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Monday update: Dolphins sign receiver; Philbin feels no need to play young players more; Sherman, Coyle speak out

The Dolphins on Monday were awarded receiver Armon Binns off waivers from Cincinnati, where he caught 18 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown this season. Binns, 6-3, had been active just two of the past six games before being released Saturday. Miami cut cornerback Michael Coe to make room.


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Highlights from Monday’s news conferences with Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and coordinators Mike Sherman and Kevin Coyle:

 ### With the playoffs unlikely, I asked Philbin if a case could be made – for the greater good of the franchise – to give more playing to young players, especially Michael Egnew – to see what the Dolphins have. Philbin appears disinterested in doing that.

 Here’s how he answered: “I told the team in the locker room – we have a game on Dec. 16 against Jacksonville at 1 p.m. So they are going to show up to prepare to win this game. That’s all I’m concerned about right now.”

### Sherman said Egnew made a couple of great catches on the scout team in practice last week but “he hasn't 100 percent shown that consistency in practice. He’s shown signs of greatness every once in a while, but we want to see it a little more often.”

Sherman said the question of whether Egnew needs to play “is a question Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin need to answer.” He said it’s something they probably should be discussed.

### Philbin was asked how much of the offensive problems are correctable and how much comes down to talent. Philbin continues to insist it’s not talent (though it would be stunning if he feels that way privately.)

“It’s correctable,” he shot back. “There are plays to be made on both sides of the ball. Most of these games in the NFL, a vast majority, get decided in the fourth quarter.”

### Philbin: “The game unfolded much like we anticipated. We thought it would be decided in the fourth quarter. Teams don’t get in the red zone a lot against those guys. We tell guys all the time you have to earn victories.”

### Philbin, on how Jonathan Martin played at left tackle: “He did a good job [in run blocking]. I like the way he played. I thought there were some good things on film. The line competed hard every play. Two sacks – it was OK. You still need improvement.”… Martin and Richie Incognito each gave up a sack.

### Defensively, Philbin said: “We disrupted their passing game well. That creates issues for them offensively.” On the Colin Kaepernick touchdown, “We did not adhere to those basic principles of a run fit.”

### On how Ryan Tannehill played: “He did some good things. He played better in the first half. Statistically, he didn’t perform as well as he would have liked [in the second half]. It wasn’t [all] on him. There wasn’t as much separation in the route running we needed. It wasn’t wide open guys that he was flat out missing. The depth and width of the pocket was compromised as well.”

### Philbin said he would not comment about -- and did not see -- Brandon Fields push Jonathan Freeny after Freeny’s ridiculous special-teams mistake (running back and touching the goal-line while trying to down a punt).


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### Sherman, on Martin and Garner: “I thought they did a good job. The o-line did some good things.”

### Sherman said Lamar Miller “did an adequate job. There wasn’t a whole lot there on the first one we had. He did a great job on the screen. He needs to play in the games more. He knew what he was doing. He was aggressive. He did a decent job.”

### Sherman said the inability to make enough plays to win games late in the game is “expletive frustrating.” (And yes, he said expletive). “We feel like we’re close but we’re not close enough. They are one of the hardest working groups I’ve been around. They were very disappointed after the game. You could have a heard a pin drop on the bus.”

### Sherman said: “The throw Ryan made to Fasano was an unbelievable play. Our guys were competing. That’s what makes it so hard. They’re giving us everything we have.”


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### Coyle, on Colin Kaepernick’s touchdown run (Jason Trusnik and to a lesser extent, Jared Odrick appeared at fault): “It wasn’t just one or two players. They featured a different type of perimeter run they had not shown. The play before was pretty similar – I thought they were just going to run the ball and be content to punt. I wish we had a little better position….

“You take the 50-yard run away, they averaged 3.9 per carry, which is way below their average.”

### Asked if Koa Misi could have returned from his ankle injury in the second half, Coyle said: “The decision was made to hold him out. We certainly would want him on the field.”

### Coyle, on whether Jared Odrick is better at end or tackle: “In our scheme, he’s an end who moves to tackle. He’s over 300 pounds but has agility and mobility to play at an end. We have him in the right spot. This is his first full year of playing. There’s a lot of progress being made.”

### The Dolphins have forced only one turnover in the past six games (a Reshad Jones interception), and Coyle said: “It’s hard to figure. We’ve created 17 turnovers and only gotten three of them. It’s hard to pinpoint the reason why, because it seems we’re right there.”

### He said Cam Wake (three sacks) was “outstanding. He’s a complete player. He’s a joy to coach. He’s among the best players in the league.”














