Around the entire NFL, mini-camps are taking place and teams are starting to take shape. With the popularity of the NFL and a hungry fan base, some cling onto every play that happens and base their analysis and predictions off that. The reality is though that when players aren’t in pads, it’s tough to gauge whether or not their skill level and development will translate once they step on the field under the lights. On Tuesday, head coach Joe Philbin confirmed that and said there needs to be a long-term view of these types of practices.
“Who knows that's going to happen. I don't overreact on one day positively or negatively. I remember years when I was coaching the offensive line in this league and one time we went out in a preseason game and a rookie looked absolutely lousy and then he ended up being an all-rookie player. You just never know. You have to have some patience and kind of a long-term view of this thing."
One thing that mini-camp is a time fun for is to build team chemistry, develop but most of all, to have fun doing what these players love to do – play football. Philbin said that the Dolphins are working hard to create a positive and upbeat environment.
“I thought our energy was good on the field. I thought we got through the periods well and I thought the guys, the hustle was good, the effort was good. So I thought it was a real positive practice,” he said. “We're trying to create an atmosphere at practice where the guys are into football and they're competing each and every minute and you know it's fun. I mean you've got to love what you're doing. I mean I tell the guys all the time that, I heard this statement when I was early on in coaching that when you park your car and walk in the door, you better feel like you're at the best place in the world coaching and luckily for me 32 years, once I get out on the field and start coaching football players, it's what I love to do.”
The Dolphins aren’t the only team in the NFL to create a positive and upbeat environment when it comes time to practice but they have certainly worked hard over the past few years to stay ahead of the league and come up with new ideas to keep players fresh and healthy as the year goes on.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs