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Kevin Coyle: Record day not a setback

Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is a proud guy so he cannot be too happy his defense  -- until now effective -- was shredded by Andrew Luck on Sunday. Luck established a rookie record for most passing yards in a game.

It was a rookie record.

But a record nonetheless.

This is what Coyle said:

(On the defense allowing 13 of 19 third down conversions) –“It’s obviously very disappointing and that’s been one of our strengths throughout the year. We’ve been consistently getting better in that area. For a number of different reasons, we didn’t get it done yesterday. I think it was a combination of things. They made some plays against us. I wish I had a few calls back in the game. I’ll be the first one to take blame for a good portion of it. I think the combination of them executing and us not executing the defenses that we normally, we didn’t do anything different. We tried a lot of things as the game went on to try to change it up. We rushed them, we covered them, we spied the quarterback, we blitzed them. It wasn’t like, I went back after the game, wanted to see exactly what we called in what instances and tried to determine if there was a pattern or a trend. I don’t think it was that. It was just one of those games that they made some plays and we didn’t and we’ve got to do better. We’ve got to rush the passer better, we’ve got to cover better and I’ve got to do a better job of getting them in position to make the plays.”

(On the team’s struggles blitzing Andrew Luck) – “We hit him 11 or 12 times when we actually got to him, but we didn’t sack him only (but) one time. He made a couple of throws as he was going down to the ground. He made a couple of throws running away from the line of scrimmage. The long touchdown, if you go back and really look at the play, he just threw it up there. He never even saw Sean Smith overlapping the play and really laid it up there where we might have had a chance to make the play. We didn’t make the play. But to his credit, he’s very good in the pocket. He’s got great poise for a young player. As you watch him on tape, you see things that he does that you see a lot of veteran players in the league not do. In other words, when the rush is coming in his face, he’s not fazed by it. He doesn’t change his way, his demeanor. He’ll have a great pocket presence to slide and keep a play alive and we lost the edge a few times and he kept the plays going. I was really impressed with him. Even talking with some of their coaches prior to the game, they were concerned that he does it too much trying to extend plays and they’re worried about that fact. Certainly, yesterday, he made those.” 

(On if yesterday’s performance was a big step back for the secondary) – “No, I don’t think it’s a big step back. It’s a disappointment for all of us and that’s what we talked about today in the unit meeting with everybody, not just the secondary. We’ve been building something here since Coach (Joe) Philbin has come here and our first meetings with the players in April. One game is not going to set us back and I mean that and I told the players that. I said we’ve got a body of work where we were making a lot of progress and the secondary is one area where we have made a lot of progress. I don’t know if there’s anybody that has played the game or coached the game that hasn’t had a game where you come off and say, ‘How did that happen?’ Well, this is one of them and, I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m disappointed. I’ve never seen us get in a situation where we had a team in third-and-long and weren’t able to cash in. That’s always been something we’ve been pretty good at throughout the season here. Certainly, I don’t negate the fact that these guys, when you see them come to work every day the way they do, the way they prepare. It’s a bump in the road for us and a big one and we’ve got to get it turned around right away. Certainly, one game out of eight where we did not perform at the level of our standards, it’s not anybody else’s standards, it’s ours, is very disappointing. And we’re going to take that and energize ourselves as we get prepared for this next one. We’re going to come out and play a heck of a game come Sunday.”

