Ricky Williams Takes Aim At Sparano
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MIAMI (CBS4) – Ricky Williams finally unleashed his feelings about the Tony Sparano regime with the Miami Dolphins, and it wasn’t pretty. Williams took to his weekly radio show and said Sparano lost the locker at the end of the season.
Williams criticized Sparano’s “micromanaging” and said the Dolphins were not prepared for their season-ending game against the New England Patriots. The Fins were crushed by the Patriots 38-7.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Williams questioned the truthfulness of his fellow players who had supported Sparano’s tenure with the Fins.
“Usually, when players are talking and saying the right things, it means that they’re full of *expletive*,” Williams said.
Part of Williams’ frustration is obviously from his lack of use this season. While Williams has a lot of wear and tear on his body, he also has plenty of tread left on the tires. But, the Fins could only muster 159 carries for Williams, who still managed to rush for 673 yards on so few carries.
“This whole season, I haven’t taken one Advil,” Williams said about not having the pain that a running back who was heavily utilized would endure.
Williams went from being a key cog in the running game for the Dolphins in the 2008 and 2009 season to being an afterthought in 2010. According to the Post report, Williams said the players respect Sparano, but don’t enjoy playing for them.
When it came to micro-managing, Williams used a quote from former Fins coach Nick Saban to illustrate his point.
“Coach Saban had a saying, ‘We’re worried about mouse manure, when we have elephant *expletive* all over the place,’” Williams told WQAM.
When it came to his fellow offensive teammates, Williams didn’t hold back. He said the main difference between the Patriots and the Dolphins is that the Patriots have a quarterback. Williams also roasted wide receiver Brandon Marshall during the interview.
“I like the guy (Marshall), I think the world of him. But as a teammate, sometimes he makes it difficult to like him and support him,” Williams said. “For the most part, the things that he says are things that everyone else wants to say, but no one has the courage, or the balls. And some of it is intelligence – they’re smart enough not to say those things, because they don’t want to burn bridges. But when you have $50 million, then you can get away with whatever you want.”