theleft says: May 30, 2010 6:50 PM

    Why even play the games? its obvious “Smithopher” is Nastradamas and knows exactly whats going to happen..why don’t you crown yourself Jesus while your at it. Douche. News flash buddy- The Fins ARE better than last year and have upgraded. We SWEPT the Jets (Yes Jets fans special teams IS part of the game if you didn’t know for that 2nd game), and SPLIT with the Bills and the Pats..Brady gets shook once we hit him early in the game and that’s a fact. He HATES playing against Miami and knows we’re no pushover. But what am I wasting my time on here for? (I usually only read) You Jet fans all can see into the future apparently. One bad injury on D and you guys are screwed with that sorry ass depth, so good luck staying 100% healthy.

  16. TryTheVeal says: May 30, 2010 7:57 PM

    Miami sucks and life has passed Parcells by………..as soon as you jackasses realize that, the quicker you can listen to Gloria Esetfan while drinking Jimmy Buffett’s way over priced piss water……..Enjoy

  17. smithopher says: May 30, 2010 8:33 PM

    hahahah look at all the hate I’m getting from these Dolphans. And yes, I am a Jets fan.
    Sdivine – we’ll see what happens with the Ravens vs Jets game, I think those are the two best teams in the AFC going into this season. However, in the playoffs, you’re supposed to be a good team, play like a playoff team. Miami was a disgrace, and there’s nothing you can say about it. And congratulations on your 4-2 AFC East record last year, it looked real impressive from the AFC Championship Game.
    VanDolPhan – I think the proper grammar there was “you’re”, like the contraction of you + are, so it looks like YOU’RE the moron here. Anybody who _actually_ watched Starks was wasting their time rooting for the fins in the first place.
    Fins2theleft – I probably do have a better record picking games than anybody you’ve met for the past two seasons, I might not have always been right, but on bad weeks I still picked 9 or 10 games correctly. Call me what you want, but I know how to pick ‘em. And I agree with you that special teams is part of the game. They still got lucky on special teams, and the Jets did pound the living shit out of them the rest of that game, but they ended up winning because of a couple bull shit special teams plays. Our offense outperformed your defense, our defense outperformed your offense. Your kick returner, who’s no longer on the roster, is the only reason the fins won that second game. As for our depth, we’ve got four corners that could probably start on most teams in the NFL (two that could start anywhere), three solid safeties (four if Ihedigbo plays well this season), we’ve got plenty depth at linebacker right now since Ryan picked up Taylor off you guys and a couple more gems that went undrafted, Sione Pouha played solid at NT last year when Jenkins went down, so we’ve even got some depth along the line. Which position on the defense were you referring to?

  18. deymond says: May 30, 2010 8:47 PM

    See Mike, it is possible to wander past a deceased equine without attacking it.

  19. Scalzo says: May 30, 2010 8:50 PM

    The Jets are pathetic. Only 3 AFC east titles in their whole existence. The Colts which are no longer in the AFC east have more AFC east titles LOLz. The Jets have the worst overall record than any team in the AFC east. They are cellar dweller scum and I can’t wait for them to go back to where they belong. We all know the Giants are the true football team of NY. They cannot win the AFC east and they think they are champs of something. It will be great watching the Jets crash and burn yet another season. 7-9 at best for the Jets. Miami will sweep them again as will the Patriots. They will split with the Bills. We all know the Ravens, Broncos, Vikings, Packers, and Steelers are going to crush the Jets.

  20. miamirulez23518 says: May 30, 2010 9:04 PM

    these nieve poor misinformed jets fans need to realize they are nothing but bottom feeders of the afc east or to put it honestly, the door mat of the dolphins success. i still cant believe you listen to that lying coach of yours.
    he said you would be going to the promise land last year….. LIE ……he said you were going this year….you’ll see he is nothing but a LIAR. yeah superbowl champions of the ota’s…ha not even in your own minds will your team ever be a champion. your team hasnt won a division title in the past 3 decades so keep dreaming and when your coach lies to you again……remember you heard it here first.
    and untill further notice…..the dolphins own the jets.

  21. Marino13 says: May 30, 2010 10:14 PM

    “Try the eal” – that was an awesome post – keep’em comin!

  22. JetsAreAJoke says: May 30, 2010 10:23 PM

    TryTheVeal says:
    May 30, 2010 7:57 PM
    Miami sucks and life has passed Parcells by………..as soon as you jackasses realize that, the quicker you can listen to Gloria Esetfan while drinking Jimmy Buffett’s way over priced piss water……..Enjoy
    Man, what was your veal laced with?

  23. JetsAreAJoke says: May 30, 2010 10:26 PM

    @Smithopher
    You sound really really really jealous. You must be a jests fan and like all the rest, are expecting the big letdown that is sure to follow. You sure do seem “to know a lot” about the Fins though. Sorry about your pathetic jests getting all the hype and you knowing they won’t be able to live up to it. Maybe Rexy will cry on your shoulder this season.