(On the pass defense in the first half of the season) – “Well, rankings, you can twist rankings and statistics a lot of different ways and obviously we’re giving up way too many yards. Yesterday, we gave up way too many big plays in the game. You can also look at the fact that I think we’re somewhere around six or seven in the league in terms of completion percentages against us. I think that there’s been some positives in that sense. We’ve also had 45 passes-a-game thrown against us. By far the number one attempts in the league are against us. Tampa Bay is the only other team that has over 40 and they’re like at 41 and then everybody else is below that. But it’s a combination of we’ve got to do a better job in the coverage and we also have to continue to do a good job in the rush game (and) against the running game. I think, when you make teams throw the ball as much as we are, usually good things are going to happen sooner or later. It didn’t yesterday unfortunately for us. But the bottom line is, even with that being said, we were in the game with an opportunity to win the game at the end and we didn’t. The biggest disappointment… We had two scenarios that happened in the game – the one at the end of the first half where we had them third-and-long and they converted to kick the field goal was a big play in the game. Prior to that, I should say the third-and-nine in the red zone. It’s another area that we’ve been particularly effective in this season. I think right now Chicago’s the only team that is ahead of us in red zone defense in terms of touchdowns per attempts in the red zone per series in the red zone and that’s a good thing. But we gave up one on third-and-nine. We had them right where we wanted them. They gained nothing the first two plays and we gave up a touchdown there. We gave up the one right there before the end of the half and then we had them third-and-12 backed up and that play where they dumped the ball off and we missed a tackle (and) they converted and then eventually went down and kicked the winning field goal. That play was a big swing because, had we stopped them there, they’re going to be punting right around their end zone or out of their end zone and we would have had a chance hopefully to get the ball in good field position at that point, but we didn’t and they went on to continue the drive and score the winning field goal. Like I said, we’ve got our work cut out for us, but these guys have gotten better and I believe in these guys and we’re going to go out there and take the second half of the season. We look at it, we’re eight games in and honestly my wife had to remind me of this on the phone last night because I wasn’t feeling to good, but she said, ‘You know you guys have lost three games by three points, each of them.’ And I hadn’t even thought of that to be quite honest with you. That hadn’t even crossed my mind. When she said that, it kind of dawned on me that, yeah, we’re making progress, but we’re not where we want to be and we can be better. I think the players know that and we’re not going to accept anything less.”

(On if this Sunday against the Titans if the team will copy what the Bears did against them yesterday) – “Well, I’ll tell you what, the Bears did a heck of a job. They started fast. Yeah, we liked to do that, start fast. Actually, the first play of the game was a nice conversion for Tennessee and (Charles) Tillman came from behind and stripped the guy after they gained about 18 yards or so. It didn’t look good initially for the Bears, but they certainly swarmed on defense and they’re playing great defense. We’ll look at them and anybody else that we can get a good thought from and implement it into our package.”

(On how it affects preparation not knowing who the Titans starting quarterback will be) –“Not a whole lot. They’re kind of a system team. They’re going to run their offense. I don’t think the one quarterback changes things dramatically. So we’ll see. I think we’ll know a little bit more as the week goes on because I don’t think the young guy (Jake Locker) has practiced yet and if he’s out there practicing, getting reps, there’s a good chance he’ll play. If not, they made hold him off until after the bye week. They have a bye week after we play them.”

(On how much of a difference it has made with Richard Marshall being out)– “It certainly (has) not helped us. You’ve got a veteran player there who gives us that veteran competitiveness and leadership in the secondary, both on the outside and also in the nickel. Jimmy (Wilson’s) role has expanded. Jimmy’s played well at times. I think I mentioned to you guys last week how impressed I was with how he covered the slot for the Jets (slot receiver Jeremy Kerley) who’s a good player too. And yesterday, he struggled at times. But like I said, there’s not a guy that’s played the game and the best one’s in this game that haven’t had a game where you got beat and you made mistakes. We just seemed to have too many guys at one time do it and we’re going to get it fixed. We’re going to do everything we can to get it fixed.”


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Shula 73 says the same stuff in here day in and day out.. blah blah blah.. I can see it now.. The Fins win a Superbowl in the future.. Armandos blog post is how the Fins win the Super Bowl but need to improve on getting set .05 seconds earlier in order to run the offense faster, and even though Tannehill the SB MVP is 25/32 passing with 411 yards 3 TD's and 43 yds rushing he needs to improve on how he pats Pouncey when he is under center..
Then Shula 73 will post Matt Moore should have started the Superbowl as he would have won alot bettr...

at least matt moore won seven out of the last 10 games. i find tannehill to be too fragile.

Oscar about my previous post on Coyles interview he was very diplomatic and nowadays as a public figure you have to measure your public comments, a lot of flac has come about because of social sites like facebook and twitter.

So you guys are saying Tannehill doesnt have enough game experience or vision in reading the field and want to start Matt Moore?????
So when Tannehill does start he can use that year as his learning year to get game experience and read opposing defenses? Not smart
Who here really and truly though at the beginning of the season gave Miami the chance to get into the playoffs or win more than 4 games really? So let the kid get his game experience and you guys quit whinning about it..

