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Mike Sherman addresses various topics here

As Monday is the day the Dolphins make their coordinators available to the media, it stands to reason that you should know what Mike Sherman told the media today about his play-calling, his thoughts on getting two running backs hurt in the final seconds before halftime in the Houston and New York games, and about players such as Lamar Miller, Charles Clay, Anthony Armstrong, Legedu Naanee and others.

So here it is ... All that Mike Sherman said today:

(On where running back Lamar Miller is in his development) –“I’m fairly impressed with Lamar. He’s a very smart football player, takes the coaching real well. I think he’s right on target, where we expect him to be at this time."

(On if it’s normal rookie play to occasionally miss an assignment like the play Miller had yesterday where he and quarterback Ryan Tannehill were not on the same page) – “Well, we just had a meeting. We talked about that and no it’s not what we can expect out him. We expect him to know what to do all the time. There was a call there that made us repeat the play and we wanted to run it again and he just missed it. Although those things do happen, I remind him he’s now being paid to play football and it’s inexcusable to make those type of mistakes. I don’t think he’ll make it again.”

(On how Miller has been taking the coaching and negative criticism) – “Excellent. It’s not negative, it’s just constructive criticism. He takes coaching very well. He wants to be great and he wants you tell him how he can get there, but he’s been very receptive."

(On when running back Reggie Bush went out with an injury that affected his play calling) – “Not a whole lot. It didn’t affect the play calling necessarily. We expect those other guys to step in and to do certain things. Obviously, Reggie, the young guys aren’t quite at Reggie’s level yet. So certain things happen when Reggie’s in there that may not happen otherwise, but, as far as play calling, it didn’t affect it whatsoever."

(On if he wishes he had some play calls back from the game yesterday) – “I don’t think there’s a game that I’ve ever called ever that I don’t wish…You’re not going to, if you get 75 plays, you’re not going to have 75 great calls in a ball game. That’s status quo from week-to-week.”

(On if he feels like the offense was too aggressive on the final two possessions of the game yesterday) –“Not necessarily. You look at the last possession, we ran the ball twice and threw it once. The pass that I called was a stick route in the flat, which we had completed earlier. We ended up, Ryan ended up giving a signal to the outside receiver to go vertical because of man coverage. He though he had a clearer shot there, which is understandable. But no, I don’t think it was, I thought it was what was called for."

(On how Tannehill is doing with his deep passes)– “It’s obvious, we weren’t real good then. When the ball ends up out of bounds, it’s certainly not what we want to be. We want it to be somewhere between the sideline, halfway between the sideline and the numbers, in that general vicinity – an area that we work on, the red line. We missed on a couple of those. There’s no question about that. It’s something he’ll work on this week."

(On this being the second time this season a running back has been injured in the second quarter of a game this season) – “Yeah, I’m sure Joe (Philbin) and I will talk about that like we do every week. How do we want to finish the half if we’re in those positions? Certainly have never had that happen before. It’s kind of an anomaly, but definitely worthy of discussion, no question."

(On if he expected to get more out of Charles Clay and what needs to change with him to be more of a factor in the passing game)– “Yeah, I have high expectations of Charles. I think part of that is him, part of that is us putting him in the position to make certain plays. I can’t remember just a whole lot of times where he has a… he hasn’t dropped a bunch of balls. We’ve targeted him and he didn’t perform necessarily, but yeah, I would like to get him more involved. He’s a talented young man. This week, he was on the field more than he was last week, the first game more than the week before. I kind of go by how they practice on which direction you’re going to go, fullback or two tight ends."

(On his impressions of the Arizona Cardinals defense)– “They’re very aggressive, their defense. They’re playing extremely well. They play very hard, very physical. Some games they come at you with everything they’ve got, other games they mix it up on you. It will be quite a challenge for us. We’re looking forward to it."

(On wide receiver Legedu Naanee not having any catches this week and if he feels like the team has enough playmakers from a receiving and tight end stand point)– “I thought we spread the ball around pretty good the other day. We were playing against a pretty good defense that also has very good players. I would like (Legedu) Naanee to be an, us to get him in position to catch some balls. I don’t think he was targeted necessarily the other day. But by no fault of him or us, it just sometimes that’s the way it ended up. But yeah, I’d like to see him get some more balls. (He) works extremely hard. He’s done a great job on special teams. I think that puts pressure on me to make sure that happens."

