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Joe Philbin discusses Carolina loss, upcoming week

Joe Philbin says most of the Dolphins systems have been installed. That's good. But obviously no one has won the starting quarterback job so he's not certain if he's going to name a starting QB this week as he hoped to do. That's not so good.

This the rest of what the Dolphins coach told the media today:

(On what the team has accomplished since training camp started) – “We’ve got our entire, 98 percent of our offensive, defensive and special teams systems in place. We’ve covered a myriad of situations from backed up, two-minute, four-minute, goal line, red zone, short yardage, last plays of the game… hurry up, third-and-one, quarterback sneak, run-on field goal, onside kicks. I think we’ve done a good job situationally. I think our team is in relatively good physical condition. I think they’ve practiced extremely hard. We’ve accomplished an awful lot – three-quarters of the way, two-thirds of the way through an evaluation process in terms of how we’re going to formulate this roster. Certainly, we haven’t had the tangible results in the on the field success in the competitive games that we would like to have that we anticipate having. I think we’ve had a very productive camp.”

(On if the goal this week is to treat the week of preparation like a regular season game) – “To a large degree. It’s not totally, but to a large degree, yes. Today, for the players, is like a Monday. For the coaches, it’s kind of like a Monday and a Tuesday. We’re combining things because we got back so late from Carolina. We didn’t want to bring the players in yesterday. We wanted to give them a day off. We brought them in here this morning as if they had played a game yesterday, much like we’ll do September 10th. They’ve lifted already or in the process of, actually they’re done lifting. We’re going to have a team meeting at 12:30 where we’re going to begin the process of re-visiting the Carolina game and making the corrections that we think, obviously there’s a lot to be made. We’re going to begin that process. Then, they’re going to watch the whole film with their coaches from A to Z. We’re going to clean up the Carolina (game). We’ll just touch touch briefly on Atlanta. We’ll have kind of a walkthrough, jog-through type practice, much like they would the day after a game. It’s a little different cause tomorrow obviously can’t be a Tuesday for the players when they’d be off, but then we’re going to kind of go through a typical game week for the most part. It’s not going to be totally, exactly the same, but it’s going to be relatively close.”

(On what three areas of the team concern him the most) – “Our slow start number one as a football team. That’s the number one concern to me. Our inability to get off the field on defense has been a concern to me and I would say our inconsistency on offense in terms of, I thought number one in our first game, in terms of just games, we moved the ball relatively well. We knew we had some red zone issues, etc., but I think we’ve been inconsistent there. Probably those would be the top three right now.”

(On his evaluation of the quarterbacks and if he’s close to naming a starter) – “The good news was…you know what’s amazing, we kind of do the, we really believe in the give-away take-away margin is probably the number one indicator and the number two indicator is explosive plays. We had five explosive plays the other night. They had 12. To think that we were even in the ball game, I don’t care who’s playing, first-string, second-string, third, I don’t care if it’s your fifth-string is playing, that we were even in the game, the only reason that we were is because we didn’t hand them the ball. Leading into our quarterback play, do we have to be better? Yes. Were there some accuracy issues? Sure. Was there a time or two our quarterbacks could have stepped up to avoid pressure? Absolutely. At the end of the day, they didn’t throw the ball to the opposition until the last play of the game and they did do some good things. I think we had almost five drops I think, which impacted our ability to move the football. I thought they, overall…the management of the game, we didn’t run a lot of bad plays. We didn’t run a lot of plays where we had no chance. We didn’t throw the ball in double coverage an awful lot. A couple times, we got lucky, but I thought the game management was pretty good. Obviously, we need to be more productive. There’s no question about it. But to think we were even in the game, at least offensive, the credit was we didn’t hand the ball to the opposition a whole lot. Point being, you can hang in some games if you don’t give the games away. I’m not standing up here telling you we played well because we didn’t, but you can compete and you can hang in there if you’re a sound team and you don’t turn the ball over.”

