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Dolphins plan if no Ferguson

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2008 – 2:32 pm

If NT Jason Ferguson cannot play for Miami on Sunday, here’s Tony Sparano’s contingency plan.

“We’ll see what happens,” said Sparano. “It’ll be Paul (Soliai), it’ll be (Randy) Starks, (Lionel) Dotson.  There will be some people moving in and out of there.”

The Dolphins training staff has worked a lot on getting Soliai’s weight down. At 6’4″ 355 he’s dropped some weight already according to Sparano. 

“Paul is getting better and better as a nose.  He has been progressively getting better and better and I think has done some nice things that way.  He had a ways to go when we came in here from a physical standpoint.  He was really too heavy at the time, we needed to get some weight off of him.  We got 40 or 50, almost 45 pounds Paul is down right now.  He’s moving better, his stamina is better, strength is better, all of those things that make you a good nose guard in there.  I think he’s really gotten a lot better that way.  Now it was just a reps thing.  We got him quite a few reps during the preseason.  It’s just been in the regular season now.  He’s been maybe 10 plays somewhere in there, it just depends on the game.  If we’re playing a team where we’re in ‘Nickel’ and we’re in ‘Sub’ defense a lot, neither he or (Jason) Ferguson are out there a whole lot in those situations.  It’s kind of the trickle down deal and he doesn’t get as many plays.”

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