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News » Miami Dolphins Notes, Quotes 2008-08-28

Miami Dolphins Notes, Quotes 2008-08-28

Miami Dolphins Notes, Quotes 2008-08-28
--Safety Keith Davis was released Wednesday in somewhat of a surprise move. Davis was one of several players signed over the offseason to improve the Dolphins' special teams coverage units. And he had a history with coach Tony Sparano and Bill Parcells from their years together in Dallas.

--The celebration is known as the, "flywheel." The players got it from defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, who explained that in the old days you had to crank up your car to get the engine started. "It's just cranking up team unity and just get the car rolling, the play started," linebacker Channing Crowder said of the move.

--Wide receiver Ernest Wilford was signed to be the possession receiver opposite speedster Ted Ginn, Jr., but has mostly been a disappointment. The former Jaguar appears to have fallen behind Derek Hagan for a starting job, although coach Tony Sparano hasn't made any formal announcements.

"This week, we need to get him involved. We are going to try to get him involved earlier and get him a little longer look," Sparano said. "He has practiced much better in the last 10 days. I've been really pleased with the way he's practiced. It almost looks like he's got a little bit of a second wind right now. He's playing a little bit faster with more confidence."

Sparano often talks to rookie quarterback Chad Henne when he comes off the field, but said he's probably harder on offensive linemen than he is in quarterbacks. "There is some tough love and I think at that position, it's been my philosophy that the quarterback position that you need to make it tough so that in the game it's a little bit easier for them," Sparano said. "If we make it tough in practice and we make it tough in these preseason games, then when we get to the games it becomes just a little bit easier."

--Quarterback Chad Pennington has been on a crash course on several levels since signing with the Dolphins after the start of training camp. Not only is he continuing to learn the playbook, but he has to get used to a new set of wide receivers. One of those is Ted Ginn, Jr., who has blazing speed.

"We have a lot of work to do, we really do," Pennington said of developing timing with Ginn. "I'm happy that we've been able to connect in the two games that we've played together. I think he's got a lot of talent. But at the same time, we've got a long way to go to make sure we can play with consistency. Three quarters of football is not enough to say we've got it down yet. We have to make sure we continue to work out here at practice and continue to talk to each other and always discuss things so we can really get on the same page.

"When you take a guy with speed and then he's able to learn how to run routes and not just run fast, you've got a deadly combination. You've got a receiver who can really be successful in this league. That's something that's very special. He has the one ingredient that is hard to coach, and you can't coach. So now we're trying to learn each other and really talk about these routes so he can become a good route runner."

--Outside linebacker Joey Porter said he won't be slowed by a lingering sore back. The 31-year-old said he is dealing with expected aches and pains as he gets older. "I've seen this guy play through some pretty good pain. ... That's been his history," coach Tony Sparano said. "I know that when it comes time for the games, Joey will be ready to play."

BY THE NUMBERS: 65.6 - QB Chad Pennington's career completion percentage, which leads all NFL quarterbacks with more than 1,500 pass attempts.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm really embarrassed that I watch (long pause) at 1 o'clock in the morning I watched the finale of 'So You Think You Can Dance.' There, I said it." -- Coach Tony Sparano on the TV show he's embarrassed to admit he watches.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 28, 2008

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