(On the positives he was able to take away from the game other than turnovers) – “It’s a positive and a negative. Again, I’m disappointed in the start of our football team. I think some of our younger guys are showing more energy and zip and enthusiasm on the field than the older guys are. That’s a concern. We’re going to address that. We’ve got to let them know that. They’re going to know that. We’ve got to get off to a better start. I said to the team after the game, ‘You can’t start games down 17-0.’ I’m not a huge stat guy, but I bet if you went back and investigated and looked all that stuff up, you’re not going to win a lot of games doing that – preseason, regular season, postseason. I don’t care when it is. We can’t come out the gate like that. We’ve got to play better early, no doubt it.”

(On if he will determine who will be the starting quarterback this week or next – “It could be. We’re in the process right now, we watched the game obviously, we discussed our personnel obviously and now we’re starting to formulate some thoughts on Atlanta. We’re certainly going to do more game planning this week than we have the first two. There’s no question about that. I was in a run game meeting earlier this morning and we’re going to start narrowing down our personnel. We may have a decision soon, but we may not until, we my play it out another week. That’s still up in the air. We certainly haven’t come to any decision on that.”

(On the play of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin) – “He did some good things. He had a bad penalty the one holding call on the run. It’s not a good looking play on film . One of the sacks that was attributed to him, we felt Ryan (Tannehill) could have stepped up. It’s a seven-step drop and there’s a guy open. The middle was very firm in the pocket if you watch it on tape. That being said, he still has to block it better, but it wasn’t like, I’ve seen young rookies offensive tackles get run over and get beat like that (snaps his fingers). I don’t think that was the case on that particular play. Where you clearly…the sack is his, but we also thought there were contributing factors to that. It’s a growing process. I don’t think anybody makes that kind of transition without a couple bumps in the road. The big thing will be to see how he plays this week. Can he learn from some of those mistakes? He clearly made a couple and we’ll see how he does, but I’m not disappointed in him at all.”

(On his concern over the lack of a big-time wide receiver on the roster) – “Again, part of your job as a coach…I think I’ve said before, part of the fun, part of the challenge is developing players. I’m not (going to label) this guy’s a three, a two, a one, a four, a five, a six. We have to find some guys, as I’ve said before. What are you looking for; we’re looking for guys that can separate versus man coverage, make plays on the ball down the field, catch the ball consistently. They come in all shapes and sizes. If you had asked me in March, boy I would have liked a bigger target down the middle of the field than Davone Bess, but you know what, the guy is a football player; he finds a way to get open. It doesn’t matter if it’s man or zone, he seems to have a knack. We’re looking for good football players. They come in all shapes and sizes. I’m not concerned about the lack of star power right now, but I will be concerned if we are not able to develop some of the players that we have on our roster. Then I will be concerned. But I have optimism that we will be able to do that, and I’m confident we can. That remains to be seen.”

(On how the players that filled in for injured starters on defense played on Friday) – “OV (Olivier Vernon) did a really nice job. The kid did a good job on special teams. I remember early in the game, I mean the kid was lathered up within the first five minutes. He covered kickoff, he was on the punt team, he was playing every snap on defense, and he was playing hard. He’s a football player. I think it was him on the opening kickoff if I’m not mistaken, who came down and made the tackle. I like the way he plays the game; I think he did a good job. (Jason) Trusnik and (Gary) Guyton stepped in and did some good things at linebacker. Overall, obviously the first play of the game, you can’t start a game like that (with) missed tackles. We had a couple of free hats, as we like to say. I’m not saying the play design for Carolina was very good; it’s a good football play, but if you watch the film there’s guys there to make the play and we didn’t. You know Richard Marshall didn’t make it, (Chris) Clemons didn’t make it. Trusnik really didn’t have a hat on him, but he got caught up in the trash a little bit. The game is still about tackling and pursuit and you have to get 11 guys around the ball. We have to do a better job of getting our color jerseys around the ball on defense, even on offense. We have to cover the ball better on offense, we have to cover the balls down the field better, and that’s something we’re going to emphasize here as we move forward.”

