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Dolphins defense focused on limiting big plays

One of the areas of concern the Dolphins identified in the offseason -- allowing explosive plays on defense -- was a topic of much conversation and study for the team during the bye week, as coaches tried to figure out why a defense that had limited those plays the season's first three weeks had imploded the past two games.

Against the Saints, the Dolphins yielded three explosive passes (defined by the team as covering 25 yards or more) and one explosive run (defined by the team as a run of 15 yards or more). Then against Baltimore, the defense allowed pass completions of 40, 41 and 43 yards to Joe Flacco and also was hit on a 28-yard run by Bernard Pierce.

The eight so-called explosive plays Miami allowed in the last two games outnumbered the six it had allowed in three previous games. And even the the six previous big plays was too much, if you ask coach Joe Philbin.

No wonder the coach said stopping explosive plays this week against Buffalo is a priority on defense.

"Number one is, we’ve given up too many explosive plays," Philbin said. "That’s something we need to address. We need to do a better job at. I would like to get people in a little longer-yard situations so we can kind of tee up on them, get our pass rush going, our blitz package or drop eight, a variety of all those things. But we have to do a better job of limiting explosive plays, no doubt. "

That is largely the assignment for defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, who obviously studied the issue so closely he recalled the individual plays from memory on Monday.

"Last week we had four explosive plays," Coyle began. "The first plus 20 yard run we gave up in the entire season was last week. It was in a defense that we didn’t fit the run correctly. It really was a play to our advantage to where they ran the ball and how they did it, yet the ball popped out and they gained 28 yards on it. We need to get that corrected, and I think we have.

"There were three passes, three big passes in that game the other day of 40 yards plus. Two of those came after a completion of about six yards. On the first one we missed a tackle and the guy ran for another 30 some odd yards. There was another one on an over route. We were in great position. It looked like we were going to intercept the ball, and we didn’t make the play on the ball at that point."

I asked Coyle about his level of concern given his boss's worries.

"I’m as concerned or more concerned than coach (Philbin) is about the big plays, but you’ve got to analyze how they are happening," he said. "Sometimes if they are happening, which is balls being thrown vertically down the field, then you have some issues in terms of the matchups. We haven’t really had those major problems thus far this year. I think we are just going to have to make more plays on the ball, create more pressure on the quarterback and hopefully we’ll see those things diminish quite a bit."

The problem with that is Miami hasn't really been at full strength defensively in recent weeks and the big plays have been the fallout result.

With defensive end Cameron Wake mostly out with a knee injury the past two weeks, the Dolphins haven't gotten the kind of pass rush they usually get when he's healthy. Starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson has missed four games and that has had a ripple effect throughout the secondary.

As Patterson is out, that means Nolan Carroll moves up to start and Jimmy Wilson moves up to nickel duty. So the Dolphins are putting their fourth-best rather than third-best cornerback on the field in nickel situations. And with Carroll dinged up at times in recent weeks, rookie Jamar Taylor has been pressed into duty at times. That's the fifth-best cornerback on the field.

(The Dolphins, by the way, are hopeful both Wake and Patterson will be available against Buffalo but it's still too early in the week to know for sure. I'd say Wake is expected to play. Patterson remains a bit of a question mark.)

Safety Chris Clemons has also been limited in practice for several weeks with various injuries. He missed part of the work Monday and Wilson took snaps at safety. That means Taylor must have had to take some snaps at nickel.

It is obviously difficult to get everyone working as a cohesive group when the group's individuals parts are often changing. Despite this, Coyle says the goal set at the beginning of the season when everyone was mostly healthy remains the goal today:

Cut down on big plays.

"We need to do a better job," he said. "We set that as a primary goal going into the season."

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Dashi, now post Bush/Miller receiving stats.

Mark u r delusional and a punky lil office boy

Cam newton also played exceptional his rookie yr and was superb Sunday
plus Cam Newton could pick up lil pasty pukey Mark from Toronto w one hand and throw his pathetic lil girly self half way across the football field

Cam Newton 3 passing TDs and 1 rushing TD last Sunday

Mark from Toronto sat on a couch and farted and then blamed the gay dude next to him

smh

Cam Newton stats 143.4 last Sunday

Mark from Toronto = Gay Bar again last Sunday

SMH

Vegas,

A RBs job is to run the Ball. That is why I judge a RUNNING Back off Rushing Stats.

