The Miami Dolphins got under the skin of some Jets fans this week when news of their plans to practice at the Giants’ facility Friday were made public.
Coach Tony Sparano told New York media Wednesday that the Dolphins reached out to the Giants -- whom they have a “good relationship” with – and the Giants “were very nice and gracious to be able to allow us to get in there.”
The Giants will depart Friday morning for Minnesota and the Dolphins, who face the Jets two days later at New Meadowlands Stadium, will use the facility in the afternoon.
Sparano seemed irked by the questions regarding the decision to use another team's facility and said this would be the third time he’s taken his team on the road on a Friday.
“I just think getting down there in that environment is always good from our end,” he said. “We obviously have played in cold weather before but it’s 65 degrees here today. …This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. …We’ve gone to high school fields a couple times."
Sparano said the Dolphins will work out in the Giants indoor facility on Friday but said “we’ll see what happens with our Saturday walk-through,” when asked about the likelihood of taking his team outdoors.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan didn't have much to say about the Giants’ generosity, though.
“It’s their facility," he said during his press conference. "They can do anything they want with it."