I can come on here and say F.ck Luck F.ck the dolphins and Ireland sucks,but Im not making millions as a public figure,plus nobody knows who I actually am.

NJ Timothy why arent you count the 0-4 start he had ?

WTH does Twitter or Facebook have to do with all the crap Coyle talked about? He doesn't even know what the hell happened.

That you can King that you can...

I wasnt talking about you King Shula.. but Shula73

ain't that the truth matty @ 4:43

Too many Shulas here. I wish the real Shula will speak here one Day.

CD Dholfan,

No frickin' clue who the f*ck you are! You claim I try not to be wrong all the time or whatever the Hell you said and yet not ONCE have I ever seen you post here before. Now all of a sudden you're the be and all and know all of the blog. Funny how that works.

My guess is you're another f8ckin' troll or a Jets fan. You say Long has been a 'swingin' gate' on 8- per cent of the snaps this year'. You either don't understand the game or have no clue what math even is. Whichever it is you're point makes ZERO sense. Good job!

Moore is better then Tannehill.

Oscar it has nothing to do with Coyles interview,let me put it another way Coyle has enough public speaking experience and experience dealing with the media to be an executive.I hope you got what Im trying to say.I picked the Colts to win because I KNOW THE DOLPHINS ARE VERY BAD AGAINST THE PASS AND IT WAS ABOUT TIME SOME QB BEAT THEM WITH THE PASS.

The out of touch out of towners know nothing.

Tannehill is not as good as Luck but that dosent mean they cant win with him.In camp Garrard beat out everyone including Moore,so things change and have changed.

I think I posted as King Shula before some of the other Shulas Oscar but not sure about all of them.Someone was posting as me the other day with brief posts that someone could probably tell were not mine.

I know nothing about Diplomacy, King Shula. It's not in my bones and fortunately not in my Profession either(all the contrary). I do have to agree that Luck shredded us to pieces. Was it preventable? I don't know.

Tannehill's been a huge dissapointment. The guy is ranked the 30th QB. Time to make the switch to Moore who would win 6 games down the stretch. The opposing D's just play the run when Tannehill's in there knowing he cant pass. Looks like an accuracy problem for Tanny just like Henne.

Obama won thank the lord!!

I care not about Obama and Romney and only about the Miami Dolphins and Cuba. There.

Who knows all the wheeling and dealings that are going on behind curtains right now to Elect their Candidate. Let them. They're Fools. For Everything has been written.


STFU...and ask the nurse to wheel you outside.....

Only so many sunsets left before complete and TOTAL darkness...and then...nothing....


Why are most Judges in Miami Jewish? Kris?


Hell, I've been used to Darkness since I was 14. Howewer, I saw Very Beautiful Light before that, au contraire that the Majority of People in the World.

What was Home's score picked for Miami vs Tenn?

Posted by: Need a tip on Sundays game | November 06, 2012 at 04:05 PM

Check back on the MONDAY Following the game.

Thats when Home usually publishes his picks.

Check back tomorrow afternoon for his predictions on the Election Results!

Oh!, this Potatoe and Porterhouse steak I cooked are just Heavenly.

i really feel tannehill should not be the starter for miami as once again he cannot close games. three points in the second half.sheez!

Posted by: NJ Timothy | November 06, 2012 at 04:44 PM

Yeah, putting him on the bench should cure that problem.

Why try and develop a First Round Pick - Sheesh!

(OMG! The stuff you read around here - ROTFLMAO)

Listen. 9 bucks for a Porterhouse steak at Publix is not that bad.

A QB that dissapears in the 2nd halfs and OT's is not a QB. Start Moore and win.


STFU...and ask the nurse to wheel you outside.....

Only so many sunsets left before complete and TOTAL darkness...and then...nothing....


Posted by: Kris | November 06, 2012 at 06:12 PM

I hope you are a better parent than you are blogger. Society doesn't need any more damaged minds like yours.

Bryan McCann signed. Desperation move it appears for CB help. He showed promise early on with Cowboys but has bounced around. Need Marshall to get healthy fast.

Kris = Bitterness.



Why did Armando refuse to write about the A ss Whoopin we laid down on the jets?

Yet this week, he's been VERY quick to criticize first Jake Long and now Kevin Coyle?

