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Coyle guarantees significant role for Jordan

Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has good news:

Rookie defensive end Dion Jordan is in the game plan for Sunday's game at Cleveland. And he "guarantees" the first-round pick will have a significant role in that plan.

Jordan, as you must know, missed a significant portion of training camp and the preseason with a shoulder injury. He returned to practice last week. He worked in team drills today.

This is the rest of the what Coyle told the media today:

(On how concerned he is about depth at defensive back) – “You are always concerned going into the season with your depth at a number of positions, but I think we’ll be fine. We’ve got some guys, a number of guys, who have played in games and started games for us still at the corner spot. We have some flexibility with some other players at the safety spot that have skills we can use if we got into a real jam and had to use them outside at corner in some situations. I feel fine. I wish we had everybody up and running as it makes the decision easier to who would be active. You can’t keep them all active for gameday. As it is, in most cases, you aren’t going to have 11 guys up. At the same time, we hopefully very soon will have a full complement of (defensive backs) ready to roll.”

(On Dion Jordan and his role for the upcoming game) – “You are trying to get me to give away the game plan (laughs). Dion has missed some practice time, so we are starting to add to what we perceive he will be able to handle for the game. We haven’t made any final decisions yet. Today he got a good number of reps in practice today, so we are excited about that. At the end of the week, we’ll really feel better to judge exactly where he’s at, but he’s going to have a significant role in the gameplan this week, I can guarantee you that.”

(On if he feels he has three starting defensive tackles for two spots) –“Absolutely, there’s no doubt. And I hate to differentiate between any of them because to me they are all top level quality players in the upper echelon of defensive tackles in the league.”

(On if the defense can carry the team to postseason success such as the Ravens, 49ers and even the Jets from a few years ago)  – “When we play defense, we hope we are going to do our part to put us in position to win every week. I’m a firm believer, being a defensive coach, that if you play great on defense and you play great in the kicking game that you have a chance to win every ball game in this league. That’s been proven by the teams you mentioned. You also can go back to some of the Tampa Bay teams over the years that won the Super Bowl by playing great defense. Offensively they did what they had to do to win games. I believe in our offense. I know our offense is going to get it rolling. Hopefully it will be this Sunday. In our room, we talk about the fact that if we play like we are capable of playing, we are going to have a shot to win a lot of football games. That’s what we expect.”

(On if his defensive players relish the role of carrying the team)  – “I think our veteran players like the idea. They enjoy the challenge. They want to be among the best defenses in the league. Now it is a matter of us proving that we can be in that same conversation. The only way you do that is consistently playing defense that way from the first game to the seventeenth week of the season.”

(On going up against former Miami Dolphin wide receiver Davone Bess and if he presents an interesting challenge)  – “He sure does. I have nothing but great respect for Davone. I loved being around him when he was here. (He was) a great competitor, a guy that is a tireless worker, and those types of things. Having our guys know what he is capable of, and I think in some ways that has heighten their preparation because when you look at a guy on tape you haven’t seen a lot and hasn’t played a lot in the preseason, if you didn’t know him it would be hard to get a feel for him. Our guys would know we had a heck of a time trying to cover him out here for a long time last season. He proved to be such a clutch guy, and he’ll be a go-to guy for them. We anticipate that. He’s got our attention, and we are going to have to do a great job because he is a very, very nifty slot receiver.”

(On Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and what he has seen on film from him) – “He’s an outstanding young quarterback. I think sometimes he kind of gets lost in the discussion with all of these young quarterbacks that have come out of late, but this guy has a terrific arm. Coming out of college he set all kinds of records. He was a great thrower. He can make all of the throws. He’s got a big-time throwing arm. Last year, like a lot of young quarterbacks, he kind of went through a learning stage. He looks much more poised and comfortable in this offense coming back. We are going to have to play great against him because he can make all of the throws. He’ll throw the ball down the field vertically as good as some of the top ones in the league.”

(On if he has any real concerns about the defense) – “You have concerns that everybody just gels together here early in the season. We do have some new faces. The communication, just the pre-snap dynamics that go on during the course of a game, you have some new linebackers and some new guys in the secondary. Hopefully I think we’ve shown in preseason that this group is a good cohesive group, but we are going to have to do it when we are out there and it’s live, it counts. I’m confident if we play like we are capable of, we will be very good against the run. We will have a heck of a challenge this week because the running back we are facing this week is strong, explosive guy. Their offensive line, I’ve got to tell you, is extremely physical. (It’s) one of the more impressive offensive lines that we will face. They work great together as a group. This will be a challenge in the run game. Hopefully we can create some long-yardage situations and do the things we like to do on defense on third down.”

