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Dolphins blame their bad play on bad practice

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At 0-2 in a division with three 2-0 teams, the Miami Dolphins are going to need to turn things around quickly if they want any chance of playing meaningful games late in the season. And some Dolphins players are saying that needs to start on the practice field.

“We have to start practicing like it’s the game,” safety and defensive co-captain Yeremiah Bell told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “We have to do that because so far, we’ve been playing a lot like we practice.”

Said running back Daniel Thomas, “I definitely agree with that, we have a lot of mental mistakes in practice, and sometimes it carries on into the game.”

The Dolphins work on their red zone packages in Friday practices, and when asked why they’re struggling in the red zone on Sunday, quarterback Chad Henne said, “We’ve just got to do better in practice on Friday.”

Bell said that as a captain, he sees it as his job to change the way the team practices.

“That’s why we’re captains on this team,” Bell said. “It’s our job to get guys going and get them energized so they do what they need to do to win.”

That’s also why there are coaches on the team. None of the players said so directly, but indicting the Dolphins’ practices is also indicting the Dolphins’ coaches.

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30 Responses to “Dolphins blame their bad play on bad practice”
  1. ProDolphinsTalk says: Sep 20, 2011 8:06 AM

    Week 3 and the Dolphins are trying to save the season. I’ve seen this movie before and it’s getting old.

  2. southpaw2k says: Sep 20, 2011 8:08 AM

    And you wonder why Tony Sparano says he has no idea how to fix the team’s issues in order to win a game…

  3. ezra954 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:16 AM

    Sprano needs to practice pack his stuff so when he gets the call from Ross he is ready

  4. eaglesblow says: Sep 20, 2011 8:19 AM

    I don’t buy it. You can have good coaches and bad practices. Not that I think Sparano or his staff are all that.

  5. tfbuckfutter says: Sep 20, 2011 8:19 AM

    Damn.

    They must really suck in practice then.

    And considering they are practicing against the sucky Dolphins…..well, that’s a conundrum of suck.

  6. deanvernonwormer says: Sep 20, 2011 8:24 AM

    The Dolphins have developed this culture of losing. But heck, Mark Anthony, J-Low and Serena Williams are part owners. So that’s got to count for at least an extra point or two each game. FINS UP!

  7. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Sep 20, 2011 8:27 AM

    They started the off-season by showing no faith in their coach, they finished it by showing no faith in their quarterback. You can’t expect success with that sort of front office.

  8. netrunner2k2 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:30 AM

    Bad plays due to bad practice by bad players and bad coaches.

  9. chas88 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:32 AM

    If they’re blaming the practices, imagine how horrendous THOSE must be. Sparano needs to go.

  10. liltifer says: Sep 20, 2011 8:35 AM

    Practice? C’mon man. We talking about practice…

  11. johnny696 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:35 AM

    Practice? You talking about practice?

  12. promickey says: Sep 20, 2011 8:38 AM

    The Dolphins play a tough schedule and are in a good division. All of the other teams in the division are 2 and 0. Tony “forget about it”. I think Sparano’s statement that he did not have any answers will come back to get him fired if the Dolphins loose to the Cleveland Browns. Talking like that sends both the team and the owner a message which is; I’m done!

  13. 8drinkminimum says: Sep 20, 2011 8:40 AM

    While you’re working on practicing better how about staying out of the bubble and get out in open air .

    This team folds in the heat quicker than our opponents. That should never happen.

  14. FinFan68 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:40 AM

    They need an attitude adjustment. They have plenty of talent but they just seem to be going through the motions. I’ve seen very little “fire”, passion or sense of urgency. That needs to change. All the talent is wasted if you don’t play with a little more heart.

  15. tatum064 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:41 AM

    deanvernonwormer says:
    Sep 20, 2011 8:24 AM
    The Dolphins have developed this culture of losing. But heck, Mark Anthony, J-Low and Serena Williams are part owners. So that’s got to count for at least an extra point or two each game. FINS UP!
    =================================

    Had they spent their money right, they might’ve ended up with Darren Sproles, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Orton.

  16. deenice810 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:45 AM

    Since they play like they practice don’t charge the fans to watch this crap.

  17. east96st says: Sep 20, 2011 8:51 AM

    Ross made his fortune by studying the dysfunctional NYC housing market and the borderline criminal NYS campaign laws. NYC rents are set by NYS. Makes no sense, but the law is the law. Ross and a few others discovered that if they really wanted to milk the NYC market for all it was worth, they could legally funnel bribes – known in NY as “campaign contributions” – to upstate Republicans to get them to change the NYC rent laws to their liking. Brilliant plan, worked to perfection. A billionaire was born. Unfortunately, for Dolphin fans, referees and opposing head coaches don’t accept “campaign contributions”. Don’t blame Ross. He just has no idea how to succeed in system that, at least, tries to be honest and fair. It’s not what he’s used to. Let the NYS Leglislator have a crack at the NFL rule book and the Dolphins will holding the Lombardi trophy before you know it.

