Friday, September 6, 2013
Dolphins locker-room buzz: Friday edition
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins completed their final practice for their Week 1 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.
Here is the latest buzz from Friday's locker room:
- One of the lesser-known stories this week is how hard the Browns went after Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes. On Friday, I asked Grimes about Cleveland’s pursuit of him in free agency and why he chose Miami instead. Grimes said he was impressed with the Browns and especially defensive coordinator Ray Horton. “It was a cool place; they got a nice situation over there,” Grimes said. “I liked the coaches, I liked the defensive coordinator. They talked a lot about what they had planned on defense and what they could do. It was a good trip, but I made the decision to come to Miami.”
- Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe said he didn’t watch his former team -- the Baltimore Ravens -- play Thursday night. Baltimore’s defense struggled mightily against the Denver Broncos without Ellerbe and defensive leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Baltimore's defense allowed 49 points. “That was a record,” Ellerbe said Friday in the locker room. “That’s definitely not the type of defense they want to play there. But, honestly, I didn’t watch the game last night on purpose. I fell asleep before the game.”
- Miami rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis says he’s ready to make his NFL debut Sunday. It happens that his NFL debut is in Cleveland, which is right off the lake and can be challenging for kickers. “[I’m] well aware that Cleveland is one of the tougher places to kick,” Sturgis said. “I’m going to try to go out there a little bit early and figure things out.”
- Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes his recent trip to northeast Ohio for the Hall of Fame Game will assist with logistics this week. Miami traveled to nearby Canton to play the Dallas Cowboys in August and will do the same this weekend in Cleveland. "One of the reasons we had the extra game is we feel like we’ve been there," Philbin said. "We’re staying at the same hotel we were at. Familiarity is an important part of being successful on the road, being comfortable and playing on the road."
The Dolphins will travel and have meetings on Saturday. Miami will take the field Sunday for their regular-season opener against the Browns at 1 p.m. ET.