(On if the offensive line is playing as well as it seems, particularly right guard John Jerry and right tackle Jonathan Martin)– “Yeah, usually with offensive linemen if you don’t notice things, they’re doing okay, but yeah they’re doing a nice a job, in particular against that defense, which has a tendency, because of its structure, to create some sacks and hits on the quarterback. I think we only had two hits on the quarterback the entire game and were able to rush for a good amount of yards. We still left some… We’ve got a lot of work to do. We left some yards on the field that we could have gotten that we didn’t get. As I told the guys today in our meeting, we shouldn’t have left it to a field goal kicker to win the game for us. Shouldn’t have left it to Dan (Carpenter’s) responsibility. We have our own responsibilities and it was on us to make sure that we didn’t put him in that position."

(On trying to take too much advantage of the Jets secondary when cornerback Darrelle Revis went out)– “I think we ran the ball. How many runs did we have in the game? … There wasn’t an intentional shift if there was. I can’t honestly tell you that I purposely had an intentional shift at that point. There was an awareness that he was out of the ball game, which may have affected some calls, but not the frequency of calls necessarily in my mind."

(On if there is a big gap between receivers Naanee and Anthony Armstrong and the younger receivers)– “I think the gap right now is… I think (Davone) Bess and (Brian) Hartline have separated themselves obviously and I thought Bess had a great game, really performed well this week and last week. I think we’re still looking for that guy to step, the next two guys to step forward. I would agree with what you’re leading onto."

(On if he expected his running game to be ranked fourth in the NFL based on being last in preseason)– “I think part of  these things happen, but the other part of it is, in the preseason, I knew we could run the ball pretty effectively in practice cause we’re going to against one of the better rush defenses in football every single day and I think that helped make us a little bit better. In the preseason, we threw the ball an awful lot, an inordinate amount of times compared to where we are right now and what we’re doing offensively in trying to have an assessment on the receivers and the quarterbacks and what not. I don’t think the preseason can be an indication of our run game at all in relation to (now). Plus the fact, in the preseason, you’re mixing and matching guys. There’s different groups going in there. Until that offensive line is one cohesive unit, you really don’t start having the protection you need to have from that position."

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And another thing, Revis went down with a injury and I guess Sherman thought lets take advantage of having there #3 CB in, so lets start throwing, I get that, But Armando loves to being the monday morning QB, Oh well, It was a loss, get over it, it's still a LONNNNG season.

Posted by: Odins Blotted Liver. | September 24, 2012 at 05:56 PM

Only problem with your little comment is that Sherman said in this very blog post he made no shift to attacking that so-called third corner you're talking about.

It's a nice attempt by you to basically invent something, but you don't know what you're talking about.

Now we know why Shermans been fired 4 times!

But Armando, Why did they abandon the run after Revis went down?, You were right,He went pass happy.
He's going to say anything to cover his backside.

Ooooouch!

Mando just schooled Liver Spots-LOL!

Armando, what do you think of this line of questioning?

Which, if any of those were your questions?

You think If I was allowed to ask Sherman a few questions he'd jump up and do his best Bart Scott impersonation?

Just curious.......................

I'm thrilled with the season thus far. The Dolphins certainly look like a team on the rise. Sunday's loss was tough , but it's one game in one season. I haven't felt this good about our team in a long time.

Also, love how RT17 led us down the field for game tying and game winning field goals in pressure situations. That's a very good sign.

I think Ireland has done a good job of rebuilding this team. Sure he's missed badly on some draft picks and trades, but who doesn't. He's given us a team that's going to be playoff caliber for years to come.

Blotted, I would respect it more if Sherman said, "Revis went out of the game and we decided to attack their weakness through the air."

That's a case of a coach doing his best to seek out an opponent's weakness. But Sherman didn't throw to expose the Revis absence. He gives no real reason why he threw.

And in throwing, he abandoned the thing that was actually working.

