Staying focused

Veteran cornerback Sam Madison had to laugh Thursday when he was asked whether Coach Nick Saban delivered messages to his players on a daily basis. "Daily?" Madison replied. "How about minute, hour, second. All the time."

The messages are pretty much along the lines of what Saban tells the media constantly, things like focusing on the process, not worrying about anything or anybody else other than the task at hand, and so on.

It's kind of funny, actually, to listen to Saban address the media and then go into the locker room, where you often find players almost repeating verbatim what Saban said only moments before.

This week, for example, the two main topics were winning on the road and Buffalo possibly switching quarterbacks.

Well, Saban said playing on the road requires the same mind-set and whoever plays quarterback for the Bills doesn't change how the Dolphins have to prepare.

You ask the players, you get the same answers.

Now, this isn't a bad thing. On the contrary, we're thinking it's a good thing.

It doesn't make for necessarily great copy because you're not getting players saying really headline-grabbing stuff, but maybe there's a benefit to staying low-key.

Think about it. Have many great stories been generated in recent years by something said in the New England locker room?

It's like they say, actions speak louder than words.


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