Dolphins RB Ricky Williams seemed to turn back the clock in Atlanta. "He looked explosive. He had power," said CBS analyst Dan Dierdorf, who called the game. "I loved the way he finished runs." Williams' first carry went for 14 yards and ended with him running over safety Erik Coleman. Williams exploded for 8 yards on a sweep on his final carry. Those runs suggested Williams might be underused these days sharing the load with starter Ronnie Brown. Brown never looked as dynamic or determined against the Falcons, and finished with 43 yards on 10 carries. "I don't know their mind-set, but if the coaches give him more carries, I can understand why," Dierdorf, a Hall of Fame offensive tackle, said of Williams. "He deserves it. That's not casting a negative Ronnie Brown's way." In Williams' first two seasons with Miami, 2002-03, he started every game and averaged 100 yards on 24 carries. In '02, he led the NFL with 1,853 rushing yards, but defenses keyed on him the next season and his production dipped almost 500 yards. "I don't want to be on a team where I have to produce like that," he said.
Coach Tony Sparano and his staff plan to stick to their plan to spread the workload.
"There is no real star in this bunch of guys," Sparano said. "It has kind of been done by committee here."