Philbin And Dolphins Plan For Some Down Time Before Training Camp

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Football has been perceived as a year-round profession for quite a while now, but the Miami Dolphins and Head Coach Joe Philbin understand the importance of down time.

Thursday’s final practice of a mandatory three-day minicamp marked the last time the team will see the field for a little over a month, which is when training camp starts. Philbin and his staff made sure the players felt good about themselves upon turning in their textbooks.

“We asked them to give us their best effort and have the best practice of the year today,” Philbin said after that practice. “We wanted to transition from period to period as fast as we ever have, and I thought for the most part it was a really good practice.”

There was one more team meeting scheduled for today during which Philbin wants to make sure everyone is on the same page as far as what’s expected at the start of camp. His coaches will be given forms to evaluate the minicamp and each player was given a card and a packet with details on when to report to camp and at what weight they should report at. They had to sign the card.

Philbin revealed that he and his staff know precisely how many practices they’re going to have in training camp and precisely how many snaps will be devoted to every situation. He also is cognizant of what he and the players need away from football.

“There has to be some balance. The players need some time away and need to reconnect with their families,” said Philbin, who is in his first year as an NFL head coach. “My son has been deployed for a year overseas as a first lieutenant in the Army, and it just works out perfectly that he is scheduled to return from Kuwait to Ft. Hood Texas on Tuesday. We’re all going to be there, and I guess they do that ‘move that bus’ deal like they do on that show (Extreme Home Makeover), so that’s obviously going to be a great time for our family, and an emotional time.”

Cornerback Vontae Davis is entering his fourth season and he knows how important it is to take advantage of any available off time. He plans to master that balance Philbin spoke about.

“I’m going to relax but stay in shape before the real grind gets started,” Davis said.

Philbin also plans to reconnect with his parents and go back to his roots while he has the time.

“My mom and dad, as I’ve said my dad is in his 90s, so I’ll zip up to the Northeast and get out of the heat for a little bit,” he said. “But nothing special really (is planned). I’m not a hunter, not a fisher and not a golfer. I love my profession and love my family, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Once he is done spending time with his real family, Philbin will return to the grind of getting things ready for his football family and the remainder of the summer.
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