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Owning the power of the playlist inspires Dolphins players to shine – The Denver Post

Never underestimate the power of a good playlist, because the mood that music can create often sets the tone for everything you do.

So far, the reward system created by new trainer Mike McDaniel, allowing the best performer of the previous day’s practice to choose the music for the next session, has been one of the main motivators during the work. grueling boot camp, often keeping workouts light and upbeat.

As a result, the playlist creator serves as the center of attention for a day.

Shine in training with a dominating performance, which must be matched with consistency throughout the week, and an orange jersey and the team’s auxiliary lanyard are yours.

Players are texted the day before and must come to practice early to deliver the playlist they curated.

Since the spring, everyone has acted as if receiving the power of the playlist, and the orange jersey that comes with it, is the greatest honor one can receive from the team.

“It’s exciting,” said linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, who provided the camp’s most comprehensive playlist on Friday. “You get a text that says you were the practice player of the day, so when I got it I was happy to know that all the hard work I put in is really paying off.”

So far, there have been people-pleasing people like Van Ginkel, players who just want everyone to be happy with their musical choices, so they put in something for everyone.

Then there are those who want the music to reflect the region of the country they are from or the genre of music they are into.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the player in the orange jersey on Wednesday, felt like the Dolphins had just moved to the lobby of a Hawaiian resort, taking the tunes back to his childhood home.

Safety Jevon Holland’s music had a strong West Coast flavor, as he paid homage to his Oakland roots. And wide receiver Jaylen Waddle’s upbringing in Houston was reflected on his orange jersey day.

Defensive tackle Zach Sieler’s orange jersey day was a throwback to ’80s rock.

Then there’s defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who controlled the playlist on Saturday and gave fans in attendance some dancing to go along with his musical taste, which was highlighted by his 2 Live Crew selections, Bobby Brown and Teddy Riley. .

“I have to show my range,” said Wilkins, who used his first practice song, Jay-Z’s “Public Service Announcement,” in tribute to fellow defensive lineman John Jenkins, a 10-year veteran who , according to him, has “been having a hell of a camp.

“It’s a lot of pressure because you have to set the tone for the day,” Wilkins said of the power of the playlist. “But you also have to be a little yourself. Guys always hit other guys [for recommendations].

“I’m a man of the people, so I have to give people what they want.”

What players want is music that will inject energy into those scorching summer training days in 100 degree heat. But the standards of the team are high.

“The thing is, if you have any comments or criticisms on the DJ roster, become the DJ,” McDaniel said of how the orange jersey and playlist powers were created.

Tight end coach Jon Embree, who is also the assistant head coach, recommended that the playlist be put in the hands of the best performer of the previous days after there were numerous complaints about McDaniel’s musical tastes. Since then, the coaching staff have regularly put it to a vote after the day’s movie session.

When offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg’s playlist got messed up and the same four songs kept playing over and over at the start of practice last week, he heard about it nonstop during practice until ’til those responsible for the equipment fix it and relaunch its playlist. .

“Man, that was a mess,” Eichenberg said. “I called the O line and said ‘send me some songs’. Then towards the back I put on some country stuff.

The hope is that the playlist will continue to be a motivating factor, helping the team not only increase their musical taste and range, but ultimately improve the team’s on-court performance this season.

The orange jersey has been around since the spring, and now some players — Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill and Wilkins — are making their second rounds as practice DJs.

“Not yet. Not yet,” linebacker Jaelan Phillips said when asked if he regularly wears the orange jersey. “Strive for it though.”

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