Highlights from this week's media sessions with Dolphins coordinators Bill Lazor and Lou Anarumo:
### Lazor, on the difference between where he thought DeVante Parker would be and where he actually is: “I just want to answer the question honestly, but correctly. Is it too generic of an answer to say the sky is the limit? That’s probably not giving you a real answer, but like you said, when I saw him in the Spring, he probably felt no pain and he was going, I said ‘We’ve got something here.’
"I agree with you that it hasn’t shown up on the game field yet and I can’t deny that. I guess I’m just hopeful and I’m not panicking that anything is lost because we’ve all been through this enough. It can be any day that it all shows up. If I didn’t give you a good soundbite, but I think you get I’m telling you the truth and I don’t know what else to say at this point.”
### Lazor, on whether Branden Albert has returned to Pro Bowl form:
“Obviously the other teams would have to tell you why they did what they did, but there is no doubt in the last couple of weeks there have been times when the marquee pass rushers all of sudden now third down, show up and they’re lining up elsewhere. I am still amazed and sometimes I forget that he had the surgery last November and that he played in the opening game of the season.
"I think that every game that you watch, as soon as the game is over, the first time I watch it, it’s hard for me to watch every player because I’m usually watching overall and then I watch it again, again and again, but when the game has been over, each of the last few games, one of the first comments from our offensive line coach is how much better his run blocking is every single game. I am still amazed that he played in that opening game. That’s impressive to me, the work that he put in to do that.”
### Lazor, on what he views as the main problem with the Dolphins' offense:
“If it was one thing we would have already fixed it. I’d say probably, if I had to probably pick one thing that’s on my mind at this moment we are worst in the league in our average third downs. We’re at 8.3 yards. There are probably 14 different things that get you to the point where you’re averaging third-and-8-plus, but when you try to live that way it’s hard living.
"When you’re looking at the percent that you’re not converting on third down some of it is that you’re failing and some of it is that they are hard third downs and what are the things that get us to that point. To me that is one telling statistic. It doesn’t give you the answers, but it’s not that hard to figure out. Some of the first and second downs; we have a high percentage of explosive runs on first down. After that run we don’t even get to third down. Those are our best drives where we don’t even get to third down.
"Then you have a holding penalty or some other error like we had in this past game that back you up and now your third downs become real long. It’s almost like we become feast or famine. We don’t even get to third down, great. Everyone is excited like they were for the Houston game. We weren’t even really good in third downs in that game, but all those scoring drives we never even got to third down. So my goal for Sunday is no third downs. Zero.”
### Anarumo, on whether new defensive end Quinton Coples is a luxury or necessity: “Yeah, I think a little bit of both. I think anytime you can get a quality player to add to your roster, I think you, you know, you embrace it and certainly you know our guys, the fact that we have ‘em, we’re thrilled.”
### Anarumo, on whether the 4-3 scheme helps Coples: “He did it in college. That’s what he was in college. Even going back to high school the guy was comfortable, I think, doing it that way.
"I think he kind of feels like he’s getting back to his roots and what he’s used to doing in putting his hand in the dirt, getting off on the ball and attacking the tight end where maybe in the other scheme he wasn’t doing as much of that; maybe some more dropping and things like that. He does bring flexibility. Those guys do drop some. I think he’s going to be a little more comfortable lining up in a three-point stance.”
### The Cowboys' Dez Bryant scored a touchdown Sunday when the Dolphins had a linebacker cover him in the slot (with late safety help). So why not have Brent Grimes shadow Bryant even when Bryant is in the slot?
“We have different rules for [Grimes} when he does that over the years," Anarumo said. "You know the one play that people are talking about from the other day was a zone coverage so he’s never gonna go inside in zone because if you do that then he’s got to play to fit the B gap in the run game and we don’t want a 170 something pound corner doing that.
"So he stays outside on those type situations so when that does occur the zone defenders have to be aware of where certain guys are and react better than we did on Sunday.”
### Anarumo, on the difference in Olivier Vernon the past couple of games: "I think you know when the production is not coming I think he started to get a little tight and I think he has just gotten back to being himself and getting off on the football and at the end of the day doing what he does well and that’s rushing the passer and he’s doing a great job in the run game as well.
"So he’s, stays after, runs extra gassers and things like that to keep himself in great shape kind of like Cam (Cameron Wake) use to do. So OV’s just really stepped it up and is being really productive as you saw, that guys one of the best tackles in the game other day.”
### Anarumo, on the advantage of moving Ndamukong Suh around: “He obviously presents scheme problems for the other teams. They’re gonna know where he is.
"He’s one of those guys that you have to know where he is on each snap and so even if he just goes from inside to outside we’re hoping that presents some conversations on the opposing teams offenses game planning and as opposed to always just keeping him in the same spot and he’s been disruptive and he’s, as you guys seen, he’s been very productive over the last few games.”
If you missed it, please see the last post for a chat with Zach Thomas and the next-to-last post for a look at something that should have us all very concerned about Ryan Tannehill.... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz