Dolphins get physical at Campbell's first practice
Miami's interim coach sets new tone
DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins set a new tone at practice on Wednesday.
Interim coach Dan Campbell said at his introductory news conference that he wanted his team to compete.
Campbell wanted to set a different tone than the one that former coach Joe Philbin had established. Campbell didn't waste any time fostering that competition.
The Dolphins ran the famed "Oklahoma" drill in which players go one-on-one in the middle of the field. That drill is rarely run by NFL teams.
There was also a minor fight at practice between wide receiver Jarvis Landry and safety Cedric Thompson.
"I didn't personally see it, but I wanted it to be a competitive environment," Campbell said after practice. "I want it done the right way. I don't want a bunch of fights out there, but I want it competitive. I want emotions high. I want those guys to puff their feathers up a little bit."
Campbell said he's not looking for fights in practice, but he acknowledged that happens sometimes in a physically demanding environment.
"I'm not telling these guys to go out and start throwing punches, but, hey, if guys get a little bit heated and they get after it a little bit, you may have some of those," he said. "That's not the team I want to be on. I don't want to be undisciplined, but to push them to the brink, sometimes you're going to have things like that."
The Dolphins have a bye this weekend. Their next game is on the road at Tennessee.
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