There won’t be a lot of news coming out of Miami today as head coach Joe Philbin has given his team an early day off. Four days into camp, the Miami Dolphins were scheduled to be off tomorrow (Tuesday) but instead will start the work week letting some of their aches and pains ease a little bit.
The Dolphins, knock on wood, have been relatively injury free thus far. KNOCK ON WOOD! Do it. Right now.
As far as injuries go the Dolphins have seen a few players get a little beaten down. Koa Misi left practice Sunday to ice his foot but nothing serious is expected, Brandon Gibson couldn’t finish practice and rested his leg, and a splattering of other other players are dealing with the pains that come with a return to football.
The Dolphins have held only one contact practices, Sunday’s. Teams are only allowed to have one contact practice per day and can not hold any two-a-day practices. The second “practice” of the day is normally reserved for walk throughs and light drills. During the season, teams can only have 14 contact practices the entire year and only three of those can come after week 11.
The Dolphins need to work on contact drills. Last year the team was ranked seventh overall in tackles but a lot of those numbers came from second attempt tackles. The linebacking group especially was weak with first contact tackles and tackles for loss. The Dolphins need to turn that around this season and make their linebacking corp a strong unit. Koa Misi has in fact moved to the middle after mini-camp experimentation. Thus far Joe Philbin believes the unit has gotten faster.
The Dolphins are expected to hold 11 full contact practices through training camp. Seven practices will be held in shells (helmets and under pads only) and three will be held with upper padding only, according to Joe Philbin through the Palm Beach Post.
The Dolphins have a lot of work ahead of them as the race for the AFC East has officially started.