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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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YG,

You're point is well made on Tannehill. The pick six was the only real mistake he made all day. He did a lot of good things. I even like the two shots he took for Hartline in the corner. If you're going to miss that's where you want to miss. I'm confident with time he will hit that pass. We can talk about it when it happens.

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.

Posted by: fin4life | September 24, 2012 at 07:28 PM

I usually commend you for your memory! Not this time! Just when the pain was starting to fade......YOU remind me! Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh-lol!

Parcell's made a mess-plain and simple. Oh SURE, he turned the team around. If turning a 1-15 team around counts. The whole pitiful episode is better forgotten. The Wildcat, the luck of having led the league in +turnover differential, the key injuries to opponents, the least of which wasn't Mrs. Brady.

Oh the Pain! The Agony! All for Naught!

Kris,

If Tannehill had thrown back into the middle of the field, or to the opposite side of the field(You never do these two things on a rollout) and completed a pass. Though it wouldnt have been a pick or pick 6, it would have been far more disastrous to Tannehill progress wise.

That would have shown the young qb clearly doesnt get it whether the pass was completed, picked, or not. On the pick 6 he did two things very right and 1 thing very wrong(not just throwing it away with the reciever covered).

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

Kris | September 24, 2012 at 07:37 PM

I thought it could have been uglier when analyzing the supporting cast and the pass out of the endzone had you holding your breath before he let it go. That aside with what he's working with I do feel he's doing an adequate job, your being a bit rough on the kid, your not looking at how he's accurate enough seems to have touch ect..

Graig, The worst part of the game was the end..., Where Sporono was fist-pumping the FG that won the game.JMHO

YG....

I'm not slighting Tanne....I don't expect to much form him.....but I do expect better from our coaches...

could be worse, we could be stuck with tebow and sanchez. both those guys are complete garbage

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

Posted by: Just passing by. | September 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM

LOL-Exactly!

Get him use to the Car before we enter him in the Daytona 500!

CraigM,

Im sold thus far on Tannehill too. There will be growing pains no doubt. Not just throwing the ball away on the pic 6 was only one of not too many I hope he doesnt make.

Guys forget Marino wasnt a day 1 starter. So he had a little more time to watch and learn. Learn is what I like most about Tannehill. You really dont see him too much making the same mistake twice.

Im really liking Tannehill and I feel very confident with the guys in charge of grooming. Some fans just need to understand undoubtedly there will be some growing pains.

By the 2nd half of the season, I believe the dolphins could start becoming one of those young teams, no one really wants to play.

Craig M,

I agree, it was a game we SHOULD have won. Those are always the hardest to take for me. It gets under my skin and sticks with all week(sounds like a virus or something).

So yeah, I give most a pass on any comments made last night.

I like what the coaching staff is doing with Tannehill. They're pretty taking the training wheels off and saying take your lumps, but you're still going to ride the bike.

Henne on the other hand, had the training wheels on nearly two seasons, then when finally taken off it was found that he still couldnt quite ride.

No since in over-babying Tannehill because we need to know if he can ride as fast as possible. Especially if we're looking to invest very highly in his recieving weapons next season.

Craig M....

I'm more disappointed in the coaching staff than I am in the QB @ this point.....

The thing with Phins78 was ALMOST the exact same problem I had with WHRB's earlier today...

that stuff just doesn't make sense to me....

but Phins78 is is still one of the best posters on this site......

Publicado por: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | September 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM

Sorry Pal!

But you know as a UM LIFER the constant passing on the kids in Coral Gables going all the way back to Shula is a pet peeve of mine. There was 93 passing on the Bermuda Triangle (D.Smith, M.Barrow, J.Armstead)D.Smith, well we got Marino a tough little slot guy in McDuffie but James Saxon ahead of Armstead and I don't remember our 2 but he couldn't have been better than Barrow, had Shula done nothing else that day he could have drafted 3 Pro Bowl LB's that day.

Then JJ comes in and your thinking slam dunk he's going to stay in house for the talent ala Dallas but of course Jerry had called him a hack who did it with the obvious so he passes on the G.O.A.T. Ray Lewis for Darryl Gardner to prove he can find the talent anywhere on down to Wannstedt taking the wrong Cane passing on Wilfork to turn Carey into a LT, ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRG!

I'll give the much hated Ireland this, I liked the pick ups from the Gables this yr. and at least somebody is paying attention to the Fl. talent.

Coalition,

shake it off, bud. Big picture...that's what it's about. Let's get some talent in here next year to help this team in FA and the draft. Better days are ahead...

Graig, The worst part of the game was the end..., Where Sporono was fist-pumping the FG that won the game.JMHO

Just passing by. | September 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM

I HATED to see it as well then was comfortable in the knowledge that he should be out in N.Y. this Yr. barring a miracle turn around, hope he's put his money away or maybe NOT!

Guys,

The pass protection's really coming together too. I dont think Tannehill was sacked, only once if he was. Tannehill was hit only twice the entire game.

The "cohesiveness" of this oline seems to be coming around quite nicely. In both the run and pass protect game. Far from what we thought it would be coming out of preseason.

