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Coyle: Entire defense has 'really impressed'

Kevin Coyle is running (to lose weight) while he's running the Dolphins defense these days.

After every practice or whenever defensive players run wind sprints, their new coordinator joins them. It no doubt sends a message to the players that their coach is in it to win it right along with them. As fraternal moves go, this is a good one.

But Coyle has bigger things on his mind than simply getting in shape and bonding with players. He's got to find a safety to play alongside Reshad Jones. He needs to get Koa Misi adjusted to the 4-3. He has to manage the competition along the defensive line.

He spoke to the media for the first time Monday. This is everything he said:

(On why he runs wind sprints with the defensive players after practice) – “Because I’m overweight (laughing). My daughter keeps telling me that I put on some pounds, so I like to try to stay in shape. During the season it is a grind on you physically as a coach as (much as) it is, much more, on players. The better shape you are in, the better you can keep your stamina up, so it’s something that I try to do. It’s a little harder as you get up in years as I have over the years now, but I like to try and do that and I like to run with the guys whenever I can to show them that I can still do it a bit.”

(On where he sees the most growth on the defense thus far) – “Well, it’s a work in progress. I felt coming out of the spring one of the goals we had was to be better communicators in the back, and there was considerable improvement in that area. Our technique is getting better and better every day. It’s not close to what it has to be, but this group of guys has really bought into what we are trying to do and every day we see glimpses of how good they can be if they continue to work the technique we are encouraging and coaching them to do each and every day. The entire group, not just the secondary, has really impressed me is when these guys come in the building, they come in serious, workers. It’s a great attitude in there. We have fun in the meetings but yet there is a great focus and attention to detail. This is a hungry group; they’re hungry to win, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get there. It’s been a pleasure to get the opportunity to work with this entire group.”

(On what he told his players to expect from Hard Knocks having experienced it with the Bengals) – “You can’t allow anything to be a distraction. In this league, there are going to be cameras on you each and every place you go. We have a job to do. You have to focus on that job and you have to that singleness of purpose and focus of mind to go out there and not let anything get in your way. We talked about the fact that the guys in Hard Knocks crew do a phenomenal job. They say that after a couple of days you won’t notice that they (crew) are in anything, that they kind of blend in. I didn’t really agree with that, prior to it happening, but honestly, it’s that way. They were in the meetings the first day or so I think that players were conscience of it, the coaches were conscience of it, but now you just go about your business. I think our guys are feeling that way and the funny thing is, we feel like we’ve been in camp for four weeks when it’s only been four days, and the crew is going to be with us for another four or five weeks, so I think it will just get better and better as we progress.”

(On his impressions of the defenses ability to create turnovers) – “We would like it to be better than it is, although I think we have got off to a decent start. We got to get more interceptions, we left a couple out there today, but we got our hands on the ball. We are constantly trying to work on the strip aspect of things in the fact that we are not taking the ball carriers to the ground. So the first guys will go in there and hold him up and the next two, three or four, we want those guys working on one thing, and that’s locating the ball. Coach Philbin, the way he’s structuring practice each and every day, we’re doing some sort of ball security on both sides of the ball. So I think it’s a tremendous thing that our defensive players are learning how to carry the ball and learning how difficult it is in how you can get the ball away if you are not protecting it correctly. So those periods that we do in the very beginning of practice, those fundamental periods that some people give lip service to, we are hammering it away each and every day. I think it’s a great credit to Coach (Philbin) and how he structures the practices.”

(On there being only one available starting spot on defense (SS)) – “Well your count doesn’t matter, no offense. But there is a lot of competition out here, and there is a lot of competition throughout, and actually you’re wrong on that account (number of starting spots available), but I won’t get into any specifics. There is more than one job that we are out here competing (for), and we will keep competing for backups. Really from defensive standpoint, there are more than 11 starters in my mind. Sometimes, depending on the schemes you are going to play and the substitution defenses you have, you can have 13, 14, 15 guys which are, in my mind, starters in a respective group. As a result, they are going to be in game situations where they have to perform as a starter, so we have competition at safety, we have competition at corner, we have competition at the linebacker position right now. With our guys up front, we are competing not only for starting jobs, but we have a crew of guys up front and we are going to have some tremendous battles for the spots with the defensive line. We have a good crew of young players that are competing out here, so we got a long way to go. We haven’t had an exhibition game yet and there are still a lot of positions to be determined as we progress.”

