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    John Denney has played for six Dolphins coaches, beginning with Nick Saban. So what’s the most unusual thing interim coach Dan Campbell has done, compared to everybody else Denney played for?“Everything,” the veteran long-snapper said Thursday.

    Several of Campbell’s creative touches --- which led Ryan Tannehill to say this is the most fun he has ever had at practice --- have been well-chronicled, including a tug-of-war competition and Thursday’s decision to have the offense wear black jerseys because it got the better of the defense in practice on Wednesday.

    “Ninety-five percent of them love it,” Campbell said of those jerseys. “It doesn’t match, but we’re men and it’s not that big a deal... We did it with Tony [Sparano].”But Campbell has done other unique things that haven’t been reported. Among them:

    ### He likes non-monetary incentives. Last week, the defensive players who forced a turnover in practice had their names placed in a hat and became eligible to receive a parking spot close to the chartered plane for the Tennessee game.

    ### Last week, if the offense won the practice, the defensive players were required to carry the offensive players’ pads off the field. It was reversed if the defense won. One player said he hadn’t done anything like that since high school.

    ### Campbell had offensive and defensive linemen run receiver routes against each other; and a few players kicked field goals against each other, with Ndamukong Suh (a former soccer player) beatingJarvis Landry.

    The point to all of this? It keeps players interested, engaged and competitive. “It’s a long season and you’ve got to make it fun,” Olivier Vernon said. “He does that. It’s a great tactic.” Said Denney: “At this level, you are competitive by nature and he brings that to the surface. Stupid little games make guys compete. The parking spot is huge.”

    Joe Philbin (and UM’s Al Golden, for that matter) are big on slogans; Philbin hung them all over the Dolphins facility and UM – under Golden – pasted inspirational quotes from Golden, Bill Belichick, Rick Pitino and others near urinals, sinks, hallways, etc. Campbell? Not so much. He ripped down slogans and instead installed TVs which replay highlights from practice (including the tug of war) and game highlights of Dolphins players and Michael Jordan. As one player said, Campbell has struck the right chord with everything he has done.

    CHATTER

    ### Campbell said Thursday he won’t meddle with his coordinators. “Every once in a while, I may have an idea; I’ll give them my opinion. Last thing they need is me looking over their shoulder.”… Campbell said he “written down scenarios” and watched other teams to brush up on potential clock-management decisions. Every Thursday night, Philbin watched the end of close games from the previous Sunday for pointers.

    ### New defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo ditched predecessor Kevin Coyle’s approach of splitting middle linebacker snaps between Kelvin Sheppard and Zach Vigil because Anarumo said Sheppard has emerged as “one of the leaders of the defense [and] did a great job of communicating pre-snap.”

    ### Dallas Thomas, rated 98th of 103 guards by Pro Football Focus, remains an issue; offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said there was “inconsistency” from him Sunday after he graded out best on the team in interior runs the previous four weeks. Plus, he has allowed among the most quarterback hurries of any guard in the league, according to PFF.

    General manager Dennis Hickey mentioned this summer that tackle Jason Fox was an option at guard, but Fox said he has received no practice snaps there recently. So the Dolphins, for now, are sticking with Thomas.
    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/
    Last edited by ONole1; 10-23-2015, 09:07 AM.

  • #2
    I think it's interesting the black jersey idea came from Tony Sparano. Here is a crazy thought, since Sparano gave Campbell his first job assuming Campbell is retained, what would the chances be of him bringing Tony in as an assistant?

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    • Driven_Phinsane!
      Driven_Phinsane! commented
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      I'd have no problem with Sparano as an assistant,, just as long as it wasn't an assistant Head Coach position!

  • #3
    If the team continues to play like last week and Campbell becomes the HC then I don't know that there will be a bunch of staff changes.

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    • #4
      Originally posted by gulfcoast74 View Post
      If the team continues to play like last week and Campbell becomes the HC then I don't know that there will be a bunch of staff changes.

      I agree that not sure there would be wholesale changes, but I would expect to see some by bringing in some experience. I would have no issue with Sparano brought in as an O Line coach if Campbell wasn't happy with Benton.

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      • Driven_Phinsane!
        Driven_Phinsane! commented
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        I used to think Benton was a top-notch OLine coach, but he has done absolutely nothing with Miami to prove this out...I know many would point to the 'chicken salad, chicken shit' excuse, but still you'd think he'd be able to shake things up enough to field a better product on Sundays...

      • gulfcoast74
        gulfcoast74 commented
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        I'd say no thanks on Sparano.

    • #5
      How would we all feel if after a loss or losing streak, Campbell said he was leaning on Sparano for advice Or after a field Goal " fist pump " highlights

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      • #6
        F**k no to Sparano.
        Last edited by FinFan in KC; 10-27-2015, 09:48 PM.

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        • #7
          I think Tony Sporano should coach the cheerleaders, that way we could get fist pumps all game long.
          While it takes two to have an argument, it only takes one to walk away.

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