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Dolphins Fail To Hand Out Playbooks


Even when there is no football to be had, the Miami Dolphins can’t get it right.  When coaches have little to do this off-season with no workouts, no weights, no visits, no nothing.  Miami Head Coach Tony Sparano has managed to fail. Some would say again.  Over last weekend, the NFL lost an appeal for a “stay” by Judge Susan Nelson and were ordered to end the lockout.  While the appeals court would grant a temporary “stay” over the weekend, teams had 2 days to contact players.

The Miami Dolphins did not.

Across the landscape of the NFL teams hurried to get players their playbooks.  In Charlotte where the Carolina Panthers call home, new HC Ron Rivera managed to get his new playbook from OC Rob Chudzinski to not only his rostered players but first overall draft pick Cam Newton.  In Miami?  Nothing.  No playbooks were distributed by Tony Sparano or Brian Daboll.  This according to Andrew Carter of the Sun-Sentinel.

Sparano simply said there “wasn’t enough time” to distribute the playbooks.  Something that sounds a bit like bull to me.  Considering that teams could assign the duties of passing out playbooks to assistant coaches if for whatever reason Sparano and Daboll were busy with the draft, there is little excuse not to have the books assigned in those two days.

With the Dolphins practically sitting idle for most of the draft, they gave up their picks in rounds 3, 5, and 6 for RB Daniel Thomas, it’s almost certainly possible that they could have walked down the hall and handed the incoming players their off-season reading material.  Oh, and yes, the draft is conducted in the same facility that the players work out in.  When you also look at the fact that the draft didn’t start until 6:00 PM on Thursday…what did Sparano and Daboll do with their vast amount of time sitting around the facility?  They had only 1 pick that night to make.

No matter what their reasoning is, the Dolphins lost what could possibly have been the only time to get the new playbooks into the hands of their players.  The lockout continues and barring an overturn by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, could continue over the entire summer while the litigation between owners and players continue.  When the teams are finally permitted to speak with each other again or meet, the Dolphins will have a roster full of players that have been learning the playbook from QB Chad Henne who received and earlycopy when the league did not permit that kind of contact prior to the league new year.

Miami is already put into a bad situation with the lockout given the fact that they have a new offensive coordinator and a new offensive system to install.  They failed miserably this past weekend when they lost the opportunity to reach out to the players and get those books into their hands.

Sorry coach, but there is no excuse for this failure.  It’s simply pathetic and a complete mismanagement of time.

Tags: Brian Daboll Chad Henne Daniel Thomas Judge Susan Nelson Miami Dolphins NFL Lockout Tony Sparano

  • http://www.DolfanJill.com jillian ricard

    Great piece!!!!!

    • fins4ever1

      Managing time does not seem to be a strength of Tony’s, does it? lol Why am I not surprised! You should have called the judge and called time out Tony!!!

  • http://www.phinnation.com Bill

    Good article Brian. I don’t buy that the Dolphins didn’t have time to give out the playbooks. There’s something more to this. Maybe Henne has playbooks for the new players? Maybe they want to keep it quiet because of the ‘meetings’ that were scrutinized earlier this offseaon. Who knows…but knowing Sparano and his attention to detail, I’m sure the new players will be integrated with the current players as soon as possible

    • http://www.DolfanJill.com jillian ricard

      Agreed, but it’s all perception. We shall see.
      If Henne has them then that’d just go to show that maybe he is stepping up and becoming a leader- Finally. I sure hope that is the scenario.

  • onole1

    Let’s hope this is some sort of smokescreen, if not all I can say is WOW.

  • Brian Miller

    They also only met with a handful of players which to me is a bit unusual. It’s almost seems like they were going through the motions. I hope something is going on behind the scenes otherwise, this was simply foolish.

    Oh, and even if Henne had playbooks, you still could have gone through the motions of perception to give out the books to the team and keep the NFL off your back.

  • davessi

    Yeah, clearly missed opportunities abound within this administration. No one seems to have a plan and based on what some could call miscues during the draft, the phins are building on their foundation of mediocrity. We may have the top three picks in the draft next year…

  • dodgeguy

    mismanagement of time….sounds like the 2 minute warning!
    i sure hope daboll is better at it than we were last year. then again it can’t be worse?….can it? ssshhhhh!

  • Randy

    Excellent article Brian Miller.
    This may be the Fins BIGGEST BLUNDER since passing twice on Drew Brees! If they resolve the labour issues one week before the season, the Dolphins will be playing SAND-LOT football while the rest of the league will know their playbooks.

    In contrast, during the 1982 strike-shortened season, Don Shula had his team prepared more than any other team and he led them to the Super Bowl.

    In Pouncey’s introduction, the press asked him if he was given a playbook yet. He said no but sounded like he was expecting one soon. He also mentioned that the faster he can learn the plays the better. These statements should have been hints to give the guy a playbook.

    There is NO EXCUSE for not getting the playbooks to their players!