Tag:Tony Sparano
Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Rookie LB Edds a big loss for Dolphins



The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Dolphins' fourth round pick A.J. Edds has been placed on the Physical Unable to Perform List after tearing the ACL in his right knee during practice Monday evening.

The loss of Edds (pronounced Eads) is a significant one for the Dolphins who were planning on using the 6-4, 246 pound Edds as a coverage specialist at inside linebacker during nickel situations. Edds started 38 games at strongside linebacker in the Iowa Hawkeyes 4-3 scheme, but, according to Miami head coach Tony Sparano, Edds had impressed early on with his ability to acclimate to the Dolphins' 3-4 strategy.

Said Sparano this morning, confirming Edd's injury:

“He did a good job,” Sparano said. “Obviously there was a lot of football left out here. A.J. looked like he had some good promise and had the ability to do some good jobs. We’ll get him healthy and we’ll get going.”
Edds was a player I was particularly high on. Like many Iowa players, he came to the NFL exceptionally well-coached by Kirk Ferentz's staff. While Edds' linebacking teammate, inside linebacker Pat Angerer received much of the press during their respective career with the Hawkeyes, I was more consistently impressed with Edds' play on film and when scouting him in person at the Senior Bowl. Angerer was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round.

I characterized Edds as a "personal favorite" numerous times in preparation for the 2010 draft and explained some of the reasoning behind the attention in this Senior Bowl post-practice report.

I felt then that "There's nothing flashy about Iowa outside linebacker A.J. Edds, but he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Whether blowing up fullbacks or covering up receivers in the flat, he flashed the skills to be a Ben Leber-type coverage linebacker who will play for 10 years in the NFL."

Hopefully Edds will come back a year from now just as athletic and instinctive. His work ethic was praised by Iowa coaches in the past and I suspect that it will be by the Miami coaches and trainers soon, as well.

Without Edds' instincts and athleticism in coverage, the Dolphins may have to turn back to two veterans much better suited towards playing the run than pass with incumbent starter Channing Crowder and recent addition Tim Dobbins, who was acquired via a trade with San Diego that allowed the Chargers to move up to the No. 12 pick to select Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews.

Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:19 pm
 

Chan Gailey tight-lipped on Bills' needs

Those hoping that new Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey might offer up some insight as to where the team would be looking on draft day were disappointed with his non-specific answers.

On quarterbacks:

"Every team in the league that doesn't have an All-Pro quarterback or somebody that got votes for All-Pro is looking to improve their position. I think if you look at every position on the field, you are always trying to upgrade your football team. We'll evaluate these guys, we'll continue to evaluate them. We'll evaluate what's available and if we can improve our situation, we'll try to do it. Everyone is trying to do that -- not just at quarterback -- but at every position."

When asked if he'd consider adding a veteran presence at quarterback, Gailey was at it again.

"I'm going to sidestep that, again, but again, we're always trying to improve our football team. If that will improve us, then we'll do it."

Gailey was similarly enlightening when later asked about offensive linemen, nose guards and pass rushers.

In a division featuring similarly media friendly personalities Bill Belichick and Tony Sparano, Gailey is going to fit right in...

 


Posted on: January 26, 2010 5:42 pm
 

FB John Conner replaces Charles Scott for South

LSU running back Charles Scott failed the physical to participate in the Senior Bowl but because he was in town yesterday was measured by scouts anyway.

To fill his spot on the roster, Kentucky fullback John Conner was added to the South roster. He participated in this afternoon's practice, wearing #32 and sporting a Miami Dolphins helmet.

The Dolphins, of course, are coaching the South...

Conner is among the only true fullbacks worthy of draft consideration. The former walk-on played in a school record 54 games for the Wildcats and is not only a devastating lead blocker, he's an underrated runner and receiver. Considering the use Tony Sparano and his staff got this year out of Lousaka Polite, Conner should get plenty of reps in practice.


Posted on: January 9, 2010 2:43 pm
 

Senior Bowl Coaching Staffs -- Mia vs. Det.

In prepping for what will be my tenth Senior Bowl, I was pleased to read that the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will be the coaching staffs in place for the Mobile all-star game classic.

For one, Jim Schwartz and Tony Sparano are innovative, high-energy coaches that will push the players throughout the week of practice. If everything I've heard about these teams' practice habits are correct, the drills and scrimmages will be run efficiently. Teaching and coaching will be a focus, but the players won't be over-worked on scheme or re-working their technique. They'll be allowed to play and, more importantly, audition for the hundreds of scouts in attendance.

Secondly, with their varied offensive and defensive schemes, we'll get an opportunity to see these prospects preparing to play in or prepare for the 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, as well as pro-style and Wildcat offenses. The variety of scheme is particularly important for judging whether 'tweener players could effectively transition to an NFL system -- as in the case of undersized pass rushers potentially making the jump to the rush OLB position in the 3-4 or "Slash" quarterback types.

Considering the coaching choices, I'll not be at at all surprised when some of the more hotly debated senior prospects that fit in these two categories -- Tim Tebow, Dan LeFevour, Sergio Kindle, Ricky Sapp, Wille Young, etc. are ultimately invited to this game.



 
 
 
 
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