(On if he is worried about not being able to evaluate his starting defensive unit together before the start of the regular season due to injuries) – “I’m more concerned that we’re not playing fast. Again, we talked as a staff yesterday as we watched the film and we said ‘look, Kevin (Coyle) didn’t spend an awful lot of time trying to figure out Carolina’s formations and substitutions and who is in the game and who is out of the game.’ That being said, we don’t really know how much time Carolina spent on our guys either. So at the end of the day, it’s still, you make a call on defense and you have to have guys that execute the call. The thing that’s really disconcerting is we had too many mental errors, too many missed tackles, stuff that beats you in football. It doesn’t matter if you game plan for three days or you game plan for 30 minutes, you’ve got to tackle, you have to pursue, you have to have guys in the right gap and you have to have 11 guys on the same page. Some of those big plays; we didn’t have that, and it’s tough to overcome that.”

 (On if he has any more indication on which of the young receivers will play a prominent role this season) – “We’re still working through that Joe (Rose). Part of the reason that our run-pass ratio is a little out of whack is, if you look at the team and you look at the running back pool, we feel like we’ve got some guys that, a) we’ve got some established players who have had some success in this league, we also feel like we have some young players that have a chance to be very good there. Now we’re in a position at receiver where we don’t have as much information on those guys, we don’t have as much quarterback information, so we’re throwing the ball more than we anticipate throwing in a quote unquote “normal game”. With all that being said, yeah you’re right; things have changed. As I like to say sometimes the computer has changed a little bit week to week in terms of, this week (Rishard) Matthews played a bunch of special teams, week one didn’t get a ton of reps, but had some production that we liked the other night. (Roberto) Wallace had a lot of production the first week, not so much this week. (Julius) Pruitt didn’t really factor into the game plan. (BJ) Cunningham didn’t get a lot of opportunities, so we still have some work to do in that area. It’s not a finished product by any means.”

(On any added pressure to win games in the preseason for the sake of the fans) – “Sure, but the stage that we’re at, we can’t necessarily be focused on the outcome right now. We have to be focused on watching the film and seeing development. So that’s a concern; when you have more MA’s (missed assignments) in week two than in week one. I’m more concerned about that. I love our fans, and we need every single one of them, but the seat I’m in, I have to be more worried about that stuff than I do if our fans want this guy to play more or this guy to play less, or if they want us blitz more or blitz less. Hopefully as a coach you have to stay true to the film and what you see, and there are some things on the film that are concerning that we need to get straightened out quickly. They’re (players) going to hear about that in 15 minutes. We’re going to start that process. There’s no magic wand; just because I say it doesn’t mean (it’s going to happen). Let’s be honest, none of us are miracle workers. It’s going to take a lot of work, but that’s what we’re here for.”

(On his perception of the pass interference call on Sean Smith in Friday’s game) – “It looked like a good play, but again, that’s part of football. You’re not going to get every single call. It looked to me from where I was that he was in relatively good position, but the referee, the official saw something and threw the flag. There’s nothing to whine about because you’re not going to win that argument anyways. Hopefully you can keep them out of the end zone and hold them to a field goal. We had a real bad first drive, but we held them to a field goal. We had a chance to make that, but for whatever reason they called it a penalty, so the next thing you have to do is keep them out of the end zone.”

(On how much Marcus Thigpen helped himself with Friday’s performance) – “He played well. You know you feel him out there, he made an impact. We thought his special team returns were good; we liked what we saw there. He did some good things. Now let’s see if he has some consistency, and some improvement and development. That’s what we’re looking for this week.”

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My question is who exactly is running this team?

Philbin doesn't seem like he is in charge of player decisions.

Its really time to wake up folks. Ross and Ireland are running this show. Neither one knows a darn thing about football.

ray every post you write is just totally f'd up English. Did you go to grade school?

JackSMF

Ireland knows 100 times more than you. You couldn't even fill his toenail.

TJ
What toenail? He doesn't have any he too busy turning over rocks and acorns. For some s h I t y players. Lol

ALoco,
Why is the lovely Maria's mom so mean not to let her say yes to yet?
Posted by: Yesterday's Gone | August 19, 2012 at 08:13 PM

Aloco is a vestal virgin and also works at Southland Jr.High School as the janitor That's why his bI atch's mom wont let her marry him.
Then again Word on the street is aloco's girlfriend has Downs syndrome and a club foot.
Aloco, What say YOU?
:LMAO

T Hill is a one read QB right now.
Posted by: Clue | August 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM

Wrong. Tannehill has shown plenty of 2nd and 3rd reads so far in his two preseason games. Not sure what you've been watching. Im pretty sure that comment was just an empty bash out of frustration rather than an actual educated statement.

