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Morning Joe with Dolphins' coach Philbin

PHOENIX -- I had breakfast with Joe Philbin this morning. Actually he had a mandatory breakfast with all the media covering this event. He had a sausage and egg burrito, french toast, some fruit and coffee. I had everything else.

He spoke for about an hour.

The highlights:

Philbin discussed some of  his former Green Bay, some of which have been rumored as coming to the Dolphins. On Jermichael Finley: "Competed hard, practiced hard. Good guy."

Philbin on the read option: "It's a good play. We have it in our offense. But it's not a magical. You can stop it."

Philbin boils down Michael Egnew's problem last year gettig on the field: He talked about not seeing enough from him in practice. Made occassional play but it was rare. Then Philbin boiled it down by saying, "It's his play speed." Philbin wants Egnew to get his "speed it up." Yeah, not good.

The Dolphins studied Mike Wallace by studying every play he ran the past two years. They studied every catch. They studied every drop. They studied every pass patter he ran. Philbin said it's untrue Wallace is a one-trick pony, running only go routes. He added that Wallace won't be running go routes exclusively in Miami.

Philbin's expectations of Wallace? "Get open, catch the ball, hopefully make a couple of guys miss after. That's what a receiver does." 

Joe Philbin gushed about Greg Jennings and said the report that suggested Philbin didn't really like the former free agent wide receiver was untrue. "I don't know where that came from that Joe Philbin doesn't like him."

Philbin is a very even-keel guy. Not excitable. But he wants you, the fans, to get fired up. "I want our fans to expect us to be a good football team."

Philbin wants better production from his defense as far as turnovers: "I'd like us to be a better blitz team," he said. 

Philbin said part of reason Ellerbe and Wheeler were added was to get "more impactful plays.

Philbin said the team is not at stage to consider bringing in competition for Dan Carpenter but "we'll consider anything."

Philbin said John Jerry needs to stay on his feet better. But the primary thing the team is concerned about relative to Jerry is ... his weight. When Jerry left after the season he was told, "let's see how much you weigh when come back."

TE Dustin Keller's blocking has been called to question: "We have to be smart about game planning and what we ask him to do." Still has desire to do it."

I asked you Philbin if he's convinced Ryan Tannehill will become a good quarterback. He offered this: "There's nothing to me that suggests he's not going to be a good quarterback."

 ... And this: "I think he's going to be a very good quarterback, sure."

You've likely read me refer to 'Philbin guy" on this blog. What's a Philbin guy? "I want good decent people that want to be there, want to win. We can work with those kind of guys." And this: "I want a guy when shuts door on car and is in the building he's excited about being there ..."

Philbin says he feels team has established culture and free agents have to fit in to that. "Fall in line" is a term he used.

Philbin said he feels the team did too much meeting in classroom and not enough lifting so Dolphins are changing that this year.

Joe Philbin suggested the plan in free agency was to fill needs at all positions so the Dolphins could go into the draft feeling they could go in any direction they want. Meanwhile he's not satisfied with how thigns are today: "I don't know we're complete at any position."

You'll remember I've told you that the Dolphins believe Jonathan Martin can be a solid left tackle if he gets stronger but the question is will he want to do that? Will he work hard enough? Philbin said Martin is "all business and working at his trade" so he wants to get stronger, better. Philbin said Martin has to add consistency to his game. And, as a tackle, he has to block all defensive ends, "not 11 out 16 DEs" and do by himself. Consistently.

Philbin said it is only coincidence the Dolphins '12 leadership council, including Jake Long, Karlos Dansby and Reggie Bush are gone: "We think we have some excellent leaders on the football team now.

That's all for now. Check back again and again for updates from the NFL annual meeting.

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Fin 77.. I think letting Reggie walk so you can play a Lamar Miller is brillant. Why trade up to snag this kid in the draft and then let him spend half his contract on the bench?

Paying a broken down LT that does not fit a zone blocking scheme $10mil a year - stupid.. Another brillant decision by Ireland. Long was barely top 50 at his position last season..

So I think the same moves you say will be his downfall were brillant. One exception.. I actually use facts to make a statement, not my ass like you do..

