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Joe Philbin talks at the NFL annual meeting

ORLANDO -- It was morning Joe at the NFL annual meeting today.

That's Dolphins coach Joe Philbin with the media ... And here are the highlights:

[Keep refreshing as I will add more items as quickly as I can type.]

On the status of Mike Pouncey going forward, Philbin said he has not been told that his starting center will miss time either because he's in NFL mandated counseling or because he will be suspended. But Philbin could not guarantee Pouncey will be available for every game.

"We've been in contact, as you guys are well aware, with the National Football League since the onset of this. It's been five months roughly since the onset of November 1st and we've been coordinating with them throughout," Philbin said. "This is a decision the commissioner has made so we're going to continue to work through this with the National Football League and draw this to a conclusion.

"This is where we're at today and we'll continue to work through it."

Philbin declined to say if Pouncey, on the leadership counsel a year ago and invited to the dinner to welcome new free agent signing Branden Albert, remains a team leader.

"The offseason program doesn't begin until April 21st," he said. "I have a lot of faith in the guys in our locker room. I have a lot of faith in Mike Pouncey. And so we'll see. But in terms of the leadership counsel and all those things, I've given a lot of thought to it and haven't made any commitments as to how we're going to do it next year. We'll give all that ample consideration."

Philbin also said the club has not made a decision whether to exercise the fifth-year option year for Pouncey.


Philbin, who admitted he had a few sleepless nights as a result of the harassment scandal that plagued the Dolphins, has been doing a lot of reflecting since the end of the season.

"Let's be honest, guys, every offseason since I've been coaching and I'm going into my 31st year, you always think of ways you can do your job better," he said. "As I examined some of the things that as the head coach of the Dolphins I can do better, I think the visibility factor can be a difference. That's one of the things I'm going to do. It's not that I've never been but I think what happens sometimes to coaches is you're conflicted with, 'Should I watch that blitz tape. Gosh, I got to get that third down film watched.' And sometimes it's better use of a head coach's time to walk through the training room, walk through the locker room, walk through the hallways. It's not that I've never done that stuff, but it's fair to say I'm going to do it more."

I asked Philbin what he's going to do to make sure his players and his assistants bring their issues to him. Philbin has previously told players and others to do so but last year it was shown that Jonathan Martin chose to keep his treatment by other players away from Philbin's attention for fear of being cast a snitch. Also, offensive line coach Jim Turner basically lied to Philbin when the coach asked if certain things that were being alleged were actually happening.

Turner told Philbin they were not.

Not only were they happening, but Turner apparently was part of the problem.

"Well, I mentioned the visibility," Philbin said. "I think accessability also is important. They're a little bit tied together. In the NFL, everybody doesn't want to be the bearer of bad news. The head coach is busy. Don't bother him. He's watching film. He's doing this or doing that. We got to get away from that. I frankly have to be a little more vigilant in my enforcement of policies and proceedures that I want to have in the locker room and the program. That falls on me.

"But there has to be better communication both ways. From them to me to me to them. Players to me. Me to players. That's something I felt, as you have a little bit of time to reflect on things, certainly needs to improve."

More: "The teaching atmosphere, the coaching atmosphere, as I said many times and I firmly believe this, I'm the one responsible for the workplace conduct. When the player walks in the building until he leaves, I'm setting the schedule. So it's up to me to make sure it's done properly."


Philbin said "injury issues" curtailed the progress of several players in the 2013 draft class. Obviously he's talking about Jamar Taylor and Dion Jordan.

Philbin said Jordan was limited because he had the shoulder surgery just before the draft, had a limited lifting program, didn't have an OTAs and missed part of training camp. But this year, "with a full offseason," for Jordan the Dolphins want to see his snaps increase.

"He's going to have to get more snaps on first and second down," Philbin said.


Philbin said the team's focus is to keep Jordan at defensive end. And he shot down a report from a month or so ago that said the Dolphins were unhappy with Jordan's work ethic.

"I'm not sure where that came from, I've said I'm expecting him to make a signficant jump from year one to year two," Philbin said. "He's definitely a hard worker."


Philbin showed a little sense of humor. He was asked about the addition of Bill Lazor as the new offensive coordinator and said the coach promised Ryan Tannehill would have the third-highest quarterback rating of all the rookies from the 2012 draft class.

You'll remember last year Mike Sherman promised Tannehill would be the most improved QB from the '12 class. Philbin remonstrated with Sherman about that prediction, which didn't turn out.


Philbin said the Dolphins studied the tape "extensively" on Cortland Finnegan and "we liked what we saw on film."

But ...

