Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
With the regular season just around the corner, head coach Joe Philbin is doing his best to get his team ready by making them practice as if it were an actual game week.
“Today was kind of a Wednesday practice,” Philbin said. “We did a lot of third down. We did some pressure, some normal down-and-distance. I thought it was a good practice. We’re doing scout team looks of Dallas as well, and that’s always kind of a process. (It) takes a little while for the guys to get used (to it). They’ve been doing so much competitive against one another, Miami versus Miami, for lack of a better term. It takes a little while."
Philbin has also stated that one of the reasons he's changed the practice time for the team is because he wants them to get used to the intense Miami heat and humidity.
"This is a big week. I told the guys today, I think we called it up at around 2:42 (p.m.), and I said, ‘Look, this is when we’re going to be practicing.’ We’ve been practicing at 8 in the morning. Not that it’s been cool and chilly then, but I said it’s probably going to be about halftime in about two weeks, coming out of the second half and probably the weather is going to be very similar. We’ve got to get used it. We’ve got to use it as an advantage for us."
The Dolphins will probably attempt to do just that when the New England Patriots come to town for week one of the regular season, and with any luck the Boston-based football team won't be accustomed to the intense heat and give a whole new meaning to the term "home field advantage" for the Dolphins.