And you say that's me being a Monday morning QB? No, that's me pointing out something that any football fan sees as a mistake.

Someone needs to ask Sherman why Tannehill has the worst QB rating in the NFL.

I didn't know Writers had Strong Pimp Hands!

Mando put the Smack Down on his "Little Comment".

Mando! Mando! Mando! Mando!

Mando will put it Own Ya Bu-oy!

Sherman was wrong in his game calling is all I'Am saying, Just as Armando stated several times.
He should have stuck with the run, And his comments(Shermans)

(On trying to take too much advantage of the Jets secondary when cornerback Darrelle Revis went out)– “I think we ran the ball. How many runs did we have in the game? … There wasn’t an intentional shift if there was. I can’t honestly tell you that I purposely had an intentional shift at that point. There was an awareness that he was out of the ball game, which may have affected some calls, but not the frequency of calls necessarily in my mind."

Is B.S in my book.

And in throwing, he abandoned the thing that was actually working.

And you say that's me being a Monday morning QB? No, that's me pointing out something that any football fan sees as a mistake.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | September 24, 2012 at 06:23 PM

As much as I hate to agree with you Mando, SERIOUSLY, you said it.

Even if you forget the 4th quarter. How about the drive beofre Carpenter missed the overtime field goal?

We could have ran Lane(or anyone)up the gillet three times in a row and came out with a better field goal attempt.

OMG,What are we argueing about?
Like you said armando
COACHING STAFF D

Is Armando REALLY talking to a poster that calls himself Odins Bloated Liver? For Real?

Then agin, who am I to talk

He though he had a clearer shot there, which is understandable. But no, I don’t think it was, I thought it was what was called for."
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So Tanne thinks he is Peyton Manning or Tom Brady now? Just disregard orders and wing it?

No wonder he has the 3rd worst passing average in the league and runs the 25th ranked passing offense.

Agree with you Odin(Though I hate to admit it)
They should have rammed it down the field, 5 or 7 yards would have been great.

Every time I hear a Miami coaches press conference, I think of my kids.

Plenty of buses to get hit by.

Mando, you reporters might want to pull your money and hire a crossing guard at these pressers.


Armando REALLY talking to a poster that calls himself Odins Bloated Liver? For Real?

Then agin, who am I to talk

Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | September 24, 2012 at 06:31 PM


That's "Odins Blotted Liver".

Rishard Matthews should get some playing time. He was the most productive receiver in the preseason

Not arguing ... Just participating.

Sorry. I'll leave and let you all do your thing.

Later, men.

That's "Odins Blotted Liver".

Posted by: Odins Blotted Liver. | September 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM

Sorry my bad. I didn't mean to call you "Out of your name".

"Obviously, Reggie, the young guys aren’t quite at Reggie’s level yet. So certain things happen when Reggie’s in there that may not happen otherwise, but, as far as play calling, it didn’t affect it whatsoever."
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Reggie is a superstar. With him we win that game. Without him we lose that game.

Miami without Bush is like the Heat without James, Wade and Bosh.

Not arguing ... Just participating.
Sorry. I'll leave and let you all do your thing.
Later, men.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | September 24, 2012 at 06:37 PM

ARMANDO WAIT.........WAIT!

Can you take Liver Spots and Jack Swallows with you?

PLEASE?

Tannehill = Another Irescum bust

Sherman's comment is really close to blaming Tanne for that loss. Poor decision making abilities. That's what Sherman is alluding to.

Didn't we know that BEFORE we drafted this turd?

You got your wish Odin, I too must go, Got traffic to sit in.
You guys have a great evening.

One leaves, the other shows up. What a pathetic life you must live.

Time for the 20 page postings, folks.

JackSparrow , Tannehill is to blame for the loss. The D played great but Tannehill is as pathetic as Henne.

I'm out also. LOL!!! No one will be here to read the 20 page postings fueled with an alcoholics rage.

Hennehill's pick 6 turned the game around.

Last one before I am out out.

"I remind him he’s now being paid to play football and it’s inexcusable to make those type of mistakes. I don’t think he’ll make it again.”

When the coach brings up your paycheck, that can't be good. We might see Moore sooner rather than later.

