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Tuesday update: Philbin, Sherman, Coyle address Dolphins' problems

Snippets from Joe Philbin, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle from their Monday news conferences:

### Philbin: “The pass defense was not good enough, not even close. They executed well. We made it too easy on them. It has to be better.”

### Coyle, on his pass defense: “We need to improve. We need to be more productive. We’ve got to be more consistent with everything we’ve doing. We have to be better in coverage. I’ve got to get them in better position to make plays. I didn’t do a good job of that last night. It’s a combination of things. Hopefully, we can get it corrected.”

### Philbin, on why Daniel Thomas played a lot in the second half even though Lamar Miller outperformed him: “A little more pass protection that anything else. It was nothing Lamar did or didn’t do.”

### Does Sherman get the sense that Lamar Miller is clearly distancing himself from Thomas? “I don’t get that [sense]. We will continue the way we’ve been so far until someone really steps forward and makes that known to us.” (It seems Miller has stepped forward, but it doesn’t matter what we think.)

### Sherman, on the questionable fourth and one call early in the game --- the one that was pitched to Thomas, instead of a quarterback draw: “In hindsight, I wish I did” do something different. “The guy made a great play. That was a big play in the game. That will really haunt me.”

### Philbin, on Mike Wallace: “I thought he had seven targets, which might have been second on the team. I thought he played well. I thought he’s doing well.

“It’s still only four games. They’re working well together. Have good communication when they come off the field.”

Asked about Wallace’s performance, Sherman said: “Overall, we’ve got to do better.”

Sherman, on the Tannehill/Wallace chemistry: “The more familiar you become with a person and their style of play, the more familiar you become with how they throw and how they make their breaks, the better they will become as a tandem. It will continue to get better.”

Sherman said Tannehill/Wallace: “It’s about where I thought it would be. I want him to catch a lot of balls. Even when he’s not catching balls, he’s creating some opportunities” for others.

### Philbin, on his team: “I told them we are the only team in football that has a winning record and a minus turnover differential. That’s not sustainable. That’s not going to fly.”

But… “I like the group. I like the way they approach their business. We’re not unlike a lot of teams in the NFL that we don’t have a big margin for error. There are a lot of things we need to work on.

### Sherman, on Tannehill bouncing back from adversity: “Every great quarterback has days like that. That’s the strength of Tannehill. On the fumble, he has to hold onto that ball. He has to get down, to protect himself and the football. That’s something we can work on. He’s accountable for everything that leaves his hands. He has a resiliency you look for in a quarterback. Every quarterback will have a day like yesterday.”

### Philbin on Tannehill’s fumble issues: “His awareness in the pocket has to be better at times. It’s not acceptable either.”

### Philbin, on the Dolphins allowing a league-high 18 sacks: “It’s a unit wide issue. Every position has been impacted. At times offensive line has been beaten, running back or tight end has missed a pickup, quarterback has held onto the ball too long. It’s been widespread, not one particular individual.”

Sherman said sacks “were a byproduct” of the score in the second half. “We all bear the burden of responsibility about the sacks. It’s something we’re determined to correct.”

“I’m not saying because we ran the ball well that it’s a fixed checkmark.”

### Philbin, on the no-huddle offense: “We had some good production early. We wanted to change up the tempo. Sometimes we will use it spurts. It has a place depending on who we’re play and what personnel groupings we’re using.”

### Coyle, on problems with Darren Sproles: “The first series was a nightmare, as all of you witnessed. Part of it was our guys were so geeked up for the game, so anxious. We might have been too excited. They schemed us pretty good. They have a good coaching staff, some fine players. I’ve got to do a better job of helping these guys.”

Asked if he would have done things differently against Sproles if he had another chance, Coyle said: “There were times we were doubling him. But you can’t do it every play. They weren’t down the field throws. They were short throws. We had things in the game plan. Sometimes we hit on it, sometimes we didn’t.”

### Philbin said Derrick Shelby played well, Olivier Vernon had a sack. Those guys did well. Paul Soliai: He did a nice job. Dion Jordan did some good things.”

Coyle: Derrick has played well all season long, especially in the run game. He more than held his own there. Dion got some pressure, collapsed the pocket. They did a good job.

###  Coyle, on Wake potentially playing Sunday: “I hope so. We have to go through the week. Cam wanted to play.”

### Coyle, on Jamar Taylor’s regular-season debut: “Typical of a rookie player. Did some positive things, was a little off on a couple of things. I was pleased with way he responded. He competed. Game wasn’t too big for him.”

 ### Why Jamar Taylor instead of Will Davis? “Will had been up the week before.  He showed well in the practice week, and Jamar has some flexibility playing in nickel and outside.” On his alignment [against Jimmy Graham], he could have helped himself a little bit” with positioning.

Philbin: “The thing I liked about Jamar is he didn’t have glazed look. He completed.”

### Coyle, on Dannell Ellerbe: “He’s a fine player. He’s going to keep getting better. He’s a phenomenal linebacker. Can really run and make plays.”

