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Everything coach Joe Philbin told the media Sunday

Coach Joe Philbin today shared a wealth of knowledge about the team's quick pace at practice, about having multiple units run plays at the same time, about Ryan Tannehill and other topics.

This is what he said:

(On having quarterback Ryan Tannehill at practice today) – “Again, as I think I said the other day, you plan a practice for a football team, not just for one individual. I think every coach at every level would love to have all players available for every single practice that they have. It was good to have him out there, glad he’s with us.”

(On how Tannehill practiced today) – “I thought he threw the ball pretty well. I haven’t seen the stats of the practice. I’m going to go watch the practice tape here when I’m done, but my first impression is that he threw the ball pretty well. I know early on in the inside portion of practice, he threw a nice movement pass, 15-yard comeback or so (that) he hit pretty nicely. I thought his awareness for the first day and I was a little bit concerned because it was third-down and sometimes third-down I know, I sat in the defensive meeting yesterday, (defensive coordinator) Kevin (Coyle) has got 20 different blitzes going in, so I was a little bit concerned that he was walking into a buzz-saw so to speak. But I thought he did pretty well.”

(On if Tannehill appears to be making faster decisions) – “I thought a couple times today. Again, I still think in general that’s something that we need to improve upon. It’s going to be a big focus as we move forward at all the guys, not just him, not just Dave (Garrard) or Matt (Moore) or Pat (Devlin). It showed sometimes in the first time in live pads today. Again, it’s not always, remember they kind of have to have a place to go with the ball too, so I don’t want to put it all on the quarterbacks if they’re not playing fast enough. That’s easy to stand up here and say, but obviously the receivers have something to do with that. The protection has something to do with that. Like anything else, it’s all interconnected, but I do think that’s an area that, as we move forward, we’re really going to have to emphasize.”

On if he could tell that Tannehill wanted to make up for lost time in practice) – “Yes, I mean, I think I saw him at 11:15 last night, so he was excited, he was upbeat, said it had felt like an eternity that he had been away because I mean we had seen him every day in the facility up until that point. The guy’s a worker, the guy likes football. That’s one of those real positive qualities that we like about him. Certainly, I think he was eager to get out there.”

(On wide receiver Legedu Naanee playing with the starters) – “Well, I thought he had a good offseason. As I mentioned yesterday I think or the first day, we kind of evaluated it after the spring, kind of where everybody was and how we’ve stacked the positions. We thought he had a productive spring. We thought he earned an opportunity to get a bunch of reps. We’re a little bit of a right-handed team right now, so he hasn’t had a ton of activity. (He) might have had a little more today than the first couple days. I don’t think, probably he’d like to see the ball a little bit more often. Usually, again, in your instillation period, you only have so many reps and you can’t have quite the balance that you’d like to have as an offensive football team that you’re going to have during a game plan or a season. Again, you’re still kind of teaching and putting in a system so to speak. I think that will balance out over time, but I don’t know that he had a lot of touches quite yet, but he’s certainly deserving of a lot of opportunities.”

(On a report that the team worked out free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards today) – “I want to say it was Tuesday or Wednesday I believe. I think it’s just our personnel guys doing their homework. I don’t think it’s anything more than that. I don’t know if it’s a reflection on anybody else. I think it’s just guys doing their job and seeing what’s available, making sure we have enough information to make  good decisions about who we would carry on a roster and who he wouldn’t.”

(On if guys were bogged down in pads today like he thought they may be yesterday) – “It wasn’t too bad. Not surprised. My initial reaction maybe that the defense might be a hair ahead. That’s not uncommon I think of the first day of pads when your offense guys, at least in my history, seem to take a little bit longer to get used to the leverage of the game and the speed of the game. I think the pass rush on third-down, it appears, again, I’m not saying we didn’t protect at all, it just appears there was time that they got a pretty good push on us even when they weren’t. We had a pressure period, but then we had a normal third-down period where you can mix up the calls and it just appeared at times even with their four-man rush they were getting some good pressure. I think that’s, again, something they’ve got to get used to. We’ve had a quick whistle on all of the stuff before. Now, you don’t necessarily have to have that quick whistle. We don’t want guys on the ground, but I think the protection looks to be a little bit of a concern.”

