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Dolphins tell fans: Don’t post practice videos on YouTube

Tony Sparano AP

The Miami Dolphins have a request for fans who come to training camp: Don’t let the rest of the league see what we’re doing.

The request came after parts of Dolphins practices were seen on YouTube, and the Dolphins were concerned that opposing teams would watch the videos and get an edge heading into the regular season.

We have rules in place that don’t allow fans to take video of practice,” Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said. “Those rules exist so that we’re not placed at a competitive disadvantage by having the teams we play see video of any portion of our practices.”

Although there’s no evidence that opposing coaches and scouts are scouring YouTube for tips, the Dolphins don’t want to take any chances.

“I’m sure that our fans understand that concern,” Greene said, “and I’m confident they will follow our camp guidelines to prevent that from happening again.”

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77 Responses to “Dolphins tell fans: Don’t post practice videos on YouTube”
  1. wryly1 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    This years version of the ‘fish may want to ask the NFL not to televise their games.

  2. rayvens says: Aug 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    Although there’s no evidence that opposing coaches and scouts are scouring YouTube for tips,
    ——————————–
    Did some one say Belichick………?

  3. slemmebo says: Aug 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    Hi

    My name i Bill Belichick. I would like you to ease my
    job and post some video of the Miami Dolphins on youtube

    /bill

  4. yankees27andcounting says: Aug 11, 2011 8:53 AM

    Who says it was a “fan”?

    Smells like Bellacheat to me

  5. londonbengal says: Aug 11, 2011 8:53 AM

    you can be sure the man in Foxboro’ has already been checking ‘youtube’ for this footage

  6. vahawker says: Aug 11, 2011 8:54 AM

    Billicheat paid the “fans” for their services

  7. panther17 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:55 AM

    Don’t worry. Belichick has better quality video of the Dolphins practice anyways. He don’t need no stinking youtube.

  8. knucklebucket says: Aug 11, 2011 8:56 AM

    Well at least now the Dolphins will have an excuse as to why they will be so bad this year.

  9. ampats says: Aug 11, 2011 8:57 AM

    This has now become the sorriest franchise in the NFL.

    Guess they are afraid that the world will laugh at the comic relief the Dolphin practices are.

  10. 7pints says: Aug 11, 2011 8:57 AM

    I think it’s more of a “don’t show the league our QB is horrible, it screws up our leverage for a trade” thing.

  11. vdogg says: Aug 11, 2011 8:58 AM

    Now we know what the REAL problem has been there…..it wasnt Henne, it was the damn cell phone cameras….!!!

  12. jacunn2000 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:58 AM

    They don’t want anyone else to know the obvious. That they suck.

  13. steelbydesign says: Aug 11, 2011 8:59 AM

    It really doesn’t matter… The Patriots have videos of them already anyway, probably in HD.

  14. humbleminded85 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:00 AM

    Yea good luck with that. You might as well close practice to the public. Its 2011, if they think with all the types of camera devices out now they can keep everyone from taping they are crazy.

  15. JAM says: Aug 11, 2011 9:01 AM

    It was Belichick…

  16. naygerkid says: Aug 11, 2011 9:01 AM

    The only thing they’d be looking for is video of Cameron Wake. Nobody really wants to see Henne drop back and throw a pick or get sacked.

  17. fins4ever says: Aug 11, 2011 9:01 AM

    Just goes to show ya… SOME Dolphins fans are REALLY stupid! What a bunch of bone-heads.

  18. zimaman says: Aug 11, 2011 9:02 AM

    as we say in Portugal

    the Dolphins are “SHTUPAH”

  19. lionpride10 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:03 AM

    I thought that the reason other teams would have an advantage on the Dolphins was because they suck.

  20. TheDPR says: Aug 11, 2011 9:03 AM

    While other teams broadcast practice video on their websites the Dolphins are once again worried about controlling fans.

