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March 29, 2024 11 mins

In this conversation, LaVar Arrington sits down with Tyron Armstead to discuss various topics, including the challenges of the season, the different makeup of the Miami Dolphins compared to the New Orleans Saints, the evolution of coaching, the differences between old school and new school athletes, Armstead's track and field background, and an analysis of the San Francisco 49ers.

•The path to success in football requires luck and fortune along with hard work and goal-setting.

•The makeup of a team can greatly impact its performance and success. Coaching styles have evolved over time, with a greater emphasis on connecting with players on a personal level.

•The new generation of athletes has different characteristics and sensitivities compared to the old-school athletes.

•Armstead's track and field background provided him with valuable skills and work ethic that translated to his football career.

•The success of a football team often depends on the performance of the players in the trenches.

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
This is up on Game Presents Conversations with a Legend
with LeVar erringten and LeVar is sitting down with some
of the legends you have watched on and off the field.
This is up on Game Presents Conversations with a Legend.

(00:24):
And now here's LeVar Errington.

Speaker 2 (00:28):
What's up, everybody, It's LeVar Arrington here Fox Sports Radio
up on Game Conversations with a Legend. And we have
a legend in the making, a legend in his own right.
My man is doing big things, and he is a
big man that's doing big things.

Speaker 3 (00:47):
That's right.

Speaker 2 (00:47):
I got my man, Tron Armstead with me. He's Miami dolphin.
You know how you be a big dog but be
a big fish at the same time.

Speaker 3 (00:58):
I don't know.

Speaker 2 (00:59):
I mean, but a dolphin isn't a fish. A dolphin
is a porpoise. You know they're they're mammals. They are mammals.

Speaker 3 (01:07):
You know it.

Speaker 4 (01:08):
Porpose dolphins the baddest thing in the water. You think
so absolutely.

Speaker 2 (01:12):
You know that's true because you do know that a
killer well it's a dolphin.

Speaker 3 (01:17):
Okay, all right, that's fair enough. We're see.

Speaker 2 (01:20):
If y'all didn't think that football players had you know,
brain cells that were working on different levels of just
x's and o's.

Speaker 3 (01:28):
You just learned something very.

Speaker 2 (01:29):
Very cool right there, that killer wells are in fact
and indeed dolphins.

Speaker 3 (01:37):
All right, let's talk about let's start with fins up,
let's do it. What happened?

Speaker 4 (01:43):
Uh?

Speaker 3 (01:44):
The challenges of a of a season?

Speaker 4 (01:45):
You know, I missed a lot of unpredictability in every season.
You got, you got the you got your team, and
you want to you have your goals set and you're
you're chasing your goals on that path. Sometimes you you
gotta get lucky. Sometimes you're gonna be four. And we
had some unfortunate events. I'm not a guy of excuses,

(02:06):
of excuses at all. We we we wrote our own story,
We created our own our own lane. So we got
what we what we got, what we we got what
we deserved, you know what I mean. And the totality
of the season, we just came up short.

Speaker 3 (02:20):
And that's fair.

Speaker 2 (02:21):
But y'all good, and y'all young, How how does how
does Miami compare to when you.

Speaker 3 (02:28):
Were in New Orleans?

Speaker 4 (02:29):
How how does that It's a different makeup, It's a
different makeup. You know, I came I came to New
Orleans with with with Drew Brees. You know what I mean,
established Hall of Fame quarterback Sean Payton won a Super
Bowl already. So it's a different makeup it was. It's
a different foundation. When I got to Miami was it
was very young. I was only player at thirty, my
son to the Dolphins, and just a lot of a

(02:53):
lot of energy, a lot of growing that needed to
be done, a lot of teaching, a lot of educating
that to be done to win consistently. Now, the second year,
I think we made a lot of strides. We made
a lot of leaps in that direction, brought in more veterans,
We became a smarter team. But we still had some
some growing pains. We still have some some issues, things

(03:15):
that need to be ironed out to be successful in
January and February. But I love the way to where
the path. I love our trajectory. Like Mike, he's a
cool dude, cool dude man.

Speaker 3 (03:27):
He's like he's like I call him the hipster.

Speaker 2 (03:29):
He's like a hipster, but he's like a cool last
coach man, Like you don't like he seems like I
never understood why it was hard for coaches and you
you're old enough to understand, like the changing the evolution
of a coach, Like the old school coaches are more
or less like they a holes, you know what I mean,

(03:52):
Like some a lot of them didn't let you know,
or or maybe not. It wasn't about them caring about you,
especially in the league. It was or so about them
what results they can get or your ass gonna be
up out of there, They're gonna find somebody else that
can do it.

Speaker 3 (04:07):
It seems like.

Speaker 2 (04:07):
Coaches these days, especially the coach y'all got down there,
he really understands the value of connecting with y'all as people.

Speaker 4 (04:17):
Yeah, just like you, Just like you said, The old
school approach and mentality was more strict, disciplinarian, my way
of the highway, way of the highway to get you
up out of here, if you you know what I mean, right,
And that's just what it was. Fair tactics and and
Sean Payton had a lot of that, you know, especially
in the early part of my career. He's a par
sales guy. And then I've heard traditionally par sales was

(04:39):
tough and we'll talk bad to you bad. Yeah, Sean
would talk bad to you and don't don't really care
how you taking it right. But even with him, I
saw the evolution I saw because he had to evolve
if you're gonna get the results.

