Big Fish in Town

Thursday brought the Dolphins' last full-scale practice of the 2007 season, but that clearly wasn't made it anything other than your run-of-mill. The big man, The Big Tuna, was in attendance.

And don't think players didn't notice the appearance of Bill Parcells, who was hired last week as executive vice president of football operations.

"Everybody knows he's there," said defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday. "He commands attention. He deserves that with everything that he's accomplished."

It was the first day in Miami for Parcells, who will hold a press conference Thursday at 6 p.m.

"He's good at what he does," said linebacker Joey Porter. He knows football, he knows talent. I just want to win. He's known for building programs to win. We're just going to finish out this season and wait for him to work his magic."

The timing of Parcells' hiring wasn't terribly ideal considering there were two weeks left in the season.

It has to have players wondering whether they have a future with the team, and the same certainly has to apply to Coach Cam Cameron and GM Randy Mueller.

Parcells and Cameron met on the practice field on Thursday, and Cameron relayed that Parcells just told him to focus on the regular season finale, Sunday at home against Cincinnati.

Veteran Trent Green, however, doesn't buy the notion that his teammates suddenly will feel like they're being evaluated because he says that's a neverending process.

"If they realize today they're being evaluated, then they're 15 weeks late," Green said. "But he definitely brings a dimension because of his background, because of his success in all the organizations he's been involved with. So there's a great deal of respect here."

For sure, there's quite an atmosphere at training camp, where a 1-14 team suddenly has generated some optimism.

"He does bring new promise, new hope," Holliday said. "And a lot of expectations because he's a guy who fixes problems. And we've got some big problems here."


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