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it's all correctable, we're really close, the game was decided in the fourth quarter, we have the talent to compete, blah, blah, blah. Sad. Pathetic. Irrelevant. Can't wait to see the stands the next 2 weeks. They'll get (or not get as it relates to fans) everything they deserve.

Disgusted Dolphin Fan

I'm tired of hearing this crap that "it's all correctable". That's BS and the coaches know it. It's a lack of talent pure and simple. There are simply almost zero playmakers' or difference makers' on this team. Even the defense is not what it's made out to be. In today's game it's all about taking the ball away from your opponent and we just can't do it. One turnover in 6 NFL games is ridiculous, you can't win games like that. The Seahawks forced 8 turnovers yesterday. That highlights the bridge we need to gap.

Wayne Huinzengerr

Same excuses every year. Nobody there knows what he's doing.


Egnew this and that. Egnew stinks. PERIOD.

That's why the coaches don't put him in. God it's like Patrick Turner all over again. A draft MISTAKE by Ireland that is kept around for looks.

The fact is this team has not been constructed right and due to that has no depth so what 'young' players could we really put in and develop that aren't playing already? They don't have them.

TOTAL mismanagement by the GM. But its OK. we'll see him back again next season and that's when it will REALLY get bad.


Thats what they say, the corporate response.IMO there is no doubt that the offensive players they have on the team do not combine as a team to score enough points.They need to let some of them go, and use the draft to bring in a lot of new offensive players.The defense has kept them in too many games to only have 5 wins out of 13 games.


Ireland has assembled a Mecury Sable and told us it's a Ferrari Testarossa. He is clueless and so colossally arrogant he's blind to his own incompetence. Ross is the worst culprit, though. He has enough history to see Ireland is a cancer killing this franchise. I don't blame Philbin so much, I think he's over his head by about 100 leagues, but he didn't hire himself - Ireland did. Ross needs to sell this team or call in an airstrike and start all over.


Hey Barry,
When Sherman answered you that its up to Philbin and Ireland to decide about Egnew, did that mean Jeffy has a hand in who plays now too???? His job is to get the players not coach. I hope thats not what Sherman meant. If Ireland is deciding on who plays this team is never going anywhere!!!!

Barry Jackson

That's the impression Sherman left, though Ireland typically leaves those types of decisions up to the coaches. He was annoyed last year that Sparano didn't play Clyde Gates more.

fish fiend

I think it's evident that Philbin did not like the personnel moves relative to the WR & TE positions that Ireland made or didn't make last off season. Philbin not playing Egnew because Egnew is inadequate is IMO proof that Philbin was unhappy with that pick. We could have packaged the two 3rd round picks plus whatever it took to move up enough to get a better WR. Like doing some creative thinking? Especially with the deficiency we had at WR on this team. To come out of that draft w/o a legit WR pick is grounds for firing! I think it's time to get rid of the other third of the Tuna Triumvirate and get a guy in there who knows what he is doing. I think Ireland had his training wheels taken off of his back axle a little too soon and he still is very shaky w/o em.


"Our philosophy is to play the most expensive players because it's more cost effective and I majored in business administration".


Watch it Philbin-Cam Cameron's available! This team looks like Cam's teams with the Dolphins! This team is going to be like this until they change their approach towards the game!No major Free Agent is going to want to play down here unless they come for our weather....The Dolphins brass was exposed on the Hard Knocks Show! Those shows looked like episodes from the GOOD OLD BOY NETWORK! Whose going to want to play here? I have 3 cousins in the NFL who are basically out of the Playoffs and will be Free Agents at the end of this season and they told me personally they would not play here under this regime-and two of them are from Miami!


Hey, we're not good but thankfully better than in the cam cameron era. That was brutal. We were one non play by billick in the ravens game from being 0-16 and in the history books for being the only team to run the table both ways.


Dulphins.....repeating the same actions over and over expecting different results and getting the same damn thing over and over is insanity!

Ross is as asleep at the wheel as the american voter!


So I hear Uncle Alvarez at Whisky wants to talk to Golden about their coaching vacancy....sorry Uncle Barry I don't see Golden and family leaving the "sun and surf," for the "frozen turf." LOL


How does Ireland have more decision making power on who plays than the offensive coordinator??? Obviously it's ultimately Philbin's decision, but I would think Sherman has a big say in that. I'm not exactly pining for Egnew to get snaps, but I would hope the coaches are deciding who deserves to be in the game from play to play. If they seem to make bad decisions over and over then the GM can get rid of them. That's how hierarchy/chain of command works Jeffy boy.

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