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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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Posted by: jeff | December 03, 2013 at 08:04 AM

Or more accurate, Wilson IS everything YOU PERCEIVE people to think Tannehill is.

What I've heard on here is Tannehill is young, average, good at some things, not good at others, but coming up. Now besides the "coming up" part, which is a statement of faith (no one really knows), the rest is pretty dead-on accurate. It's just some of you fundamentalists can't hold two opposing views in your tiny heads at once, that Tannehill might have certain abilities that he excels at, and that he may have some he doesn't. And so far, he's proven to be pretty much in the middle of the pack for NFL QBs.

Coyle ... genius???

Come on man ... I will say I'm gald I'm seeing more of the young guys. I think we have 4 excellent defensive rookies ...they need snaps and I would like to see them play a lot more going forward.

Will Davis
Jamar Taylor
Dion Jordan
Jelani Jenkins

All these guys will be significant members of the Miami Dolphins in the future.

Pitt LBs? Not what they used to be. jarvis Jenkins is nothing...

Coyle a genius? Could it have anything to do with how inept the Jets offense is right now? Look, it was a good performance by the D, but close a division game against the Patriots or Bills and we'll talk. Slow down the Bronocs and we can label him a genius.

You know I really dont like coach interviews being put into print. Because they say alot of words but never say anything..... would be just fine with me if we dont see this kind of post anymore respectfully of course

12 280 451 62.1 3,115 6.91 17 13 6 45.9 83.2
15 490 301 61.4 3,301 6.7 15 19 3.9 37 75.4

top 1 ryan henne
bottom 1 chad hill
fax jax
same numbers
spin it stat boy

same qb
same results
spin it homers

When you lose a game to Thadius Lewis coming off a bye week, the word "genius" can no longer legally be attached to your name. Unless it is used in a sarcastic tone.

Football can't be checkers. Different pieces do different things on the Chess Board. Basketball is Checkers.

Actually football is more like a game of Go. You know winning field position and out srategizing your opponent.

But I understand, if you can be dumbfounded by the process of Vaccination. Or Can't fathom how Rocket Science works.

But I'm no Genius. So I wouldn't know.

*26* Ryan Tannehill, MIA 52.8 0.5 -28.2 2.0 27.2 552 40.2 -5.6 45.9
this is the only stat that matters mark
tputz is 26th
that's the middle of the bottom of the barrel if u can't figure it out while wearing u'r rose colored contax

Yeah, exactly the same numbers except that Tannehill outranks him in completions per game, attempts per game, yards per game, yards per attempt, touchdowns per game and qb rating.

henne does outrank tannehill in completion % and turnover per attempt so you can hang your hat on that.

I think it's cute when you try to talk #s with me. It's like when a young son tries to be like his father so bad that he emulates the things that he does so well but in the father's eyes all he thinks is , "man, was I ever this dumb"?

Do any of you actually think while you're reading? Mando was merely showing how a coach can look bad one week & the next look good. That's all there was to it.

The O line lost the Bills game. But Coyle is nothing special.

His Hx of the Steelers Off will surely be exploited this week though.


Tannehill is an Above Average QB. With the potential to be Great.

R.Wilson has played QB his whole life.

Seattle has a better team.

MarShawn Lynch, Seattle has an O-Line. Seattle has Real TEs.

We have a Top 10 Defense, Seattle has a Top 5 Defense.

Seattle even has more talented WRs, as a Group.

Tannehill doesn't have some of the Shortcomings R.Wilson has. Tannehill also has a Higher Ceiling than R.Wilson. R.Wilson is playing to his potential. You might even say he is overachieving.

The Season isn't over but you can look at the numbers. Tannehill is one of the Most Improved QBs in the NFL. Even with the worst O-Line in the League. That has a Bully scandal still ongoing.

The Funny thing is that if the Fins would've past on Tannehill the Seahawks would've drafted him in the First and the Fins would've been stuck with R.Wilson in 3rd.

And Picture Wilson playing with Our O-Line. Exactly!! Matt Moore would be the Starting QB.

mark. 26th

*passed on Tannehill.

