Posted: 9:20 am Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Miami Dolphins notebook: Ricky Williams thinks he, Tony Sparano can work past his comments and more 

By Post Staff

A smorgasbord of Dolphins-related items that have built up over the past week as we take some much-needed vacation before the lockout ends:

1. Ricky Williams doesn’t think his previous comments about Tony Sparano should preclude him from returning to the Dolphins.

Williams, an impending free agent, blew off a little steam right after a frustrating season ended in January, saying he was ready to move on from Miami and that he didn’t enjoy playing for Sparano and his “micromanaging” coaching style.

In the six months since Williams has decided he wouldn’t mind staying with the Dolphins, after all. And in a radio interview last week with Sid Rosenberg on WQAM, Williams said he doesn’t believe that his comments drove a permanent wedge between him and Sparano.

“If you look at any relationship, for the relationship to be productive and to move forward and to grow, sometimes things have to be said that one person is not going to like to hear,” Williams said. “But I know Tony is an adult and I’m an adult, and I’m sure we can move past it.”

“I think there is at least a shred of truth in there, and if he can appreciate that and learn from it, from the voice of the players, I think everyone is better in the end, and I think the Dolphins are a better team next year.”

“I heard an interesting quote the other day, and it said you need your enemies to give you an accurate picture of who you are sometimes, and it happens a lot in sports.”

Williams said he wishes he voiced his frustrations in a different manner, and said one of the best things he likes about Sparano “is that he puts a lot of thought into the things that he shares with the team.”

“If I could do it all over again I would’ve definitely done it differently, and that’s something I’ve learned from,” Williams said. “But sometimes you make mistakes in the learning process.”

One guy who certainly wouldn’t mind having Williams back is offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who raved about Williams in a recent interview with Jorge Sedano on 790 The Ticket.

“He’s a total professional,” Incognito said. “As far as football and his knowledge of the game, Ricky’s second to none. He’s up there with Chad Pennington as far as smarts. He’s an old vet, he knows how to get it done, and it’s really an honor and a privilege playing with a guy like that.”

2. Richie Incognito compares Chad Henne to Eli Manning, talks about his offseason and reveals himself to be a music buff.

In Incognito’s highly entertaining interview with Sedano last week, he made an interesting link, comparing Henne, the Dolphins’ embattled quarterback, to the younger Manning brother. Manning, you’ll remember, was often considered aloof and not a strong leader and took plenty of criticism about his play before leading the Giants to a Super Bowl in his fifth season.

“Chad’s doing great. I think he’s got a little bit of that Eli Manning in him,” Incognito said. “He kind of just tunes everything out and still has that air of confidence about him (to) take things as they come.”

Incognito, who joined the Dolphins’ player-only workouts for about two weeks this offseason, said Henne did a great job this spring as the team leader.

“I think we forget to look at Chad as a third year player right now,” he said. “Chad’s come a long way and Chad has a long way to go, but I think from a mental standpoint and a leader standpoint I really think it’s coming together for him.”

Other things we learned from the interview:

• Incognito’s a total music buff. He went to the Coachella festival earlier this year, and has attended a wide variety of concerts this offseason, “from Lady Gaga to Lil’ Wayne.” He’s also a big electronic music fan, particularly DJ Tiesto.

• Sparano apparently is a big country music fan. “He must’ve spent too many years down in Dallas,” Incognito joked.

• The players don’t know much more about the end of the lockout than whatever they’re hearing in the media, but “we’ll be ready to go. The Miami Dolphins are preparing as if training camp is gonna open on July 27.”

3. Jason Taylor wants to play another season for the Jets.

Appearing as a guest host Monday on ESPN’s NFL Live, Taylor said “I’d love to come back and play one more year in New York.”

It may not happen, given Taylor’s age and the Jets’ other free agent needs, but it certainly would be interesting to see Taylor lining up with Gang Green against the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in Week 17, with a potential playoff appearance on the line for both teams.

4. Pat White officially returns to football.

The UFL’s Virginia Destroyers, coached by Marty Schottenheimer, made it official on Monday, signing former Dolphins second-round pick Pat White to play quarterback this fall.

White — who was cut by the Dolphins last August, didn’t receive any NFL tryouts and tried a brief baseball stint before quitting in February — said his “blood is boiling” to return to football.

5. Channing Crowder has his own radio show.

It’s on WQAM each Sunday at noon, and promises to be highly entertaining. Crowder, by far the funniest quote in the Dolphins’ locker room with a penchant for slipping several curse words into each sentence, made news on his debut show this past Sunday by saying he “hypothetically” sold some of his game jerseys to Jacksonville businessmen when he played for the Florida Gators.

He also had Ronnie Brown on the show, and while Brown said once again that he doesn’t expect to be with the Dolphins, the talk mostly focused on the pair’s friendship off the field. Brown isn’t quite the adventurer Crowder is – Crowder has been known to wrestle a wild hog or two in his day – but he’s not afraid of eating wild animals.

“I had me some alligator yesterday,” Brown said. “You know I eat it when it’s cooked up and on the plate, but you know, live and trying to catch it, that ain’t my thing.”

6. Quick hits

* Vontae Davis and brother Vernon hosted a youth football camp for 300 kids in their native Washington, D.C. last weekend.

* In this Washington Post article about Redskins’ second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins, we learn that Jenkins has been learning the switch from defensive tackle to 3-4 defensive end from Phillip Merling, a fellow Clemson Tiger who made a similar switch in the NFL.

7. Photo of the Day

A shirtless Richie Incognito poses with comedian Aziz Ansari, of NBC’s “Parks and Rec” fame, at Coachella.

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