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Kevin Coyle: Goat one week, genius next

Last Monday Kevin Coyle was showing regret and taking responsibility for that defensive call before halftime against Carolina that set his defensive backs at the goal line and let Carolina complete a pass and get a field goal.

This week, as is the case usually in the NFL, all things are new again. Coyle's defense gave up only one field. It was the lowest amount of points the team has allowed all year.

Coyle's a genius again. Until next week when the result will determine a new status.

Anyway, Coyle met with the media today. This is what he said:

(On if he anticipated this much production from Olivier Vernon) - “When you watch him in practice, it’s not a surprise to see him having the success that he had because he’s been a demon in the one-on-one pass rush since training camp. He’s a slippery guy, and he’s very powerful for what you might say is an undersized type pass rusher. He’s not a big guy. He’s not an overly tall guy yet plays with great leverage, has great strength and has some wiggle to him. He’s just doing a great job right now. I think it’s a combination of a lot of things with the other guys being good, the pass rushers as well, but he’s certainly stepped up his game. ”


(On what goes through his mind as a defensive coordinator when an opposing team changes quarterback) - “We anticipated that it might occurred in this particular game depending on how the game was going to unfold. There was some talk about that in the media and the newspapers prior to the game. We looked at (Matt) Simms on tape from in the preseason in the limited time that he had in some games in Buffalo and in Cincinnati he played a bit. But we didn’t think it was going to change their scheme dramatically. We just talked about the players, particularly on Saturday morning in our last unit meeting I spent time talking about Simms if he were to come into the game don’t be surprised, that type of thing. Really at halftime I didn’t want to make a prediction he was coming in, but we had talked about it as coaches right when we got together before we went to talk to the players. I said, ‘I got a pretty good hunch that he is either going to come in right now or if things don’t get any better we’ll see him at some point.’ ”


(On how much percentage wise preparation wise was for Geno Smith and Matt Simms) - “We got prepared for the Jets and what the Jets do. It didn’t really matter what quarterback was going to be in the game. It really didn’t.”


(On if Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe are playing better now than they were earlier in the season) - “I do. I think they’ve both given great effort since day one in everything that they’ve done. I think their comfort level in the system in the roles that we’ve asked them to take up you can see it, particularly in Philip in the last couple of weeks. He’s playing with a lot more confidence. He’s a lot more sure of himself and what he is doing out there. He flies around. He had a heck of a game I thought yesterday, Dannell as well. Both of them made impact plays in the game. The interception Dannell made was exceptional there. That was a critical point in the game. It’s a game where you felt geez we’re dominating the game yet one slip (we) could have been losing the game at halftime. Then (Ellerbe) made the pick. We got the field goal right before the end of the half and we moved on from there. I think both of those guys, and another guy I just can’t say enough about is Koa Misi. Sometimes he doesn’t get as many snaps in certain packages, but when you watch the tape and you watch number 55 on tape, there is nobody that plays any harder than Koa Misi or as effective. He’s having a heck of a year, he really is.”


(On if Brent Grimes has allowed a touchdown this season) - “I read somewhere that he hasn’t. It’s not something I sit there and start charting who gave up this and that as a team.”


(On if he recalls Brent Grimes allowing a touchdown this season) - “No I don’t. You know he’s playing exceptional. He really does a great job in coverage, and a lot of times unless you really just isolating on him you don’t realize how good of a job he is doing on some of these receivers that he’s matching up with. They tried to double-move him on the play before his interception, and he would have intercepted that one if the receiver had not kind of…there was contact in the endzone there as Grimes was going up for the ball. He had that one read, and he was going to go up and take that one away. And he supported the run yesterday. There were a couple of times the ball hit the perimeter he had to come up. One of the first plays in the second half he had to come up, crash, replace and did a heck of a job. He’s something else. He really is.”


(On Brent Grimes not dropping interceptions) - “He’s a phenomenal athlete, and he has incredible eye-hand coordination, athleticism, and I think he sleeps with the football (laughs). Really, as soon as he walks out on the practice field, you see him every day, he’s got a ball in his hands during stretch. He’s flipping it around. He’s catching it. He’s kicking it. He’s a ball of energy. He’s got great ball skills. He makes some catches he makes look so easy in practice at times. He’s a terrific athlete.”