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Let me leave you alone so you can at least begin digesting what I said here. GN.

but it just boggles the mind. Jordan has EVERY SINGLE Skill required to put Misi on the Bench.

Posted by: odinseye | September 02, 2013 at 09:57 PM


It doesn't boggle the mind if you learn to accept the fact that DJ was drafted to play DE, not LB.

If you knew what the coaches knew, you'd do the same. Now if the coaches only knew what you knew, well they'd be selling shoes at Nordstrums.

Did anyone else notice how Sherman kept coming back too basically the same play? Run it until they stop it-LOL!

Posted by: odinseye | September 02, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Saw it and posted it runs underneath routes (already at this stage in career) beautifully! Shields defender like he's boxing out in the paint. Can't wait to see him in deep seam (like J.Graham) going up between LB & S playing ball purposely thrown a little high by Tannehill.

Fins4life,
Here's how I see it playing out for us:
1. Barring Key defensive injuries.
Easily a top 5 defensive finish. Especially when Jamar Taylor and Will Davis are completely healthy. Nolan Carroll will see nothing but wood grain(bench) from that point on.
We should have one of the top 5 lowest 3rd down conversion rates by offenses in the league too. Meaning our offense should consistently see "short fields".
2. Offensively
Since we should see a lot of "short field" on starting drives(many starting at our own 35, and closer). We will move the ball, but, the greatest key for me, will be how quickly Dion Sims develop into "beast mode".
If this happens, we will score and score in loads. I believe its absolutely crucial to have a dominant TE, especially entering into the "red zone".
It will be the greatest difference in whether we score 3pts or 7pts one in the red. That mind friend will be the difference in putting teams away and letting them hang around. Then losing a closely fought scoring contest on our on error.
Basically, giving a game away..........

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | September 02, 2013 at 04:53 PM

This should be a defense a little better than shutting opposing offenses than we've had in the past. Great offenses will be another matter. But6 we should still be able to come away with victory if we can play great offense ourselves.

Here in lies where the true question marks begin to arise......

It doesn't boggle the mind if you learn to accept the fact that DJ was drafted to play DE, not LB.

Posted by: Ike | September 02, 2013 at 10:18 PM
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OK, sure "Ike".

Except we have the best 4-3 DE in the league in Wake. Odrick who was young and Solid there. Shelby and Vernon who were both up and coming rookies.

But, at LB, Misi was the only one returning and still going to start. Oh yeah, you have to completely forget how deep and stacked we are on the D-Line and how Trusnik and two rookies are our only depth at LB.

Nevermind that Jordan was about 30 LBS short of being an NFL DE. Or that he has **MAD** coverage skills(lining up over the slot even). Can run with RB's and TE's and is FANTASTIC in space and making open field tackles. In short, a PERFECT SKILLSET to play OLB in the NFL.

But yeah Ike, it's no wonder why you can't understand how mind boggling it is. NOTHING like having someone else do your thinking for you......Eh?

TD's will be scarce in Sunday's SNOOZEFEST.

LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | September 02, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Can't argue with that post, the worst part of Nolan Carroll is that he's always there in coverage with his WR. He for some reason just can't ever seem to get his head around and locate the ball. How many times have you seen a play made on Carroll were your like damn when he finally learns to get his head around that's a pick!! Yet it NEVER seems to materialize?

Fin4,

You can see a little bit of Sims stretching the seems on youtube.

I know they're always highlight reels. But it does show you that he can do it. It also gives you some good examples of how he goes up and takes the ball away from defenders.

I'm sure, or I assume that Clay knows the Offense better than Sims. But seriously, that's the only edge I see Clay of Egnew having on Sims.

I would move Sim's locker in between Moore and Tannehill's if that's what it takes too catch him up with Clay and Egnew in terms of the playbook.

With Wallace on the team, Sims will be facing zones(which he's very good at finding the soft spots in)or one on one with a LB or Safety. With his hands, size, speed and athleticism, all good bets.

Oops......am I gushing AGAIN........?

But yeah Ike, it's no wonder why you can't understand how mind boggling it is. NOTHING like having someone else do your thinking for you......Eh?

Posted by: odinseye | September 02, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Misi is in a contract Yr. and is a one dimensional player at SOLB. A solid run defender but a real liability in pass D. Did you notice that play in Houston were he broke up a pass down the right sideline? I was watching and thinking to myself he understands there is a kid who can play his Pos. something he never had to sweat in the Sparano ERA. You NEVER know we may get a very SOLID Yr. out of him considering it's his FA audition as well.

Hey, no one cares about Browns-Dolphins.

With Wallace on the team, Sims will be facing zones(which he's very good at finding the soft spots in)or one on one with a LB or Safety. With his hands, size, speed and athleticism, all good bets.