(On his thoughts on being named defensive coordinator for the Dolphins) – “I was thrilled for a couple of reasons. Number one, when we started to discuss it and started to talk about the potential for the staff, I’m really excited about the staff we have. We have great chemistry in the room defensively. With the guys that we have been fortunate enough to add to the defensive staff, (we have) great quality coaches. There’s some veteran NFL coaches, some younger coaches coming from the college ranks, I think we have a really good blend. On top of that, offensively and defensively, when you sit in the meetings as a total staff, I think there’s a great vibe and a great chemistry there. Sherm (Mike Sherman) and I have worked together in the past; we’ve known each other for 25 years. Some staffs you’re on, every staff is different so I think our staff, we are fortunate in that we got a group of guys who are excellent teachers, excellent coaches and a great group of people. So it can’t get better than that.”

(On how the front seven on defense are handling the change from a 3-4 to 4-3) – “Excellent, excellent. I think that they are embracing it, and for some of them, it lends to their skill sets, maybe a little better, but not necessarily. They played darn good defense a year ago in the 3-4, and as I told you guys in the beginning, there weren’t that many true 3-4 snaps. There was a lot of under defense, a lot of substitution defense, so there are elements of what we did here a year ago that we are incorporating and some that we will continue to incorporate as the year goes on. But I think the transition has been great.”

(On who has had to make the biggest adjustment in the new defensive scheme) – “Probably Koa Misi playing off the ball at the Sam linebacker spot when he is out, off the line of scrimmage. But he is improving every day and we are excited about his progress.”

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FIRST!

Unfortunately defense doesnt matter in todays NFL.

if the defense plays like they did at the end of the year this team has a chance to at least compete for a playoff spot come december. Go Phins!

Derek, lemme get this str8.
Arizona 8-8 & they are a bad team.
Buffalo 6-10 & they're a bad team.
Miami is 6-10 & are middle of the road?
LMAO HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Try to make SOME sense. The gibberish you just posted is as inchorent & illogical as it sounds. No offense.
Posted by: the 411

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LMAO

The Dolphin's pathetic offense would make any D look great.

Mikey,Are you in Aloco "the Gang of Defeat"

Jack A., in here kiddo!

Yeah, like 411 says, that's true Reality. Now there's three of us. You must be taking lessons from 411 also? We are so much smarter than everyone else because we have no hope for our team, they will never improve. These idiots think this team will get better simply because they drafted promising players. Dummies. And Coyle is dumb too, why is he so optimistic when the team obviously will suck? He's wrong, the defense is only impressive because the offense is so very bad. Great point reality. Thank you for adding to the discussion and remember our motto, "there is no room in here for optimism". I repeat every night 12 times before I go to sleep, it's my daily affirmation.

The Fins dont have a #1 or a #2 receiver. Of course the D's are going to look good.

Wonder if Odrick bringing back that Pee Wee Herman dance?

Posted by: Mike | July 30, 2012 at 04:28 PM

This is precisely why I say the truth is needed in here. Fanboys here ignore the truth & only talk about the unknown. Optimism is great but, ppl should check the facts.

This has been a bad team for the last 10 years. Nothing up until this point has changed that. Maybe they improve this year but, thats a BIG if.

Some ladies in here get their panties twisted when you bring up the teams track record of late & diss those ppl as not real fans. How childish.

You would think ppl would have learned their lesson about hope n change with Obama. Live in the now folks. And in the now, this is not a good team.

Jack A., your posts help you live up to your name. Well done.

jack a, you have a hard on for 411 eh?

Man crushes are cute. You on the otherhand, not so much.

I agree With 411, I too only see a 5 or 6 win season, Lets face it this team has been southbound sense Idiot Ross bought it from the Garbage king H.Wayne Huizinga(BTW What does the "H" stand for anyway?)