(On safety Chris Clemons being sidelined how much of an opportunity it is for guys like Tyrone Culver and Jimmy Wilson) – “Yeah, it’s huge. It’s big. You hate to see any player, you’ve got to remember at times, even though we get frustrated as coaches too, I mean, when you sit back and you think of it, these players put in a lot of effort and a lot of time and make a lot of sacrifices to put themselves in a position to compete for a job. When they get hurt, it’s tough on them. You don’t wish that on anybody. You want them to be able to get out there and compete for a job. That being said, as you mentioned , it’s an opportunity for other guys. You want to make yourself known. You want to get exposure so to speak. You want to get repetitions and, sometimes, an injury to somebody else can be a good fortune to another player because he’s going to have more opportunities to make plays on tape and get noticed. It works both ways, but you hate to see a guy that works hard get denied opportunities.”

(On Eric Steinbach playing at right guard for the first time and if there’s a chance he could play left guard as well) – “I wouldn’t rule anything out. I think that, again, you’re talking about a guy that really hasn’t played in 12 months and, beyond that, has been a left guard since 1999 or something. I think from that stand point, we didn’t want to rush any one. We kind of want to get his feet underneath him so to speak just from a football sense and learn. You don’t want to move a guy to a side when he has no familiarity with the scheme. He’s walking in brand new off the street. We’ll take a look, see how he does maybe after a week or so. Just want to see him get a baseline and we’ve got to get a feel where he’s at. He needs to be confident and comfortable himself in the system and then we can talk about more options. As you know, I’ve said a lot of times, we’re looking for the five best guys. We’re looking for good football players, guys that are tough, guys that can stay on their feet, guys that are smart up front. However that shakes out, it doesn’t really bother me. I’m not overly concerned about that stuff. That being said, you want to be aware that you’re dealing with a guy that’s got 14-years of reps at one position at one side of the line who hasn’t played in 12 months. You’ve got to use decent judgment on that.”

(On if he ran two units back-to-back in practice while in Green Bay) – “No, we didn’t really. Like I said, I think most of the year and, again, don’t quote me on this because I don’t know how accurate I am, but I think the player number used to be 80 or around 80 or at 80 for most of my career in the NFL if I’m not mistaken. We’re fortunate that we’ve got a relatively healthy roster and now we’re up to 90 guys. As I said, last year, I don’t know how many pro teams did it like we’re doing it now, but you didn’t have a lot of time to plan last year because you weren’t really sure what the heck was going on. We tried it in the spring and, when you don’t have pads and you’ve got shorter practices, now, again, we’ve kind of amped up the duration of practice every day and we’re going to go a hair longer tomorrow. Tomorrow, we’re going to be in the red zone. I’m going to tell the players it’s not as much running so I’m sure they won’t mind staying out 20 extra minutes, but that’s a joke (laughing). I’m sure that’s about the same response I’ll get in the team meeting (laughing). We’ll see. I don’t know how long we can do it. We’ll see. Hopefully, again, as we’re teaching the offense, I’d love to be able to keep doing this while we’re teaching the offense and defense, and get it all in. Then, as we get closer to a preseason game, we’ll probably shift the focus a little bit.”

(On where the idea came from to have two units practicing back-to-back) – “Well, we’ve done it in the past, but I know (offensive coordinator Mike) Sherman had done it a bunch at Texas A&M. That’s kind of how they practiced. I believe Coach (Nick) Saban did some of it when he was here to a certain degree I believe. Somebody told me that, I think. It’s a practice that maybe we’ll utilize if we can for as long as we can. Again, you’ve got X-amount of guys. Like I said, we really don’t want to practice for three hours at one time. I don’t know what the heat index was today, but it seemed like it was getting up there a little bit. We want to be smart. We want to get a lot of work in. Again, I think we’re going to have 120 snaps to evaluate. That’s a lot of snaps, so the guys are putting in a lot of work.”