Sparrow.....

he was talking about Miller....

I've been reading through all the posts back and forth about the play calling and personnel and agree with some but not all of the criticism. I did wonder why we were running Bush between the Guards with 36 seconds to go in the half. The Jets have M.DeVito, B.Scott and David Harris in there and don't believe that the most high % play. In hindsight would have liked to see Bess targeted more and earlier backing D.Harris into a zone coverage of some kind, that said I watched this game and started to draw the parallels between it and the 09 Monday Night game with Henne making his 1st start Vs. then rookie M.Sanchez in week 4 that Yr.

You fast forward to yesterday and can't say that Sanchez looks much different than the rookie we saw that Monday night while being matched all afternoon by our 2012 rookie QB. Tannehill. With each passing week he looks better in his reads, audibling and touch passes. The 3rd down backside throw with nothing open down the field to D.Thomas was a thing of beauty and guys that was D.Thomas juking Reevis right out of his shoes when the knee buckled, he may yet prove to be a solid 3rd down utility back which seems to be when he's at his best. The fumbles are a concern that can be worked on, I was NEVER a big fan of the Thomas pick but the fumble aside he didn't play a bad game and Sanchez did throw us a pick right back on the following play.

Philbin can be second guessed for some of his calls but won't falt him for trying to stretch the D at the end of the game trying to hit a quick cheap 6 with Carpenter hooking everything yesterday including the ones he made, all to the left far wide knuckle balls. He had a shaky Preseason as well and it's concerning at this point for a team that will look to win close games sporting a Kicker whose been in a funk since training camp. I will question the personnel, why wasn't A.Armstrong on the field at that point with his speed why is Naanee still even on the roster?? This team is however head over heels ahead of were I thought they would be at QB, OL and RB. We need to go get the deep threats and T.E. in the next Off-season while continuing the progress and I'll be just fine with the direction of the Offense myself compared to some of the turds we've put out there over the last decade and counting.

Pass happy after Revis went out? Yeah, way after Revis went out. Should have stuck it to whathisname Smith? As soon as he was substituted.

The pass happy thing happened late in the game, Revis went out in the 3rd? Somebody correct me if I'm wrong

Fin4Life....

If you think were ahead of the curve @ the QB position.....how low were your expectations to begin with.....

must have been pretty low...

(On if he feels like the offense was too aggressive on the final two possessions of the game yesterday) –“Not necessarily. You look at the last possession, we ran the ball twice and threw it once. The pass that I called was a stick route in the flat, which we had completed earlier. We ended up, Ryan ended up giving a signal to the outside receiver to go vertical because of man coverage. He though he had a clearer shot there, which is understandable. But no, I don’t think it was, I thought it was what was called for."
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I was with you up to 'Not necessarily

Coco, I think he went out in the final 5 minutes of the third quarter, which makes it technically late in the game.
Though I might be wrong.

Yes, Tannehill played another poor game. We'll continue to stink as long as Ireland is our GM.

The Arizona Cardinals are 29th in passing and 27th rushing. While this bodes well for our defense, how the heck are they 3-0?

Must be their defense. They are 7th against the pass and 17th against the run.

Is this and their +2 turnover differential enough to make them that imposing? Home field too?

We double Fitz and turn our front 7 loose! We can shut them down.

If Reggie's healthy we can give them a game. If we pull even to 2-2 all is well and Philbin and Sherman are Hero's again!

Yeah, Go Team!

The "D" got tired...

JUST LIKE ALWAYS......

inept offense....

refusal to run the ball...and THUS run the clock....and manage our Rookie QB.....

we handed this game on OUR field to the jets....

JackSparrow , Tannehill is to blame for the loss. The D played great but Tannehill is as pathetic as Henne.

Posted by: MJ | September 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM

Yeah, except he battled back and got us in position for a Field Goal that Carpenter makes more than he misses.

But other than THAT, yeah, right on Man.

I'm out also. LOL!!! No one will be here to read the 20 page postings fueled with an alcoholics rage.

Posted by: JackSparrow | September 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM

TRANSLATION: Uggggh, that guy always calls me on my bullshyt, I am so out of here!