Didn't Miami beat Seattle last season?
Wilson is a more accurate passer than Tannehill, and also has a better team and coaching. He also looks more comfortable overall than Tannehill. I think Tannehill will be very good, maybe even great someday; he's just behind in overall development. The offensive line, lack of running game, questionable play calling, dropped passes, etc haven't done him any favors.

One thing we learned from the Jets game, is that Tanne can't hit Hartline or Moore deep either, both of whom were wide open on deep routes. He's good at the dink and dunk stuff, and is learning to escape the pocket a bit better now.
Not that excited about shutting down the Jets offense as they have the worst receiving corp in the NFL, along with the worst QBs too.
Regardless, a win this weekend against a below avg. Steelers team would give us a realistic shot at the playoffs.

Let's not overreact. This was a lousy Jets team this time around.

Dec 8

Snow Shower
Chance of snow:
E at 9 mph .

2 watt, higher than Luck

I don't really care about who is better between Tannehill and Wilson in a vacuum. I'm satisifed with how much tannehill has progressed and I'm excited about his future, he keeps getting better. He will be a top ten qb and may be knocking at that door by year end if he keeps getting better this year!

"I don't really care about who is better between Tannehill and Wilson in a vacuum. I'm satisifed with how much tannehill has progressed and I'm excited about his future, he keeps getting better."

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | December 03, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I couldn't agree more. Having said that, Wilson is ridiculous. A winner. Generally he gets warmed up late, but by the 4th quarter he appears unstoppable.

Also, I have definitely seen improvement in Tannehill with his overall awareness. Much improved. It also doesn't hurt that his line is playing a little better. But he's gotta improve in the long ball and touch passes for some of our easy-point scores. He improves in that area and he might grow to be a top-10 qb like you're suggesting.

mark, thenne has 17 slotz to go 2 get 2 ^ 10
i'll give him another o/s. ota's tc + p/s w/ legit comp.
i'll/we'll " the rogues ",
kno by the u s of a's bday 2014 if he will be ,henne fiedler or flaco

could have drafted kuechly and wilson, could have drafted at least a dozen playmakers in the las 6 years, including rodgers, revis, m.ryan. The truth is we don't deserve great players if we can't recognize them.

Considering the ineptness of the Jets, giving up three points to them is like 14 with another team. I have never seen a QB like Geno, its no wonder he wasn't signed by any of Flas top schools. This guy can't walk and chew gum at the same time. The Jets should join a CFL, being a member of the NFL is an atrocity, man their bad,,,,,

That Bodine is a funny guy.
I like him.
Way to put things into perspective Bodine--and I'm not being sarcastic.
Maybe the term "football genius" would make more sense as to those coaches that are heads and shoulders above the others. Very few are actual geniuses...they are just exceptionally good at what they do.
As far as I know,being a genius has to do with a certain IQ number--technically. Usually 160 or over.
Hell, there could be a "waterboy" on a team that's a genius.
"Mama says alligators are so angry because they got all them teeth and no toothbrush!"
I'd be willing to bet Einstein was a genius long before anybody heard of him.
My posts are usually pertinent but this one's going off the rails.
I do amuse myself occasionally.
Maybe I need some of those meds somebody mentioned.


Part of Coyle's genius is playing against Geno Smith.

*** REMINDER *** IMPORTANT *** !!!! ***
i know coaches will be extremly buzy this week BUT...don't forget about the WEATHER! depending on the forecast this may be a mute point, reguardless..have this team's blood flowing(warmed up)for the start of the game and by all means have it flowing for the second half(so not to freeze up)...these dolphins are NOTORIOUS for SLUGGISH starts when it is cold, be READY, be PREPARED and WIN this game....good thing we have philbin, as he is quite familiar with cold playing weather(greenbay)...
GO FINS!!!!!!!

Seattle even has more talented WRs, as a Group

you think Baldwin/Kearse/Tate are better than Wallace/Hartline/Matthews? They look better because Wilson throws more accurately, especially deep down the middle of the field.

That being said, RTs development has been about the only positive step forward this year, along with maybe OV and Grimes should get comeback player of the year. The rest of the season to this point has been a regression in most areas, IMO

www.DolphinsTruth.com spells out how we can salvage this season!

Dolphins are 6-6, now how many times was Coyle the goat and how many the genius ?

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