(On his history with defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and why he chose him) – “It goes back, I first met him in 1986 I believe. I was working the Holy Cross football camp in 1986. I worked it a number of times there. Then, Kevin went onto Syracuse and was the defensive coordinator there when coach (Paul) Pasqualoni was there. They had a lot of success and I would visit up there. I knew him as well as some of their offensive coaches. I used to go up there to visit. I visited him when he was at Maryland. (I) never worked with him, but I had a long association with him, kind of a professional acquaintance I guess would be the best way to describe it. Then, as I was thinking about, if I had the opportunity, I’m a big believer in the explosive plays or creating them on offense and limiting them on defense. I think, if you look at it, my history at least where I was is that most of them were in the passing game, most were in the coverage matchups. That’s a huge thing to me and I don’t know, I was kind of hoping to get a guy that had a defensive back experience. Kevin’s called games in college I think for about 15 years I think. They did a great job in Cincinnati of taking the ball away in his tenure there and so those were things that were attractive to me from a big picture stand point and then I knew the quality of the individual well. I think if you watch him coach you can tell he loves football. He loves teaching. I was at the defensive meeting last night, I usually go to the offensive meeting, but I went to the defensive one last night, he’s got a great rapport with those guys. I think they have total faith that this guy knows what he’s doing. He keeps it light and he keeps them going. You can’t just sit in the room as a coordinator anymore and just put up a PowerPoint picture of a play and act like you know every answer and sit up there and talk for 50 minutes. Those guys will be asleep in two seconds. He engages the room. He does an outstanding job of that and I think he’s been doing a great job. He’s got a great family. He’s a family man. We’re really delighted he’s here.”

(On Coyle doing sprints with the players after practice) – “Is that why his jersey was so wet today (laughing)? I didn’t even notice that to be honest with you. I better pay more attention. I’m relegated now to where is the ball, what yard-line is the ball on, get out of the way of the film and that’s about all I’m doing these days. I didn’t even notice that to be quite honest with you. I knew his shirt was a little wet, but I didn’t know he was doing sprints.”


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..Great piece Armando.

Matt Moore is a QB he can throw the ball far with his eyes closed I saw his picture.

Miamidolphins.com. You can see video on Philbin press conference interview with players and QB Tannelhill go check it put guys!!

Does anyone know the hardknocks schedule?

Does anyone know the hardknocks schedule?

Posted by: Old timer | July 29, 2012 at 06:12 PM

Yes, I do.

Great piece. Mr Salguero. One of your best. You said nothing. Keep it that way and you should be able to hold on until the opening for Knitting editor for the Sahara Fishing Times becomes yours

Thanks TV guide. Big help.

HAHAHAHA very funny on Armando article
Best work ever!! Can't agree more!

Watching NFL network and all those analyst keep on saying that we are probably 4th in our division because are in rebuild mode, lambardi says Philbin has a decision to make on Tannelhill either start him, but at the same time needs to win games, and he needs veteran at QB to win games! We will see know one knows what the out come is, but do we have less talent that Pats Jets Bills??? I dont know but we will find out! I just hope everything goes well for Miami dolphins!!

A new regime is here and its exciting.
Yet armando's old picture from 1985 remains.
Embrace reality mando ! Dont hide from the fat truth.

Armando copy and paste the post practice script off of miamidolphins.com and you praise him for best article ever? LOL

You guys should get out more often. If you would ever go over to miamidolphins.com you would have read it an hour before Armando copied and pasted it here. WOW, ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some guys here only live in two places. Here in Armando's blog and mommy's basement. LOL

Where's my post? Can't take the criticism? It's the second day in a row you've done nothing and said nothing.
Not one thing original other than misspellings. I love the Herald and the Miami Dolphins but you're bringing them both down with this lack of effort.

“RT @ServantOnIce: She ain’t nothing special, give me someone with some pigmentation and curves any day» 2nded.”
Let me translate that for you: “Slim white girls are ugly.” I was wondering how long it would take before that comment showed up, after Tannenhill was signed and they dared to mention his attractive wife. Took about 1 hour, was all.
Can you imagine what would happen if a reporter said a member of the Miami Heat’s wife was unattractive because she’s too black and has too big of a rear end? He’d be fired.

Some fans are as excited about Philbin as they were about Cameron and Sparano.

A certain dreadlocked reporter from the northside of town said this,

“RT @ServantOnIce: She ain’t nothing special, give me someone with some pigmentation and curves any day» 2nded.”
Let me translate that for you: “Slim white girls are ugly.” I was wondering how long it would take before that comment showed up, after Tannenhill was signed and they dared to mention his attractive wife. Took about 1 hour, was all.
Can you imagine what would happen if a reporter said a member of the Miami Heat’s wife was unattractive because she’s too black and has too big of a rear end? He’d be fired.