Now should R.Bush be a WR? Yes. But a RB? NO!!

R.Bush is a Gimmick. Like Sproles is a Gimmick. D.Woodhead is the same.

Those players are better in Video Games than in real Life.

The problem is that the current staff hasn't acquired the personnel necessary to properly execute their scheme? Bush is a weapon, but did not fit with what this staff wants to do. Miller would be a fit if the line can figure out their jobs; maybe they just suck. Only the coaches know for sure. But they aren't going to admit that!

Craig-
Fair enough- I will throw Tanny in the mix. Kind of no brainer risk when you were as desperate as the Fins were to get a franchise QB. I have stated that before.

Who said you have to take a WR or TE in the first round? How about asking yourself this? How many has Ireland taken that have made a difference PERIOD?

You really want a list? It will be both embarrassing and enlightening for you.

I can think of 4 WR's off to great starts this year that weren't drafted in the first round. Fins could have had any of them. And that doesn't include the undrafted kid from NE that won the game for them last week.

We can go back further if you would like. But I can tell you one thing- NONE of them were drafted by Jeffy. But, hey, there's always next year to get it wrong again!

Cam Newton over 4000 YDs his rookie yr

almost 3900 last year

Tvegas,

If we want to look at 1st and 2nd round Wrs, as you suggest, let's do that then.

How about we go back two year to the 2011 draft. Did you like Johnathan Baldwin at 26 or Titus Young at 44? Both gone from their original teams. Greg Little in Cleveland? Hardly chewing it up.

2012:

Kendall Wright
A J Jenkins
Brian Quick
Stephen Hill
Ryan Broyles
Rueben Randle

Loving any of those guys? Your point being again?


ESPN is blathering on about all the passes dropped by the Colts receivers. Poor Luck. Never any mention about the drops by Fins receivers. Hmmm.

Cam Newton 21 TD passing 14 TDs rushing himself

35 TDs in total and over 4000 YDs his rookie yr

but Mark learning American football thinks this is bad

what an idiot
now go check the copy machine, office boy, homely mark

Any Germans (or Wisconsin-ites) on the blog? If so, 2 questions:

- Do you prick brats before braising in beer?
- Do you grill then braise or braise then grill?

Keep in mind, I'm a traditionalist, I want the true experience here. Like I was in Munich with a stein.

Jj,

How many catches will Bush have on the Dolphins?

RBs have to stay in and block in Miami because our O-line sucks.

Like I said, RBs are judged off Rushing Stats WR are judged on receiving.

How good was R.Bush his FIRST SEASON STARTING IN THE NFL.

I love how you guys compare Tannehill to 10 Year Pros and L.Miller to a 8 year Pro. Like they are already suppose to play better than those guys.

Home out

Y'all take care

Except for punky mouth Mark the office boy learning American football

PEACE !

T-Fumble is not a starting caliber QB.

Ireland doesn't try to draft playmaking receivers early. Can't hit a home run unless you swing the bat...

Vegas,

A RBs job is to run the Ball. That is why I judge a RUNNING Back off Rushing Stats.

Now should R.Bush be a WR? Yes. But a RB? NO!!

R.Bush is a Gimmick. Like Sproles is a Gimmick. D.Woodhead is the same.

Those players are better in Video Games than in real Life.
Posted by: Dashi | October 15, 2013 at 03:11 PM

Sure Dashi, they take over video games! LOL. Didn't Sproles single handedly embarass our defense 2 weeks ago? So Bush, Woodhead and Sproles are gimmicks. I GOT IT! Pass catching RB's don't mean diddly in real life.

But then again, how can anyone take a guy serious that says Ireland is better than 95% of the GM's in football.

You need to smell the coffee bro'. You're delusional.

HOmeO,

Tannehill has 250 more passing yards than your laptop thief this year. Even you said above, Newton is regressing, Tannehill is progressing ..