    Maybe if they were less concerned about the fans booing and videotaping practices and more concerned with building a better roster they’d be a more successful team.

  21. kellyb9 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:04 AM

    Belichick has an app for that. (sorry huge pats fan… but I couldnt help it)

  22. polishkingski says: Aug 11, 2011 9:04 AM

    nice pic of coach looking like the douche he is….

  23. nav711 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:05 AM

    Don’t let the rest of the league see what we’re doing? Is anybody really afraid of Sparano and the Dolphins??? We know what you’re gonna do… KICK FIELD GOALS!!!!!!

  24. bleedblue18 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:07 AM

    Actually don’t blame them, stupid fans.

  25. notrelated says: Aug 11, 2011 9:07 AM

    Spying on the Dolphins would be about as effective as stealing signs from the Astros.

  26. jcjets says: Aug 11, 2011 9:07 AM

    is this really a big problem in dolphin land?

    I don’t think any team would even waste the time it would take to find, and breakdown fan video of the dolphins.

  27. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 11, 2011 9:08 AM

    as if any team feels they are behind the curve of the Dolphins…..(Your not the Pats or the Jets, no one cares)

  28. botchedextrapoint says: Aug 11, 2011 9:08 AM

    Most teams won’t bother with the YouTube clips, they’ve already seen the ones the pats illegally taped

  29. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 11, 2011 9:09 AM

    Just realized, you are competing against Belicheat…jus sayin

  30. hoosierdude says: Aug 11, 2011 9:09 AM

    Opposing teams are more likely to double over laughing.

  31. hoobsher says: Aug 11, 2011 9:10 AM

    because theyre that bad…? yeah. dolphins = one of the worst teams for 2011.

  32. nyjalleffingday says: Aug 11, 2011 9:10 AM

    Hahahaha, so Pop Warner.

  33. achap39 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:10 AM

    Seen on YouTube video: Chad Henne INT. Fans chant “we want Orton.” Chad Henne cries. Fan who filmed practice dubs in REM’s “Everybody Hurts.” Fin.

  34. lostsok says: Aug 11, 2011 9:15 AM

    Did anyone check and make sure it’s not Bill Belicheck?

  35. marinephinfan says: Aug 11, 2011 9:18 AM

    I see nothing wrong with this request. Isn’t it against the rules for teams to take video the practices of other NFL teams?

  36. all4patriots says: Aug 11, 2011 9:18 AM

    some real smart fans there!

  37. descendency says: Aug 11, 2011 9:19 AM

    LOL.

    I guess the dolphins really care about winning pre-season games.

  38. phins4lyfe says: Aug 11, 2011 9:19 AM

    Seroiusly?!?!?! We as fans should never have to be told that! We should already know that publicizing practice videos can give an edge to the opposing teams…… DUH!!!!!!

  39. benh999 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:20 AM

    I don’t think any team needs practice videos to beat be able to beat the Fins. Just blitz Henne a few times early and he’ll start throwing more interceptions than completions.

  40. chizzle20 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:21 AM

    It was probably just a die hard **cough Patriots Spy cough** Dolphins fan just wanting to study the team on tape.

  41. johnnycamparm says: Aug 11, 2011 9:21 AM

    Don’t worry Dolphin fans, the Patriots already have tapes of your practices…

  42. jaystus says: Aug 11, 2011 9:25 AM

    I have thought about this. No video recording devices at practice/games. Everything now has video recording capability phones/cameras/Ipods. They cant really start prohibiting all of those things at events.

  43. ibeshane says: Aug 11, 2011 9:25 AM

    I wonder how much Bill Belichick paid these fans to take these videos????

  44. cakemixa says: Aug 11, 2011 9:27 AM

    HAVE WIDE OPEN PRACTICE THAT ANYONE CAN COME WATCH

    DONT ALLOW VIDEOTAPING OF OPEN PRACTICE OUT OF CONCERN FOR OTHER TEAMS ANALYZING WHAT THEY DO

    CHAMPIONSHIP.

