Ricky Runs Mouth on Way Out of Miami

Williams disses Sparano, teammates, says it's "time to move on"

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011  |  Updated 1:12 PM EDT
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Ricky Runs Mouth on Way Out of Miami

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You didn't think Ricky Williams would leave Miami quietly, did you?

After seven or so seasons in the Magic City, Williams says his time with the Dolphins is likely done, and he didn't have too many kind parting words for his teammates or head coach Tony Sparano.

Appearing on Sid Rosenberg's WQAM-560 radio show Monday night, Williams, who is becoming a free agent, said it's time to leave Miami.

“It seems like now is time to move on,” said Williams, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "I was drafted in 1999, and this is the first time I’ve been a free agent. I’m excited to see what happens."

The 33-year-old running back who averaged 4.2 yards per carry for 673 yards and two touchdowns said he wasn't very happy this season, and he wasn't exactly happy with Sparano.

“Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things it takes to win football games. Not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring in the red zone. He spends a lot of time saying, ‘If you do these things, you win.’ And sometimes I feel personally that he does a little bit too much," Williams said. "My personal opinion is if you have the right attitude that, ‘You guys are going to win,’ then all that other stuff takes care of itself...Coach (Nick) Saban had a saying. He said, ‘We’re worried about mouse manure, when we have elephant s--- all over the place.’"

Williams went on to say that he wants to go to a "supporting environment" and that Miami was "not a great fit for me."

"It was an experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself and I got better as a football player, but at the same time, I didn’t enjoy it. For me it’s about playing football, it’s about having a good time and it’s about working hard."

This from a guy who quit on the Dolphins to smoke pot all day.

Sparano wasn't the only one who got dissed. Though Williams said he "think[s] the world of" Brandon Marshall, he added that "as a teammate, sometimes he makes it difficult to like him and support him."

Williams said Marshall has little tact in keeping his mouth shut.

"It’s not necessarily what he says, it’s when he says it and the way he says it. But for the most part, the things that he says are things that everyone else wants to say, but no one has the courage, or the balls," Williams said. "And some of it is intelligence – they’re smart enough not to say those things because they don’t want to burn bridges. But when you have $50 million, then you can get away with whatever you want.”

Williams also weighed in on the Dolphins' quarterback situation, comparing the Fins' QBs to the New England Patriots matter-of-factly: "They have a quarterback."

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