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Monday 7 p.m. Belichick adds a Dolphin; Dolphins update: Coordinators Lazor, Coyle address issues; Heat coaching shakeup

7 p.m.: Coincidence or not, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has signed safety Don Jones, one day after the Dolphins cut him and six days before the teams meet in Miami. It isn't the first time in recent years that Belichick has signed a just-released Dolphins player just before the teams meet.

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Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was much more complimentary of Knowshon Moreno than Lamar Miller today and clearly wants Miller to be more productive. Armando has those interesting comments on his Dolphins blog.

Lazor had more to say on other issues. Among them:

### For competitive reasons, Lazor understandably declined to say why the Dolphins haven’t often, in the preseason, showcased the fast-pace offense that some players expected or how much of an up-tempo attack will be used during the regular season.

“The strategy of how we would like to approach each game, we will probably keep those to ourselves,” Lazor said.

Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese has said that the Dolphins intend to play at a faster pace beginning in Sunday’s opener against New England at Sun Life Stadium.

### Lazor likes how Ryan Tannehill has developed. “You are talking about a guy that has the desire to be great and the desire to work at it. We ask him every day to be the most prepared player when he walks on the practice field. [His] work off the field, he’s done a great job with that.

“We need Ryan to continue to show a mastery of what we’re doing, decisions he makes, making them fast, being accurate with the football, spreading the ball around. We try to put him in really hard positions in practice to get him ready to do that in a game.”

### Where has Tannehill shown the most growth? “We’ve seen him work to be decisive and on time and get the ball out of his hands," Lazor said. "In the games, he’s proven he can do that. He’s getting the ball off on time. We’ve been pretty pleased how he’s done that in the game.”

### Lazor offered plaudits for rookie receiver Jarvis Landry: “I have no concern about Jarvis Landry being ready to play. In every preseason game, he’s played at a high level."

### Lazor doesn’t seem terribly concerned about the possibility of the Patriots again trying to take away Charles Clay, as they tried to do in Miami’s win last December when they limited him to one catch: a big fourth-down reception on the Dolphins’ final drive.

“I have great confidence in his ability to get open,” Lazor said of Clay. “If you have an average player on him, he’s probably going to get open…. I’ve seen the film from last year.”

### The Dolphins ranked 26th in the league in scoring last season, at 19.4 per game. Philbin said he wants to get to 25 points per game.

Lazor declined to quantify his numerical goals but likes what he has seen: “Overall, we’re getting faster. We want guys who can play in space, when they get the ball in their hands, know what to do with it. And we want guys that can separate.

"Every guy that’s blocking has to block with a certain kind of attitude and every guy that’s running has to run with a certain kind of attitude. We expect to be productive when we run the ball. We think we have good backs. I think we have a good offensive line. I like how quickly they’ve learned to communicate together.

"I feel very good about the talent level we have. When you start new there is always that little bit of first couple games to see certain people. We have some new people we need to see operate real games. It’s time to put up some points.”

### Lazor said he will not call plays from the press box, but on the sidelines instead, because “it’s a comfort level for me and for some of the other coaches and for the players.”

Tannehill told Griese that he gets the play call 10 seconds faster when Lazor is on the sideline.

### Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle feels optimistic about his unit, noting they allowed the second-fewest yards per play in preseason.

### Linebacker was a weakness last season, but Coyle is encouraged by how Koa Misi has adjusted to middle linebacker and mentioned he “was in on six hits in 23 plays” in his second and final preseason appearance, at Tampa.

“Dannell Ellerbe is comfortable where he is,” Coyle said. “We’ve seen productivity out of Philip Wheeler in defending the run and pressuring the quarterback, as well as the backup guys.”

And Coyle said: “I feel good about the secondary. I’m excited about Brent Grimes… and Cortland Finnegan. Cortland and Louis Delmas have been joys to coach. They bring a toughness, an edge. Louis brings tremendous amount of energy, excitement, physicality to the defense. People have to be aware where Louis is. I expect him to be a physical force for us.”

### Coyle said Will Davis will be the Dolphins’ third corner at times and Jamar Taylor might handle that role in other packages.

### Who will take the snaps that would have gone to Dion Jordan during his four-game suspension?

Coyle said Derrick Shelby, Chris McCain and Terrence Fede (if his knee is healthy) will all play.

“Early in the season, particularly down here, you have to roll people through,” he said. “It’s hard to play 70 plays in conditions we’ll be playing.”

### Philbin said he hasn’t decided on punt and kickoff returners. Jarvis Landry is the logical option for punts. Landry and rookie running backs Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa are all capable of kickoff returns. “They’ve all shown flashes,” Philbin said.     

Please see the last post, from late last night, on the Heat's coaching staff shakeup.... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz... Please check back later for UM-Louisville postscripts. 

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