"He's going to have to earn play time like anyone else," Philbin said. "One thing we do like is he gives us some position flexibility. After watching the cutups, we thought Jimmy Wilson played well. Finnegan played some inside, he played outside."

And the Dolphins have high hopes for Jamar Taylor and Will Davis.

"We expect to see progress there," the coach said.


Philbin said Lamar Miller's pass protection improved as the year went on "but there's still room for improvement there." Where Miller must definitely improve to stay in the mix to carry the football is offering more explosive runs.

"There was definitely development," Philbin said. "As we look to year three, we want a couple of more explosive runs. I think his pass protection improved but there's still room for improvement there as well. I think he can do all three thing you want a running back to do. He's got good running skill, he can pass protect, he can catch the ball."

Philbin added "we're not opposed to adding" a running back to the competition "if that's the best thing for the team."


Philbin said the team still isn't fully certain where home is for Dallas Thomas -- right tackle or guard.

"I really like what he's doing so far in the offseason," Philbin said.


The Dolphins run defense has declined each of the past two years. Philbin pointed to missed tackles, fundamentals, technique, gap issues as the reason.

"We have what we call a run fit period where we practice the run defense for the various fronts we'll see," Philbin said, "and sometimes the carryover from practice to the game hasn't been good. The run-fits and the tackling are the primary culprits."


Philbin said he believes Dannelll Ellerbe will "make progress" in his second year in the middle for the Dolphins but ... "again, we haven't ruled out any combination or possibility of shuffling guys. We'll see."

Overall, in assessing the linebacker play, Philbin used the word "inconsistency" to describe their play.

"There was productivity there but we need to get more consistency out of the linebacker position, without a doubt," he said.


It was interesting to me that Philbin said he wanted improved play-speed from safety Reshad Jones in 2014 while also saying the play-speed and tempo and playing downhill was the most attractive thing the team saw in new safety Louis Delmas.


Speaking of play-speed, the Dolphins like that in new guard Shelley Smith. They also liked his ability to pull and run and move and get to to the second level, Philbin said.


General manager Dennis Hickey addressed the media for approximately 15 minutes today. Appreciate that. But he didn't really say anything notable other than ...

Recently signed Shelley Smith and Sam Brenner are among the players the team will consider as backup center options. That's important as the possibility of Pouncey missing time at the start of the season looms.

Hickey, who brought in middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson for a visit and offered him a contract, interestingly would not commit to Dannell Ellerbe as Miami's middle linebacker when asked what the Dolphins plans for him are in 2014.

"We always look at, and Joe part of his core philosophy, same with me is putting players in the best position to be successful and help us win," Hickey said. "Dannell is a great player. We really like Dannell and that's part of the process as we go through -- again, whether it's offense, defense or special teams -- putting them in position to help us win."

Time out.

The Dolphins signed Ellerbe to a five-year, $34.75 million contract with $14 million guaranteed so he could be their middle linebacker. He replaced Karlos Dansby as the Dolphins middle linebacker. And one year later neither the head coach nor general manager can absolutely, positively say he is the team's middle linebacker going forward.

If that doesn't raise some red flags and eyebrows and whatever else denotes curiousity, I don't know what does.


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Is it me or did the NFL get a little carried away with compensatory picks? I mean come on, giving away way too many 3rd and 4th round picks. Mabe I am just a jaded Dolphnins fan, but I dont believe you should get more than 1 pick in the 3rd and 4th round.

Rdubs I agree. It is a bit much. Should be 5th-7th rounds.

I hope philbin is gone after this season.

Congrats to the Steelers,Ravens,Patriots,Jets for all the extra Gawddammed draft picks. The NFL has doubled your draft pickss, with a lot of them at a premium round. Notice the most of the teams are the NFL's faves! No wonder the Comp formula is so confusing. The NFL doesnt want you to know they are giving their favorite teams free picks

it's not
the defense

All those comp picks changes teams strategies I believe. In Dolphins case they may not be able to wait to get an Oline guy they were potentially eying for a later round. I'd almost guarantee at this point another Oline f/a guy is signed at least to compete @ camp.

Armando, did you ask JP in what decade are the Dolphins finally going to get a franchise QB?

if tpuke still suxx
at ota's and tc
does he still get the start
in the opener
and ruin the 2014 season?


Will you still be saying that if he brings us a division championship? let me remind you of the early years of Bellichek with the Browns.

Rdubs, I agree with you to an extent. The comp picks are similar to last year, but just the teams we hated seem to get them all. Part of Ozzie's strategy is to get as many comp picks as possible.

Steelers lost Wallace, Ravens lost Kruger, Ellerbe, Cary Williams. Jets lost a couple middling guys like Mike Devito and Laron Landry got a lot of money from the Colts. I think they basically signed no one.

