Ricky Rips The Dolphins
Ricky Williams is a free agent for the first time in his professional career. Always out of the norm, Ricky has undoubtedly been himself throughout his career. Last night, on a Miami radio station, Ricky spoke his mind, criticizing Tony Sparano and some of his teammates.
Williams, speaking on his weekly radio spot with WQAM-560’s Sid Rosenberg, criticized Sparano on several fronts – questioning his philosophies, criticizing his “micromanaging” coaching style, accusing the Dolphins of being ill-prepared for their game against the Patriots and saying that Sparano lost the locker room at the end of the season, despite repeated votes of confidence from the players.
“Usually when players are talking and saying the right things, it means that they’re full of s***,” Williams said.
Williams, 33, also said that he has almost certainly played his last game with the Dolphins, after nine roller-coaster years associated with the team. Williams, who rushed just 159 times in 16 games for 673 yards and two touchdowns, said he wants to “have a chance to play a lot and be a part of something big next year.”
Williams expressed frustration that he didn’t have a big enough role – “this whole season I haven’t taken one Advil,” he said – and that ideally he would play for a team that is “changing things around.” He said the Dolphins were in that phase in 2008, when Sparano, Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells first came to town to turn around a 1-15 team, but no longer.
“It seems like now is time to move on,” Williams said. “I was drafted in 1999, and this is the first time I’ve been a free agent. I’m excited to see what happens.”
Williams did not exactly give a ringing endorsement for Sparano, whose job is on the line after his team finished its second consecutive 7-9 season.
He said playing for the Dolphins under Sparano is “not a great fit for me.”
“It was an experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself and I got better as a football player, but at the same time, I didn’t enjoy it,” he said. “For me it’s about playing football, it’s about having a good time and it’s about working hard.”
Williams admitted that several players in the locker room are unhappy with Sparano and his intense coaching style, though he added that the players “unequivocally” have “tons of respect for Tony.” Williams declined to speak to local reporters about football matters throughout the season, choosing instead to fulfill his media obligations via his weekly radio show.
“You can’t go 7-9 and say everyone loves what we’re doing,” Williams said. “And I think any time you don’t have success and you’re not winning, people are going to be unhappy, and they’re not going to love what they’re doing and they’re not going to buy into it and believe it.”
Williams said the players are having a hard time believing Sparano’s message after two straight losing seasons, and said he can be too repetitive and nitpicky.
Read more of Ricky’s thoughts on Sparano, Nick Saban, Brandon Marshall, and more by clicking on the link: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2011/01/03/an-angry-reflective-ricky-williams-says-hes-likely-done-with-the-dolphins-doesnt-hold-back-on-criticism-of-tony-sparano-and-teammates/
The Palm Beach Post blogs are always solid, and this one is no exception. As quircky and unorthodox as Ricky is, many will forget how great of a player he was. Some Saints fans lump him into the same category as Johnthan Sullivan or Russell Erxleben, which is completely absurd. Ricky rubbed people the wrong way because he was different, but he’s always been a solid player on the field. It’ll be interesting to see if he ends up elsewhere next year, or hangs up his cleats for good.