### One other note: The Dolphins waived FB Tyler Clutts and S Kelcie McCray.

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TK SWANN

THE BOTTOM LINE IS SHERMAN AND COYLE SCREW UP BIG TIME. YES THE TURNOVERS WASN'T THERE FAULT BUT TO THINK THEY CALLED A GOOD GAME IS BULL.. COYLE HAS BEEN A DISA PPOINTMENT IN THIS GAME BECAUSE ON 3&LONG OVER AND OVER HE WENT TO A 3 MAN RUSH AND DID NOT CALL AN AGGRESSIVE GAME PLAN AT ALL IN FACT HE CALLED A "SCARED" GAME PLAN AND THAT'S NOT HIM.. DION JORDAN WAS SELECTED TO GET TO THE QB BUT COYLE KEEPS WORRYING ABOUT VERNON INSTEAD OF TURNING THE GUY LOSE. ALL THIS OVER COACHING CRAP IS KILLING THE TEAM..LAST NIGHT THE DL WAS MAN HANDLING THE SAINTS OL GOT THEM IN LONG YARDAGE ON 3RD DOWN THEN COYLE GOT"SCARED" AND BACKED OFF WHY? THAT WAS THE TIME TO GO AFTER BREES. LAST NIGHT ROB RYAN INSTEAD OF ATTACKING MADE TANNEHILL DRIVE THE FIELD WITHOUT MAKING A MISTAKE AND THAT STRATEGY WORKED BECAUSE EVERY TIME WE WERE IN 3RD AND LONG WE DID OKAY BUT IT IS OUR WEAKNESS BECAUSE OF THE OL.. SHERMAN IS A QUACK AND TO STUBBORN TO CHANGE OR GET THE BALL IN THE CORRECT PLAYERS HANDS.. TO NOT HAVE GOTTEN TANNEHILL/WALLACE ON THE SAME PAGE AT THIS POINT IS AS MUCH HIS FAULT AS THE TWO OF THEM. ON 3RD AND LES THAN AN INCH TO GO AND YOU CALL A PITCH OUT TO YOUR SLOWEST RB SHOWS HOW YOU ARE OVER YOUR HEAD AND NEED TO GO UNLESS THIS CRAP CONTINUES.. THAT WAS THE WORST CALL FOR THE DOLPHINS THIS SEASON AND MAYBE IN OUR HISTORY.. AS FOR TANNEHILL HE SEEMS TO FORGOT HE WAS A WR AND ALL WR HAS TO HOLD ON TO THE DAMN FOOTBALL.. FORGET THE INTS THAT HAPPENS ESPECIALLY WITH AN AWFUL OL THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY, IRELAND GOT HIS CONTRACT EXTENTION NOW EARN YOUR DAMN MONEY AND FIX THE OL DON'T WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR'S DRAFT. TYSON CLABO IS GARBARGE AND JOHN JERRY IS SLOP UNTIL THEY START EARNING THERE PAY,IF THEY DON'T IMPROVE THEY MUST BE REPLACED A LINEMAN ON THE STREET CANNOT PERFORM ANY WORST.

Manny

I find it laughable that Sherman doesn't think a guy averaging 4.6 yards a carry has distanced himself from one averaging 2.8 yards a carry. The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

AnonymousCane

Yep

Uwe Von Charmin

"They have a good coaching staff over there". Classic. Wish they were our staff.

Fins Fan in NC

My opinion - the 3rd and 1" call started the downward spiral. Now if L. Miller was in-same play ran - i give it a 50-50 chance that we would have made it. The nose tackle had huge penetration and more than likely would have gotten Miller.I say run a QB sneak, right behind our outstanding nose tackle. That play should "haunt Sherman" it was a weak call - making the Fins look weak/scared. That's my opinion. Also the 1st Fumble by Tann..when he escaped the pocket, ran up the middle - he looked scared! Get down...take a yard loss or a yard gain - we keep the football. He was trying to make a hero play when what we needed was a smart/heady play. We've got to be aggressive and play with fire and aggression all while being smart and knowing the circumstances...what down it is/what quarter/where we are on the field..etc. All in all I'm OK with the Fins this year, we are young, our QB is young. The Big Game is this week vs the Ravens. This is a must win in my opinion...the Saints loss - so what. Learn from our mistakes, don't make them again and go out and play smart/aggressive football and take out the Ravens. If we win the toss - take the ball..seriously - Take the Ball! Go down, score - like the saints did on us. That will create huge confidence for the O! The D comes out psyched and we get a stop....Momentum...we need it. Go Dolphins.

Jakester

Totally agree with Fins Fan NC-Saint loss is done and this team needs to have what the Saints said about them posted all over the locker room! Take that on to the Ravens and get the mojo going. That 3rd and 1"---ok maybe 2" was an utter disgraceful call!! Sherman should have put his head in his hands on that one!But again, why is it that we can't seem to find players that other teams have OR develop them as they do...that mystery or is it lack of talented coaches has yet to be figured out. Why didn't the Dolphins take Jimmy Graham...heck he was right at UM! You mean the dopey scouts didn't notice that!? That's the stuff I'm talking about. Anyone's thoughts?

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