The one I don't really get is the Pats letting Welker go and getting Amendola for close to the same price, but they still get a 4th. At least that was the only one for New England.

As for our own comp picks or lack of. We signed Wallace, Ellerbe, Wheeler, Grimes, Vaughn Martin, Lance Louis, and Keller. We lost Long and Sean Smith, and cutting Dansby and Burnett doesn't count, so I see why we don't get any.

So, I can kind of follow it, but I wasn't very happy when I saw it.

Here here, rdubs.... it's pretty obvious that the Steelers, Pats, and Jets are Goddell's love children.

Dam the Jets have to be awful to get the benefit of the doubt year after year and end up doing nothing ... ever.

Great interview.

Dashi has always been a fan of Coach Philbin's humor.

Let me guess, The joke were on the cards.

The point has always been Ryan Tannehill need to be at least the 3rd Best QB in his draft. The Best QB draft class since 83'.

2. RG3
3. R.Tannehill
4. R.Wilson
5. N.Foles
6. K.Cousins
7. Weeden

Undoubtedly the Top 5 QB in that draft are going to be real good starters for a real long time.


We absolutely dont deserve a comp pick. But who worth a damn did the Steelers,Pats,Jets lose? I know Pitt lost Wallace, but who else? I guess the Steelers are in cap hell and need a little help from their friends..the NFL

Eyed up some of mocks posted on prev thread. Some nice players there. But I didn't see too many with a safety. We're thin there & def see a pick coming, we'll need to groom for depth. Also a FB? Nope, ain't happenin..unless Hickey sees M Alstott on the board why would we draft a FB when there are plenty of decent seasoned FB's looking for work who can come in & immediately contribute in run game & pass block. Doesn't make sense to spend a pick there imo..

Glad to hear JP mention Thomas's offseason..bit worried he would show up outta shape again!

The mother of all Phins mock drafts:
1. Zach Martin, RT/G, Notre Dame
2. Jimmie Ward, S, No. Illinois
3. Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
4. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
5. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
6. BBA - Best Bully Available.

This is not a good year not to have compensatory picks. Ireland screws the team again and he's not even here anymore. I am sure the Wheeler and Ellerbe signings (mostly Wallace of course) counted alot to the team not getting compensatory picks.
Those 4th rd. picks the Jets and Pats got, in a very deep draft - does not bode well for the Phins.

aj mccarron will be gone in the second.

I get so tired of hearing people ask when are we going to get a franchise QB! We have a very good franchise caliber QB that played behind a horrible O Line! Put Tom Brady behind that atrociousness that we called our O Line last season and see what he would do! Every great QB always has a very good O Line! When's the last time we saw a QB put up great numbers without great pass protection! And I say "we" instead of "the Dolphins" because I am the GM of a very good Dolphins team on Madden 2013! We've won the Super Bowl for 7 seasons straight!

Sure hope philbin continues to use ellerbee in the kiddle. He will continue to be a super scrub. Move him outside or like he said "shuffle it".
I don't want to see us on 3rd and long and then give up 15 yd runs.
Not a huge fan of coyle's defensive style(bend don't break), but if the LBs were playing better we would have had a really formidable defense

Philbin does not continue to use elerbee in the middle is what I meant.

wroooooooooooong ! ! !
phins ol > seattles
who won the sb?

coyle should
be hc and will
take over mid season
if/when the phins hit 0-7

The compensation picks is weighted wrong. You get compensation for letting people go and not signing free agents to replace them. Since the Dolphins spent in free agency last year, we get no compensation this year. I was expecting at least 2 picks for J.Long and K.Dansby!!! I wasn't even expecting a 7th rounder for R.Bush!! I guess signing Wallace and Grimes neutralized that.

Don't expect compensatory picks next year either.

We might actually get something for M.Moore by cutting him.

Signing another free agent is counter productive at this point for the Dolphins. It might cost us an extra 4th rounder next year. No on Noshow. Or even MJD, who I would have liked to replace D.Thomas.

Oh, yeah. Almost forgot. L.Miller is the Starting RB for the Miami Dolphins.

The Mason is the Best RB in this draft and he won't be drafted until late second round.

C.Hyde is garbage.

My Grandma is a better RB than C.Hyde.

D.Thomas is a better RB.

M.Gillislee is a better RB than C.Hyde.

HA, BBA!!!

BBA every round!!! Ticket sales went up 12% with the bullies, give the people what they want!!!

Dashi, don't you usually spend this part of the day selling bags of limes by the expressway?

