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Monday afternoon update: Philbin expects more from Tannehill, defends not playing Wake, Odrick much late

Notable remarks from Joe Philbin’s Monday afternoon news conference:

### He refused to comment on Jake Long’s injury, which is feared to be a torn triceps.

### Asked to assess Ryan Tannehill’s play, he made very clear he expects more: “It’s difficult to win games in this league when you’re averaging 19 points a game. He’s making a lot of progress. [But] overall, offensively we’re not scoring enough points to win games consistently in this league.”

 On the two potential touchdowns to Brian Hartine that Tannehill didn’t throw well enough, Philbin said: “You’ve got to make those plays. We talked about making the plays that were there.”

He said he has given no iota of thought to inserting Matt Moore in a game this season, aside from the Jets game when Moore filled in for an injured Tannehill.

### Philbin said he does not think Tannehill’s knee brace is affecting him. “There are times we have to do better offensively as a whole in our passing game. Sometimes it’s the location of ball. Sometimes it’s the depth of the route. All of those things at times aren’t clean enough. Sometimes he doesn’t get the protection to set his feet.”

On Tannehill’s touchdown run, when he stretched the ball over the goal line, Philbin said: “I would like a little better ball security.”

### Philbin asked if he believes he has the players on the roster needed for this offense to thrive. “Absolutely,” he said. “We had some plays out there yesterday we didn’t make. We have to do a better job. It’s hard to win a lot of games scoring 19 points per game.”

### He said he has no regrets about not playing Cam Wake or Jared Odrick on the first eight plays of the Patriots’ game-clinching fourth quarter drive: “When you play the Patriots, it’s important to have guys that are fresh and ready to roll and guys ready to play hard every single snap….

“We believe in guys we put in the game. We don’t put them in the game if we don’t have confidence in them.”

### Why did the Patriots run successfully on that fourth-quarter drive? “At times, we didn’t get off blocks fast enough. At times, we didn’t tackle well enough.”

### On Jonathan Martin moving to the left side to fill in for Long: “He did a good job. He played well. He made a good adjustment.”

### On the performance of his defense: “We got good pressure on Brady. To sack an opposing quarterback four times is a good afternoon’s work. Didn’t play well enough in the fourth quarter.”

### On Marcus Thigpen: “He’s got that elusiveness. It’s hard to coach. If you can make a guy miss, that gives you a chance to get out in space.”

           

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Drz131@yahoo.com

The entire resting the D-linemen excuse is BS. What are you resting them for if not for when the game is on the line at the end? You play your best players at the end of the game when big plays are needed. If you rest them, but aren't adept enough to ensure their rest coincides to have them on the field at the end, then why bother! Do you pay the back-ups what you pay Wake and Odrick? No! Why? Because they are not better players.

Mike

Belichick outcoached the Dolphins staff, which is nothing new. Even something as simple as calling a timeout in the first to make Miami kick into the wind.

Marios

Please admit how stupid it was to have Cam Wake and Odrick our best player watching on that last drive, and now saying you were saving him for what?? That was a HUGE mistake and it cost us the game, playoff chances, etc.. Where's Lamar Miller??
Grow some nuts and mention the refs killing us in the 1st half. They invented a low block on Vernon that was waist high, no facemask call cost us field goal range, Dansby PI on uncatchable ball. Spotting the ball a half yard extra for Pats like always. Giving them 1st down without measuring when they clearly did not make it, etc...Somebody has to call out the league on helping Pats every sunday.

Marios

Now that we are out of playoff contention thanks to gift in the last drive, hope we see some of Lamar Miller, Egnew, and more snaps to Mathews. More carries for Thigpen at RB. Let's see what Martin can do at LT, if he does OK then goodbye jake.

Tony

The NFL is so frickin crooked. The bad calls ALWAYS go FOR NE. Sick to death over the same ole favoritism, those refs should've been lynched outside the stadium.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

I'm a Dolphins fan but there's nothing worse than people who cry about officials when their team loses, y'all sound like a bunch of soccer fans.

Obviously you're going to notice every iffy call that goes against your team and none of the iffy calls that go against the other team, that's just human nature. Patriots walked up and down the Dolphins yesterday, refs had nothing to do with it.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Sitting Wake and Odrick at the end on the other hand...yikes.

Joey

Yes resting Odrick and Wake for almost 6-7 minutes was awesome because they needed that much rest....That's BS and Philbin knows it. Thomas fumbled the ball and nearly let Tannehill get killed on a sack but yet he is still playing and getting those 3 yards we need, while Bush our only playmaker sits half a game because of a fumble...Philbin is slowly going to lose this team

sflafan

I actually don't have too much of a problem with him keeping Wake out at the end, but I do have a problem with sitting Odrick. The Pats were pounding the Fins at will on the ground. Wake is an awesome player. The best on our team. But he can be pushed back a bit on the run. But Odrick is a rock. He needed to be in there. I still continue to feel that the Fins "reached" for Tannehill. He's no better than Christian Ponder, Jake Locker or Blaine Gabbert. All guys that were taken high in the first round, but are pedestrian QB's who don't have "it". They are "misses", instead of "hits" like Andrew Luck, RG3, Russel Wilson and Andy Dalton. If Tannehill hits a wide open Hartline streaking down the middle of the field on a post pattern, the game changes dramatically. An NFL QB has to make that throw 100% of the time. College QB's have to hit that 90% of the time. High school QB's have to hit that 75% of the time. Tannehill has missed on almost all of those this season. Do you think Luck or RG3 would have? My question is whether or not the Fins will have the courage to part ways with him if he proves to be simply an "average" QB after next season?

Clue

Sflafan, Wake is rated the number 1 DE vs the run according to Pro Football Focus so your assessment on sitting Wake is totally wrong. Philbin should always keep his best players in especially late. Wake is the team best DE period just chalked it up to being a rookie HC. Jeez I wished we had RG3. I was an advocate of mortgaging futures draft picks for this guy. Ireland doesn't have the balls to do it he's prob still listening to his daddy(Parcells)

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