Some football fans believe that the legacy of Bill Parcells often casts a shadow over just what occurs with the Dolphins. But according to NFL.com senior columnist Thomas George, general manager Jeff Ireland and coach Tony Sparano have been vital to the success of the defending AFC East champions.
“I don’t think Tony or myself would have taken our jobs with Bill if that were the case,” Ireland said. “We both know the vast experience that Bill has and that he has very strong opinions, but that doesn’t mean he is always right. We have checks and balances and communication between the three of us. We question each other. Sometimes Bill locks his jaw. Sometimes I lock my jaw in personnel. Sometimes Tony locks his jaw in coaching. But we listen to each other and make decisions in our areas. Bill has told us, ‘you guys do your jobs, you do the personnel, Tony does the coaching, and think of me as a guidance counselor.’ It has created fantastic checks and balances for us all.”
Some of George’s other observations from Dolphins training camp:
- The Dolphins look committed to finding a way for second-round pick Pat White to play this season.
- Keep an eye on two rookies this season: CB Sean Smith and WR Patrick Turner.
- Jason Taylor is going to be a force in the 2009 season.
- Veteran offensive tackle Vernon Carey is impacting the team’s younger offensive linemen in positive ways.
- The Dolphins believe fifth-year linebacker Channing Crowder is poised for his best season.