I do agree that Hyde sucks ... some of the guys I hear mentioned here as first round picks makes me want to choke.. CYrus, Carlos Hyde ... eech

I do like Tre Mason but Bishop Sankey in the third would be my pick

I like limes.

Very refreshing in a club soda with ice.

hey,how much do those
limes by the hwy cost
btw? they're a bux ea. at the store

2 watt with more brain dead contributions, I see.

so John Harbaugh is "unhappy" about the 3 recent Ravens' arrests, says its "unacceptable" (but apparently not SO unacceptable, considering there have been numerous others in the past few years...sounds like John's "accepting" it fairly well actually)

so considering the Ravens are all but on the city of Baltimore's court sytem payroll, anybody know when the Wells' investigation start, on this "exemplary" franchise?--no bullying here, but arrests for actual crimes like assault, drugs, etc--hhmmm.

AJ McCarron will be another bust

If Gilissee is better than Hyde then they both suck.

No that was 2 watt selling limes on Key Biscayne

If you study Hickey you will find he's very good at finding running backs and safeties.

Bishop Sankey is good. And I also agree he is a 3rd round pick.

But I feel the earliest the Dolphins will be looking at RBs will be the 4th.

And Hopefully the guy can return kicks as a rookie.

MIT, it is RIDICULOUS what certain people say who should be a first round pick.

Joe Philbin talks at the NFL annual meeting???

Was that with or without cue cards?


Why Sankey? I saw him in about 6-7 games last year and wasn't impressed.

need to sign a vet RB to stabilize that position, for more certainty....cannot go into the season crossing our fingers again, "hoping" some rookie RB that we draft can adjust and contribute, immediately--Miller still needs to have a significant role but needs a good vet to complement--MJD, Moreno, whoever.

then draft another RB in the mid rounds--but counting on him right away would be a mistake

keep being
delusional as always
season after season u
stupid stupid homers
u r entertaining blog
2 say the least

2 watt

Care to bring some new material to this blog or do you want to continue to spew the same garbage on every thread?

teleprompter, Casual....he's now utilizing newer technology

Depending on who is available in the draft. Dallas Thomas will play inside or outside next season.

benz, crimes are ok, KO a woman and have it caught on tape, but don't tease a 300lbs teammate. Don't make fat men cry ... that is beyond the realm of human decency...

no !

Hey Hickey, no workout for Winslow?

no !

Posted by: 2 watt | March 25, 2014 at 10:33 AM

typical brain dead, pillock troll

isnt it strange, and a little weird, how fans of other teams come to this blog.....and waste many hours of their life commenting on a team that they dont even root for?

seriously, nothing else to do?....how pathetic--so who is stupid again?

Yeah Dashi, obvious by the Dolphins lack of movement in free agency that Dallas Thomas is in the mix. Thomas, Smith, and a rookie all being on the line makes me nervous.

Doesn't seem to make the franchise nervous, oh well, not my 7 figure job to lose ... Philbin was in on Martin and Thomas and SMith and Albert and the new rookie so he has nobody to blame but himself if it goes bad. This is his line.

Joe Philbin said Thomas is very much in the mix with Brenner and Gardner for a starting spot. Still leaves you nervous but one of those guys has to at least be decent right?

benz, 2 watt is a huge dolphins fan. He just gets off on being a contrarian. He comes on here and berates Tannehill but get a boner at home every time he completes a pass then wipes the sweat from his brow.

brain dead = the stupid homers
and u morons prove it
season after season
after season
after season

Anyone want to bet Martin will be a FT Oline starter on SF Oline somewhere in 2015?

mark I watch the
the d
when tpuke is ^
I go take a chat

2 watt

You've yet to say anything close to being semi-intelligent. The blog is still waiting for your cunning and extraordinarily brilliant comments.

Still waiting...still waiting...

You know what, never mind.

mark, my Johnson
doesn't get any
flow on tpukes
long ball completions

don't u stupid
homers ever get
sick and tired
of always being

@mit why Sankey over Tre?

2 watt

I see why you go by 2 watt

Someone needs to ask Goddellwhy someone who teases a teammate needs to undergo psychological counseling but a guy who KO's his wife on camera is just fine.

Depending on who is available in the draft. Dallas Thomas will play inside or outside next season.

Posted by: Dashi | March 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

WOW! You really went out on a limb with this one didn't ya?

Considering everyone & your mama knows he's either a OG or OT it's pretty darn obvious he'll play inside our outside. Where else would he play?

You sir, are a dunce!

I dont, Garn--anybody else?

In my "brief" evaluation..I kinda thought Tre made his decisions quicker than Sankey & feel it could translate to the NFL game slowing down sooner for him. I really really liked Sankey's ball protection though..

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