  18. dolfan28 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:58 AM

    I’ve always liked Sparano, but now I’m starting to come around to the idea that there might need to be a change. The only question is who? I’d rather keep him then have another Cam Cameron incident. Also, the only good news is that if we keep losing, we might be in contention to get Andrew Luck, and FINALLY spend more than a second round pick on an almost washed-up QB.

  19. dxl115 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:03 AM

    Maybe I’m a sucker but I still believe in this team. I think there are players on this roster that still have a lot to prove and they’ll show it starting this week. The start to the season had 0-2 written all over it the minute the schedules came out, but this week in Cleveland is where the Dolphins can start building some momentum and get a win. There’s no telling what a win can do in the NFL for confidence, look at the Bills. Big week 1 win, in week 2 they looked ready for a let down and they pulled it out. 10 trips to the red zone so far this season, c’mon Fin fans, when is the last time you can remember getting 10 trips inside the 20 in two games? The red zone woes won’t continue forever and the defense played well enough to win last week, if it wasn’t for them it would there wouldn’t have been a meaningful down in the 4th. Turnovers gave the Texans short fields. Don’t hit the panic button yet!

  20. cornersss says: Sep 20, 2011 9:30 AM

    “Tony Sparano says he has no idea how to fix the team’s issues in order to win a game…”

    Way to take what he said out of context. Not even what he was asked. The question was about our lack of home field advantage

  21. cornersss says: Sep 20, 2011 9:31 AM

    “They started the off-season by showing no faith in their coach, they finished it by showing no faith in their quarterback. You can’t expect success with that sort of front office.”

    You could take out front office and add fans also.We need both, in good times and bad.

    Great point though

  22. cornersss says: Sep 20, 2011 9:33 AM

    “I think Sparano’s statement that he did not have any answers will come back to get him fired if the Dolphins loose to the Cleveland Browns. Talking like that sends both the team and the owner a message which is; I’m done!”

    This is why a person u quoted earlier shouldn’t take things out of context.
    We are playing at Cleveland and the question was about our losses at home and our lack of home field advantage. Not about winning

  23. promickey says: Sep 20, 2011 9:57 AM

    cornersss says:

    This is why a person u quoted earlier shouldn’t take things out of context.
    We are playing at Cleveland and the question was about our losses at home and our lack of home field advantage. Not about winning

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    Dude in any context as a head coach a statement of not having the answers sends a message to the owner and the team……Sparano will most likely not last the season with his lack of answers, which is reflected in the team loosing. He does not have the answer on how to win. He coaches in a reactive way and is not proactive.

  24. joetoronto says: Sep 20, 2011 10:16 AM

    I’m not hatin, I’m just sayin, bad practices are on the HC, there’s no way around that.

  25. brealistic says: Sep 20, 2011 10:18 AM

    They will fold come sunday, This will help speed up the the EXIT for this so call coaching staff.

  26. richm2256 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:19 AM

    dxl115 says:
    Maybe I’m a sucker but I still believe in this team.
    ———————————————————

    Yep ……. you’re a sucker, alright.

    This team has few “good” players to build on, a coach who ADMITS that he doesn’t have a clue, and a management group that rivals “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”, all in one of the best divisions in the NFL. Hell, even the Bills are starting to look good.

    Go ahead and hit that Panic button anytime now.

  27. phinfan says: Sep 20, 2011 11:07 AM

    Did Jeff Ireland fire this Bad Practice guy?

  28. wannstache says: Sep 20, 2011 1:45 PM

    Sparano lost this team back when Ross went chasing after Harbaugh and I doubt very much he’ll ever win them back. They know he’s a lame duck. He’ll get his money though, so I don’t feel that bad for him. Ross doesn’t have what it takes to be a good NFL owner and is unwilling to listen good NFL minds (of which Parcells is, but Carl Peterson isn’t), so I don’t see things getting any better. Is there still time to jump on the Lions bandwagon?

  29. tfaulk says: Sep 20, 2011 5:14 PM

    Very cute to quote completely around Bell’s statement that it’s not the coaching… to make it seem like it is the coaching:

    “The coaching staff is not the problem. The problem is us as players,” Bell said. “We need to be more focused in practice, and not allow some of the things that have been going on in practice.”

    http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2011/09/20/miami-dolphins-veterans-say-bad-practice-habits-and-body-language-affecting-the-team/

  30. ray Diaz in NC says: Sep 22, 2011 7:52 AM

    This is the result when you cut the legs out from under the coach. Ross and Ireland are 100% responsible for this. When you openly recruit another head coach while you current coach is still in the building is just bad business. The players have tuned out Sparano. The Head coach should have immediately resigned when he learned that Dumb and Dumber were on the way to go see Harbaugh.

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