Re-read this Headline. Dripping with sarcasm.

Yet hardly a whimper about Tebags and his lowly jets. Oops, did I say "Whimper". I meant, hardly a write up about how we trashed Tebags and jets in their own house.

(Silly me, why on EARTH would Armando be whimpering about a jets loss........Hmmmmmmmmmmmm?)

PS: The only thing that sucks more than Tebags is Mando's Trained Monkey Bu-oy!

To be TOTALLY honest though, Tebags gets paid alot better for it than Monkey Bu-oy!

Another Cowboy castoff?

Please get off the bench Tannehill talk. He has been good. Colts played an inspired game Sunday. Penalties and bad secondary killed the Fins, not Tanne.

Jake, Tanny stunk in the 2nd half. Its become a pattern. Henne did the same thing.

Posted by: OBAMA ROCKS | November 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM

Thats why I blew my wad on the Porterhouse.

Let the good times keep rolling.

Ho Ho

Oh, I thought you said I'd be getting more Obama Money.

Was that a typo?

The 30th ranked QB is good? WTF? Are our standards so low? Tannehill is horrible lets move on and not waste 4 years like we did with Henne.

HoHo!(even if at 7:01PM is not me ).


He has played 8 NFL games guys. Give the kid a break. He doesn't make the bad turnovers that our past garbage QB's have made. If Moore was the answer he would be starting and already signed to an extension. Moore is a good back up, period.

oscar, i see you eat a lot of meat, heh.

Bring on Matt More and bring back Mike Nolan.

At least I eat other things than meat once in a while. My Father ate only Sirloin Steak, and nothing else. He lasted 87 years

Jake, Sparano made the huge mistake of starting Henne over Moore and Philbin is making the same huge mistake starting Tannehill over Moore. Moore is a top 10-12 QB.

Tannepuke will be benched for good by the end of the season.

Mike Nolan 8-0

Yeah, I know most of you here wouldn't spend $10 on a piece of meat. Your loss.

Mike Nolan and Brandon Marshall have to be thrilled to be off this cespool team and on SB contenders.

Shula, there are things I like about Moore. I don't want to talk bad about him. He has won the Fins some games for sure. What concerns me most about him is he fumbles every time he is hit. Gotta have patience with Tanne. He could have played better in the second half Sunday but so could have the team. They folded in the second half.

Even if you Fuc-s were to spend $10 dollars on a piece of Meat, you wouldn't know what to do with It. hehehe

Chris, Shula 73, and Jay: Congratulations!! Its a 3-way tie for the "most ignorant message board troll in the universe" award!


When you go to sleep tonight.....Come to me.....

The light.....

You have never known what light is, Kris. Guaranteed.

I think it is hilarious how people second guess Miami starting Ryan Tannehill. First of all. Miami did not get a chance to draft Luck of R2D2 (or should I call him "soon to have a broken something guy?") they drafted Ryan. And he has proven to be damn well worth the pick. Garrard was a one year band aid and Moore for all the good things he is, is NOT a full time starter in this league. One game tells us nothing about him. He failed miserably trying to win the job. It was a fair fight and Tannehill won straight up. Not his fault the old guys graveled his knee in a pool. Tannehill has a team not given a prayer at .500. There were those who said Miami would go winless. Those who said they might win four games. Well... Unless they lose out (not likely) all those idiot were wrong. We all knew this was a developmental year. We ALL knew this would not end at the Superbowl. Yet there are still those lousy azzzed fans who cannot enjoy the positives to save they're own useless lives. This team is literally set up to start a long run with a damned smart regime at the helm. When it is said and done, losing will not be a bad thing. Sucks right now... But when those 5 picks in the top three rounds kick in. This team will jump from the second best team in the AFC East. To the team most likely to send Brady off into retirement after a year or two of 2nd or 3rd place finishes. Be patient. Enjoy the fact that QB Is no longer our problem. Know that we don't have to watch Ryan play his first games next year because we were impatient and started a band aid to our ego. No, we start a 2nd year QB with experience and a bond with his team. That plus a bunch of new talent to make Armando suck on his own words. We have it all. The 49ers always say "who has it better then us?"... I'll tell ya who... The 2013 Miami Dolphins and the teams for the next 5 or 6 years will...


You would be surprised.....


and furthermore....

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