Oops......am I gushing AGAIN........?

Posted by: odinseye | September 02, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Go right ahead you called this kid when we drafted him given your local area TV had him front and center for you. My one question was how he would pan out playing at 280 but he answered the call getting down to 260 and really looking like a great pick in RD-5 (like you said we were do a puppy that could bite)

Injuries aside this draft group has the potential to be very good and more importantly improve team speed considerably. I for one am pleased to see a T.E. that can actually run since David Martin (last one we had in 08) got hurt Vs. SD at home. I would add that in all the criticism it's important to remember all the fixing this team needed closing 2012.

We needed CB's,WR's,T.E.'s a RT and maybe a LT. I for one thought it an impossible proposition to address it all adequately in one Off-Season and a pipe dream to address any other really much less MLB and WOLB. Well we addressed it all just no real depth but some good young potential was obtained it's just not panning as fast as our instant gratification hearts wish but it's there and in reality this team is still another Off-Season away.

Fin4,

That's keeping it in perspective. Not just the upgrading needed at the end of 2012. How about from the end of SpOrano's last season?

We have come along way in just a short time. But you really pointed it out in bringing up just this off season. Ireland and Philbin covered a lot of ground.

They hit Free Agency hard, yet they did it WITHOUT mortgaging our future or our salary cap. I still give them an A+. Save for the Keller injury, it was over the top. It's still early to judge the draft picks, but they still appear to have covered a lot of ground. They're all still on the roster, even Don Jones(whose days I think are numbered. He could be the one to get the ax should they find an O-Lineman for depth).

So yeah Fin4 you're right, we're very thin at depth in a lot of areas. But like you said and by keeping it in perspective, I still believe they did a Great Job. Especially when you consider the amount of ground they had to cover.

I think we can make a lot of noise and win a lot of games. Even with the issues we have with depth. And again, like you said, one more off season like this, we'll be Wreaking Havoc Big Time!

Fin4, Nolan Carroll was a 4.3, 4.4.

He's always going to be there.

Sunday 1pm = PARADISE

Sinatra jr. Jordan is a DE. He is not and will not be an OLB with the dolphins. That isn't an opinion that is fact. I haven't heard one person within the organization ever mention Jordan and OLB in the same sentence. He will be part of the rotation with wake and Vernon.

Sinatra jr. Jordan is a DE. He is not and will not be an OLB with the dolphins. That isn't an opinion that is fact. I haven't heard one person within the organization ever mention Jordan and OLB in the same sentence. He will be part of the rotation with wake and Vernon.

Posted by: Jaison | September 03, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I guess you didn't see that they lined him up everywhere vs the Cowboys in his only real preseason action. I even saw him line up at MLB. They will put him anywhere that they feel like he can create a mismatch or confusion for the QB and the Oline.
That is the reason, I believe he was well worthy of the 3rd overall pick. He can create pressure and cover anywhere on the field, not just with his hand in the dirt.

Dion Jordan is actually our new red zone TE. Who needs Eifert?

I am 6'6" and run a sub 4.6. Who am I?

Don't know? Just dial #95 for a sack.

Hey Weeden, I'm coming to get u...

Don't let me get a sack in my 1st game ever played...

Then its really on...

Great news? Im dancing in the street as I am giddy with glee. Good news Mondo is a new RG,,,good news is an all pro TE who can run the field. Good news is anything but Jordon. Was hoping good news was ireland signing another TE/FB he found on the garbage heap. One that doesnt know the offense instead of one who does. Is Clutts, love the name, so much better then Rodriguez who knows the offense? Sometimes Irelands moves are a "head shaker". Maybe Ireland will sign another TE/FB off the waver trash bin to replace Clutts, who's name is Dudds. And so it goes. Thank God for NASCAR.

Lmao people actually think that the Dolphins are going to be good. Even the idea that the Dolphins are going to be good on the defensive side of the ball is likely wishful thinking. The team doesn't have good cornerbacks. Grimes this, Grimes that...he's one guy, teams can throw elsewhere...he's also coming off of a serious injury. No one in the league wanted him...and he's not likely to last the entire season, this is why. The Dolphins defense will only be effective when it gets pressure on the quarterback. This probably isn't going to happen consistently enough to mask two rookies and Nolan Caroll being on the field. The writing was on the wall during the pre-season with this problem. Having hardly played, Ellerbe is an unknown, allowed to walk by one of the best organizations in all of sports and the reigning Super Bowl Champions. Yet delusional fan types believe him to be an upgrade over Dansby. Wheeler is on his third team lol...and he's better than Burnett. "They're faster, they're younger." Welcome to Jeff Ireland's fantasy world where great players are made with stopwatches and technique. Are they playmakers ? Ireland hasn't brought many playmakers to the Dolphins. He hasn't drafted even one. Which brings me to my final point for now...Jeff Ireland built this team. So any realistic fan should know that they're not going to be good. Fifth losing season in a row is on the horizon. Ireland empties his two inch manhood yet again on the legacy this franchise once enjoyed. 1-15 was bad...five years of losing is way worse. If the Dolphins went 1-15 this year people wouldn't even laugh about it the way they did. It'd be like it was when the Lions went 0-16...people really wouldn't be surprised, wouldn't talk much about it. This is what Ireland has brought here. It won't get better until he's gone.