Tannehill looks much better than Henne did this early in their respedtive careers, and the catch? Tannehill has only started 16 games at QB...he'll pan out to be a good QB.

Tannehill is a long way from being an NFL starter.

Dont use any Dolphins on your fantasy teams.

Dont use any Dolphins on your fantasy teams.
Posted by: Fantasy Tip | August 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Bush? And depending how deep your league is Tannehill, or Bess, or Fasano. But yeah for the most part you're right.

Jack Sparrow @10:22 GREAT POST!

Dashi don't be a sucka. JackSparrow is theSMF, PricMaster ect, the guy always asking everyone to swallow his load.

IS OUR IDIOT OWNER GONNA HONOR TEBOW AGAIN THIS YEAR....

hey joe. what good is it having all of your systems in place if none of them work? a brand new car with all of its systems in place is useless if it doesn't start.

and enough of this mike nolan nostalgia. the only person with a legitimate reason to miss nolan as dolphins dc is tom brady. although coyle doesn't appear to be much of an upgrade at this stage.

@11:24 wasn't me.

I know who Mr. 1001 names is. Even his nice imitations.

His main name should be "Dashi's Bottom Be'otch"

Also, Known as Odin's Lightweight Ha-0h.

The sucker that serves 2 masters. He has it worst here than any place else that is why he loves it here

He's a "Sissified Masochist Flamerrrr", with extra sizzle

Now to answer his question @10:22(Sorry I kept U, but don't worry son I'll always be there to answer ur most difficult questions with a Enlightened Dashi spin on it)

This Team is ran by a Team a group.

The Personnel Decisions are ran by Jeff Ireland with Input from Philbin on who he wants on his team. Yes, Ireland finds Most of the Player(Can't call it Talent right Now), but Philbin has an Input on what kind of player he wants in his System. So did Soprano. Ireland's job is to find the best players for the team/Coach without spending the most money.

Parcells had a different mindset on how to build a team. There is a reason why Parcells only spends 4-5 years at a job. That's how long it takes him to build up a team with High priced Veterans and then have the bottom fall from under it.

Ireland is building it a little differently. JI and Philbin are building it thru the draft.That is why U probably won't see the Fins sign Veterans to 4-5 yr deals like they were doing. This team has some pieces I know U all want to rag on them. But this team is young and unproven, so I expect skepticism.

Now at the End of the Day Ross is the "Owner"

If he wants he can have Les Brown at Qb, he can It's his team. He won't though that's why he hired football people. Which Owner wouldn't want to be responsible for help bringing in the Franchise Qb. U don't think the Owners in Indiana and Washington don't want some credit for bringing in their Qb? How about Carolina or Even NE? What about Dallas? We forgot the Scout was the one who found Romo. Of Course Ross is going to want to have credit for the Teams Success.

And the guy is from Miami and lives in NY. No way in hell he's moving the team to LA. I know it's Legal over there but put it down.

I don't believe Ross owns Property West of the Mississippi?

– “Our slow start number one as a football team. That’s the number one concern to me. Our inability to get off the field on defense has been a concern to me and I would say our inconsistency on offense in terms of, I thought number one in our first game, in terms of just games, we moved the ball relatively well. We knew we had some red zone issues, etc., but I think we’ve been inconsistent there. Probably those would be the top three right now.”

-Joe Philbin-

Well, Joe obviously has a firm grasp on the situation he finds himself in. That s GOOD! Very Good. The first step of any battle is identifying the enemy.

This is more than I can say for SpOrano and past regimes. We would have been told: Ah, wel.....you know........lots of things.........and stuff..........concerns..........er.........you know......the ah, end of the day..........YEAH! Things are going great, were improving everyday - Next Question.

Seriously though, Joe ain't pulling any punches and went directly to heart of the matter. He and his staff are definitely "Zeroed In" on where were at as a team.

This is Good News. So, now the question becomes, how will he address these issues? Thats more than a step ahead of the past regimes, that right there.

Good Job Joe!