(On where Will Davis stands right now in his growth) - “I’m glad he got a chance to get some snaps yesterday because he had a heck of a week, actually the last two weeks he’s had really good weeks of preparation. I wasn’t pleased with the catch (against him) at that point, but as I watch the tape I didn’t realize at the time the guy had run a double-move on him and had run a post corner. (Davis) got a little bit over the top of it and was a little late coming back onto it, but I thought the guy had just sat down near the goal-line there. Had he done that, Will should have been closer. Irregardless he should have been closer, but it wasn’t as easy a play to make as I initially thought. He’s coming around. He’s another guy with exceptional hands. He had about three or four interceptions in practice last week. Hopefully he’ll keep getting better and get more opportunities here as the season goes along.”


(On where Jamar Taylor is right now) - “Just like Will (Davis), I felt like the last couple of weeks both of them were really coming on and starting to play better in practice, play better in practice, make more plays in practice, play faster in practice. That’s important. For us to have confidence that they can go into the game, they have to make plays in practice whether it be for us as we are giving them more reps as a defense or on the scout team. Some of the real indicators a guy is getting ready are when he is going against the first team offense, and he’s making plays all over the field. Both of those guys are starting to do that recently.”


(On challenges from Pittsburgh’s offense) - “I’ve defended Pittsburgh or been on a team that’s gone against Pittsburgh for a number of year. I was trying to count it, I think Ben (Roethlisberger) started his rookie year, so eight plus we played him in the playoffs once, so we’ve played him 17 times. We are not on the winning ledger in a good number of those. He’s a heck of a challenge, and he’s got some real good talent around him particularly at the wide receiver position. He’s a unique challenge in that so many of his plays he’s able to extend and create plays. (He’s) different in a lot of quarterbacks in that when he does create plays he’s not running for the first down necessarily. He’s throwing bombs down the field. You see it time-and-time again, and this year is no different. So we are going to have a great plan. We are going to have to really be disciplined in what we do against them. It’s a big challenge. Pittsburgh is a tough place to play. It’s going to be exciting. They’ve got a great crowd there. They’ve got excellent coaches. My first opportunity to come to the league was under coach (Dick) LeBeau in Cincinnati. I’ve got a lot of respect and appreciate all that he’s done for me. It’s going to be fun to go there and play our best game of the year.”



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Good Qs on Davis and taylor--why not ask about Jordan?

Didn't realise the Lebeau connection with Coyle.

Dear Mr. Salguero

"Coyle's a genius again"

Now if we could only get rid of Sherman and hire Mr. Peabody that would give us 2 geniuses.

Soiled :)

Won't be easy. Best d cord in nfl will show thill all kinds of looks

I think they played well however the jets where running the ball effectively until the fumble which led to hartlines TD and a 20-3 lead. Otherwise it may have been 13-10. We need to be better at stopping the run consistently just sayin.

Martins drama cost at least 2 games
Dexter should visit him.


How come you are not funny anymore? Did you get a divorce? Or maybe wish you could?

That's a good point. soiled was always funny in the past.

I suppose this team is enough of a joke

Games on should be a good one. Come on Sproles and I get to play giant killer in fantasy football.

I suppose this team is enough of a joke

Posted by: Marc | December 02, 2013 at 08:28 PM

Now you just sound sulky, buck up champ!

Who has ever called Coyle a Genius?

I understand from Zero to Hero. But Genius?

That is an Insult to 31 other DCs around the league.

Forget the defense…the huge elephant in the room is Ireland's major error in getting rid of Carpenter for Sturgis, who is turning out to be AWFUL.

If Jerry is injured, we should:
Mc Kinney

(Relating to the previous blog)
Is Heinz Field shaped like a man's mouth? If so, Bill Arnsparger's diikkkk might be interested in visiting...

Only losers go to strip clubs and hire call girls....what the matter can't get a girl without paying?? I hope your sweet lil daughter does not have your values or some guy will be pounding her out for money in a few years!

Posted by: Hypocrites | December 02, 2013 at 08:55 PM

You want it....don't you? Keep begging biotch!

Been saying for week's Philbin has brought the "Green Bay-Way" to Miami. Will Davis/Jamar Taylor are direct testaments to that.

The Green Bay-Way doesn't through rookies directly into the fire. Unless, of course that rookie is alre4ady head and shoulders above what they currently have at that position.

The Green Bay-Way believes in "DEVELOPING" the young talent first.



Nobody is a "genius" on this team.

Calling any NFL coach a genius is an insult to the real geniuses of the world. The scientists and engineers that achieve astounding things are taken for granted.

Name a football coach that could invent cures for diseases, that could invent cell phones, computer chips, wireless technology, instantaneous digital photography or design rocket ships, satellites and the voyager that has now ventured into interstellar space?

Sadly, the real geniuses of our society go unheralded. Only the few trite and lucky people in the media get any significant attention.

