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Philbin shares insight on Tannehill, philosophy with Boston media; Bush on why he wants to stay

Wednesday is usually the big media day at Dolphins camp, with Reggie Bush and numerous players talking and Joe Philbin addressing reporters who cover both the Dolphins and the visiting team. A half-dozen snippets from the final Wednesday media session of the season:

 ### Patriots writers asked Philbin whether Ryan Tannehill might have solved the Dolphins’ decade-long problem at quarterback. “Yeah, he’s making good progress,” Philbin responded. “In our system, we’re looking for a guy that makes very good decisions with the football, No. 1, and I think he’s made good strides in that area. The second thing we’re looking for is a guy that throws the ball accurately and he’s making progress there, although we need to improve there in that area as well.

"The last thing is you’ve got to manage the game and make plays that decide outcomes of games. I think some of those he’s proven he can do that as well. We’ve just got to do it a little bit more consistently and a little better. We’ve done some good things on offense, but we’ve got a long way to go.”

### Philbin told Boston media that he and Mike Sherman have given Tannehill more responsibility in recent weeks: “As the year has gone on, we’ve given him a little more freedom and he's done a few more things with protection adjustments and route changes at the line of scrimmage based on a particular look that we may have prepared for. He’s not necessarily doing it on his own, a lot of it is pre-determined.

"Sometimes guys have a difficult time and the one thing that we like about him in this stage of his career is we feel like he is an aware player. I mean he’ll come off to the sideline and he will kind of know if he made a mistake probably before you can tell him, and he has a good understanding of what he just saw on the field. Sometimes you’ll ask a guy, ‘was it man or zone? Did they blitz?’ Some guys kind of give you the blank look, but Ryan’s been very aware and in tune to what’s happening on the field.”

### Boston media asked Philbin about his philosophy of building a team, and he reiterated he prefers drafting and developing players to free agency, but also made clear that he would be OK with free agent additions. (And Jeff Ireland wants to get more out of free agency than last spring.)

“It’s always good to mold guys in your own image I guess is the easiest way to put it,” Philbin said. "That’s kind of what I’m more used to in the nine years where I was at before. It was more you drafted guys, you had your own guys, you developed them and you kept them and had some continuity with players and staff, etc… So that’s kind of the model that I’d like to have here. Not saying that a free agent can’t contribute or anything like that. Certainly we’ll look at every avenue possible, but the young guys have been good. I think a lot of those guys have a nice future.”

### Philbin, on what surprised him in his first year as an NFL head coach: “I certainly had a lot of thoughts down on paper when I interviewed for how I wanted to run a program and all that, but simple things like we did just a little bit of remodeling downstairs and they asked, ‘Joe do you want the carpet to be this, or the seat on the locker to be this?’ ‘Do you want the helmet hung here?’ Stuff like that that you never even thought of before, you have to have some input on. So, I think just the volume of decisions that have to be made on a daily basis. Again, we’re not curing cancer here. People are doing a lot more important things than we’re doing, but still you have to make some decisions.”

### Bush said Mike Pouncey has become such a "great player" than he could now envision him being "a potential Hall of Famer once it is all said and done.”

### Bush, an impending free agent who the Dolphins would like to keep but only at the right price, said he genuinely believes the “direction of this organization is going in the right place. I’m very encouraged. From the beginning when Philbin started, he came in (and) he changed the whole locker room and our facility. He changed everything. When he came in, he wanted to kind of portray that he’s changing the whole mentality of this organization, mindset, and I think he did that. It’s been really positive.”

After Bush reiterated that he “would definitely love to be back,” he was asked why. “Well, for one, I don’t want to keep bouncing around from team-to-team. I’d like to have a home base. And two, I really enjoy the fan base here, the city of Miami and there’s also I think a great tradition here of winning (and) of excellence. When you look back to the ’72 Dolphins, or some of the great players like Larry Csonka, Dan Marino, guys like that, it’s good company. I talked about wanting to bring back the passion about Miami football and building a winning franchise here.”


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Weirs Scrotland

Lukewarm-to-barely-tepid "endorsement + progress made by Luck/RGII/Wilson/Kapernick contrasted to TanneHenne's meh field-Generalship = "Next!"


They should have taken Wilson. He will be a much better pro.

Weirs Scrotland

IS a much better pro.


Evan, if they would have taken Wison with the 8th pick you and most Phins fans would have wanted Philbin and Ireland fired immediately. You're being a Monday Morning Quarterback when you say things like that. Say it 5 years from now, it's still too early. But last year Tannehill was THE pick at that position period, not Wilson.


