The Miami Dolphins concluded their mini-camp on Thursday by participating in a Navy Seal training experience. The Dolphins had practiced two days prior to that on Tuesday and Wednesday. With head coach Joe Philbin and the rest of the staff pleased with the results of the offseason workouts, they canceled practice and instead put this activity together.
From the sound of it though, players may have preferred running through football drills in the high humidity and heat rather than go through what they what they did for several hours before heading home for five weeks. That's because according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, they participated in drills in the Atlantic Ocean such as players having to hold their hands behind their heads and kick heavy logs. Another drill saw them lifting logs. For a total of three hours, they did both physical and mental drills that no doubt brought them closer together as a team.
Wide Receiver coach Phil McGeoghan posted on Twitter following the activities that it was an unreal experience and Seals are the real deal. Defensive Back Walt Aikens said that it was no joke and that it was a great team bonding/building experience. Defensive Tackle A.J. Francis said that it was the hardest thing that he's ever done. Other players such as Jordan Cameron and Rishard Matthews took to Twitter to describe just how grueling it was.
The event was organized by Philbin. A few weeks ago, he received some criticism for allowing the team to play kickball at the end of one of their practices because kicker Caleb Sturgis got injured during it and will be sidelined for several weeks. However, it doesn't sound like anyone suffered any injuries during this activity. In the end though, it was done to promote team bonding and chemistry and it appears the job was done.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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