At the Dolphins' training complex in Davie, Fla., on a perfectly normal dog-day-of-training-camp day: 93 degrees, oppressively humid and no breeze. I watched the Dolphins work for 2½ hours, their fifth practice of camp. The first 35 minutes or so was loosening up and walking through some plays in the club's practice bubble, the rest on the Dolphins' well-manicured fields.
Didn't have a chance to eat with the Dolphins, but the SI-EvoShield road trip, which began with this camp stop, meandered to Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill for a tasty blackened tilapia sandwich on a bun (B-plus) and cole slaw (C-minus, way too runny), along with a Diet Coke with lemon. Quite a nice lunch/dinner, or linner, before the SI.com group made the 3½-hour drive across the state to Tampa for our next stop.
The good news: Miami doesn't play big, bad New England until December. The bad news: By then, it might not matter. The Dolphins don't have an impossible pre-Thanksgiving schedule, but the strong defenses of Houston, Oakland, Arizona and the Jets will test Miami's under-construction offense five times in the first seven games. The Dolphins had better rally behind Garrard or whoever wins the starting quarterback job and become competent early, or this could be a long year.