-Odin- ;)

I'm RE-Posting an earlier post in regards to Philbin mentioning Clemons specifically.
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"......(Chris) Clemons didn’t make it. Trusnik really didn’t have a hat on him, but he got caught up in the trash a little bit. The game is still about tackling and pursuit and you have to get 11 guys around the ball. We have to do a better job of getting our color jerseys around the ball on defense......"

-Joe Philbin-
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**Cut Chris Clemons**

4. Chris Clemons should be CUT! Plain and simple. I’m not pulling any punches and I don’t care about how many tackles he was credited or the strip and recovery.

In these two pre season games I’ve seen Clemons take more plays off than ANYONE I’ve ever seen. If the play was going away from his side, you can see him ROUTINELY pull up and just “Go Through The Motions”. It’s completely disgusting.

How can you get more shirts around the ball when your guy is pulling up and just jogging towards the play from the far side of the field. When you watch the replay you can tell he's just HOPING the runner doesn't cut it back towards him and expose his half speed-Half attempt to fool the coaches.

We're re-building so we need to cut this cancer NOW. Going forward we don't need "Half Effort Guys", especially when they have limited talents to begin with.

Not only that, think about it. Think about the past two seasons. Can you name any time EVER that Clemons made a big play? I mean other than chasing a guy down after a thirty yard gain?

Fact: Clemons doesn’t make any plays/big plays and now I have two pre season games of him consistently “Taking Plays Off”. I would like to see Ronnie Lott kick his ass and then Philbin do his best Donald Trump with a, You’re Fired!”.

Clemons should, at the very least be demoted, if not just cut outright! Give Tyrell Johnson(who showed signs of life Friday)and Tyrone Culver a shot.
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I never did any film study on Clemons in the past. But now that I have, it's been a REAL eye opener!

Clemons has to GO! We don't have the time or the room for "His Kind".

If the birds eat the fish this week we will have a good idea of what is to come. Looks like Jeff has given us a lot of bird seed. Thanks Jeff

People are telling on themselves. You can tell what their expectations are/were just by the comments.

OK, now that you've been forced into understanding whats REALLY goibng on here in Miami, lets REVIEW:

We are Re-Building. You understand that now? Good!

Just out of curiosity, what were you thinking? Tell the truth, deep down inside, what were you thinking?

Super Bowl?

AFC East Title?

ROTFLMAO- Tell the truth now ;)

One MORE time: Re-Building! You got it? You catching on now? Good......Good, I'm glad to hear it.

-Odin- ;)

The why I am not ready for the big chair moment: Early in the game, Philbin is telling his players to move back from the sideline; this is the job for other people.

The I wonder why I am just an offensive coordinator moment: The spectacle of Ray Sherman humiliating his players on national television, be rest assured the players will not forget, clueless.

The I wonder why I am just an offensive coordinator moment: The spectacle of Ray Sherman humiliating his players on national television, be rest assured the players will not forget, clueless.

Posted by: jim fisher | August 20, 2012 at 03:15 AM

Did Miss something?

Or are you talking about the scenes from Hard Knocks?

Did **I** Miss something? Duh!

(I shouldn't have put down the Guitar-Doh!)

((Fvck This ;))

btw, ST's were very good the other night.

No, I'm not ready either to baptize Joe Philbin as the second coming of Don Shula but you can see that the formula for being a winning Football Coach is in him. Now lets se if he can apply what he knows to reality.

"You watch but you do not observe", Sherlock Holmes.
"You watch TV but not actively(with your analytical capacity)", Oscar Canosa.

This Pat Devlin affair has to be analyzed further. We knew he is a very accurate passer and has good form. We did not know he is a good scrambler and moves the Team he played with efficiently. We have to find out how he'll do with a better Team around him and against better Teams.

Every Human being has analytical capacity, some more, some less. Mainly, that's why We are still hanging around here.

Like anything else, analytical capacity has to be developed, either by yourself or with the help of others.

Pete. get the Servers out. let's round Them up.

****POST OF THE YEAR****
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No, I'm not ready either to baptize Joe Philbin as the second coming of Don Shula but you can see that the formula for being a winning Football Coach is in him. Now lets see if he can apply what he knows to reality.

Posted by: oscar canosa | August 20, 2012 at 04:27 AM
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Even if it's to YOU...........Oscar!