I hate to burst your bubble. But football is not rocket science. Most all coaches see and know all the same things. There are only so many options. Great coaches have the benefit of superior talent, know how to use it, know how to motivate, and yes luck is involved.

Geniuses they are not. Not even close.

Lombardi, Shula, Walsh...would all have to live another 1000 years before they could ever invent anything we have today.

Name a great coach that doesn't have a great QB......I rest my case.

Folks, I think Philbin knows what he is doing. You just don't build a winning team like that. It has to be cultivated with its ups and downs.

Sam I Am | December 02, 2013 at 09:11 PM - Agreed.

We have learned through the media that Philbin and Aponte have bonded. We really don't have a pulse on where Ireland stands.

My educated GUESS is that Ireland stays if Philbin and Aponte want him to, and he is gone if they don't. Those two have the experience and maturity. Ireland whom I believe is a tireless and alert scout...may not have the life experience to be a GM yet and is in general still riding a bike with training wheels.

Executives from the NFL have been working with IBM to program a computer to recommend offensive and defensive calls during the game.The input is the part that has to be streamlined currently because the human factor that is making the imputs is too slow now.
IBM has been working on designing computers to compete with humans in many things since their chess computer defeated chess champions Fischer and Spaskey years ago.
When it is ready they can hire the geniuses to write the program system along with a developer and then the input can be made by underlings.
Just something to think about if you are on a career path that you hope leads you to the NFL and a coordinator position.BTW they also are working on a program to make draft choices so Kipersaurus might be looking over his shoulder.

Cloud, that has been going on since the seventies if not earlier.

Dion Jordan looked pretty good stopping the run yesterday.

We haven't beaten the Steelers in forever. They got one coming...

Its all about how you play in December and the Dolphins are clicking.


Bodine you are a blog genius,truely.

I had to bud. ;)

WOW Why didnt we get Russel Wilson? He was right in Philbins backyard in Wisconsin.

Wilson > Luck?

"Name a football coach that could invent cures for diseases, that could invent cell phones, computer chips, wireless technology, instantaneous digital photography or design rocket ships, satellites and the voyager that has now ventured into interstellar space?"

Don Shula

Shula's Genius was in his capacity to motivate other people.

Phil Jackson is another one. But I don't like his way of motivation.

I even hate to say it but Pat Riley is a Genius.

I would also add Joe Paterno he was a Football Genius.

Until I heard Joe Pa use to take showers with his players after the game. And that they had to call him Spartacus.

Pat Riley is a joke.

Humpty Dumpty could have taken that Lakers team to championships. He failed in NY with a great team. In Miami he had to buy a ring with Lebron. Riley? Pahlease.

Jackson never had the courage to take a a team with nothing. He had the great Jordan and then Kobe and Shaq in his prime. Big deal. He was lucky

Give me a break.

As for the rest of those coaches, genius is a severe overstatement. And I am the biggest Shula fan.

Genius is light years beyond coaching sports.


Stop gushing Shyte from your Baby Child mouth....Don Shula

Shula's Genius was in his capacity to motivate other people.

Phil Jackson is another one. But I don't like his way of motivation.

I even hate to say it but Pat Riley is a Genius.

Posted by: Dashi | December 02, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Shula went over 30 seasons as a headcoach before he retired, with no superbowl wins you fool. Lil Dashi wants to put Shula on a cloud.

Wake you stupid lil child and suck my DIKKKK.

Except that he had 2 Super Bowl wins

Posted by: Bodine | December 02, 2013 at 09:27 PM

Another Troll spilling his guts on this blog !!!

Bill Parcells, there now leave the blog, you make me wish for armageddon.


Why are so many making a BIG DEAL of Armando's use of genius?

Armando's natural language or first language is Spanish. Therefore, at times he doesn't have total grasp of English phrases. Were it so, he would have written:

"Kevin Coyle: Goat one week, hero(genius) next"

You do not need the IQ of a country pig farmer to figure this out guys.


There are all kinds of medications available today that may help you. See your doctor.

Well, folks, we have to run the table if we are going to get the last WC spot. I wonder though; who gets the last two WC spots if KC, Ravens and Dolphins, all finish with a 9-7 or 10-6 record?

But of course we all know that you do not have to be a genius to become a hero? Comprende?


There are all kinds of medications available today that may help you. See your doctor.

Posted by: Bodine | December 02, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Never contact me ever again TROLL !!!



Lil Bodine playing with the big league. SUCK MY DIKKK

Yes, Pat Riley is a Joke. He lost 1 Title for having E.Spoelstra as a coach in LeBron's first year in Miami. And he might lose another one this year if he is not careful, for having E.Spoelstra as a coach.