You are a typical no nothing phins fan.. spouts crap with no facts to back it.. Who lead our team in Yards per carry.. Hint - the new starter, not Reggie Bush.. Who gave up the most sacks on our oline, second most penalties, and missed the end of the past two seasons? Hint - it wasn't Martin, Jerry, Pouncey, or COGS... Please don't post until you educate yourself about this team.. Us knowlegable fans would appreciate it.. Thank you.

Not the same logo that was 'leaked.' Pretty significantly tweaked--with the addition of eyes, different coloring, and a different 'sun' design.

MUCH better than the first one, in my opinion, but I wouldn't be 100% sure about this being legit regardless.

I gave a girl a Cosby Sweater once! best Tuesday morning of her life!

Proof read much?

If that is the new Dolphins logo, I'm fine with it.

I'll be in Disney next month during the unveliling. Wonder if they'll be on sale right away. I may try to get a tanny jersey for me & 1 for each of the boys.

It is true that JMartin had trouble at Stanford with all those USC demon rushers, but overall, he was very good protecting Luck.

Definitely An Elite Post:


Fin 77.. I think letting Reggie walk so you can play a Lamar Miller is brillant. Why trade up to snag this kid in the draft and then let him spend half his contract on the bench?

Paying a broken down LT that does not fit a zone blocking scheme $10mil a year - stupid.. Another brillant decision by Ireland. Long was barely top 50 at his position last season..

So I think the same moves you say will be his downfall were brillant. One exception.. I actually use facts to make a statement, not my ass like you do..

You are a typical no nothing phins fan.. spouts crap with no facts to back it.. Who lead our team in Yards per carry.. Hint - the new starter, not Reggie Bush.. Who gave up the most sacks on our oline, second most penalties, and missed the end of the past two seasons? Hint - it wasn't Martin, Jerry, Pouncey, or COGS... Please don't post until you educate yourself about this team.. Us knowlegable fans would appreciate it.. Thank you.

Posted by: phinatic | March 19, 2013 at 02:04 PM

Kudos to you man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He also had David Decastro on his side.

I might go to work with one of those new logo shirts.

FOOTBALL IS SUPPOSED TO AGGRESSIVE!!!

DO THE HUSTLE!

do do do do do do do do do, da da da da da da da da da, do do do do do do do do do, da da da da da da da da da

DO THE HUSTLE!

Oscar,

I hope the Dolphins are paying very close attention to the Heat win streak. Now 23-0.

Never panic, keep doing the little things, then the big things will come. One game at a time, everything falls in line.

Agreed.

It Is OK For Us To Misspell A Couple Words, and Even Use A Couple In The Wrong Context.

We Are Typing Live And Doing Other Things At The Same Time. Mistakes Are Bound To Happen.

Mando is a Professional Journalist. Does He Use MS Word?

Great Post Mando. Just Proof Read For The Peanut Gallery.

Ed Pope Never Made Mistakes.

Agreed that version of the leaked logo is waaay better! It's not the same at all if you really look closely.

I'd be fine with it. Like the team going with a more modern and less cartoonish look.


Posted by: Jack From 1975 | March 19, 2013 at 02:21 PM

2012>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

To the right, to the right, to the right, to the right

to the left, to the left, to the left, to the left

now kick, now kick, now walk it by yourself, walk it by yourself.....

Youre doing the cupid shuffle, youre doing the cupid shuffle..........

Wassup, YG? Agree, YG, but you gotta have a hell of a Team in order to do that. You and I remember nobody used to panic when Shula's SB Dolphins were down , lessay, 24-0, we KNEW we were going to win, and did. Amen.

Give up a second round pick and go get the CB from Green Bay!!!


I hope the Dolphins are paying very close attention to the Heat win streak. Now 23-0.

Never panic, keep doing the little things, then the big things will come. One game at a time, everything falls in line.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 19, 2013 at 02:21 PM

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I think it also helps (ever so slightly) when 40% of your starting roster is unanimous, first ballot Hall-of-Fame material--including the most dominant professional pro athlete on the planet--you have Chris Bosh as an 'afterthought' and the NBA's career 3-point leader is around just for kicks.

Why has Jeffery stopped signing FAs ??? There are several RTs. CBs, RushLBs, Lets fill the roster then flow the way we want in the draft. Good plan...or double down in the draft. Either Jeffery bought a DVD or attended "How to be a football GM" conference, but is it my imagination or is Jeffery doing a pretty good job ?? I think almost everyone believed that Jake Long has suffered to many season-ending injures and wasn't worth his asking price? or maybe not. I do think he was to risky to pay 50-60 mil then be on IR the last half of the season. Oh well, the draft is on its way and if Jeffery's on the beam we'll have a good draft, maybe a great draft?????

