Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, center, walks on the field as players stretch at NFL football training camp in Davie, Fla. Friday, July 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Dolphins’ head coach Tony Sparano isn’t coming to Dallas for a sightseeing tour, but he admits that he looks forward to seeing the house that Jerry built for the first time. Sparano spent four years as an assistant for the Cowboys, but left in 2007, when JerryWorld was still in its infant stages.
"I know it's supposed to be a heck of a place," Sparano said Monday, per the Dallas Morning News. "I'm not going to go in there oooing and ahhing; I'm going to go in there getting ready for a football game. We play in a lot of nice stadiums, but I wasn't part of that, and I know it's something that Mr. Jones took a lot of pride in down there and I know that they've done it right.”
Despite it being the fourth and final week of the preseason, Sparano anticipates a sizable crowd on Thursday night. Straying from tradition somewhat, Miami will play its starters in the exhibition; Wade Phillips said some Dallas starters would play as well.
In both cases, the starters’ presence in the game will be the result of disappointing performances in week 3 of the preseason.
“They have great fans out there just like we have great fans,” Sparano said. “It will be loud; that's what I told the team today. It doesn't matter, in Dallas it doesn't matter. It could be a Tuesday morning, they're going to get their people, and it's going to be loud and it's going to be all that.”
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