  45. FinFan68 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:28 AM

    Based on how the offense played last year and Daboll’s system in Cleveland, I don’t think there is much to worry about. The system is pretty vanilla so it just comes down to players winning the 1-on-1 battles

  46. traevin says: Aug 11, 2011 9:31 AM

    And I thought Dolphins were supposedly intelligent?

  47. typicaleaglesfan says: Aug 11, 2011 9:34 AM

    Yeah because the fans taping your practices will be the reason your team is not competitive. Besides Bill Belicheck has been taping your practices for years.

  48. tombradyswig says: Aug 11, 2011 9:42 AM

    Additionally…….

    Dolphins tell fans: Don’t make Henne cry

  49. semperfi24 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:46 AM

    LMFAO…

    1) Any scout, assistant coach, etc of one of the other 31 teams could dress in Dolphins gear, and go watch the practice for themselves…

    2) Any player the Dolphins cut between now and the start of the season could sign with another team and spill the beans, considering they are going to be cutting 40% of their roster between now and then, you get the idea…

    3) If you are going to try to practice specific things, do it in the privacy of your practice bubble, or in the stadium when practice isnt open to the public. I am willing to bet that 3 or 4 years ago, when they were the first to use the “wildcat”, they practiced that in private, or it would have leaked out…

  50. cardmagnet says: Aug 11, 2011 9:46 AM

    How opponents supposed to make their team better by watchin practice? Not a game. We talkin bout recorded practice.

  51. hank10 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:51 AM

    Note to Fins and all Teams: You are not practicing to implement Operation Overlord.

    This super-secret stuff is just silly.

  52. EJ says: Aug 11, 2011 10:00 AM

    So who is to say that a member of the New England Patriots isn’t “A Fan” sitting there in the stands?

  53. jolink653 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:01 AM

    no videos of chad henne practicing? well i guess if u wanna see him be terrible u could just watch every game he’s played in

  54. georgeanderson2 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:09 AM

    How did this franchise fall so far? They are a joke amongst other fans. Their stadium is a home game for visiting fans, the owner would be better off running a minor league baseball team with his off the field gimmicks, they hold onto Marinos legacy liike he actually won Super Bowls, and 1972 … we all know about it 40 years later. As fans you hate to see teams become so terrible and this franchise has the wrong leadership on the business side and football side.

  55. phinfan says: Aug 11, 2011 10:11 AM

    Video Posted by: IdiotFishFan

    Commenter: Thanks for the post StinkyFish -Belichick
    Commenter: Looks great thanks for the info -Rex
    Commenter: WTF you dolphin fans make me sick! -Tony
    Commenter: What did I miss? -Chan

  56. hairpie says: Aug 11, 2011 10:12 AM

    Hysterical. This is like the cheating boyfriend that doesnt trust his girlfriend b/c he thinks shes cheating on him. Too bad Goddell wasnt in charge when the fins admitted they purchased audio of Bradys audibles and cadences that directly led to a win. Zakk Thomas even laughed and said ” We knew everything they were going to do…” Cheaters.

  57. akulabug says: Aug 11, 2011 10:15 AM

    Don’t worry anyway. Nobody could find them because they were looking under the sports category.

    They had been placed in the comedy section.

  58. nygrecojet says: Aug 11, 2011 10:16 AM

    Another pathetic story about another pathetic team. The dolphins arnt winning more than 5 games this year so f it let them record. I hate dolphin fans they are almost as sad n pathetic as their team. JETS!!! Roman Joe

  59. sakatak says: Aug 11, 2011 10:17 AM

    @londonbengal

    when you use youtube and footage in the same sentence, I think of sexy rexy.

  60. 305fan says: Aug 11, 2011 10:17 AM

    Does Dolphins management really think that other teams need to see us practice in order to game plan against us? Are we suddenly the team that everyone is looking to have an edge on? What a joke.