No need to explain Mr. Swallows...........Just GO already!

And THANKS..................

i can live with most of the calls, but not trying to get closer on third down in overtime for fg was pathetic. coaches keep doing this and it doesnt work, play to win not lose

Kris, I dissagree with your 709 post, the Defense played hard all game.
Odin, The Cards are playing lights out on defense, did you see the Philly game?, This team is aggressive on defense which does not bode well for the fins.
I had this circled as a win before the start of the season, Now i"m not sure.
Your thoughts?

Fin4Life....

If you think were ahead of the curve @ the QB position.....how low were your expectations to begin with.....

must have been pretty low...

Kris | September 24, 2012 at 07:05 PM

My expectations were very tempered given our rookie RT was getting handled effectively our RG needed a Weight watchers diet and conditioning. Our featured WR was L.Naanee our T.E. is a glorified Tackle and the RB's seemed pedestrian outside of the often injured Bush with last Yrs. exception and our QB was a rookie starter with all of 19 College starts, so how high were your expectations realistically??

Odin....if I were giving grades...they would look like this....

QB...F

RB....A (with bush)...C after Bush....

TE....C....only cause he didn't show up ENOUGH....still had a good game....

OL....A...No sacks....and beast mode run blocking....

DL....A-....No sacks...but dam close...stuffed the run...pressured the QB....

LB...B....stuffed the run....but didn't cause a turnover....

CB...C.....had interceptions....and minus the Clemons faked out of his jock.....held the passing yards down....

Special Teams.....F....Carpenter HAS to make those kicks @ HOME.....regardless....

Coaching staff....D-......only reason they don't get an F....is because Coyle .....he called one heck of a game....

just passing by.....

Defense was EXCEPTIONAL.....and they played hard ALL GAME....you are correct....

but because of the short drives....the D did get tired....and I think it showed as the jets drive got longer and longer in the 2nd half....

our 24 second Offensive drives didn't help....

The Arizona Cardinals are 29th in passing and 27th rushing. While this bodes well for our defense, how the heck are they 3-0?

Must be their defense. They are 7th against the pass and 17th against the run.

Yeah, Go Team!
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It's all about their D especially a nasty front 7 which has also feasted on 2 very bad in-flux OL's the last 2 weeks Vs. the Pats and Eagles at this point I don't see Vick surviving the Season also Brady is in his own heap with the worst OL maybe in the AFC East. It doesn't hurt when you land the best corner since Deion Sanders IMHO with P.Peterson either while having Adrian Wilson at S.S. who by the way wasn't even needed yesterday. Every time I see Calais Campbell play in Arz. I want to kill Parcells for passing on him for Merling with the kid right in his backyard at the U remember Parcells does live right here in Jupiter Beach not like he didn't know who the 6'8"/300 Pd. Campbell was running a 4.9/40 at that size out in Coral Gables.


I got one question to ask? What makes Mike Sherman such a great play caller. I can not tell you how many times I have watched Jay Fiedler of all people get the same short pass out in the flat picked off and ran in for a T.D a hundred times! To make matters worse he has Hartline run the same out and up pattern on two straight plays.Hello Mike! Hartline was gassed on the last one. I can see running the same play but how about a fresh set of legs.Where the hell is this guy Nannee and why is he on our team if you don't get the ball in his hands.

I had this circled as a win before the start of the season, Now i"m not sure.
Your thoughts?

Just passing by. | September 24, 2012 at 07:15 PM

You were in the minority and didn't watch last yr. when this team came on and took a very Defensive approach winning I believe 6 of 8 and handing S.F. one of it's 2 losses in the stretch and really putting Dallas in the hole before the Giants week 17 game last yr. This has been a team in search of a QB and thought Skelton can get them some wins, you know Kolb will eventually crash back to Earth that aside they have the horses.

dont forget dockett fin4 zona is legit sundays game will be ugly if your wanting us to win. wins/losses mean nothing to me just keep getting better and developing this team and 2013 could be fun


I had this circled as a win before the start of the season, Now i"m not sure.

Your thoughts?