I have to give credit, where credit is Due!

In two quaint little sentences, you've summed up what most of us have been THINKING!

Your like a "Quip Machine" Baby! And this TIME you Nailed It!

Val - Fvcking - Halla on THAT one........Oscar!

No! This is my blog. i am everyone. I Talk to myself all day here.

Leave!

****POST OF THE YEAR****
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No, I'm not ready either to baptize Joe Philbin as the second coming of Don Shula but you can see that the formula for being a winning Football Coach is in him. Now lets see if he can apply what he knows to reality.
Posted by: oscar canosa | August 20, 2012 at 04:27 AM
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Even if it's to YOU...........Oscar!
I have to give credit, where credit is Due!
In two quaint little sentences, you've summed up what most of us have been THINKING!
Your like a "Quip Machine" Baby! And this TIME you Nailed It!
Val - Fvcking - Halla on THAT one........Oscar!
Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 20, 2012 at 05:06

Give it Up.

I love you Odin.

This Pat Devlin affair has to be analyzed further. We knew he is a very accurate passer and has good form. We did not know he is a good scrambler and moves the Team he played with efficiently. We have to find out how he'll do with a better Team around him and against better Teams.

Posted by: oscar canosa | August 20, 2012 at 04:42 AM

****Bhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant****
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You negated EVERYTHING with this one.

Miami is Hometown to the "Tannehill Experiment".

I agree with you about Devlin, but we'll never know. We'll be lucky to sneak him back on the practice squad. And we DAMN SHO ain't keepin Four!

He's a Goner come September.

Pete. get the Servers out. let's round Them up.

Posted by: oscar canosa | August 20, 2012 at 05:05 AM

Who Da Hell Dis Pete and Paulie youse keep talkin Bout?

HEY...............Doo's Dey carry alot of Cash?

I love you Odin.

Posted by: oscar canosa | August 20, 2012 at 05:11 AM

I Love You Too.......MAN!

(I just wonder if he's still going to Love Me after he reads my "Devlin Post"?)

Dear Mr. Canosa,

I was just wondering, in lieu of recent events and revelations, have you changed your mind any in regards to how many games you've predicted that we'll win?

I think Originally you predicted that we'll win 10 games and land a Wild Card Spot. Do you still feel the same?

Do you think Tannehill can lead us to that many victories?

How much has your opinion changed?

Just a few questions I thought I would throw out there?

-Odin- ;)

What the Hell Happened to Oscar?

I hope Pete didn't "Come in his Backdoor" and "Put one in his Head".

Oscar? Is He hurting You?

-Odin- ;)

He's so stoopid. If he would just come clean and post with us under one name.....


Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
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And so why don't you do the same?

WHO'S THE OC FOR THIS DOLPHINS TEAM?

MIKE SHERMAN ................. SO FAR,HE'S A LOUSY COACH ...........


KEVIN KOYLE ...........ALSO NOT A GOOD DC ,EVEN WORST THAN MIKE NOLAN ,

BOYCOTT THE FINS UNTIL IRELAND IS FIRED! WE'RE TIRED OF THE LOSING! HELP MAKE A CHANGE!

Who do we play our 3rd preseason game against?

Hold on Oscar.

U mean

Don't start garrard and get rid of Moore.

Hasn't the Dashi been telling u Pat Devlin is the truth since OTA's?

Dashi knew this since last year. He was better than henne last preseason. Devlin fits the Ireland prototype an UDFA he found.

Devlin came from a WCO in college(maybe that's why he understands the offensive philosophy better than Moore). They were comparing him to a young Chad penny. His problem last year was his arm strength. He's not mobile can we please stop that. Naming everyone faster than Dan Marino a mobile Qb. Devlin moves well in the pocket. He has good footwork.

Like I said before, Devlin will not make our practice squad. We will have to get rid of 1 of the old guys.


Also for those of u wanting to go deep all the time. Look at Matt Moore's performance. This offense isn't built to take a shot every three downs. Dink and Dunk. 15 plays 2 minutes. Not 3 plays 2 minutes like Moore is still trying to run. Even Devlin gets the point. Short Accurate Passes. Get that down and maybe Sherman might let Moore run Moore plays.