  61. jessieboom says: Aug 11, 2011 10:28 AM

    Pretty dumb of the fan, but anyone that thinks any team would actually show anything important during an open practice is also pretty dumb.

  62. shaunymac424 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:32 AM

    So I decided to do a little sleuthing. I saw two videos on youtube, so I decided to watch. The first video I watch, is of Chad Henne going across the middle to Fasano, and it’s picked. I guess we don’t want the rest of the NFL to know that Henne is going to throw some picks, because he’s definitely never done that before.

    God help us.

  63. cde48 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:32 AM

    Really?!! What is there to see? Brian Daboll is the OC afterall!

  64. sophiethegreatdane says: Aug 11, 2011 10:48 AM

    Yeah, because *this* is why the Dolphins are going to lose games.

  65. tzoppi says: Aug 11, 2011 10:52 AM

    Competitive edge? I went to a bucs practice and everyone was taking videos… don’t they realize its 2011 and EVERYONE, FROM EVERY TEAM’S CITY will be doing this???

  66. rsxfan says: Aug 11, 2011 10:54 AM

    Really? They are telling their fans not to post their open practices on youtube?

    If they are dumb enough to run anything other than basic drills during an open session practice then they are the ones to blame.

    It’s not like a team couldn’t simply just have a scout go and watch since its an open practice.

    The Miami coaching staff can’t be that stupid can they?

  67. gdeli says: Aug 11, 2011 11:05 AM

    idiots just wrecking their own team for self gain. Look at what I can do! stupid and ignorant.

  68. sevensixtwonato says: Aug 11, 2011 11:09 AM

    “Although there’s no evidence that opposing coaches and scouts are scouring YouTube for tips, the Dolphins don’t want to take any chances”

    Well now they are

  69. hobartbaker says: Aug 11, 2011 11:31 AM

    Sparano is tired of his mother in law calling him from Rochester all the time, to tell him he needs to lose weight and should shave more often.

  70. mogogo1 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:32 AM

    So, they’re working on super-secret plays in front of the public in the first week of camp, using players who won’t even be on the roster when the real games start? Uh, okay.

  71. wicky888 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:36 AM

    I wouldnt even go watch a Dolphins a game, let alone a practice. I’d rather be at work

  72. petergunz10 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:36 AM

    since when in the last decade did BB need help beating the dolphins??? since getting the camera’s taken away isn’t the margin of victory +30?? seriously, look it up

  73. nineroutsider says: Aug 11, 2011 11:42 AM

    Good…I hate open practices.

    1) I could never go watch my team practice…you have to be a loser to want to watch practice.

    2) Teams shouldn’t allow it for this reason and the other reason that this very same team exposed last week…it can’t be good to have your players get taunted during practice.

    Who on here watches practice and why??? Do you watch preseason games in their entirety too?

  74. trickbunny says: Aug 11, 2011 11:53 AM

    “Dolphins tell fans: Don’t post practice videos on YouTube”
    —————————————————-

    You just guaranteed, merely by asking fans *not* to post practice videos on You Tube, that there will be far more practice videos on You Tube than there might’ve been any other year. Nice.

  75. 28purple4mvp says: Aug 11, 2011 3:04 PM

    lionpride10 says:
    Aug 11, 2011 9:03 AM
    I thought that the reason other teams would have an advantage on the Dolphins was because they suck.

    Says the fan of the lions. WOW REALLY.

    Funniest post of the year hands down!!!!!

  76. nofunleague says: Aug 11, 2011 6:07 PM

    But I will be using the film for my 12-14 boys league. I figure the skill level is the same.

  77. nickster31 says: Aug 11, 2011 6:39 PM

    Honestly, do they think that Belichick and Ryan hear that a Dolphins practice is on youtube, and they though it might help them?

    Does anyone, honestly believe that the Jets OR Patriots are actually worried about what the Dolphins are doing?

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