It appears as though the Miami Dolphins are going back to basics. Wednesday’s practice was the last one before the players get four days off for the bye week, and new head coach Dan Campbell made sure they would remember this practice during their break. The practice was reported by many as the most physical one in a very long time, and that information came as a breath of fresh air for Dolphins fans.
Dan Campbell is attempting to bring a new culture to the Dolphins, and by all (Twitter) accounts, it’s working. Now, I am not trying to sell you a new team with playoff aspirations, but what I do find compelling about all of this is how the players will react. At the moment, it is all talk and we can’t really begin to make assesments until actual games are played, but the team morale is trending upwards. “I thought it was a crisp practice, it was to the point…” Said Campbell after practice. “it was competitive. It was I would say a winning environment.”
“I don’t think, I know. It’s a good day. That’s one.”
Positive words coming from Coach Campbell, a name we are hoping is said with delight, as opposed to Philbin’s name which was associated with disgust through the first four weeks of the season. This Miami team has lacked fight, heart, and leadership. Three extremely underrated aspects of a football team and without those three things, it doesn’t matter how much talent you have, you will not find success. Campbell is trying to instill those aspects of the game in a major way.
“We had one little small section of seven on seven…” Said Campbell. “…which was actually football stuff. Everything else was all about being primates again.”
I love it, and it may not translate to success this season, but what we are hoping for is a change in the mindset of this team, and we hope it trickles into next year with these players having a new outlook on their team, and their personal performance.
This story was written by Efrain Ramos. Follow him on Twitter @EfrainRamos