This is the best time of year for Dolfans....before the losses start mounting lol

John are you the type of person that cries to mommy when someone calls you a name?

Lots of information ... keep it coming!

Great piece?! It's all quotes. Thanks for the information but any monkey could do this.

Does anyone know what's on tv tomorrow?

Sounds like the receivers arent getting open. That will be a problem all season.

Lets see.........

Since 5:00 PM there's been just over twenty posts posted.

Exactly one Dolphin Football related post.

Yet people want to criticize Armando's contribution here? Yeah, OK then. I hope I don't have to spell it out any more than that for you.

So Armando didn't do a write up this time. Who cares? He copy/pasted Philbin's presser and that in itself is worth reading. It's been somewhat of a standard procedure for Mando to do this. During the season he always does/did "Coordinator's Thursday". I myself like it and look forward to it.

If you have a problem with Mando's effort today, here's your chance. Your perfect forum. Do it up Man.

Unless of course, just sitting back, whinning and complaining is your thing. It's a bit hippocritical, but.......whatever gets you there......I guess.

I love the fact that Philbin is running "Double Practices". You have the numbers personel wise, why not.

I also like the fact that he seems to be pushing it in regards to conditioning. He's not quite Don Shula yet, but another step in the right direction. Run them Rich Kiddies to death. There's no substitution for superior conditioning.

I don't know if this is because of 4 years watching Tony SpOrano's pressers or not, but comparitively speaking, Philbin sounds like a Genius.

Then again, compared to Spazano my Pit Bull Mastiff Debo sounds like a Genius(can you believe he'll be running the wetsies offense? ROTFLMAO!). Seriously, the SpazMo Factor alone should keep us from being considered the 4th best team in the AFC East.

All joking aside, Philbin sounds like a Great Football Coach. It's hard to tell and our criteria for judging him is limited. But that's why I like these "pieces" from Mando. From what I have to go on so far, Philbin is at least Talking The Talk. He says and does all the right things. Time will tell, but I like the Guy already.

My favorite comment from todays presser:

(On a report that the team worked out free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards today) – “I want to say it was Tuesday or Wednesday I believe. I think it’s just our personnel guys doing their homework. I don’t think it’s anything more than that. I don’t know if it’s a reflection on anybody else. I think it’s just guys doing their job and seeing what’s available, making sure we have enough information to make good decisions about who we would carry on a roster and who he wouldn’t.”

He didn't mince any words. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Edwards either. Not even a single positive comment. Not even the slightest insinuation of Edwards helping, joining any team or having anything left to offer the NFL. BAM!

If I had to venture a guess, I'd say Philbin would be FINE just passing!

Hi guys! I'm not reading anything that's 100 words or more. YG, ray, Odin, I haven't posted since Mando left the post, I was hoping Jackson would take it over, oh well, what the hell, I'm baaaack!

Hope some long time posters are still here, Darryl D, how's Montana?


How about Omar commenting that our Rookies(Martin, Oliver, Miller anyways)have been playing/practicing very well and with a lot of CONSISTENCY?

What do you think of that?

Am I reading too much into it? Is it still TOO EARLY?

Should I NOT get overly-excited?

Whats the "RedSky 411" on this?

.Redsky..What Up!! Montana is great. Lots of fihing up till yesterday..We had a monsoon, and the rivers muddied. Got to float the Yellowstone South of Livingston last week...Glorious. Picking up a buddy from Cali tommorow and we have access to private land on the Gallatin tommorow night. Hopefully it clears up..If not..wooly buggers, and san juan worms.

Can we please try to see if Pephra or Collins are available? I think this would help our safety situation. Just sayin'....I also like T.O. better than Braylon. But I would take either or if they will benefit the team.

**Throw Tannehill to the Wolv.....Iinto the Mix?**
**If Not Now....WHEN?**

I was initially in the "Start Tanney Now" camp. Bad record the year before, new Coaching Staff, new Systems. We're re-tooling, if not outrightly re-building........so why not?

After a shaky start with some questionable early OTA performances, I started second guessing the logic. With the mini-hold out it became inevitable.Then it became obvious that Tannehill is exactly who and what a lot of us had already realized. A very inexperienced young QB, that was clearly over-drafted and nowhere near ready for prime time.

