Ricky Williams hints he's done in Miami

January, 4, 2011
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Ricky Williams was agitated about the state of the Miami Dolphins, critical of head coach Tony Sparano and strongly hinted he wouldn't return to the team next year.

On Williams' weekly visit with Miami sports station WQAM, host Sid Rosenberg observed the philosophical running back was unusually irritated a day after the Dolphins concluded their season with a deplorable 38-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Williams twice uttered a word you're not allowed to say on the air.

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AP Photo/Rhona WiseThis may have been Ricky Williams' final season in Miami.
"You're very observant," Williams replied. "I've been a little taken aback and surprised that I am feeling a little bit angry. Luckily, I've noticed it. So I'm not taking it out on my wife."

Williams' contract with Miami is up. He'll be 34 before next season but was productive when given the ball. He rushed for 673 yards and two touchdowns for a bland Dolphins offense. He averaged 4.2 yards a carry.

After an exchange in which Williams described his newfound fascination with Judaism and said he has been observing the Sabbath for a few weeks, Rosenberg asked if Williams would return to the Dolphins next year.

"I can't lie," Williams said. "It's been floating around. I've been a Miami Dolphin off and on for eight years now. I was thinking about ... when I got drafted. Looking back, it's almost like there's different phases of my life. It's like when you graduate from one phase, it's an internal school of life. A lot of times when you graduate from one lesson to another lesson, you actually change locations.

"This has been a long lesson. I flunked a couple times. It seems like now it's time to move on."

Williams' backfield mate, Ronnie Brown, also has an expiring contract.

As for Sparano's role, Williams described a Dolphins atmosphere that was overbearingly micromanaged. In fact, Williams claimed the infamously uptight Nick Saban was a less controlling coach than Sparano is.

"A team takes on the personality of the head coach," Williams said. "I think the way we're coached, Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things that it takes to win football games. Not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring in the red zone. He spent a lot of time saying 'If you do these things you win.' Sometimes, I feel like he does it a little bit too much.

"My personal opinion is if you have the right attitude that 'You guys are going to win,' then all that other stuff takes care of itself. ... Coach Saban had a saying. He said 'We're worried about mouse manure, when we have elephant s--- all over the place.' "

"My thing that I've been thinking about for me and my future is really focusing on what it is that I want to accomplish and what it is I want to achieve in working there, but not micromanaging this or that or focusing on the little things. It's keeping my eye on the prize and putting myself in a supportive environment and going to work every day with a smile on my face."

Dolphins players were vocal in their support of Sparano and then barely showed up in New England. Williams laughed about the public support because nobody can be happy with a 7-9 record, which included one home victory.

"I think usually when players are talking and saying the right things, it means that they're full of s---," Williams said.

The Patriots shuffled backups in and out of Sunday's finale and rested their best two receivers and top pass-rushers. Still, they played with more pride and dominated the Dolphins.

"They had less to play for than we did," Williams said. "They have a week off and then they go into the playoffs, and they played harder than any team we played all year. I just expect that from my team.

"I'm not angry at my teammates. I'm angry at the situation. That's the coaches. That's myself. That's teammates. That's everyone, the whole environment that we have there. I'm just frustrated that it's not better."

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