Craig,

No, he wants Ireland's WR who would be picked 10 WRs after that to be better than those guys. Not just hit on the 1st round, but to hit with a 4th round WR.

People demand Perfection out of Ireland.

Never mind look how J.Jones has drafted since Ireland left the Dallas Scouting Dept.

That alone should tell you how good of a Talent evaluator Ireland is. In the Last 6 Seasons J.Jones has had about 100 Picks and the only player he drafted skill and Non Skill position is D.Bryant.

Yeah, Ireland Sucks!!!

The only ones that claim to still support Irescum are the Jests fans that come on here.

Tvegas,

Wasn't your point being that Ireland hasn't taken any WRs in the first and second rounds. Didn't you make it seem like that where the slam dunks were? I've given you some guys that have failed from the first and second rounds at WR without even trying.

And Tannehill was a 'no brainer risk when you were as desperate as the 'phins were at QB'. REALLY? Is that why the Browns passed on Tannehill at 4? If he was 'no brainer' and a team was 'desperate' then why didn't the Browns pick him? Why did a lot of the experts criticize Ireland taking Tannehill as a 'reach'. See guys like you won't give Ireland credit for ANYTHING.

I'll remind you, it was Ireland who stole your boy Bush from New Orleans for a song in the first place. But you want to focus on the fact that he wouldn't re-sign him, rather than give him credit for the trade.

Dashi, maybe I wasn't clear. I think Miller will be a better RUNNER than Bush. Bush was miscast in this offense, and should have been used in the slot, split wide, catching screens & wheel routes, etc. I agree with you, but thus far, Bush has been more productive this year because he's where he belongs. He doesn't fit here...Neither does Daniel Thomas.

Tvegas,

Please tell me who the top GMs are in football. I'll wait for your reply....


AND I BET BUSH'S STATS WOULD BE EVEN LOWER IN MIAMI.

Posted by: Dashi | October 15, 2013 at 02:49 PM
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Dashi....

I don't know if you realize it....but that is 90% of the problem with talent in Miami....

Craig-
AGAIN, you are missing the point. I didn't say they have to be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round. They just need to be DRAFTED. THis year alone Terrance Williams, Robert Woods, Keenan Allen, and DeAndre Hawkins, Kenny Stills, and Thompkins for NE are all making big plays for their respective teams. Guess how many were drafted in the first two rounds? One, and I would take Keenan Allen over any widereceiver on our roster right now. If you want to go back the last 3 years, we can keep going.

Are there busts? Sure, plenty. But how do you explain the ability for other teams to bring in quality offensive playmakers when Ireland has brought in squat since he's been here? Yes, Tanny... Yes, no brainer.. Fins missed on Manning and the top 2 were long gone. What else to do?

I really don't understand all of the BS about being so quick to defend 3 years of drafting under Ireland that has brought no offensive threats whatsover to this football team (less a QB we desperately needed)

Tannehill makes EVERYONE around him WORSE!

Irescum wasted 60 mill on Mike Wallace? YIKES!

Kris sums it up @ 3:27

Vegas,

I see you find the word "Gimmick" Offensive. How about 3rd down Back?

R.Bush is a 3rd Down back at best, whatever that means. (Gimmick Back)

A Real RB

A.Peterson
A.Foster
F.Gore

A Gimmick/3rd Down/Scat Back

R.Bush
D.Sproles
D.Woodhead

My bad if I have a standard for a Real RB.

Heyward-Bey
Kenny Britt
Brian Robiskie
Mohammed Massaquoi

The list goes on. 'Just draft first or second round WRs they say'.....yeah, Ok


The biggest problem that I see with the Dolphins is a lack of a running game! Establish the run and take some heat off of Tannehill. It will open up the pass with the Play-Action Pass. And, it will wear down the other team's defense plus keep their Offense off of the field...

Sherman MUST game plan to create mismatches! And, adjust accordingly as the game progresses. Call plays that give the Fins a chance to win! Keep the Defense on their heels. Keep them guessing and confuse them for 4 quarters!