"(On where he sees the most growth on the defense thus far) – “Well, it’s a work in progress. (((more like a bowel movement in progress))) I felt coming out of the spring one of the goals we had was to be better communicators in the back, and there was considerable improvement in that area. (((no there wasn't)))Our technique is getting better and better every day.(((no it isn't)))) It’s not close to what it has to be,(((BINGO!))) but this group of guys has really bought into what we are trying to do and every day we see glimpses of how good they can be if they continue to work the technique we are encouraging and coaching them to do each and every day.(((he's lying))) The entire group, not just the secondary, has really impressed me is when these guys come in the building, they come in serious, workers. It’s a great attitude in there. We have fun in the meetings but yet there is a great focus and attention to detail. (((coach speak))) This is a hungry group; they’re hungry to win, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get there.(((it won't be enough))) It’s been a pleasure to get the opportunity to work with this entire group.”(((again,,,,lying)))

How's that 411 and reality? This is how we should all think and then we won't have to call other people stupid right? I think I'm getting it but still need your guidance.

If this team doesnt win 7-8 games something's truly wrong. Personally I think this team is good enough to win 10 games. But that will require both the players and the new hc(Philbin) being on absolute top of thier games.

No underachieving from the players and no Sparano-like gameday decision making by Philbin.

411 nooooooooo! Please, I'm on your side. I agree, we need more negativity, not hope and optimism. Please don't be mad at me, I look up to you and am trying to learn as fast as I can. I just need more coaching.

Please include coaltion too. He agrees with me as well. It's easy to agree when you look at the reality of the situation.

On a curious note, what is your highest level of education? You are clinging to my posts like a lost puppy. Or a jaded ex boyfriend in high school.

Enlighten us. It might help explain all the rambling you're doing.

Now there are four of us. 411, Reality, what a dingbat, and me! So exciting.

Jack A,

Basically what Coyle is saying in your post is the backend of our defense is still a draft or free agency signing period away. Anytime "glimpes of what we could be" is mentioned, it means someone back there still isnt quite getting it. Or perhaps never will.

Sounds like great improvement in the pass rush will be crucial if we're to be a great pass defense unit.

411 nooooooooo! Please, I'm on your side. I agree, we need more negativity, not hope and optimism. Please don't be mad at me, I look up to you and am trying to learn as fast as I can. I just need more coaching.

Posted by: Jack A. | July 30, 2012 at 04:53 PM

Just stick to reality if you can. That would be sufficient. I don't wanna talk about your hopes n dreams for this team. I wanna talk about it how it is now. You seem incapable of acknowledging that reality.

Are you too dumb to get the hint yet? Instead of going off on your adolescent tangents, perhaps you can sharpen your reading skills & stay on topic?

In any event, you've now bored me. I've wasted enough time on you & your childhood antics. Enjoy the silence, homer.

Welcome aboard coalition! Choo-chooooo next stop No Hopesville. If you show the conductor your ticket along with a negative comment about Joe Philbin you get a free drink!

Good bye 411, Keep up the good fight.

This team may not get into the playoffs, but at least they'll be able to get a couple wins off those laughable jets. Yes that last game .... Still feels good

Why are you punishing me oh great one. How have I disappointed you? I will grovel at your feet until you accept me back. The only reason I joined your group is because you were so strong in the way you told that guy he was an idiot for his opinion. That's what first spiked my interest in your posts. You were so confident and I am drawn to confident people. But I will leave you alone oh great one, I know I'm breaking your concentration. I can't wait to see how you chastise the next poster who dares show the slightest optimism.

Jack, Dont get me wrong, Iam Hoping the Fins kick butt this year, But the reality is A new coaching staff+Same idiot as a owner+and Jeff Ireland = 5 and 11

YG that was a parody. I was just messing around with someone. I made my point and I'm done.

Where's Home?

You could be right coalition, we'll see. But I will always hope for the best too. I just don't see it as reality that we are going to be worse than last year. IMO there will be improvement and even if it's slight it's still not as doom and gloom as some see it. We returned our highly ranked defense and now are starting the year with probably Garrard instead of Henne. Our backfield is stacked, have better TE'S, O-line is improved, and if they sign Edwards we will have formidable wr's to work with. Hell who knows, maybe Wallace is still in play for us. That's the way I'm going in to the season, with hope and optimism. 8 to 9 wins for us on an easier schedule.

