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What Joe Philbin, Ryan Tannehill had to say Monday night

For Dolphins notes from Monday night and an update on the timetable for Jake Long's potential absence due to a knee injury, see our last post.

Here's what Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill had to say Monday:

JOE PHILBIN:

(On what he can tell the media about Jake Long’s injury) – “Nothing. I think you know our policy, and right now there’s nothing that I know of anyway. I got off the practice field, ate a meal, and I started watching a little practice film.”

 (On whether he is concerned about a prolonged absence by Jake Long) – “No, I’m not. But I have no information, and even if I did at this point, I wouldn’t be sharing it.”

(On whether there was something that Julius Pruitt did not show the coaching staff that led to him being cut) – “I’ll tell you, I sat down with him today and, I don’t know if we had a harder working guy on the ball club. I mean the guy just worked his tail off. He did things the right way, practiced the right way. I think a lot of him, I really do, so it was hard. Hopefully, he can find a different opportunity for himself. He is a good man.”

 (On how much latitude he has been given to shape the roster) – “Jeff (Ireland) is very inclusive. We’ve had discussions from free agency last March, we’ve had discussions in regard to the draft, we’ve had discussions in regard to having players come in and work out, we’ve had discussions on the cut the to 75, and we had discussions about trades. So, I fully support the decision, and certainly I am supportive of the direction that we moved.”

(On whether Jeff Ireland has been very deferential) – “No I wouldn’t say that. Jeff has very strong opinions; he’s been in the business a very long time. He knows what he’s doing, as does his staff. He’s got a quality staff that works with him on a daily basis. They do their homework, so no I wouldn’t say that at all.”

 (On whether he thinks this will be a good defensive team) – “Well, I was encouraged by how we played the other day. I think we have a chance to…and any time you make a team one dimensional, hopefully we will have a good front seven, I think we have a chance to be a good front seven, I think that gives you a starting point. If you can make a team get into a situation where they have to throw the ball, and they can’t knock you around for four or five yards on first down on a consistent basis, I think that gives your defensive play called an advantage. To us, that’s a starting point. I was encouraged by the pressure we got on the quarterback. I think we have a multiple package that will present some schematic concerns for teams; at we’re going to have to practice against. Again, it’s all about execution. The more risk you take as a defense the more you’re exposing yourself to get exploited if the offense has the right play call, the right blocking scheme, etc… That’s the fun part of football too; the x and o and the scheme part. And then I think we have some veteran players on that side of the ball that we’re expecting leadership from and expecting great effort from. The great defenses that I’ve seen, tackle well, pursue well, apply pressure to the quarterback, take the ball away. You know we haven’t taken the ball away enough in the preseason. We have to do a better job there, but I think we have a chance to get 11 guys hungry, get them to the football. We need to improve our tackling and tackle on a more consistent basis, but you can get the (opposing) team behind a little bit behind in terms of the chains, I think you have a chance to dictate the tempo a little bit defensively.”

(On how much the roster battle will be settled by performances in the game on Wednesday night) – “There are still a few that will be out there I would imagine. As I’ve said before, the computer changes. Guys make a last impression or one that you kind of keep that picture in your mind where you forget that drop over here or a sack over there or a fumble or a bad decision. So I wouldn’t say it’s a done deal in any regard, and we’ll see how it plays out.”

(On the growing perception that he only wants guys that reflect his attitude in the locker room) – “I don’t know about the moves themselves, but I think you have to have any idea for what you’re looking for in terms of a vision for the team. What type of team you want to have, what kind of men you want to have in the locker room, and clearly I think we have some good ideas of where we are heading in that direction. That’s not to suggest that Vontae… Vontae Davis and I never had any confrontations or real issues, and I appreciate all the efforts that he put forth while he was here. But yes, there are certain guys, and I can give you an example of when go to the combine sometimes and you sit there for 60 interviews and you interview guys.  You know there are some guys that aren’t going to fit. That doesn’t mean they’re bad guys or they’re not good players either, but when you’ve been doing it for a while, you get a sense of the people that you feel like you can work with, you can connect with, guys you can help reach their potential. Guys that you feel good about. But that’s part of it, that’s part of the whole process; figuring out who is a good fit and who isn’t.”

(On the comfort level of the coaching staff in the CB position in order to trade Vontae Davis) – “Yes, there are some guys who have made some progress. Obviously we think that Nolan Carroll has made some really good progress at this point in time. We’re putting (Quentin) Lawrence in to see how he plays this coming game, and he’s done some good things. Obviously, that was part of the decision too.”

(On how much time he anticipates Ryan Tannehill playing against the Dallas Cowboys) – “Since we had a late day today, this was the day we usually, two days before that we do the play time. We haven’t done that yet, but he’s going to play a little bit.”

(On if he’s received any feedback from the players about the Davis trade) – “No, I didn’t hear anything. Nobody came out, sometimes, when you’re the head coach, you eat by yourself (laughin), some things kind of go by the way side. We didn’t really have a fireside chat or anything about it. I think guys, again, I really believe that the guys that have been in this profession for a while in the NFL, they understand it’s a business, it’s not a personal thing. I think they know how things happen sometimes and things happen quick.”

(On if this secondary was in need of a makeover heading into the season based off of last year) – “I don’t know necessarily that that was the thought process. Again, decisions get made at various times a year for different reasons. Some of them are age related. Some of them are money related. You guys have been around, covered the game long enough. You know why sometimes teams make moves or don’t make moves. I don’t know that we…wasn’t like we walked in and said, ‘We’ve got to have a makeover.’ That wasn’t necessarily part of a master plan or anything like that.”