The Defense will be fine. Just play harder and with more confidence. A lot of that should be taken care of when looking at tape of the opponent. Know what they like to do and how they like to do it. Know thy enemy!

The Dolphins have a chance to go on a run. Do it!

And tvegas nailed it @ 3:30. Has Ireland drafted any offensive playmakers, ever? Tannehill excluded.

Craig, the Colts seem to draft pretty well.


Tvegas,

Please tell me who the top GMs are in football. I'll wait for your reply....


Craig- stupid question doesnt really deserve a answer but I look at the teams that have built consistent winners, or teams that I admire. John Scheider is in his 3rd year with Seattle. How's his team look compared to ours? Elway looks as smart as he did when he played the game. Belicheck- genius I love to hate. GM for Indy took the COlts from the bottom to the playoffs last year with a rookie QB and a greatly new and improved supporting cast. I can go on I guess but what's the point?

Jj,

Agreed. That is also the point I am trying to make. If the roles were reversed would Bush be a Better RUNNER in Miami? Doubt it.

Starting to wonder if YG was right about Craig. He just has to disagree, which is fine, but does so in the most smug way possible. Relax, man!

Vegas,

I see you find the word "Gimmick" Offensive. How about 3rd down Back?

Those "3rd down" backs that you keep referring to are helping win football games for their teams. Apparently you didn't see Woodhead shove it up the Colts arse last night? Or Sproles was a ghost when he played us. And Bush would be offended by your misuse of the term 3rd down back. Bell is their 3rd down back. Maybe that's why your fantasy team sucks. LOL

Tvegas,

It's a stupid question. How do you figure? You seem to have it all figured out who the top GMs ate, so I'd like to hear your list. You're of the opinion that Ireland is one of the worst GMs in the league, so i'd like to hear your reasoning.

Bellichick???......LOL. Have you checked his draft record the last few years? Not too. Many guys still with that team in the last five years.

Vegas,

You are curtailing your argument to try and make your point.

When your original point is that the fins should've drafted T.Austin over D.Jordan. First round Pick.

And to say a Rookie WR will be great because of 1 or 2 games is ignorant on your part. Specially when the season isn't over and you are already proclaiming their seasons a success.

Dolphins last 4 First Round Picks

D.Jordan
Tannehill
Pouncey
Odrick

Name a WR in their respectable draft that got picked around the same spot as any of those 4 Ireland should've picked.

That is your original point.

That or like I said, YOU WANT IRELAND TO HIT ON THE 10TH WR SELECTED IN THE DRAFT.

Hi there Dashi!

Hey J j,

F@ck off! I''m not talking to you, I'm talking to tvegas. I'm not interested in what you have to say, whoever the f&ck you ate.

Guy says 'Ireland's one of the wort GMs in the league, I'd like to. Know what he bases that on.that OK with you?

Cam Newton has 15 wins and 22 losses. Thats his most relevant stat. This ins't fantasy.

What the hell are you talking about Dashi? I NEVER said the Dolphins shoud have drafted T.Austin? In fact, I said the Fins need to just draft some offensive playmakers period.

This coming from the guy who I clearly remember saying that the Fins stole a playmaker in Gillespe and denied it later. How come he can't sniff the field, especially when his compeitition is Daniel Thomas? Ireland drafted both of them. Get the picture yet?

Craig M for MORON is canadien trying to talk Miami football. LMAO!!

3-2 at the break and healthy!!! That's exactly where the Dolphins needed to be. Can't wait for the second half. At worse we will be 7-4 on the backend which would gives us 10 wins

Where's the d&ckhead who told me that Tavon Austin would have clearly shown after 6 games that he should have been our pick this year instead of Jordan. Come on chicken shyte....show your face.....

Cam Newton?? Bwahahahaha after his injury, just like RGIII will be an average QB at best.
15-22 lifetime is not the record of a winner. That's all that matters at the end.

Wow. Guess I was right. I'll leave you alone. I didn't 'ate' anything, btw.

Vegas you are right and I am Wrong. I wish I can be as knowledgeable as you.