Speaker 3 (04:54):
That's a fact.

Speaker 2 (04:54):
The athlete today. Talk to me about this because it's
interesting because you are you were on that line of
old school now new school, new school athlete.

Speaker 3 (05:05):
These dudes is different, man, different.

Speaker 2 (05:08):
Like it's funny that you're smiling because I'm not in
the I'm not in the locker room with them, but
I've coached. I coached for a long time, and I've
mentored for a long time, so I know how these
young men are even though I'm not in the locker
room with them. But they are a different like they

(05:30):
shot out doc different, they shout out I mean, and
I ain't saying that in a bad way. It's just
they just this new school, new age of athlete. They
just it's almost like they're movie stars or or rap
artists or entertainers, and and they happen to be like

(05:51):
super mutants that can play play football.

Speaker 4 (05:54):
I mean, a lot of them are movie stars and
pop stars. When they come into the league, right, deals
of some of them are taking pay cuts to go
to the league, right, It's it's it's they're different. They're different, man,
It's it's the the attention of detail is different, the
focus is different. The delivery, you know, me trying to

(06:16):
help or you know mentor a god like you have
to find ways to deliver the message where it's received
in the right way. These guys a lot more sensitive
and resistant to to some hard coaching or hard criticism.

Speaker 3 (06:34):
So it's different. It's it's a little bit of a
different time.

Speaker 2 (06:37):
Let's talk a little bit more about you. You were
a dope ass shot putter. Appreciate it and and even
and did so well. Where actually the conversation of possibly
thinking about the Olympics, did it ever become a thing
where I gotta make a choice heir or I want

(06:58):
to make a choice hair or whatever?

Speaker 3 (07:00):
Like?

Speaker 2 (07:00):
How did you approach that and how did that being
in track?

Speaker 3 (07:05):
How did that.

Speaker 2 (07:07):
Your work at Cause I was in track, I don't
know what it was to throw shot put or anything
like that, but I know that the.

Speaker 3 (07:14):
Workouts were very grueling for track.

Speaker 2 (07:19):
Did that play a part in how you prepared yourself
and how you prepare yourself and what you do for football?

Speaker 3 (07:25):
Yeah?

Speaker 4 (07:25):
Especially when I was doing both in college, it was
it was tough. I had full at academic schedule and
then I had track practice and springball.

Speaker 3 (07:35):
So both ball at the same time.

Speaker 4 (07:37):
So during the spring I will have to start my
days at six am early classes, practice track about twelve
thirty one o'clock, and then football practice will be about
three thirty.

Speaker 3 (07:49):
So it was long, long days during the spring.

Speaker 4 (07:52):
My junior year in college, I finished tenth in the country,
but I was two feet away from the Olympic trial mark,
so I thought about going back doing track my senior
year because I was jumping four feet every year, I
was improving four feet every year, so I thought about
going back and competing for the NCAA Championship, you know,

(08:14):
try to win that thing and hit the Olympic trial mark.
But ultimately I ended up going to train and get ready.

Speaker 3 (08:21):
For the drug to draft.

Speaker 2 (08:22):
All right, before I let you go, who what are
you thinking? Like, listen, I'm gonna say this. I feel
like the San Francisco forty nine ers defensive front has
not been playing the way they need to have been
playing for them to have the success that they need
against a team like the San Francisco forty nine ers

(08:42):
or excuse me against the Chiefs and the Chiefs defense
is playing phenomenal now. I feel like the Chiefs defense
has carried the Chiefs offense this year and the forty
nine ers, their offense is carrying the lack of production
that they have up front right now. The defense, like,
look Bosa, he got it, he got his sacks, But

(09:03):
it just seems as though teams have been able to
run on them, Teams been able to access them and
create space. Now the linebackers is though Fred Warner Green
Green love they they're nice and and but can they
do that against Patrick Mahomes? If they're able to run
the ball. What's your take on the game. It's the

(09:24):
key to the game. The trenches, the trench bottle is
to be the key to the game. And the same
for San Francisco.

Speaker 4 (09:28):
Offense against the Chiefs the defense front, Yeah, so who's
gonna be able to run the ball effectively? The Chiefs
have been dominating time of possession in the playoffs. That's
been the secret sauce of while they're still here, because
they during the regular season, we did We wasn't too impressed,
you know, but you're getting the postseason, Patrick Mahons, Kelsey,

(09:48):
Andy Reid. Those guys have been dominating up the ball.
They've been dominating the ball, and you got to do
that with the guys up front, unique big third and
two's big thirty threes, and those guys up front have
been producing. I think this game comes down to the trenches.
It will be a chess battle between Shanahan and and
Andy Reid.

Speaker 3 (10:06):
But it's gonna come down to the battle. Uh. I
think I think the.

Speaker 4 (10:13):
Yeah, I think you can't go against Patrick Mahons, right,
I think anytime you do, he burn you. So I'm
I'm I'm gonna roll with with Pat Mahomes.

Speaker 2 (10:23):
It's Tehran Armstad y'all the big dog, but he's a
fin up And as you know now we let y'all
know that fin's up means that you're a mammal. And
if you know about mammals, you know I'm all mammal,
the king of the mammals in fact, and I got
a dope ass mammal with me right now.

Speaker 4 (10:42):
T A.

Speaker 2 (10:45):
T A All right, this is conversations with the Legends
up one game.

Speaker 3 (10:49):
Fox Sports Radio will be right back
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