The Miami Dolphins have spent the last four seasons as a finesse team, one that relied on speed and agility more than pure power. That may be changing in a hurry under interim head coach Dan Campbell. Two days after being named to the position, Campbell held his first team practice on Wednesday, and it was perfectly clear these are not Joe Philbin practices any more.
The Dolphins, like most teams, only open a small portion of the workout to the media, but during that time, the team was clearly getting physical. Campbell had the team line up and conduct the infamous Oklahoma drill, with two players lining up and, on the whistle, hitting each other with the goal of tackling or pushing the other player out of the drill area. The goal was clearly to send a signal to the team - and the media - that things really are different in Davie today.
The physical nature of the practice was sure to heat some tempers, and it did. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry and safety Cedric Thompson got into a shoving match which escalated briefly into a multiple player scrum, but was broken up fairly quickly.
Multiple media members all commented on the increased physicality and intensity of the practice on Twitter:
The Dolphins are doing more physical work while the media is here. Don't think it isn't intentional.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) October 7, 2015
And we have our first fight of the Dan Campbell era. That didn't take long.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) October 7, 2015
Ced Thompson, Jarvis Landry shove each other. Scrum broken up no big deal. But players feisty.— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) October 7, 2015
Dan Campbell wanted intensity. Jarvis Landry and Ced Thompson bring it. pic.twitter.com/dydnuZOgDq— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) October 7, 2015
Now it looks like they're doing the Oklahoma Drill. What am I watching???— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) October 7, 2015
Dolphins are doing the OKLAHOMA DRILL. Don't just talk the talk. https://t.co/eNV5X0HOQB— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) October 7, 2015
There's a lot more grunting than usual here at #Dolphins practice— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) October 7, 2015
Koa Misi just destroyed Jordan Cameron. Not pretty!— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) October 7, 2015
I cannot confirm report that new Dolphins interim coach will have a fight to the death each week to determine the roster's 53rd player— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) October 7, 2015
Now they're doing one on ones with the entire team watching. Campbell wanted intensity...— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) October 7, 2015
Just heard: most interesting Dolphins practice since Manny Wright cried.— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) October 7, 2015
Campbell got action he wants. DE Olivier Vernon went 3x in 1-on-1 drill. Faced Pouncey once. Didn't wanna be replaced.— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) October 7, 2015
For the first time this season, I'm sad when they closed practice to us.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) October 7, 2015
Media portion of practice is over. Number of practices similar to today's under Philbin: 0.0. Intensity you could feel.— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) October 7, 2015
Intensity and energy at #Dolphins practice today was the highest I've seen during the season. HC Dan Campbell made his first footprint.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) October 7, 2015