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NOTEBOOK: Marvin Austin Is The Man Behind The Mask; Other Notes

Posted Oct 4, 2013

New DL sports a unique training apparatus before games.






Watching pregame warm-ups prior to the Monday night game in New Orleans between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints, viewers may have noticed a Dolphins player bearing a keen resemblance to a notorious movie villain.

Defensive tackle Marvin Austin started wearing an Elevation Training Mask before he stretches just this year to help with his breathing. It’s something MMA fighters and other endurance athletes incorporate into their training and Austin has noticed the benefits – even if they come at the expense of his new nickname.

“My new nickname is Bane (after the villain in the last Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises),” said Austin, who made his Dolphins debut against the Saints after joining them the Monday prior. “It’s all good. I’m trying to go out there and be a villain just like the guy. I’m going to go out there and terrorize all the other teams. That’s my approach to the game right now.”

In the movie, the character of Bane wears a mask that supplies him with a special gas to alleviate pain associated with an injury he suffered in his past. One glance at Austin with his mask on and actor Tom Hardy, who portrayed Bane, with his mask on does reveal some similarities.

Truthfully, Austin is happy that he stumbled across the Elevation Training Mask, which mimics the effects of training in high altitudes in order to make workouts more efficient and increase the lung capacity. There are three different nose pieces for three levels of intensity and they most obviously come into play for teams playing in Denver against the Broncos and that mile-high altitude. But Austin uses it regularly.

“It helps me get my wind ready, breathe through my diaphragm and it just helps me get my lungs better,” Austin said. “When I take it off I can feel the difference and you can change the elevation on it. It’s to each person’s preference but I like it.”

Austin had one tackle for loss at New Orleans and made his presence felt on the defensive line, claiming it was the most comfortable he’s felt in a game even though he’s still learning the plays. He was wearing a wristband with a lot of plays on it that he needed to memorize and he did not commit any mental errors, so his teammates have welcomed him and don’t have a problem with his pregame look.

“He was a new guy and I was like, ‘What is he wearing? I didn’t know what it was,” Pro Bowl left guard Richie Incognito said. “But that’s his deal and whatever you need to do to get prepared.”

Perhaps if Austin’s performance continues to rise he’ll be cast in the next Batman sequel.

FREAKY FRIDAY MUSIC

There was an upbeat feel around the team during and after practice as the players clearly have put the Saints loss behind them, and the three songs played during the stretching period echoed that feeling. South Florida’s own Rick Ross kicked things off with “Play Your Part,” which was followed by Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead.” Drake and Deall finished off the set with “3-5 To My City,” an ode to Miami.

ODRICK HAS A CELEBRITY FAN

Although some of his teammates aren’t particularly fond of his Pee Wee Herman sack dance – namely Cameron Wake, defensive tackle Jared Odrick earned some validation on Monday Night Football. The founder of the dance himself, actor Pee Wee Herman, sent a direct Tweet to the player on Tuesday that said,” @JaredOdrick98 I like your style, Odrick! Smooth moves! #MNF #NFL #peewee #sackdance.” Odrick was amused that a celebrity of Herman’s stature took notice and thought enough of the dance to Tweet him directly.

THE LAST WORD

“Just keep rising – and I’m not going to do that grade stuff anymore. I’m not satisfied until the season’s over and you can sit back and look at it because every week you can improve and every week you can get better.” – Odrick on his play through four weeks at defensive tackle after playing defensive end last year