There is a new aura in the Miami Dolphins locker room this season. Players from the last regime that do not fit the system have been disposed of and young players with high ceilings are taking the next step and displaying leadership. The Dolphins culture seems to be taking a turn for the better and former All-Pro linebacker Zach Thomas attended camp on Monday to ingrain himself into this new group and give the young players some words of advice. Head coach Joe Philbin has been vocal about the positive impact Thomas has had on the team.
“...He did a great job, he did a fantastic job as you might imagine.” Philbin said after Monday’s practice. “He was just very sincere and very straightforward with the guys. Even in the brief time that he spent, everybody in the room could feel the great passion that he has for the sport and for this organization.” Philbin expanded on what Thomas said to the players, “There were a lot of great points, the thing I took out of it was – even though Zach played what 13 years in the NFL, his message, a lot of was time goes by quickly and take advantage of every single opportunity that you get as a player and sometimes you have to make sacrifices to be great. It’s not easy to be great, you have to have a plan and you have to sacrifice, but really it was an outstanding message.”
Zach Thomas had many productive years in the NFL making him a savvy veteran and his advice was appreciated. He spoke about X’s and O’s and on the field situations, but it was the little things that piqued the interest of safety Reshad Jones.
“It was great. He had a lot of positive things to say – basically sleep (laughing).” Jones said jokingly, “I’m one of the guys that tries to get my rest. It’s hard for me to fall asleep or whatever. He stressed that point and I think it’s important that you get a lot of sleep and a lot of rest so you can be able to perform the next day.”
The involvement of veteran players like Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, and Dan Marino might not seem like much when it comes to the development and improvement of this team, but it truly is beneficial to have these faces of the franchise come in and show the players what the Miami Dolphins culture is all about. Dolphins fans have been waiting a long time to get a winning product on the field, and the presence of these legendary Dolphins is a step in the right direction to make this a prestigious franchise once again.
This story was written by Efrain Ramos. Follow him on Twitter @EfrainRamos.
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