Clearly, we should've drafted Matt Ryan.

oscar,

Since Michael Jordan talked that crap to Lebron, James seems like he's been on another level even from the previous level he was on.

#23 Michael Jordan, how about #23 straight wins, have you ever done that sir?

Lebron gave Michael Jordan back his #23 when he became a Heat(#6 jersey). Now has raised Michael Jordan #23, in 23 straight wins.

I fking loooooooooooooooove it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ed Pope Never Made Mistakes.

Posted by: Dashi | March 19, 2013 at 02:22 PM

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Your odds of making a mistake decrease exponentially when you publish a column (more accurately a few sentences) once every five months or so.

Edwin Pope was a great one but let's be brutally honest here. He hasn't written a damn thing that was interesting or noteworthy in the better part of the last two decades.

ESPN pre-Draft power Ranking released today:

We are up to #19.

It won't be long now!

Egnew plays slow because he does not know where he should run. He is struggling learing the playbook. Same problem Patrick Turner had.

After losing Bush, Long, Smith, Fasano, and Dansby, dont we have 45 mill left to spend? Isnt their a minimum spend number for cheapskate Ross?

Posted by: It's The Big Things, Too | March 19, 2013 at 02:30 PM

Shane Battier, Chalmers, Mike Miller, etc al...........

Small does matters too! Couldnt have won a championship without them.

The BIG 3 are the championship ring and the SUPPORTING CAST are the fine polish. A cigar without the smoke is, well....., just an unlit cigar.

I just seen that Miami Dolpin have lose JACKE LONG so who did theygo get to replac him for the football games especally hont with the defesive ends of grnd BUFFALO BILLS and all the other erew ones? alaso they must PROTECT BRYAN TANEHILL there quaterback! this is very important in the fotball games! WHO WILL BERNT BE THE PLAYER??

A cigar isnt really a cigar until you smell te smoke!

Posted by: Bobby | March 19, 2013 at 02:41 PM

Armando? Is it you hon'? Hon is it you? LOL...

Remember, YG, Lebron came into the League as an 18 y/o. As it should be, he has matured to the point of being the most dominant of NBA Players now. Bigger and stronger Player than MJ was, but Michael was deadly with $ near hand. Is Lebron so? Maybe we'll find out.

??????????

At least the Canes and Heat are good.

@2:34,

My Bad For Comparing Dan Marino To Henne.

Just Stating The Truth.

Yes, Mr.Pope Has Been Retired For A while. But He Set A "Standard". Would Just Like To See Some Of These Herald Sport Writers Try To Uphold The Standard Of Excellence Set Before Them!!

How Many New Words Do You Guys Learn Reading Armando?

Even Cote Throws Out Some New Words From Time To Time!! And He Is Also Semi-Retired.

Just Cause We Are Reading About Sports Doesn't Mean We Can't Put What We Say in a Eloquent Manner.

But Dashi Guesses Ignoramuses Like You Would Rather Spend Time Coming Up with aliases To Hide Behind, Than Enrich Your Own Competency Of The English Language!!

Egnew might be a lazy bum.

Edwin Pope a Dope....HI DASHI!!

The operative question is "How can we give Bellicheat and crybrady fits?" NYG showed the answer, PRESSURE. So, it would be nice to get DE Dumervil and RT Winston in FA. Done. Draft rd1 - move up 3 spots and get OG Warmack or Coopoer. OL Solidfied. rd2a TE rd2b CB rd3a used to move up in rd1 rd3b CB Mathieu 4, 5,5,7,7,7 best available. wake, starks,solial,dumervil d line solid. martin,incognito,pouncey,warmack,winston o line solid. add CB playmakers like mathieu and we have improved for '13.

Harmel and Bane sit together in back of the short bus, obviously.

Egnew = Another Irescum bust

Not so much his writing skills as much, I believe, as Mr. Pope's ability to engage the big Dolphins personalities of that Time without antagonizing them. Psychology.

Oscar,

Lebron is Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Shaq. All rolled into one body.

