MIAMI (CBS4)– It’s time to get your game on. The Miami Dolphins meet the Atlanta Falcons Friday night in the Georgia Dome in the first preseason game of the year.
Fans will get their first look at the 2011 squad, including new additions Reggie Bush and first round pick Mike Pouncey.
Head coach Tony Sparano isn’t expecting much in tonight’s game since the team has practiced less than a dozen times and much of the playbook is untouched.
I don’t want to use the term ‘vanilla,’ but it’s kind of where you’re going to be,” Sparano said Wednesday. “You’ve got to let these guys have a chance to play. To put them out there and to ask them to do something that maybe they’ve only done once out here on the practice field right now doesn’t really give them a chance. You’ve really got to just ask these guys to do minimal in this ballgame.”
Coach Sparano didn’t specify how many series’ the starters will play, but said they won’t be in there for long.
“I can’t afford it,” Sparano said. “I have no gauge on how many plays we’re going to play … if our offense isn’t going to be out there for 40 plays and our defense out there for 70 or vice versa. So with that in mind I can’t afford to keep a group out there too long without getting some of these young players evaluated. I need to make sure these players get evaluated because as we get going here into the next couple weeks I really can’t waste that kind of time.”
Remember, you can watch the game on CBS4.
Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. followed by kickoff at 7:30 p.m.