Erik Spoelstra is Lucky!!

Erik Spoelstra is the Luckiest Home-Ohh in the World.

Riley has some skill.

Yes, He isn't a Full Blown Genius like Shula and Phil. But he is Smart at what he does.

The problem is you only consider people genius for inventing something, when you can be a genius at many different things. Great Leaders are Geniuses? Yes or No?

And Phil Jackson was/is the Greatest Basketball Coach of All time!!

The First 6, Might've been Luck!! The other 5 were Skill!!

Phil Jackson proved it with Jordan and then with Shaq and then with Kobe!! If you have the Best Player in the game and at least 1 more player you are usually favored to win in basketball. Phil Jackson also won 2 Titles as a Player in the NBA.

Phil knew that when the Heat were created there was no point in coaching in the NBA in the near Future. He wasn't going to win a Title. Unless he was allowed to create his own form of super team with at least the 2nd or 3rd greatest player like he did with Kobe after Shaq. Meaning P.Jackson coaching OKC or the Knicks with the ability to add some different pieces on the roster. Get rid of some players that don't fit his system.

The Seahawks are showing us why they are probably going to their first Superbowl. I think an RT Wilson final would be nice. I can dream.


It took Riley decades to win in Miami. The great Laker team he had, their bench was better than most starting teams.

Coaches are not geniuses. Talented..maybe. Geniuses are rare breeds of inteligence

All that you said I found to be nothing more then PoppyCock.

Saints getting sombering opportunity to see what a can of whup-ass looks like pointed in the opposite direction tonight.

Like it's often said:

"Ain't no fun when the monkey has the gun"!

Erik Spoelstra is Lucky!!

Erik Spoelstra is the Luckiest Home-Ohh in the World. That's not fair, he is a great coach and has to hold that team together. He has to close the deal and he has two championships under his belt. Look for a third this year, Spoelstra is the man.

Sam. Im loving it too. Wilson looks amazing. He has an all-round game. Those deep passes are on the money too.

The media is a powerful DRUG. They print Big headlines and people think it is big news. A couple of mop heads call coaches geniuses, because they are producing a SHOW, and many are so gullible in believing it.

It's all nonsense. People know who won Super Bowls but can't tell you who invented the cell phone, 3D transistors, or anything else they depend on for their daily existence.


Einstien was a Genius, Right?

Einstien was really only Genius for about 5 Years of his life. The rest of his life he kept looking to reach the same pinnacle of thinking.

Shula is still the winningest Coach in NFL History. And has been to the most Super Bowls.

Shula had that span from 67-72 that he was a Full Blown Genius. The rest of his life he was just a Genius.

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, a game of this magnitude 5 weeks before playoffs begin, causes teams to shoot their best wad far to early.

You want to come into the playoffs with great momentum, not having already played your greatest game. Wins like this can become a double-edged sword this time of year.

Speaking of football....

Seattle looks to be the most exciting team that has appeared on the scene in a long time.

Peyton is efficient.

Brady makes plays.

Seattle is exciting.

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, a game of this magnitude 5 weeks before playoffs begin, causes teams to shoot their best wad far to early.

Posted by: Sam I Am | December 02, 2013 at 11:01 PM

It very well could be as you say. More often than not it is. Time will tell.

My optimistic side tells me if we squeak into the playoffs, maybe we shoot our best wad when it counts,


Not All Coaches are Geniuses. Not Even a Few Coaches are Geniuses.

Just like in any other field Geniuses are Few and Far Between.

Don Shula was running the Modern Day Passing Game back in 84 with Marino. That is how far ahead of time Shula was at his Old Age.

Can we fire Pete Carroll and make him our defensive coordinator?


Coryell - not Shula, not Walsh..started the modern day passing offense. You are probably too young to remember.

Either way, genius and coaching do not fit in the same sentence. I suggest you study high science or medicine to gain some perspective.

All these coaches know pretty much the same thing. Some are blessed with better players, and some have a knack for motivation....to call that genius is a disservice to the rare geniuses that have improved our world.

It's a common adjective for people even if it's not accurate. Just like HERO. Just because some ghey guy comes out of the closet in public he's a hero? GTFOH.

These are ACCEPTED substitutes in this society. Choose your battles.

Posted by: Bodine | December 02, 2013 at 11:05 PM

If we continue to play solid football, as we did Sunday. Win the remaining 4 games and stay healthy. I would absolutely love our chances to at least make 2nd rd, possibly AFC championship.

Then build off of all of this in 2014.

Before Coryell, you NEVER saw a team pass on all 3 downs. It was shocking at the time.

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