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Miami columnist: 'Fins can't stop No. 80



Miami Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero of *The Miami Herald *joined Nick Scurfield of to preview the Texans-Dolphins Week 16 matchup at Land Shark Stadium.

Salguero, who has worked nationally for ESPN, has covered the Dolphins since 1990.

Nick Scurfield: In a conference call with Houston media this week, Ricky Williams said he doesn't feel like he's 32 years old with the way he's been running this year. What do you think about what he's been able to accomplish this season?

Armando Salguero:Well, it is amazing, the fact that it's been five or six years since he's had 1,000 yards, and he's come out of nowhere, basically, and out of necessity, to get the 1,000 yards this year. Ricky has been a very good complimentary back to Ronnie Brown the last couple of years, and he's been very comfortable doing that. Like I said, injuries to Ronnie Brown necessitated that Ricky step up, and he has done exactly that. He's had a couple of fumbling issues the last two games, but I don't think that that detracts from the overall picture of the fact that he's been a big plus for the team.

Nick Scurfield:You mentioned Williams' fumbling in the last couple of weeks. Are there any concerns about him wearing down as the season comes to a close?

Armando Salguero:Well, if there are, it comes with the ball handling, the ball control. You've got to hold on to the football, and that is the one issue that Tony Sparano, the head coach of the team, sort of drilled into everybody's thinking down here. Last year, this team tied an NFL record with the New York Giants with only 13 turnovers all season, and now this year they're 26th in the league in turnover margin, and that's one of the reasons they're 7-7. So if you're looking at Ricky Williams as a guy that is possibly wearing down, when you have four fumbles in the last two games, and he's lost two of those, that's one possible sign of that happening.


Click here to listen to the rest of the interview in a podcast. Salguero discusses the Wildcat offense without Ronnie Brown, Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne, the Dolphins' pass rush and the devastating matchup that Andre Johnson poses for Dolphins defensive backs.

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