Kris,

You are too. We don't always agree and I don't always know where you're coming from but you have my respect. I'm glad you're here.

Fin4,

This is minor, but James Saxon?

Didn't the Chiefs draft him and we picked him up later?

I believ this team is no further away than 2yrs of becoming a real nfl force. That plenty of time to add the 3-4 missing impact pieces need.

Tannehill will be 3yrs more experienced too.

YG,

We're focussing on the negatives but you are right the OL and the pass protection is looking good. Jets defence didn't get much of a sniff of Tannehill all game.

When I say disappointed....

It doesn't mean I don't have every confidence in PHILBIN and company.....

It just means we have to take our lumps as he and his staff grow as well.....

YG @ 8:18pm,

another good point. With the right pieces in April and FA I fully expect this team to challenge for a playoff spot. That's where we're at. Pats aren't what they and Jets are nothing. Better day are ahead...

And why exactly didn't he go after Revis' replacement, a guy cold from the bench? And why throw a pass in the flat when they could have run, let's say for 3 yds but 3yds closer for the FG and hopefully in the middle of the field? Those are funny answers and of course he is the Coach but we Fans that have been watching Football some for >50 yrs are no dumbas-es either.

We still need a QB.

Craig M...thanks.....you as well....

CraigM,

I just hate to see dolfans get so wrap upped in negativity that they miss the truly positive happening right before thier very eyes.

I can see where things are really beginning to shape up with this team. I see us truly headed in the right directions. But there will be growing pains this year.

Right now, I think we can at least win 9 games. With the right pieces next year, 11-5 and the playoffs is totally doable

Heres the problem with the play calling, sherman himself is a problem and hennehill jr. Is the other problem. Ponder and russell wilson are much better qbs than hennehill. Same as with henne, the dolphins are going nowhere with his son jr.

YG...

Is not negativity.....It is merely commenting on the entire game....

Somethings were good....and some...not so good,,,

but your positive comments and attitude give me hope....

Tannehill has been a big dissapointment so far. Both Weeden amd Russel Wilson are better.

Fin4,

This is minor, but James Saxon?

Didn't the Chiefs draft him and we picked him up later?

Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | September 24, 2012 at 08:18 PM


Your right got confused on that one and it stumped me enough that I had to go look it up and was thinking Ronnie Bradford we by the way took Terry Kirby that Season when Houston traded up a few slots and took Barrow.

worlds colliding, yg and craig getting along

77,

Last season Cam Newton seemed like the greatest rookie qb ever. This year he's bordering on bust if he doesnt get his head out of his asss really soon.

You can judge how great or not great a rookie qb is only 3 games into a regular season. All of them eventually take thier limps under a full "16 game season".

I blame TS. For us losing yesterday! In 4 years he has worn out Carpenters leg! Too many fist pumps in four years now Rob leg is worn out!! LOL!!

How can you not be negative when we have 4 consecutive losing seasons? GEEZ!

Kris,

I know youre as positive of a poster as they come. Sometimes the disappointment starts creeping in to get the best of us. I have my moment too.

I guess I'm too much of a perfectionist but these are no "rookie" Coaches, they have been on the sidelines for 20-30 yrs and should have learned everything they need to manage a Game.


I guess I'm too much of a perfectionist but these are no "rookie" Coaches, they have been on the sidelines for 20-30 yrs and should have learned everything they need to manage a Game.


Posted by: oscar canosa | September 24, 2012 at 08:32 PM


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Just like Cameron and Sparano...


We give the players and coaches a lot of s**t. The media can take some criticism too. Here's the weekly installment of, "Media gaffes and short sighted views".

1. "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)".

Nope, Ryan Tannehill was on the right page during the play, it was Lamar Miller who went totally off the script. Absolutely no reason to throw Tannehills name under the bus for that particular play. Unless of course you are trying to set the coach up by saying Miller should have played more. Then by all means make it seem like Tannehill had just as much fault for the stupid mistake.

Philbin has mever been a HC at any level.

Something tells me dont hold your nuts on the Dolphins. They will bounce back Sunday against the Cards.

Even if they lose, I still expect to see improvement in some areas. Before a team becomes good at winning, they first need to become good at losing.

By good at losing, I mean even in loss thier must be signs of steady progress. I did see some of this yesterday.

YG,

Some good points. I'll stick with my 4 win prediction. Kris will stick with his 11. The reality is it will likely be somewhere in between and you'll be closer.

Tannehill will be alright. He is one that needs to learn how to manage a Game better in the NFL.

Odin.....

You are right on the Special Teams......

EVERYBODY except for carpenter played extremely well....but its hard to give a grade better than an F when 2 game winning FGs are missed.....

2.On how Miller has been taking the coaching and negative criticism)

Love that Sherman said it was constructive criticism. Why does it have to be labeled as "negative"? I played ball for many years, hockey, baseball, and football. Not once did I take my coaches criticisms as a negative thing. I actually realized they were trying to help me be a better player.

The "cohesiveness" of this oline seems to be coming around quite nicely. In both the run and pass protect game. Far from what we thought it would be coming out of preseason.

