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Ricky blasts Sparano, says it's 'time to move on'

Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:45 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Ricky Williams' contract is up and it sure seems he won't be a Miami Dolphin in 2011.

That's based on a slew of comments he made during his weekly radio show about the Dolphins 2010 season, Tony Sparano, and his role in the offense.

"It seems like now is time to move on," Williams said, via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. "I was drafted in 1999, and this is the first time I’ve been a free agent. I’m excited to see what happens."

But the reasons Williams offered for moving on shouldn't sit well with current Fins management -- he called playing for Tony Sparano "not a great fit for me."

"It was an experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself and I got better as a football player, but at the same time, I didn’t enjoy it," Williams said. "For me it’s about playing football, it’s about having a good time and it’s about working hard."

Williams did say that the players "unequivocally" have "tons of respect for Tony," but that came after he pointed out that several players are unhappy with their current coach, possibly because of his "micromanaging."

"Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things it takes to win football games," Williams said. "Not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring in the Red Zone. He spends a lot of time saying, 'If you do these things, you win.' And sometimes I feel personally that he does a little bit too much. My personal opinion is if you have the right attitude that you guys are going to win, then all that other stuff takes care of itself."

Williams then spent another couple hundred words bashing the team's preparation before their blowout loss to New England in Week 17 and sprinkling in a few Nick Saban quotes. Then he bashed Chad Henne (by way of praising Tom Brady) and Brandon Marshall ("sometimes he makes it difficult to like him and support him") and even went so far as to say in the future he'd be rooting for, gasp, the Jets.

"I like watching the Jets play," he said. "Because of LT. I’m an LT fan. And I like the fact that the Jets run the ball."

The Jets have a slew of running backs with LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Green and Joe McKnight (though who couldn't pile up 150 yards against the Bills sieve of a rush defense?), so there might not be room for Ricky, but he'd actually be a pretty good fit in that offense, should he really feel like twisting the knife in the backs of Dolphins fans next year.

Or maybe they won't care after all this ranting and raving and the whole "I'm retiring to get high and then make a documentary" thing.

Either way, it seems pretty safe to say that Williams won't be returning to the 'Fins in 2011.

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Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Ricky blasts Sparano, says it's 'time to move on'

Don't hate Ricky for telling the truth and trying to bash him over the past.  We should praise him for telling the truth.



Since: Aug 21, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Ricky blasts Sparano, says it's 'time to move on'

Even before reading the other comments here, i knew this wasn't right. Ricky Williams' life is different than it was a few years ago. He grew up, and in the process of growing up, he's a very respectful man. Bashing isn't his style. He will speak his peace and state his opinions, but not in a disrespectful manner as laid out in this article.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Ricky blasts Sparano, says it's 'time to move on'

Honestly I think Ricky Williams is better off staying with the Dolphins than testing free agency. I only see a few teams that I'd think would look at him as a viable option. Perhaps Jacksonville would deem him worthy of a back-up spot to Jones-Drew but he wouldn't get as many carries, or perhaps in San Francisco with Frank Gore because it's likely Westbrook won't be back again, the only other place I could think would be Cleveland behind Hillis.




Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Ricky blasts Sparano, says it's 'time to move on'

Hey Will the National Enquirer has an opening on their staff, look into it, your a perfect fit...


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