(On how much he weighed the value of having good cover corners when making the Davis trade) – “You have to weigh everything. There’s no question about it and there’s certain things you can control and you don’t control, but certainly we had a level of comfort with some of the guys that we had on the roster No. 1. No. 2, there’s always, like you said, there’s always risk when you make a move of this nature. We certainly considered that fact.”

(On if he agrees with cornerback Richard Marshall’s assessment that he thought he had a pretty good game against Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones) – “Yes, he did some good things in the game. I think there’s still room for improvement. I’m probably, the picture I’m thinking of is that one missed tackle. That’s kind of stuck in my mind. You know how those kind of stick, but, yes, we think Richard should have a good season.”

(On his comfort level of Jonathan Martin playing left tackle) – “Well, if that comes to pass, he’s got three or four years at Stanford of a lot of productivity at left tackle since April 25th or whenever he came by here and got drafted, the 27th, I’m trying to remember the date. He’s been getting 98 to 99 percent of his work at right tackle, but at least one of the thoughts when you draft a player like that is does he have, not many people draft strict right tackles anymore because you like guys that have a little bit more versatility. I think when we picked him, we felt like he was a guy who maybe if we got in a pinch or something could fit the bill outside. Hopefully, we don’t need to figure that out, but if we do, you have to have contingencies. It’s a tough game these guys play. There’s a lot of injuries out there.”

(On where he stands on how much confidence he should have despite the team’s preseason record) – “The primary focus really hasn’t necessarily been the outcomes and trust me, at the end of the day, I’d rather go into a locker room that had a victory than a loss. There’s no question about that. I don’t care if it’s preseason, regular season, post season. I’ve walked in all three of those and clearly you’d rather be on the winning side. Again, the stage we’re at has been more about, some of the things that we’ve done is about the process of this is how we plan on doing things when the regular season comes when the real games are upon us. For example, last week was important for practice structure, how we’re going to meet, how we’re going to lift during the regular season. Carolina was important and Dallas is important. We made a couple minor adjustments on how we’re going to do things on the road before a game. To be quite honest with you, some of that has been and we’ve made some mistakes. We’ve tweaked a couple things. That’s kind of where our focus has been and, as we get ready to prepare for our first game, I think it’s going to be more important what kind of week of preparation we have in terms of what kind of confidence level. I know for me my confidence level is more off the film that I watch in practice. Not me giving a great speech or a player giving a great speech. I get comfort putting my head down at night after I watch the practice film and see what our guys our doing and look at the plan and see how the execution was in practice. We all know there’s no guarantees of that either, but that’s what gets me going.”   

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        27th, TANNEHILL 

 (On being a rookie quarterback and having left tackle Jake Long go down in practice today) – “I just wish the best for Jake. It’s a tough situation any time one of your teammates goes down. I don’t know what his situation. I really have no idea, but hopefully it’s not too bad and we can get him back soon.”

(On if it was one of those ‘oh my gosh’ moments on the field) – “No, I’m just more worried about Jake. I think we’ll be all right. We’ll be able to get another guy in there. Obviously, he’s a great player. He’s tough to replace, but really just worried about his health and want him to get back on the field as soon as possible.”

(On how Jonathan Martin looked moving to left tackle following Long’s injury) – “My eyes are down field. I don’t know, obviously. I didn’t feel any quick pressure from his side, so we’ll see on the tape, but we have good guys that are versatile and can move around. Depending on what the situation is for Jake, we’ll move guys around and find a good fit.” 

(On what he’s hoping to accomplish against the Dallas Cowboys) – “Just go out and take advantage of the snaps I get. I don’t know exactly how many snaps I’ll get, but want to go out and take advantage of every rep. Really play like we can as an offense (and) really move the ball and be consistent. I think that’s the one thing that I’ve kind of focused on is being more consistent as an offense, being more consistent as a quarterback. I think we’ve done some good things, I’ve done some good things at times and other times been inaccurate with the ball. Want to be consistent in everything that we do.”

(On if the offense is coming together now that training camp is coming to an end) – “For sure. I think every rep we get as an offense, we get closer and closer to where we’re trying to get. We’re just improving every day (and) getting more comfortable with everything that’s going on every day with the different guys that are running the routes, guys blocking. Every day, every rep, I think we’re getting better.”

 (On his initial thoughts when he realized the season opener was in Houston) – “I was excited. It wasn’t really anything outrageous. I was excited to play. If it would have been in Buffalo or San Diego, I’m excited. Obviously, it’s nice to go back to my home state. I’ll have a lot of friends and family there, but I’m just excited to play in my first real NFL game, a real season opener. I’m excited for this team. I’m excited for what we can do. Houston’s a good opponent, but right now, we’re still focused on Dallas.”

(On the young receivers) – “They’re competing. I think that…had a few drops the last game. Guys really came to practice this week to improve, came to show what they can do. Some guys stepping up making some big catches. We’ll see how it shakes out who gets to be on the final cut, but the guys are battling. That’s all you can ask for is guys that are going to go out there and compete every day and correct the mistakes from the last game.”

(On having familiar faces from Texas A&M be on this team as players and coaches) – “It’s definitely a bonus. Most guys coming from college transitioning to the NFL don’t have that small comfort of having familiar faces around, familiar coaches, familiar players. It’s definitely a bonus for me. I try to take advantage of that – just knowing the guys and trying to help them out as much as I can.”

 

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