Some reactions from Wednesday night's press conferences and open locker room session following the fourth loss in four tries this preseason -- this time a 30-13 loss to Dallas ...
Joe Philbin was realistic about how bad his team looked in this game:
"That's unacceptable," he said. "Poorly coached game. We didn't play well. We had a lot of penatlties. We had 12 men on the field. We didn't tackle well. We didn't score touchdowns. You guys saw the same game I did, it was not a good football game, not a good performance by our team. I'm the head coach of the team and that's a poor job by me getting them ready. That's the facts."
Philbin is worried that the team he sees in practice does not show up for games -- any games so far this preseason.
"Am I concerned? Yeah," Philbin said. "The confidence I gain is when I watch guys practice and perform well. We've been a good team in practice but we haven't transfered that to the game on a consistent basis and that's a concern, absolutely."
Some offensive line notes: Jonathan Martin started at right tackle and moved over to left tackle in the second half. John Jerry play practically the whole game. This was his chance to win or lose the starting right guard job.
The issues at receiver has put the spotlight on players that were supposed to step forward this preseason but didn't. Clyde Gates was one of those. Yet Gates is content with how he performed.
"The hamstring I had kept me out of camp a few days and I missed a game but other than that I'm very happy with the camp I had," he said.
Does Gates think he deserves a to be on the team?
"Yeah, I think I should be. I can't look at it no other way."
Understand that's one man's opinion. Gates has not been told he is on the team. "No I haven't been told I'm good. I'm just going with it, contoling what I can control. I've done everything they asked me to do. Whatever they asked me, I went out there and did it."
One of the most puzzling situations this training camp has been the play of Matt Moore. He completed only 4 of 12 passes this game. He completed only 20 of 51 passes this preseason. He threw two interceptions, including a pick six and didn't throw a TD or get the offense in the end zone.
I asked Moore why he has been unable to play this preseason anywhere close to as well as he did last year, understanding he played last year against starters and this preseason he's play primarily against backups.
"I don't know," Moore said. "I don't have an answer for you. I have to go back and look at the tape and continue to get better."
The regular season begins Sept. 9 at Houston. The Dolphins have 11 days to move heaven and earth and play well.