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Miami coach’s mandate to be more physical comes with a cost

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins tussled in a rugby-style scrum when practice began Wednesday, with younger players encircled by veterans and challenged to fight their way out of the pack.

”It was just something I thought up,” interim coach Dan Campbell said.

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          Miami Dolphins Head Coach, Dan Campbell

Since replacing Joe Philbin 2 1/2 weeks ago, Campbell has stressed the need to be more physical and aggressive. His lobbying paid off Sunday with a 38-10 win at Tennessee, which the Dolphins (2-3) trumpet as a turnaround in their season.

But for defensive end Olivier Vernon, the pedal-to-the-metal approach comes with a cost: He said he was fined by the NFL for a late, low hit that injured Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Vernon planned to appeal and declined to say how much he was fined. He hit the rookie quarterback’s left knee and drew criticism from Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, who said it appeared Vernon was trying to hurt Mariota.

”It was nothing that was intentional,” Vernon said. ”Obviously quarterbacks are defenseless when they’re passing the ball. That’s a given. If that was my intent, I should have gotten fined the max.”

Mariota sprained his MCL but didn’t miss a snap. He finished the game with a brace on his knee.

Vernon apologized after the game to Mariota, who said he didn’t consider the hit malicious. On the play, Vernon drew the first of two penalties he received for roughing the passer.

Campbell didn’t view those infractions as negative repercussions from his mandate to be more aggressive.

”We’re just trying to play football,” he said. ”It’s no different than anybody else.”

And the new head coach offered support for Vernon.

”I just told him I know he’s not a dirty player,” Campbell said. ”He’s trying to get to the quarterback.”

The Dolphins did – they had six sacks after totaling one in the first four games. Cameron Wakehad his first four sacks of the season and was chosen AFC defensive player of the week, while Vernon added his first sack of the year.

Miami also outrushed an opponent for the first time this year, 180-63, and would happily settle for the same thing Sunday against Houston.

Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who has played 20 games against Miami, noted the transformation under Campbell.

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”The Dolphins got back to doing what they do best – running the ball,” Wilfork said. ”Last week everybody got a sneak peek at what they really are. They are a ground-and-pound team. They’re tough. They’re physical. As you can see, their coach got them fired up to play, and they responded. We’re going to get their best.”

Campbell, noting the Dolphins’ history of inconsistency, is doing what he can to ensure Wilfork’s correct. The coach has shortened practices but added more contact.

The scrum at the start of Wednesday’s workout was the latest wrinkle, with flailing arms and elbows making it look like a playground free-for-all.

”It’s fun. They were just messing around with each other,” said Campbell, a former NFL tight end. ”When you have the young guys in the middle and they have to find a way to get outside the circle, it kind of gets everybody fired up a little bit. It just created a little bit of energy.”

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NFL draft: Tyler Lockett undervalued, Bud Dupree overvalued

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Tyler Lockett’s a versatile threat, but he gets lost in a loaded receiver class. Meanwhile, Bud Dupree’s allure is more about potential than production. Daniel Jeremiah redistributes pre-draft hype.

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Former NFL player shares his money mistakes in new book

Former NFL Player Phillip Buchanon Pens ‘New Money: Staying Rich’

Former NFL player shares his money mistakes in new book

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BlackEnterprise.com recently had a one-on-one with NFL vet Phillip Buchanon. Buchanon was drafted by the Oakland Raiders and before retiring from the sport, the athlete played for the Houston Texans, Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins. These days he’s exploring new terrains with his brand Octocanon, a name he chose to reflect his multiple professional endeavors.

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The baller turned businessman is the author of a novel, New Money: Staying Rich,  and a children’s book series. In our exclusive talk,  Buchanon opens up about all of his endeavors and his passion for using his mistakes to educate others.

Phillip says it was his aunt who suggested he share the decisions he made as a professional athlete and what he should have done differently. With an injury freeing up his time, Buchanon was inspired to write a novel and complete his education at the University of Miami.

“While I was in school I just started writing,” he says. “I wrote a chapter based on family. I was going in pretty hard on the family, but it’s not to embarrass my family members. It’s to educate other people that are coming into new money.” One of the biggest mistakes Phillip says he thinks professional ballers make is “being uneducated on how to handle money and not understanding how to handle their family.”

Of his time on the field, Phillip says he also found many of his peers to solely trust their financial advisors with their money matters. In New Money: Staying Rich, he stresses that young adults coming into “new money” need to select mentors who have no financial gain by helping them. Financial advisors may or may not have a newly rich client’s best interest at heart, he warns. A trusted mentor can double check the counsel of financial advisors and advise the new professional accordingly.

Other chapters touch on friends, living the Hollywood life, and it wouldn’t be a pro-athlete read if there wasn’t some mention of the ladies.

We found the retired vet to be immensely passionate about using his own wrongs to potentially deter others from repeating similar financial mistakes. Even children, too. Buchanon is developing Little Phil’s Financial Educational Series, a collection of books to teach kids about money. “If I was younger and could have been educated on money, maybe it could have helped me as far as understanding the value of money,” he says.

Still in the works for Buchanon are comic books and board games. The baller has seemingly found his place in what he calls “edutainment” and is running full speed.

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The Veteran Combine was a rude awakening

Several Veteran Combine participants have signed NFL contracts

mikekafkaAPThe Veteran Combine was a rude awakening for some players, who came to the painful realization that they just don’t have it anymore. But for others, the Veteran Combine was a big opportunity.

In fact, several of the participants in the Veteran Combine have already signed with NFL teams, well in advance of the start of offseason work and the filling of teams’ 90-player rosters.

The most recent signing was Brandon Copeland, a free agent linebacker who got a spot on the Lions thanks to his showing at the Veteran Combine.

The Vikings have signed two players from the Veteran Combine, Mike Kafka and Caesar Rayford. The Cardinals signed two as well, Nathan Slaughter and Ifeanyi Momah. The Bucs signed Emmanuel Ogbuehi and Ben Gottschalk.

The Colts signed Deveron Carr. The Chargers added Michael Huey.

Some of the best-known players who worked out at the Veteran Combine remain unsigned. Running backs Michael Bush, Felix Jones and Mikel Leshoure are all still looking for work. Adam Carriker, who is years past the time when he looked like one of the NFL’s most promising defensive linemen, hasn’t signed despite working out and talking openly about how eager he is to get another shot.

And, of course, Michael Sam still hasn’t found a team willing to give him a shot to become the first openly gay player to play in a regular-season NFL game. The Veteran Combine was no guarantee of a job for those who attended. But it was a good opportunity for some.

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