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During a lull in the post-practice media scrum, NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp held court with his media brethren. His enthusiasm for what the Miami Dolphins are capable of this season was palatable.
One week from Saturday, Sapp will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the rest of the Class of 2013 and he made his living on the defensive line with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. So it came as no surprise that he pointed to Miami’s defense as the reason why he thinks the team can be a contender this season, especially the front seven.
“They can go. They’ve got a collection of guys that have different strengths,” said Sapp, who won Super Bowl XXXVII with Tampa Bay. “When you have different strengths you just do what you do best and then I’m going to add to it and now we’ve got a sundae here, with bananas and whipped cream and nuts and it looks real good and tasty. They have a mix of speed and power and some veterans in the mix, too. So who says it’s not your turn?”
When Sapp was asked directly if he thought the Dolphins could challenge the New England Patriots for the AFC East crown he quickly nodded his head in agreement and said, “Of course.”
REST AND RECOVERY ON TAP FOR THURSDAY
Five days have passed since the players reported to training camp and went through their physicals and Head Coach Joe Philbin will be giving them their first off day tomorrow. That schedule was written into the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but it’s a welcome break.
“They need to hydrate, rest and take care of their bodies,” Philbin said. “We got a lot of work in but we have a ton of work left to do so they’ve got to take care of their bodies. If they need to they’ve got to be in here getting those little aches and bumps and bruises that everybody has during training camp taken care of.”
THIS AND THAT
In what was the longest practice of training camp so far, the only players that didn’t get overworked were kickers
THE FINAL WORD
“I’m going home to get some sleep.” – center