  24. Fins2theleft says: May 30, 2010 10:50 PM

    @Smithopher you mention JT as linebacker depth? C’mon man. As much as we respect JT down here, we ARE NOT afraid of going against him. Jake Long will shut him out and he’ll be lucky to not “injure” his foot like he does anually.

  25. VanDolPhan says: May 30, 2010 11:48 PM

    smithopher says: May 30, 2010 8:33 PM
    VanDolPhan – I think the proper grammar there was “you’re”, like the contraction of you + are, so it looks like YOU’RE the moron here. Anybody who _actually_ watched Starks was wasting their time rooting for the fins in the first place.
    ———————————————
    Really…that’s the best you could come up with? Being a grammar nazi. Well what do we expect from a Jets fan. Always giving a run for the money for most obnoxious, ignorant fanbase in the U.S.

  26. smithopher says: May 31, 2010 12:52 AM

    Jealous? Of what? I read up on every football team, I love football. I know about my division rivals. JT will play just fine, wait and watch. Even if he can’t pull off 10+ sacks, there’s still Calvin Pace, who led the team in sacks last season. David Harris and Bart Scott aren’t bad at getting after the QB either. Bryan Thomas will most likely still start anyway while JT is brought in on third down or second and long situations. Rex Ryan is a defensive genius and he’ll get his men after your QB, no matter what it takes. You’ve also gotta realize we have Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Jim Leonhard and Brodney Pool on the coverage. If Kyle Wilson can come in and play like a true first rounder, they’ll have the receivers covered in the nickel package and be able to blitz 6 or 7 men. If that’s the situation, it will really tie up your tight end and/or RB, leaving 3 or 4 receivers against 5 solid players in the secondary… I don’t like your chances. Darrelle Revis can play on Marshall, and even if Marshall gets big plays, there’s gonna be a safety put on him over the top. It’ll take some more of those special teams plays and wildcat formation to move the ball this season.

  27. prophet of the light says: May 31, 2010 1:27 AM

    Call me when they find linebackers and safeties to stop any decent passing attacks.

  28. rickywilliamsdealer says: May 31, 2010 9:56 AM

    @smithopher
    I hate to break the news to you but you guys downgraded this offseason. Getting LT for TJ was a terrible move. TJ has gotten better every year for the last few years and LT has gotten worse. Also Leon Washington is gone as well as Faneca. JT is washed up. Antonio Cromartie has 79 kids in 12 different states with 16 baby mommas, he won’t have any energy left on Sunday’s after he runs through the big apple and squirts out 67 more kids with 33 different women. Mark Sanchez is not as good as you guys think and Braylon Edwards can’t catch a cold. Oh yeah tell PacMan2 aka Santonio “I’ll be broke in 7 years” Holmes to turn off his ipod. I wish he woulda got tased and dragged of the plane.

  29. MiamiDorkFins - Repo City says: May 31, 2010 10:14 AM

    Stupid DorkFans, the “Dorks blow”.
    6 and 10…. AT BEST….
    The DorkFin Circus continues ……….

  30. Ron says: May 31, 2010 10:37 AM

    smithopher says: May 31, 2010 12:52 AM
    ———————————————–
    Hey wake up
    This is an article regarding Randy Starks
    but since your so insecure an add
    you have to bring up the JETS and give us a run down on the complete team….
    Please focus and go post somewhere else
    regarding Rotund Rexy and his lap band surgery

  31. 2buku4u says: May 31, 2010 11:07 AM

    Starks at NT with Langford and Odrick at the ends (assuming Odrick plays to his draft status) is a stout base to our 3-4. Throw in a fresh BigFerg for the second half of the season and we’re set. As far as our linebackers, I feel like we have more than enough for any situation. Pass rush, run stop, coverage…so long as we get the right mix on the field at the right time, we should be fine. Vontae Davis and Sean Smith were as good as any CB duo last year and they were ROOKIES! Miami constantly getting beat deep was a result of poor FS play and a lacking pass rush, end of story. Man on man, these guys is solid. Don’t forget about Will Allen (Allen = Cromartie) and Yeremiah Bell (Bell > Leonhard). I realize that Miami hasn’t finalized a FS yet, but I’m not worried. They have plenty of fresh, young prospects in house as well as a shot at Atogwe in free agency. Don’t be surprised if Miami plays the same attack style defense as the jets did last year under new DC Mike Nolan, we definitely have the personnel to do it…should be fun watching Miami make the jets our bitch again this season.

  32. Hitman22 says: May 31, 2010 11:12 AM

    smithopher= tool
    We will sweep you AGAIN… yawn

  33. NYJALLFINGDAY says: May 31, 2010 11:49 AM

    Hilarious that nobody can counter anything Smithopher has to say beyond pre-school name calling. HEY SMITHOPHER, YOUR A DOODY BUTT.

  34. texasPHINSfan says: Jun 1, 2010 2:15 PM

    i like how this post has nothing to do with the Jets, yet they feel the need to come in here and start isht.
    sounds like an insecurity to me. of course, if i was swept last year, i’d probably be insecure too.

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