Jack, The thought of a Miller, Bush Backfield is a Great combo, If we could get Beck from Washington think of the beer endorsements.

BTW Jack, A easy schedule worked in "08"..

HOW YOU CAN SAY THE DEFENSE HAS BEEN IMPROVED WITHOUT PLAYING ?

IT'S THE TIME FOR TALKING ,THEN WHEN THE GAMES START ,WE WILL BE 0-4 AND KISS THE YEAR GOODBY ........

YG!
I respect your opinions you really have good points, but you really think that this team is capable of wining ten games, with out seeing the first 4 game of the regular season!! I mean I would think to really have a feel for what a team healthy might look like for the rest of the year, I think it's got to be the first 4 or 5 games... But YG. I'm a dumb
A s s I really don't know a lot about football but I hope our team makes the playoffs!
LETS GO PHINS WHOOP THE JETS TWICE THE PATS TWICE THE BILLS TWICE!! YEAHHHHH!!!

Hey Coyle. Looks like Sparano don't he?? I thought it was Sparano but a little thinner!

ray,

I said this is a legit 7-8 win team talent wise. I said upto 10 wins if we dont under achieve(have to have heart to play slightly above the current talent level) and no Sparano-like bad in game decisions by Philbin.

That'st the only way we get 10 wins. Otherwise its a 7-9 to 8-8 season.

Anyone noticed Sparano's gone and we added not one Cowboy reject? LOL

Ray,

To win 10 games we need an overall A+ in team effort/smarts and A+ effort from Joe Philbin(in game decisions).

Anyone noticed Sparano's gone and we added not one Cowboy reject? LOL
Posted by: Yesterday's Gone | July 30, 2012 at 05:53 PM

. Its the GM that acquires the players

I HEAR SPARANO'S SON IS HIRED BY NJ TOWN HALL TO WORK IN THE PLUMING SECTOR,

jack a.'s name is very appropriate. what a tool.

The Dolphins are minor league garbage. Ross cares only about the money and Ireland is a waterboy.

Heck, the only way these Dolphins win 10 is if the opposition forfeit 8.

Ok. YG. I see your point and understand now, thanks bro!!

Hey guys what's up. Not much to say about Cole yet. Seems like a smart guy and the players realy like him so that's all I can really say until we see his defense in action.

I am curious to see if all of his turnover work with the D will translate when the season starts. Our defense has been pretty good but they are horrible at creating and/or holding on to turnovers. If he can instill that in them, to get the ball, maybe they can elevate their play.

Also, Monte you're right and the GM acquires the players. But it is also true that the coach works closely with the GM in fitting the right players into the coaches system.

A lot of people think the GM just gets any player they can, that all they base their decisions on are the players stats. It's a lot more complicated than that and the gm needs the coaches input. He sees a player available and then goes to the coach and asks if he likes him and if he thinks the guy will fit into his system.

That's why people get made when the gm doesn't get a good player on the market. They don't understand that the coach may have vetoed any move or that the coach and gm decided they aren't a good fit for the offense. A WCO has certain needs to run efficiently when it comes to players skill sets. The coach and GM work in correlation to make sure the teams needs are met.

A perfect example would be the debate over Brandon Marshall. It has been said by insiders that Ireland wanted to keep him but Philbin was the driving force behind trading him. Philbin didn't think he fit in what the teams new direction was. That could be from attitude to skill set. My opinion, Philbn hated the drama that came with Marshall.

As far as Cowboy rejects, YG is right to a certain extent because Sparano wanted guys he had been around and coached close to him. It was that way from day one when people were calling us the Miami Cowboys. Jeff scouted them, Tony coached them, they both decided to bring them in. One after another, after another, and so on.

And I think the fact that everyone knows Colombo was Sparano's boy (even in the face of sure suckiness ,,yeah it's a word!) is something that makes people believe Sparano had a lot to do with those types of decisions.

People get mad, not made, unless they are in the mob or on MTV. :)

LOVE IS NOT EASY..............

