On his weekly spot on a local radio show in Miami, running back Ricky Williams expressed his thoughts on his future in Miami.
“It seems like now is time to move on,” Williams said on WQAM. “I was drafted in 1999, and this is the first time I’ve been a free agent."
Not only was Williams candid on his response regarding his future on the team he has spent the better part of eight seasons with, but he also took some parting shots at his soon-to-be former head coach and some of his teammates as well.
"Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things that it takes to win football games: not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring in the red zone. He spent a lot of time saying, 'If you do these things you win.' Sometimes, I feel like he does it a little bit too much."
No one should have a problem with Williams and his parting gifts toward Sparano, but the question has to be put out there: Where was all this attitude during the season?
For the past few weeks, with head coach Tony Sparano, offensive coordinator Dan Henning and general manager Jeff Ireland's jobs in limbo, it seems that the words coming out of everyone's mouth has been nothing short of a love fest.
Sparano vouches for Henne and Henning.
Henning then vouches for Sparano and Henne.
Lastly, Henne vouches for his coaches as well.
"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 spoke in his interview of the times he arrived in Miami and how he used to be around true pros such as Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas: "Just their professionalism, and the way they played the game, it was incredible," Williams said.
When Williams was asked about the main difference between the Dolphins and Patriots, he noted, "They have a quarterback."
He also spoke of Brandon Marshall and spotlighted the idea of being Marshall's teammate: "Being around Brandon a lot—I like the guy, I think the world of him—but as a teammate, sometimes he makes it difficult to like him and support him."
Williams will head into free agency being a 34-year-old seasoned running back, but not with the wear and tear of most 34-year-old backs in the league. He wants more of a role and a team that is on to bigger and better things.
Williams, who rushed for 673 yards on just 159 attempts this season, led the Dolphins running backs with a 4.2 yard per carry average, but only managed to carry the ball more than 15 times twice the entire season.
To add insult to injury, Williams left with one more bomb on his plate: "I like watching the Jets play,” he said. “Because of LT. I’m an LT fan. And I like the fact that the Jets run the ball."