While playing Monday afternoon in the Honda Classic’s Miami Dolphins Pro-Am at PGA National Resort & Spa, former Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper said the key to success in the 2014 season for Miami is to forget about the 2013 season.
“You have to just let the past be the past. You can’t worry about what happened last season,” said Duper after rolling in a birdie putt on the par-4 10th hole for a net eagle for his pro-am group. “You’ve got to draft some good players. Evidently they changed some coaches. Everybody’s got to work together.
"Everybody wants to pinpoint one person. You can’t pinpoint just one person. It’s a whole team and if you don’t work as a team, once they understand it’s a team effort, they’ll get more done. It’s not individual effort."
When Duper played for the Dolphins from 1982-92, he worked with fellow wide receiver Mark Clayton and quarterback Dan Marino to form an explosive aerial attack.
“We had a great quarterback and we knew that we could count on him and he knew he could count on us," Duper said. "You’ve got to get that core together.”
Duper also said the Dolphins coaching staff “has to take control.”
“That’s one thing about Coach Shula, the years that I played with him, he always was in control of his team. And it starts with players spending extra time. How much time do the players spend after practice and really just work on things that they lack on a football field? What you put into it is what you get out of it. And that’s with everything.”