Individually he isnt anyone of them, but collectively, he's all 3. The nba has never seen such a specimen. He's has the court vison and awareness of Johnson, the air attack of Jordan, and dominating physical prescence of Shaq. Not to mention the speed of an oncourt gazelle.

Lebron is a special, special player. Greatness is even greater once its gone. Michael was Michael Jordan special. Lebron will be best remembered for being Lebron James special.

There will never be another Michael. There will never be another Lebron.

Scotty = same moron as the rest of the morons.

The facts about Jake Long:
-he was happier when Sparano was here. Long's strengths as a LT were better utilized in man vs. man scheme, run first offense. This is what Fisher is all about.
-Jake never looked/felt comfortable in this zone scheme, pass happy offense. Too much passin exposed Jake's weakness, his footwork has slowed way down.

Jake probably feels he can still play probowl level football if he gets back to Big Ten style football. That wasn't going to happen here. In the end, he is better off. We will be too!

DeNovo. All signs point that most of the moves we are making Personnel wise now are aimed at beating NE for the Division=Playoffs, more specifically, putting the Big Pressure on Brady. Of course.

Oscar,

The true sign of a great player is that he makes greatness look routine. Many times Lebron doesnt look great being great. At times it just looks fairly routine.

Alright, YG. We get you.

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

Hey folks...ne blog topic is up.....

The Miami Herald reports free agent DT Tony McDaniel won't re-sign with the Dolphins.

Boycott?? Marlins blog is over a couple spaces. You will be the only one boycotting while 70000 plus fans will be partying in the parking lots and Stadium.

Ed Pope Was Complete!!

He Gave The Fans What They Want. He Didn't Talk Down To The Reader. Even If He Was Superior To You.

Now Is Mando Better Than Lebatard? Yes.

Dashi Is Never One To Criticize Someones Writing. I'm Not The Grammar Police. People Were Only Pointing Out The Post Was A Little Sloppy. We Know He Was Eating Breakfast. He Still Could've Double Checked It.

Philbin At The Owner Meetings?

That Is The Interesting Part!!

Sporano Wasn't Allowed To Any Of Those.

Good write up Mando, I really like Philbin.

YOU KNOW WHO WE ARE REALLY TIRED OF?

BOYCOTT THAT'S WHO.. GIVE IT UP DUDE, YOUR CUT AND PAST OF THE SAME SLOBBER OVER AND OVER IS NOT ONLY HURTING YOUR CAUSE, IT HELPS IRELAND. WHENEVER AN IDIOT LIKE YOURSELF POSTS THAT SAME GIBBERISH OVER AND OVER I PERSONALLY BEGIN TO LIKE IRELAND MORE AND MORE AND EVEN WILL BUY SEASON TICKETS IN SUPPORT OF HIM..

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BOYCOTT.. SOON WE'LL BE SOLD OUT EVERY GAME AGAIN.. YOU ARE A MARKETING GENIUS USING THE OLD REVERSE PYSCHOLOGY PLOY.. WELL DONE!

I agree the Dolphins will trade up...there are very good players they need that won't be there at 12. I hope they don't have to give up a 2nd rounder because i want one of those good safties.

if Milner and Fischer or Johnson are in play when they trade up....what a dilemma... i hope they take the right guy....

I like the way coach Philbin speaks and think he is a very smart coach, and has a very good handle on what is required here and is going about it in a very very professional manner


After losing Bush, Long, Smith, Fasano, and Dansby, dont we have 45 mill left to spend? Isnt their a minimum spend number for cheapskate Ross?

Posted by: Harmel | March 19, 2013 at 02:39 PM
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Despite his Trollish posts, most here know his "True Mission".

Running Up The **Blog Hit** Totals.

Cha-Chiiiiiiiiiiiiing!!!!

(Not fooling anyone-LOL But go ahead, knock yourself out)

Cha-CHIIIIIIING!!!!

Its not Irelands fualt that ross has been so cheap the last 4 years or so hzng was a great owner with deep pockets and knows how to get it done hope ross remebers or at least looks back on it and thinks about what we are as the miami dolphins

The punk from Washington state is quitter and a puss, so....why would you be interested in him salguero? No NFL office should even take a phone call from this loser. As far as the D lineman goes......not even worth a comment. Once again.....your article leaves much to be desired.

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