LOBSTER ROLL
SWEET FRIES
ONION RINGS

RUBARP CRISP

Finally beating the texans would be a great start for this new staff. It would be an upset for sure, but do-able.

if we can beat the JETS once or twice 10 wins is not unrealistic given this schedule. Probably 8-8 though.

GO DOLPHINS!!

I Wonder where Odinstank is, Its strange he's not on here at this time.
Has anyone checked the local hospitals and morques and jails to see if he's at either one of those

Aloco, What's on the Menu at "The Buffet of Knowledge" Lounge tonight?
What are the Happy hour spcials?

The commentary on here is priceless. I don't get what all the personal issues are about but I can understand people not having much faith. I'm looking at the season as year 1 of the rebuild. Dolphins have needed a rebuild for a while.

Ok The GM and coach work together on what players fit the system in place, but the GM is the one that picks the player, he is the talent evaluator, is he responsibility on who they draft, that's why he is the GM!! The GM is the one who picks his scouts and works together with them to evaluate talent, the coach might give his opinion on a player but last word is the GM and sometimes the owner! Or unless the head coach is the GM also! Or the coach is in charge of player personnel, but we all know that in the last 5 years it hasn't been that way here ever since Dick Satan left!! BUT WHAT I KNOW I'M A DUMB A S S dolpfan!! LETS GO PHINS
WHOOP THOSE JETS PATS BILLS

odinseye Says:

July 30, 2012 at 12:24 am
**POST OF THE WEEK**

Phins78 Says:
July 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

Sheesh. Crickets in here today. Expected a lot more with the open of training camp. I had to go back to the Herald just to talk some football.

No loyalty in here I guess. Everyone was here when the Herald was shut down but as soon as the blog starts back up people run right back. Addicts!
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I was bummed out about it. Like you 78, I expected a ton of great conversations to be happening here. I think Armando’s BLOG(not his write ups/info)I think his blog should be boycotted at all cost.

This from OdinStank, Odin, You and Fin78 stay over there with the other 6 posters that form your circle and...
Well....
Well....
Jerk it.

Edwards might turn out well if we go that route, i dont see how you can complain at trying a guy out and giving them the league min. Im still not a fan of the hard knocks crew either for slipping out the try out, but im ready to see the new system and coaches. Kevin Coyle sounds like a hard nose players coach thats already putting in work with this D, its going to help him in the long getting star D players in the years to come.

Phins78
If JI was letting his coaches dictate who to pick or who they want to play here even if they suck, than why have the GM draft guys or evaluate players talent!! If that's the case than more of a reason to fire JI he is worthless! Right or I'm just a dumb a s s
Dolpfan!!! There are situation that the coach in his contract gives the final saying on draft picks FA! But Sparano didn't that's for sure! Now is Philbin? I hope so because JI sucks as a talent evaluator! IMO!

Armando, you need to ban this drug/alcohol/ idiot/drag on society.
He has decleared JIHAD on your blog sir.
Please elemanate this buffoon.
Thank you
(BTW Love your reporting)

YG that was a parody. I was just messing around with someone. I made my point and I'm done.

Posted by: Jack A. | July 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM

You made a point? That you're an idiot? Point well taken!

Coalition, my hope is the same as yours. That they stay on the "other" blog they raved so much about. You see them crawling back here since their blog captain abonded them. After they torched this place for how bad it is, they come back like they promised they wouldn't.

Men of their word!

ray,

The gm wears many hats. He's the negotiator of contracts, serves as a buffer between hc and owner. He's also heads the player scouting department. Many scouts serve under him.

He also has to work closely with team capologist. He determines disciplinary action against players. He even does a few things those of us on the outside looking in are completely unaware of.

Most times it's the hc's job to teel his gm what type of players are best suited for his system. Then it's the gm's job to put his scouting dept on it to bring those type players in. The hc's job is to coach. However, everyone has a job they need to do well from top to bottom to have a successful team.

An entire organization is only as strong as its weakest link. Everyone has to be up to the task of thier job from top to bottom. If not getting the right players a gm may even look to replace scouts responsible for scouting these players too. A boss is only as great as the people he employ.

Holy, Doubtful, Odin is a drug/Alcohol infested parasite that all he does all day is post.
Hopefully armando will read his posts and ban him.

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