The team seems to have a decent base of young talent, a ton of picks, and $50 million to spend. And i think Philbin has the right make up to be a head coach. He sees the big picture, organizationally. The QB looks like he can be solid to very good as he matures, the center looks great, competant rookie tackle on the line, lamar miller has all the potential, good safety in the back end, smith is ok as a corner,the front 7 is a strength...I think despite everyone's slamming of Ireland and the job he's done, they are set up to succeed on a regular basis in the coming years. Need a dynamic pass catcher (which might not be there until 2014 draft) but maybe a free agent like Mike Wallace could help tremendously. I say Believe in Miami.

Weirs Scrotland

Fire! Ireland!! Now!!!


I believe they will re-sign Reggie Bush and Sean Smith. Although they both will be pricey. But they'll have a bit of cash to do so because I believe Jake Long has played his last down as a Dolphin. Jonathan Martin is now the Fins starting left tackle. The price to keep Long would be too staggering, and he doesn't excell is the Fins blocking scheme. There's not a decent receiver in this years draft, unless Woods from USC comes out. None worth the 15th or 16th pick where the Fins will be. The draft is LOADED with DT's and DE's and LB's. A few OL. It looks like the Fins might be lucky if the get a decent OL in the first round, and pick up a "good" WR in the second round.


I'm happy with tannehills progress, historically he has done well compared to previous rookies. Then consider he amount of games he's played at the position. Wilson had started many more games before the season and his early success compared to other rookies has not been that big of a surprise...but I think Tannehills ceiling could be higher than Wilson.

The seconds season is usually a better indicator of any rookie qb that survives their rookie season. Give the other teams an entire off season to prepare from a seasons worth of tape, then we'll see.

waters hplc

The article is written in a very good manner.


Yeah, Weirs has gotta life......posting such valuable insight at 3:51 am--solid.


wilson woulda been the pick in Rd 2 mike, but obviously only if they passed over tannehill in rd 1--all of this now if just fine re: wilson but no significant draft pundit (NONE) viewed him as a 1st or 2nd rd pick, whether it was due to his size or not--he's looks great, good for him, the steal of the draft at this point, but 30 other teams (plenty needing QB upgrades) passed on him several times, not just Miami--BUT, give teams the offseason to watch film and make adjustments and we'll see how he does in Yr 2&3.....and how he holds up as the hits pile up (see Vick, Michael).


The Seahawks have unloaded the entire playbook on Wilson and design plays to highlight his abilities.
Meanwhile, Sherman is just taking the training wheels off Tannehill. It's obvious to me that Sherman only used 1/2 the playbook this year and have been spoon-feeding it to Tannehill.
Next year is it...full playbook, new offensive weapons, & hopefully the players stay healthy.
2013 will be Ryan's coming out party and predict he'll be a top 10 QB.


Nothing will improve beyond mediocre unless we get new & NFL-worthy ownership, which will result in the hiring of a competent GM and coach. Unfortunately, it probably won't happen anytime soon.


NHfinsfan, wilson was 4 year starter in college. Wilson has reached his peak. It's downhill from here. Tanny is just beginning. Much more upside. BTW tanny beat wilson the one time they met


Tannehill has been nothing short of impressive given his lack of weapons and experience. Fins finally have a quarterback.

ATL Phin

Really with all due respect I don't care about any other quarterbacks who are not Dolphins. Tannehill had a nice rookie year and I believe he will get better as the team gets better. There is no need to look to Seattle, Indy, or Washington- what Miami has here is going to do very well.


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Talks renewed...after recent BE collapse. MSG can get out of contract with BE.

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Expand the ACC men's basketball tournament from 1 site to 2 sites (over 2 weekends), thus selling twice as many tickets.
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6 #ProCanes selected to 2013 Pro Bowl: Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Chris Myers, Vince Wilfork, Ed Reed and Frank Gore.

Miami's 6 Pro Bowl selections tied for most by any college with Tennessee.

-- hurricanesports



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I say read a book http://www.waldenbooks.blogspot.com
Dolphins need to resign Clay, he is the real deal!
Draft a DL and an OL and LB. Get Wallace in free agency from Pittsburg. Turn Long loose, no need for him unless he's willing to accept $5M a year. Miami already paid him like $60M, what has he done for it? Nuffin


Wilson has better weapons around him. Plain and simple.

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