Back to work

The Dolphins went back to work on Tuesday with most of the players coming from homes left without power as a result of Hurricane Wilma. As difficult as it might have been, the players tried to focus on their job.

"That's what we've got to deal with after we leave here," said offensive tackle Damion McIntosh. "While we're here, concentrate on what we've go to do as far as preparation and things like that. That's what we did. It wasn't a lot of talk about what happened. Everybody OK? Yeah. All right, let's keep going. And when you get home, deal with your situation."

The Dolphins worked on Tuesday, a normal day off, because the players were excused on Monday when the storm hit.

The Dolphins training facility, which sustained minor tree damage, was operating with the help of a generator. For some players, going to work represented a nice change for a few days spent preparing for and then weathering the storm.

"It's refreshing," said defensive end David Bowens. "It kind of sucks for my family to be at home and be without power. But for me to come here I can kind of get my mind of off things."

It was more difficult to leave his power-less house for guard Rex Hadnot, whose fiancée is pregnant.

"She's from Ohio, this all new stuff for her," Hadnot said. "I had to answer a lot of questions I didn't know the answers to."

Coach Nick Saban said he had to use a hand saw to remove a tree that fell on his front gate.

"I tried to escape yesterday before the wind started blowing so I could come here where we had a genenator and watch film and work during the storm," Saban said. "And (wife) Terry politely said, if you leave the house now, I'm calling the cops and telling them to arrest you. So that was basically the end of that."

Linebacker Jason Glenn, whose house in Texas sustained minor damage from Hurricane Rita, said Hurricane Wilma was the most terrifying storm he had ever experienced.

He said he took refuge in his bathroom with his daughter's Yorkie for more than three hours Monday morning.

Glenn, along with several teammates, were among the 3.2 million South Florida residents who lost power because of Wilma.

Ironically, the Dolphins on Wednesday will begin preparing for a team that has had a much more painful experience with a hurricane, the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints were dislodged from New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina and Sunday's game will be their first of four at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

That, of course, is where Saban coached the previous five seasons before leaving LSU to become head coach of the Dolphins. But Saban said that although he has friends at LSU, his return to LSU isn't a big deal.

Saban indicated the Dolphins weren't able to find lodging in Baton Rouge until last week, but only after splitting 50 rooms between two hotels.

For Saban, who has stresses overcoming adversity since taking over as a head coach, sending the team to two different hotels is not a major issue.

"That's something we can't control," said tight end Randy McMichael. "As long as I've got somewhere to lay down, I'll be ready on Sunday."


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