Miami Dolphins training camp opened today under sunny skies as crowds of orange and aqua packed in to Nova Southeastern University to get a look at the 2010 Dolphins. Coach Sporano, looking pounds lighter and vigorous in the sun, called orders from the center of the field before heading off to work with the O-line.
The obvious draw was new wide receiver Brandon Marshall, standing at an impressive 6-4, 230 lbs. How someone that big can be fast is proof that all men are not created equal. He and the other wide receivers ran drills that included stopping on a dime...which meant balancing like a drunken crane for several moments after the stop. He seemed in good spirits and joked around with Bess and Camarillo while catching passes from the football launching machine. (most awesome machine ever!)
Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown threw the football around in the endzone for most of practice. They seemed to be having a great time tossing the ball back and forth like old friends. I'm not sure why they were playing catch...they aren't wide receivers or quarterbacks, and the other running backs were in their group doing drills, but it was still nice to see the stars out and about.
The Dolphins have a tough schedule beginning with a home opener against the Jets. If last season was any indication, the problem the Dolphins face isn't so much a competitive division and tough schedule, but an inability on the part of the offense and defense to work together to close out games. Under today's sunshine the sins of last season were forgiven and all is shiny and new.