I've changed my thinking on the matter. Other than Greg Cote, I don't know anyone that is still advocating starting Tannehill day 1. This brings up my question. If not now.........WHEN?

I get a kick out of those who say we can't start him now, but if we suck by mid season throw him in there. Their reasoning being two-fold. We can't start him now because he's not ready and losing games right away will ruin his confidence. Then, the old, he needs time to acclimate himself with the speed of the Pro Game.

Well, he'll get mostly 3rd team reps throughout Training Camp. Then he'll get 3rd & 4th team scrub packages against 3rd & 4th team scrub defenses through a measely 4 pre-season games.

How is any of that going to make him more ready for a mid-season suck-fest?

Where in all of this will he get any of the things he needs to develop? Working against the fringe/depth/bubble players will not exactly prepare him for facing the best Defensive Units the AFC East has to offer.

Throwing him in at mid season if we're sucking doesn't seem like the brightest idea either. Were worried he's not good enough to win games for us right now. OK, we don't want him holding back the rest of the team. But if the rest of the team is sucking, then we SHOULD throw him to the wolv......into the mix? With everything going wrong, the team in chaos............THAT would be a good situation for him to try and start developing? Those circumstances will help his proffessional confidence grow?

On the other hand, if we're not sucking and not losing by mid-season, it's best we keep him on the bench all year? Then we go back to the begining and start with OTA's all over again? How would THAT be helping his confidence, his development and acclimating him to the speed of the Pro Game?

I'm not going to advocate starting Tannehill day 1. But for the same reasons some say wait, some will make the argument not to wait. Using the same circumstances, just flip the reasoning and attempted logic.

Having said all that, I'll ask one more time. If we don't throw Tannehill to the Wolves Day 1..........then when should we?

Christ Odin, Get a life.
Armando, Ban Odin NOW!

how nice is it to have a coach that you can understand what he actually aid after reading transcripts of his pressers?

tony was all rah-rah and yet had no guts. i'd imagine the guys who will miss tony the most are fields and carpenter.

this guy is smart, focused and from what i'm reading runs a tight practice. having two practices going at once is pretty smart and gets all 4 QB's a nice amount of reps. if tannehill plays well in preseason but not as good as one of the vets i'd imagine the other vet will be dealt if possible or cut if not.

i wish fat tony would have given devlin more of a shot in camp/preseason last year. i thought when we signed him it was a great get. he has the tools to be an NFL QB. now he has 3 guys who will be getting reps aead of him but i could see tannehill and devlin being the only 2 of the 4 on the roster next year..

Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet, Philbin will throw Tannyhill to the wolves when he adjusts to the speed of the game and learns to recognize NFL defenses which are much more complicated than College D's. That could come soon or could take awhile.

That's the bottom line.

Luck and RG3 are starting cause the Colts and Skins have zero chance of making the playoff's. Fins think they can make a playoff run this year with good QB play - which is why they will not start Tanny if Garrard or Moore look bettr than him in camp.

Of course, if it's a tie or close to a tie Tannyhill will get the job. Not just because he is the future but he has something Garrard and Moore do not - a very strong arm that can zip the ball into tight spaces and throw a deep ball better with more accuracy.

I am sure the coach will evaluate each QB,start and play the one best suited by his performance. I support whomever that shall be. GO DOLPHINS and COACH.

In order to be successful in this league, you play the best player at that particular position. Let them all fight it out in Training Camp, give them all a chance to show their game-time chops in Pre-season, evaluate fairly, and go with what you feel in your gut!

That's Philbin's philosophy and most of the coaches in the NFL would agree with him. For once, we have a coach that acts like a coach and talks like a coach. Now, we've just got to see what he's like in an actual game.

I, for one, am glad that the fist-pumper is gone! And, beating the Jets will be all the sweeter because of Sparano.

Also, I'm glad that the media thinks we're gonna suck! They never get it right. They said we were gonna contend, we go 1-15. They said we were terrible, we go 11-5. They say we might make it to the play-offs, we flounder around .500 for a few years. Now, they say we suck...I'm expecting 9-7 or 10-6! Why? Because no one expects us to...thats's why!

Coalition, our rookies are the best in a long time, I'm optimistic! Darryl D I envy your Montana summer and fall, enjoy!

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