Fire Ross is a know it all genius (deep sarcasm). Nothing but negative spew of opinion(not even informed opinions)with fortune telling and no facts. It's just a waste of time reading long winded rant from a pretend fan. Some NFL team needs to get him in the front office ASAP.

Take the under

Armando, Armando, Armando.

How can you not write an article calling out Jeff Ireland on letting, not one but "2" rising defensive tackle stars go, in Kheeston Randall & A.J Francis! This was the strongest part of our team. One of the best in the league! And just like that ...he weakens it! What a $%@#$#& moron!!!!!

Aside from being rising stars they could have been heir apparents to Starks and Solai! In the meantime they would have kept the line fresh with a great
rotation! Then to add insult to injury, Belicheat pounces on them like a sneaky scavenger! He will benefit from all of our hard efforts to coach them up! What a waste!

Remember the golden rule...Its alot harder to find excellent big men up front than good smaller guys. How can you keep, forever average guys like Don Jones or other second and third stringers while sacrificing 2 rising stars like Randall and Francis.

You cannot let him have a pass on this one, Armando! Please speak out for us!!! Out of some of the smart moves that Ireland makes as a GM, its bonehead ones like these that drive me nuts and "infuriate me!!!" What say you Dolfans!???

Samuda cut Wright the ex eagle ol is in !!

Fins start the season 1-4!!

Steve-O,I could not agree with you more. It's like reading comments from "Morons R Us"! WTF? It's always the same ones that show their ignorance day in and day out. Sickening!

go finsssssssssssssssssss


Steve-O,I could not agree with you more. It's like reading comments from "Morons R Us"! WTF? It's always the same ones that show their ignorance day in and day out. Sickening!

Posted by: Mr Titman | September 03, 2013 at 08:22 AM

Whats really sickening is how Ireland has destroyed this team and Ross doesnt care.

You cannot let him have a pass on this one, Armando! Please speak out for us!!! Out of some of the smart moves that Ireland makes as a GM, its bonehead ones like these that drive me nuts and "infuriate me!!!" What say you Dolfans!???

Posted by: Day of the Dolphin | September 03, 2013 at 07:51 AM


Ireland is the most hated GM the Fins have ever had.

LOLOLOL

How dumb does Dashidiot feel this morning? Samunda cut! Anyone with 2 eyes knew he was utter garbage.

Dashidiot just a few weeks ago suggested that Jerry was garbage & that Samunda was the future at RG.

LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO Gotta love it!

WEll, this place is a disaster this morning. When are the fans coming in and give YG a break form posting to himself through his many aliases?

What do you think of the Canadian Danny Watkins Mark. I think for the vet minimum he's probably worth taking a flyer.

NeMo, I'm surprised Watkins fell off so fast in Philly. From what I hear is that he was absoutely awful there recently but he doesn't need to be better than Jerry to be worth a look at the vet minimum, he needs to be better than Garner and Thomas right now to be a good signing...

How did you enjoy the draft Sunday? I'm a little concerned about my depth at RB. Hopefully my starters stay healthy. I didn't even notice who i have as a defense as I had to take a crap at that point...

Oh, furthermore I was more excited they had DaRick Rogers in for a look but nothing came of it. Man, this guy has to be an absolute loon to not be in the league at his age because he was the most talented guy in the draft at his position...

Mark,

Sorry I couldn't be a the draft Sunday night. Team looks alright. Great time at the concert. Everybody happy with their team? How many guys were live for the draft.

Craig, we had a good turnout. 9 of 12 live. I heard Truth was having a tough time with the login and couldn't be there. Hopefully he gets that sorted out so he can at least manage the team.

Other than that, it went pretty smooth for a first time.

I enjoyed the draft Mark. Felt kind of dirty taking Spiller number 6 overall. No Pats or Jets on the team though if I remember right.

Rogers must be a crazy dude for no one in the league to pick him up even for their practice squad.. At least we kicked the tires on him.

Craig M, I think we had 7 or 8 guys for the live draft. It was a decent turnout.

spiller at 6, gross. with no qb there hes bound for garbage year

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