Published: Aug 31, 2010 10:48 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 01, 2010 4:31 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins know exactly how long they have until the opening game, thanks to coach Tony Sparano's new countdown clock hanging in the locker room.

This year, when the season starts, Sparano wants his team ready.

The Dolphins started 0-3 last year and 0-2 in 2008. Otherwise their record the past two seasons is 18-11.

Miami has lost four openers in a row and will try to end that streak Sept. 12 at Buffalo.

After last season, Sparano looked at every aspect of the offseason and training camp routine, and the third-year coach made changes he thought would improve the chances of playing well early. With the regimen tweaked, Sparano believes his team is fresher as the season approaches, yet also in better condition.