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Members of this year’s Dolphins team have plenty of admiration for what the 1972 team accomplished; they’re also happy about the news of the Perfect Team being honored at the White House next Tuesday.
“I was fortunate last December during that weekend celebration to go to the banquet,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said after practice Wednesday. “When you meet those guys, it’s a class group of men. The thing that struck me about them, they’re very, very humble. They’ve done something that nobody has ever done, yet they’re humble about it. They love this organization. They’re proud of their association with the Dolphins. It’s well deserved and I hope they have a great day there.”
As a head coach, Philbin certainly can appreciate the disciplined, mistake-free style that helped the Dolphins of 1972 go 14-0 in the regular season before beating Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Washington in the playoffs.
“They just played football the right way,” Philbin said. “After meeting them it just re-affirms everything you think. They played football, they were sound, they didn’t turn the ball over, they weren’t a very penalized football team, they played physically. They played the game the right way and it showed.”
Guard Richie Incognito called the 1972 Dolphins’ unmatched accomplishment of going through the entire regular season and playoffs without a loss or a tie a “phenomenal feat.” He also expressed happiness about that team finally getting its presidential due.
“That’s awesome,” Incognito said. “That’s a tradition every championship team looks forward to and for them to be able to finally go, it’s pretty cool.”
Quarterback Aaron Corp rejoined the Dolphins on Wednesday, but barely made it to practice on time after his flight from Southern California was delayed a couple of times.
“Basically came straight to the facility,” Corp said. “It’ll be a long night in the meetings tonight, but (I’ll) get some rest. I’m thrilled to be here, though.”
Corp began training camp with the Dolphins after signing as a free agent in May, but was waived on July 29.
Corp says he’s ready for action if called upon Saturday night when the Dolphins face the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in their third preseason game.
“I’m going to be ready and hopefully I do get an opportunity,” Corp said. “And when I do, hopefully I can make some plays.”
“It’s good to see John Jerry back out there,” Incognito said. “He’s been on vacation. He’s been hanging out in the air conditioning, sucking down Gatorade and relaxing while the rest of us have been working. But it’s good to have him back out here. It’s good to see him healthy and moving around.”
CATCH THE DOLPHINS LIVE
Dolphins fans anywhere in the country will be able to watch live Saturday night’s game at Houston, as well as the other two remaining preseason games, thanks to the NFL’s Preseason Live package.
For $19.99, fans can have access on their computer or tablet to out-of-market games not televised nationally. For details, go to dolphins.com/preseasonlive.
The game at Houston will be broadcast live in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area on WFOR-TV (CBS 4), in Fort Myers on WBBH-TV (Channel 2), in West Palm Beach on WTVX-TV (Channel 34) and WWHB (Channel 48-Spanish); and in Orlando on WRDQ (Channel 27) and WFTB MegaTV (9.2 as well as on digital cable via Comcast channel 209, CenturyLink Channel 10, Cox Cable 118 and Decca Cable channel 717).
Jesse Agler will provide the play-to-play call, with former Dolphins greats Bob Griese and Nat Moore providing analysis.
For those who can’t catch the game live on Saturday, it will be replayed by the NFL Network on Sunday at 1 p.m., Tuesday at 3 a.m. and next Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.
THIS AND THAT
THE LAST WORD
Guard Richie Incognito:
“I think really that now is not the time to worry about our offensive line. We have some solid pieces in place. We have had some moving pieces, but I think the guys have done a real god job of building that continuity with new bodies moving in and out of there. This is the time to do it. This is the time to experiment and really find our best five.”