Posted by: Just passing by. | September 24, 2012 at 07:15 PM

Same here. I thought they were bad last year and getting worse. It happens every year, are they the next big surprise? Or pretenders just taking advantage of other teams early season gaffes?

I saw the highlights of the Philly game and the turnovers told that story.

I can't explain away their win over the pats so easily. Though I enjoyed it thoroughly. The first win of the season against Seattle isn't a very good measuring stick.

So yeah, their playing great. Any time you win 3 in a row you have to be. But I'm not completely sold on the Cards just yet.

Our defense matches up against their offense pretty good. As long as we can double Fitz and limit him.

Our offense targets their weak spot(if you can really call it that). They've been great against the pass, middle of the road against the run.

So we should be able to limit them on offense and get our run game going. I'm not as confident as I was a couple of months back, but they don't look unbeatable despite the 3-0 record.

FindLife....

My expectations for Tanne were low...however...i felt the coaching staff would manage him in such a way as to get the best out of him....

Yesterday they didn't do that...nor @ the Houston game.....

Both of those games they put Tanne in AWFUL positions to succeed....

Passing out of his own end zone multiple times.....what did they think was gonna happen....

passing @ the end of the game...what did they think was gonna happen.....

Tanne can be OK....but this coaching staff has to MANAGE the kid better....put him in positions to succeed....

4Life, Amazing that Pacells did'nt notice the giant from the "U" I mean 6 ft 8in. Defensvie lineman, Not sure but are there a lot out there that big amd as fast?

true kris but i like the way thill is slowly but surly getting better each week

Kris,

I wouldn't argue with any of your Grades.........except ah.........Special Teams(gulp).

WAIT, don't kill me, let me explain-lol.

Carpenter blew chunks and the game too, Granted.

But coverages were pretty good and Fields repeatedly BOOMED Em out of our end. Fields saved us over and over again in the field position battle.

Even doing an Oscar Nominnee-ing job in drawing a Roughing Penalty. You gotta love that.

But yeah, OVERALL, Tannehill's play wasn't what I expected. I was looking for a little improvement from the week before and it just wasn't there.

Rookie Speed Bumps, what are you going to do?

dont forget dockett fin4 zona is legit sundays game will be ugly if your wanting us to win. wins/losses mean nothing to me just keep getting better and developing this team and 2013 could be fun

bill connors | September 24, 2012 at 07:36 PM


That's right and from what I saw yesterday some extremely athletic LB's who hit a ton! Whisenhut and his Cowher heavy old school Steelers staff went back to their bread and butter roots. The one problem is they got their Neil O'Donnell as well in Kolb.


I thought play calling to end the 1st half ended up getting Reggie hurt... Jets were letting the clock run out and happy to go into the lock room.. What do we do? We throw an incomplete pass on 2nd down deep in on our end after the jets let the clock go on the 1st down run.. Then the jets use a timeout after they stuffed the run.. we punt and they get a field goal out of it.. horrible.

Kris,

I really appreciate your comment @ 7:37 PM, however, it's tough at times for Tom Brady to look good playing against a Jet defense.

Tannehill had only 1 huge mistake that I noticed and it was the rollout pass pick 6. The rollout is a design by this o-staff to manage T-hill better. The reciever wasnt open and T-hill should have just thrown the ball away.

The good that Tannehill did do on that play was 2 things:

1. Didnt throw late back to the middle of the field.

2. Didnt try to throw to the opposite side of the field.

These were the 2 silver linings in a dark cloud on that play. Clearly Tannehill should have just thrown the ball away, the reciever wasnt open. Im sure Tannehill himself would tell you that. Just very unfortunate his lone disastrous decsion ended in a pick 6.

Coalition, Speed bumps?, My advise, Drive slowly.

Kris,

You're really not sold on this kid are you?

Do you really see him doing better than what he's shown so far? I like that the team drafted him but I have to admit he's played better this year than I thought he would. I think the real struggles are still to come and I just think it's all part of the process.

Incidentally, interesting debate with you and Phins78 last night. I hope you guys patched things up. I have a feeling you were both upset about the game and things were still raw. I didn't watch it live but going back and watching it, I did feel it's a game they SHOULD have won.

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