He's lucky that overthrow to clay was against 3rd teamers. A real Safety would've picked that off. He threw in the middle of 3 Panthers. Someone else had to be open on that play. Logic

We play the Falcons next. Knowing this, Matt Ryan must be somewhere uncontrollaby stroking himself as we speak, each time he thinks about he will be facing our defenseless defense.

2 things from the interview, I LOVE that Philbin isn't a "stats" guy. Sparano used to always rattle off ridiculous, useless stats that made his life interesting, but really didn't matter a hill of beans to the wins and losses (only stat that really matters).

Also, I think winning a Pre-Season game is absolutely, 100% unnecessary. Any fan worth their salt should understand you don't go to the SB winning Pre-Season games, they are meaningless. I'd be fine going 0-4 in the Pre-Season if guys learned the system better, roles were defined and the team came together better. I'm not sure we're seeing that, but we have 2 more. However, I need these guys to be ready Sept. 9, not Aug. 20.

Dashi,

Youre right, usually youre not going to consistently beat any nfl team throwing deep. Look around the nfl, there are only a hanful or less wr's, capable of consistently blowing the top off of nfl defenses.

More often than not, td passes of 50yds or more occur as a result of defensive breakdowns. Also, more often than not, long td complettions come as a result of missed tackles and yacs.

But, if you have a very accurate qb capable of throwing "frozen ropes" 30-40yds downfield, your chances of executing long td catches slightly increase. Everything has to kind of come together for this to happen. Qb, wr, and a little sloppily played defense.

DC,

All hc's are stat guys. They had better well be. It's just that the problem with Sparano is he made sats the primary focus of nearly everyone of his pressers. It eventually became redundant and overly tiresome.

DC,

Also correct, it isnt a primary requirement to win a preseason game. But it is a primaary requirement to show the type of consistent execution neccessary to win games.

It's not always a bad thing that you lose. But it's always critically important in how you lose. You never want to lose with a no compete al grat on your performance resume.

I have been following this board for years. It's full of pessimistic fans who are always in a state of panic and constantly complaining. Some of the moranic statements made here are laughable.

The team has been horrible for years. That is why the front office made the decision to bring in a new HC, OC and DC. Good teams don't make those decisions. Of course we are going to struggle this year. We are in a transition year. We have a few solid players in a few positions but we have many more unproven players who will either make or break the season. If we win more than 5 games it should be considered a success given the reality of where this team stands today.

So, please stop the crying and get a dose of reality. Show some patience and find victories in the progress we make position by position and play by play.

Also, if U Dink N Dunk them to Death. The SAFETY's Will Come Up. Then U Throw Deep. Similar concept to PlayAction

Why do teams like to Throw Deep on 1st & 10? or 2nd & 5?

Because those are usually running downs. The Secondary plays closer to the line.

Philbin is refreshing. That's why you can't compare him to anybody. The closest Dolphins Coach Philbin Emulates is JJ without the Bravado.

Philbin has no reason to lie. He's not going to Denigrate his team in Public. He also gives better Insight, Than Sporano or Cameron.

Like Philbin said before he has nothing to hide. Bring the Camera's in and Check. Oh Wait, Ross did.

Sounds bleak, what can we do about the receiver position and what is wrong with hart line,how can d be really this bad

Last year Miami looked great in preseaon and Cam Newton looked horrible in preseaon. How'd that turn out?

0-16.

ireland = no talent = 0-16.

matt ryan. db. could of should of. that fat @uck fatcells.
lol

when did colombo get that dark tan at rt?.
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DC....

I have to agree with YG on this one....@ the end of the day...these guys are compeitors...and the game is a game of competition....

"my first team can kick your first team @ss"....that what this is about for fans....and i'm sure coaches and players to a lesser extent...

Wins may not matter...but EXECUTION sure as HE!! does....and we haven't seen good execution on offense or defense with any type of consistency....that is why Philbin talked about the SLOW START mentality of this team...again...a Hang-over of the Sporano era....

How many times have we seen people come on here and type...."i'll trust (insert HC/GM name here)opinion over yours an day"....

Well with Philbins presser...we find that he is inline...and see's many of the same things that the FAN see's that is wrong with this team...

a VERY good thing IMO...

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