Postcard from camp: Dolphins
The Dolphins encampment is at Nova Southeastern University, in Davie, Fla., about half an hour from the bright lights of Ft. Lauderdale. There's an outdoor field, which holds the heat very well, and an indoor bubble for hurricane use. The grass of the practice field, and I'm reading from the Dolphins' press book now, without a clue as to what I'm reading, is Tifway 419 Bermuda, and all I can tell you about it is it's hot. At practice the other day my left foot started melting -- until I managed to get a sneaker over it.
The number of QBs competing for the job equals the number of observations I'm required to write in this postcard. So ...
3. The third observation, who might be No. 1 by the end of the season, is second-round draft pick
"When he's wild, he's either wild high left or wild low right," Henning said. Noticing my idiot look, he elaborated. "You're serving in tennis. Serving to the ad court, you'll probably be wide low right, and in the deuce court, wild high left, so what we're trying to get him to do is open his body, pretending he's in the deuce court, to get the ball on target." I got so excited with this analogy I tried it myself and served an ashtray through a pane of glass, but the point is young Henne has one of the great quarterback technicians in the game to work with him.
An army of them. "I think we really got something done with the draft choices and the new people we brought in," says
How will they handle the media crush for their season opener? That's right,
Parcells standing in the end zone at practice, by himself, quietly watching the drills, making mental notes, the tumblers clicking. No whistle, no leather lunged, "Dammit
• I like the defense, which has a nice influx of youth, but, unfortunately, no
• Rookie head coach
• Best line I heard was from PR Director