On Wednesday, the Miami Dolphins hosted a live chat with linebacker Gary Guyton, the third call set up exclusively for the fan websites invited by the team to attend the annual Web Weekend.
Guyton — who went undrafted in 2008 despite having the fastest 40-yard time at his position at the NFL Combine (4.47) — spent his first four seasons with the New England Patriots, starting 32 games, including all 16 contests in 2009 when he had 85 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Over the last two years, the 6-foot-3 LB recorded 110 total tackles, three sacks and three interceptions, including one pick-six. Following him on Twitter:Â @GaryGuyton59.
In addition to talking about his transition to a new coaching staff and defensive scheme, Guyton, as well as a member of the Dolphins Cycling Challenge staff,Â encouraged everyone to get involved in the third annual DCC, a two-day, 170-mile charity cycling event to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, on November 3 and 4. Both of Guyton’s parents are cancer survivors and he recently lost his grandmother to the disease, making the support the DCC gives to cancer research — $1.6 million raised over the last two years, with a goal of doubling that amount this season — a very important cause to him.
Please go to RideDCC.comÂ to register as a rider, volunteer or a virtual rider; clickÂ hereÂ to help raise money in memory of our friend Tom Eddie.
On the football field, Guyton has been pleased with the continued growth and development of the Dolphins while putting in the long hours in preparation for the upcoming season. Coming over from New England, he talked to DolfansNYC* about theÂ Â difference in coaching styles between the two organizations.
“(They’re) great coaches â€“ all of them on both sides of the ball are very knowledgeable in the game,” he said. “Getting in here, learning other things you may not have picked up from other coaches, it all helps you be a better player.
“I think right now, (Kevin) Coyle and (Joe) Philbin, weâ€™re all here just working together. Itâ€™s a first step for us on defense, just to get in here and learn the defense. Weâ€™re all here to learn together and just (be) the best we can.”
No. 59 also told us that all of the Dolphins’ tight ends, led by the veteran Anthony Fasano, have been tough to cover.
“They all do certain things differently â€“ all are good,” he said. “Any one of those guys can come in and do a good job for us to be a good role player.”