Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is not only going to be on the Fins roster in 2008, he’s also going to be back in the rotation at running back according to comments he claims he was told by new Dolphins VP Bill Parcells. In today’s Florida Sun-Sentinel, Williams stated that he was shocked he was not released by the Fins and Parcells after he met up with the former Super Bowl winning coach.
“(Parcells) was describing the kind of player he wanted,” Williams said. “Honestly, I had doubts if I was going to be that type of player.” It was during that talk that Parcells reportedly told Williams he would get carries along with Dolphins feature back Ronnie Brown. “I was expecting him not to talk to me at all,” Williams said. “I was expecting to get a letter in the mail saying I was going to be a free agent.
“I like (Parcells) more than I thought I would,” added Williams. “He’s really different than I expected. It seems to me his greatest joy is developing true friendships with his players, being a mentor and trying to help people, not just in football but in life.”
Williams did try and make a comeback last season with Miami, and it lasted all of one game, as against Pittsburgh on a Monday night he tore a chest muscle and missed the rest of the season. He will turn 31 next week, and this season is his final year of a deal that will pay him $730,000. Will he have an impact on the Dolphins ground game this season? That’s a great question that will be up for debate all the way into the season.