Highlights from Joe Philbin’s Monday press briefing with reporters:
### On Ryan Tannehill: “I thought he played well enough to win. He threw the ball well. The [low quarterback rating] statistics are a little bit deceiving. We’re interested in more overall development. Is he making progress in being a consistent starter in the NFL? We’re seeing signs he’s doing that. He seems to be making good progress – he’s diligent, prepares well, is smart. He’s not surprised by what he sees when he comes back to the huddle.”
### What’s Tannehill’s biggest area of improvement? “Probably his accuracy.”
### Philbin said tipped balls remain an issue with Tannehill. “We had a couple tipped yesterday – first play of the game, thought we would have a good completion.”
### Philbin said Tannehill bears no blame for either of his late turnovers. “It’s more [players not picking up] blitzers.”
Jorvorskie Lane took responsibility for missing the blitz pickup on Tannehill's fumble late in the fourth quarter. Richie Incognito allowed Parris Lennon to hit Tannehill on the overtime interception because he instead chose to help Mike Pouncey with another Arizona player.
### On his running game: “Reggie Bush wasn’t limited. Our run game was sporadic – too many negative runs.”
### Has Lamar Thomas or Daniel Thomas emerged as the No. 2 running back? “It’s by game plan more. We have confidence in both of those guys. Both have skill. Both do some very good things.”
### He said Brian Hartline “had a rare day” but that “the passing game is not predicated on he’s our No. 1 guy.” Philbin said the presence of Davone Bess “is comforting for the quarterback.”
### On the offensive line and blitz pickup: “Our protection wasn’t good enough. We need to do a better job of recognizing [the blitz].”
### On the offense: “We needed to be able to make explosive plays in the passing game. The good news is we made a number of big plays in the passing game. I don’t know we’re going to be able to throw the ball for 400 yards every week.”
### On Jorvorskie Lane: “We still thought Lane’s blocking was a little sporadic at times. He did a nice job on one or two of the kickoff returns. On one kickoff return, he splattered a guy."
### On what he told his team: “We all have to be accountable to one another, to improve and do better. This is not a profession for the faint of heart. We have to accept responsibility for where we are. We’ve got a heck of a challenge this week. This will be a test for our staff right now. We’re coming off a west coast trip, going to play a very good team on the road.”
### On Legedu Naanee’s catch and fumble: “I thought it was a heck of a throw – You’ve got to hold onto the ball.”
### On Charles Clay dropping a pass after he was smacked by Adrian Wilson: “That throw by Ryan was an excellent throw. You've got to catch those.”
### On what especially irked him: "We had [two] giveaways in the last five minutes. That’s not a good recipe to win games in the NFL, Pop Warner, anywhere."
### On his pass defense, which continues to give up big yardage: "We do give up a few too many pass explosives. You have to caution that when you look at our run game statistics there will be some head coaches or coordinators who say: Why are we running the ball against those guys, possibly?"
### Philbin said "Sean Smith did a lot of good things. There were a couple impact plays he made – quality plays. He did a good job."
### Philbin said Richard Marshall was responsible for the 46-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts that put Arizona ahead, 14-13. "Richard has got to be in better position to play that ball."
On the 15-yard touchdown pass to Roberts that tied the game with 22 seconds left, "Sean was over there. The guy ran a semi- double move. You need tighter coverage."