One player quitting the team during training camp isn’t a big deal; it’s almost expected.
Two players quitting is an oddity.
But the Miami Dolphins have had four (!) players quit on the team in the first week of training camp, which begs the question: What the heck is going on there?
“I wish I could tell you,” coach Tony Sparano said when asked. “It might be me! I told you I’m not for everybody.”
Fullback Matt Quillen was the latest to leave Monday, likely because of a shoulder problem. The other three players who left — T SirVincent Rogers (sweet name!), S Ethan Kilmer, and TE end Jared Bronson — weren’t necessarily expected to make the team, like Quillen.
Sparano knows that training camp can separate the wheat from the chaff.
“What these guys are doing out here is really hard, and if your heart
isn’t into what we’re doing, with the heat, the contact, the intensity,
it doesn’t take long to figure out this isn’t for you,” Sparano said.
The Dolphins undoubtedly have embraced a no-nonsense image since the Big Tuna arrived. This is a franchise that either doesn’t get injured (or doesn’t report injuries).
All of the players quitting in one week (Bronson just didn’t show up) is almost surely happenstance, but this sounds like a story the team could actually embrace. The four players who quit clearly didn’t have what it takes to be Miami Dolphins.
By Week One, the team still left standing might feel as if they are a band of like-minded survivors. Which is pretty much the whole idea behind training camp in the first place.