Ricky Williams is known for not being your typical professional football player. He's introspective and, at times, something of a recluse. But even Ricky Williams can't stand another losing season for the Miami Dolphins, and after the Fins got hammered 38-7 by the Patriots on Sunday, Ricky took to the radio airwaves and let loose a lot of frustration, openly criticizing his coach and teammates. Ricky Williams may be an ascetic who chooses to take a quieter path, but shit just got real.
Admitting that he most likely played his last down with the Dolphins, Williams went on his weekly spot with Sid Rosenberg on WQAM-560 yesterday and went off on head coach Tony Sparano and a few of his teammates.
Williams questioned Sparano's leadership, his coaching philosophy and insistence on micro managing every aspect of the team:
"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.
"Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things it takes to win football games," Williams said. "Not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring in the Red Zone. He spends a lot of time saying, 'If you do these things, you win.' And sometimes I feel personally that he does a little bit too much. My personal opinion is if you have the right attitude that you guys are going to win, then all that other stuff takes care of itself."
But wait! There's more!:
"Coach (Nick) Saban had a saying - he said, 'We're worried about mouse manure, when we have elephant s*** all over the place,'" Williams added. "I want to really start focusing on what I want to accomplish and what it is I want to achieve, but not micromanaging this or that and focusing on the little things. It's keeping my eye on the prize and putting myself in a supporting environment and going to work every day with a smile on my face."
Williams was also blunt about players who have supposedly come out and openly supported Sparano:
"Usually when players are talking and saying the right things, it means that they're full of s***," Williams said.
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And there you have it.
With all the negative attention Sparano's been getting since Sunday's loss, a little changing of the subject was in order. We're pretty sure this is not the way he envisioned it happening.