I see we are throwing Low Blows with the FF talk. That is OK. The season still has a long way to go. And not every week is someone going to go off for over 100 pts a week against me.

My team is pretty solid. People have just had their best week against me.

And I wasn't even able to log on to draft until halfway thru the process.

Bet I make the Playoffs.

You can say I was giving you guys a head start til I start to insert my dominance.

Reggie Bush was the only playmaker on our entire team. He was the face of the franchise and Tannehill's sdafety valve. He is now a fantasy superstar. Thanx Irescum.

Haha, Home-O and his ghey Cam Newton fantasties.

Carolina has his Favourite Qb and LB and they still stink.

yeah, this moron is fully qualified to provide his critiques on Dolphins football...

Donnie Avery
Devin Thomas
James Hardy
Jerome Simpson
Malcolm Kelly
Limas Sweed
Dexter Jackson

Just gotta draft a WR first or second round.....


Cam Newton stats 143.4 last Sunday

Mark from Toronto = Gay Bar again last Sunday

SMH

Posted by: Home on the Phins | October 15, 2013 at 03:10 PM

LOL

Compare some of Jerry Jones' recent picks to Ireland's and decide for yourself who has done better:
1st Rounders:
Travis Frederick Already a starter
Dez Bryant No. 1 WR
Tyron Smith Franchise LT we could really use
Morris Claiborne Shutdown corner
2nd Rounders:
Sean Lee One of the best ILB in football
Bruce Carter OK, not great
3rd Rounder:
Terrance Williams Pretty good WR for 3rd rd.
DeMarco Murray (but we have Daniel Thomas instead, this one really hurts)

Craig-
Really man? I am done when I try to argue with a guy that says Bill Belichick can't draft. You are right. Ireland is in the top 5 % of GM's. This while Belichick has run circles around the Dolphins organization for what seems like an eternity.

And If you're insinuating I am the big Tavon Austin fan and thinks the Dolphins should be drafting WR's in the first round of every year's draft, we're done talking. I will go on record and tell you what I wanted the Fins to do this year in the first round for good or bad... I wanted them to stay put and draft Jarvis Jones, whod I thought was a Dion Jordan like player. Regardless of what turns out better, that was what I went on record with.

We can have discussions of intelligence or discussions to prove how smart Jeff Ireland is... your choice

Yep, I guess the fact Brian Hartline went over 1000 yards and was a Pro Bowl alternate doesn't count for anything.

Sure wish we had Reggie Bush. We'd be 5-0 for sure......SMH

Craig,

Me and you must be reading something wrong. Cause correct me if I am wrong hasn't Vegas said Ireland should pick a WR in the First or 2nd. Or that any time Ireland picks a WR the guy should be a Star. Hasn't that been the base of his argument this whole time.

I guess he can't lose. Vegas you are starting to sound very familiar. I will leave you with You're Right Dashi is Wrong. I shall bow in your presence I am not worthy of your knowledge.


3-2 at the break and healthy!!! That's exactly where the Dolphins needed to be. Can't wait for the second half. At worse we will be 7-4 on the backend which would gives us 10 wins

Posted by: Bobbyd12 | October 15, 2013 at 03:49 PM

Nah. At worst its 0-11 after the bye for 3-13.

Irescum should've drafted Dez Bryant instead of insulting him. Great pick up by Jerry Jones....

I for one did like Demarco Murray a lot the year he came out ... but to praise Frederick as a great draft pick or Morris Claiborne as a shutdown corner although he's not even the best corner on his team is a bit of astretch. They are solid players though.

But the first round ahs never exactly been Ireland's problem here though. I think the worst first pick he's made is Pouncey ... that isn't bad when he's your worst.

Dashi- no hard feelings man. I actually admire your love for your football team. The fantasy thing is just fun. My team sucks pretty bad this year too.

I am very hard on the team and Ireland because I think we can do much better. That said, I root for my team every week and cling to the hope that we are on the right track. We have some good football players. Problem is we have a lot of bad football players. The team is what it is... average but improving.

You can defend Ireland all you want and I will be the first person to admit I am wrong when he produces a consistent winner. Just not feelin' it yet brother

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