Yesterday's Gone | September 24, 2012 at 08:15 PM

I agree with you here 100% YG, this group is the Seasons biggest surprise of the yr. and a BIG reason Tannehill can make as many reads which go a long way to his developement. Look at the video from yesterday and the beating RG111 took in Cin. and you see the luxury afforded Tnnehill, also the run blocking is blowing holes in teams.

In Sparano losses, all I saw was steady deterioration of this team, in those losses. They were truly bad at losing. Meaning they learned nothing.

3.On if he wishes he had some play calls back from the game yesterday)

Really? Was this a serious question? Maybe they should have followed up with this dandy, "would you have liked it if you won that game yesterday"?

TANNEHILL IS LAST IN THE NFL IN QB RATING! IS THAT A 1ST RD PICK? YIKES!!

CraigM,

If your 4 win prediction is corrrect. I believe we will be the greatest 4 win team in NFL history! LOL

YG,

If Bush is healthy on Sunday, I'll pick the Dolphins in an upset. Cards defence is good but I still think they are pretenders rather than contenders. I'm not convinced.

Fin4,

Not only has the oline gotten better. We've gotten a little better on defense on 3rd downs. Still far from where we need to be but progress none the less.

Defensively, I still want us to become a team that makes game winning palys at game winning moments. Then, defensively, I'll know this team has arrived. But we could still be at least 2yrs from this.

CraigM,

Right now this team reminds me of the one Shula took over when he first came to Miami. All of the pieces werent there, but there were some really good pieces to work with.

So, in 1971, absolutely no one saw the Fins competing in the sb against Dallas. Then 1yr later, no one saw an undefeated untied sb champion coming. Im seeing similarities with the dolphin team Shula 1st took over and this present one.

I believe happy day are here again, just a little around the corner right now.

This one is on the media and fans a bit. There were people crushing Sherman for calling a deep pass and saying the last three plays were too aggressive. We ran twice and got crap. Then Sherman called a short pass to the flat that produced a first down earlier. Tannehill changed the play at the line with his receiver.

"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. 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."

So no admission of being wrong from one media member or anyone that screamed for Shermans head over it in this blog. Sometimes things happen in the course of a game that we don't understand. This mistake by everyone just magnifies that. I bet you anything I can find a few articles where the reporter questions Sherman's thinking on the play, even though he was thinking the same thing as everyone else. The question wouldn't be bad, but it is followed with a bunch of unwarranted criticisms.

YG,

That would be great! I have a good feel about Philbin, so here's hoping it's a long successful ride with this guy. Fingers crossed.

'Night guys.

What number am I on? I'll just call it 5.

5.On how Tannehill is doing with his deep passes)

I'm nitpicking here but so is questioning why a coach called a timeout before a kick when his players blocked it,,,,AFTER THE CALL. So fair is fair.

The question is a set up. The media want full honesty from the coaches and b**tch and moan when it doesn't come. Then they ask a backhanded question like this. We all can see how he did on his deep passes, he did horribly. Why ask the question. But Sherman answered like a pro. Admitted Ryan needs to work on it and he will do so this week. Gotta respect that. If you can't respect other answers which I read at the top of this page, then you have to respect the honest and forth coming answers he gives. Tony didn't do any of that!

Just saying the same was said for henne. Oh he needs time to develop. Well 4 years later and he still sucked. Hennehill the same way, yeah he can throw the ball 10 or 15 yards but he can' t throw the ball deep. Everything is way over thrown or behind receivers. I guarantee they will be looking to draft snother qb soon. He is not a franchise qb. This is why ireland will be fired. Tannehill will not be the qb in 2 or 3 years for the dolphins.

(On how Tannehill is doing with his deep passes)– “It’s obvious, we weren’t real good then.

Yeah, you think it would be obvious but there's the question anyway Sherm. It's not too obvious to people who maybe don't understand the game? I don't know what to say about that question, just seems pretty silly imo.

78,

It was this morning or last night I posted Tannehill can change plays. Sherman told us this before the season. Yet some fans and the media continued to try and crucify Sherman for play calling.

This is not the Henne/Henning offense where Henne didnt have flexibilty to change plays. But some dolfans and the media seems still stuck in the Henne/Henning era, including Armando.

With this offense, playcalling cant neccessarily be blamed on the oc. This oc gives his qb flexibility to change plays based on how the qb sees the defensive alignments.

I guess Sherman completely blew apart the play caling myth this media and fans thought they had become experts. Basically he reminded them of what he had already told us before the season began. How quickly some of us forget.

Thats why yesterday I kept posting fans are so used to losing. They just parrot things theyve said about previous losing staffs. The Miami media does the exact same things. Everyone should just cut, paste, and save thier comments. They'll say the same exact things about a new coaching staff anyway.

6.On this being the second time this season a running back has been injured in the second quarter of a game this season) –

I mean, come on already, this isn't even a question. They made a statement to him and then wanted an answer. If I was Sherman my answer would be "Yes it was, next question". That's the standard Belichick answer. But Sherm didn't do that, he somehow answered a non question. Classy, got to respect that.

Love to see Rusell Wilson play. Mobile, aware, can move any Team in the NFL.

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