Quick 8 p.m. update: Lamar Miller said his shoulder is feeling fine and he will play Thursday. He said he could have played more than 11 snaps Sunday if needed... Cortland Finnegan (ankle) and Daryn Colledge (back) could not participate in the Dolphins' light practice (which was dubbed a walk-through) --- not a good sign regarding their availability for Thursday...
Nine players were limited in practice: Ryan Tannehill, Charles Clay, Miller, Koa Misi, Dion Jordan, Dion Sims, Jimmy Wilson, Kelvin Sheppard and John Denney. Tannehill has injuries to his ankle (not new) and his right (throwing) shoulder, which is new.
Some Monday thoughts from the four prominent coordinators in town --- the Dolphins’ Bill Lazor and Kevin Coyle and UM’s James Coley and Mark D’Onofrio.
### On changes on the offensive line necessitated by Branden Albert’s injury: “I thought at some point in his career, hopefully later than this, Ja’Wuan James would be a left tackle because I saw his ability to move. He’s very athletic, very knowledgeable. I thought there was a chance this would happen. No one wanted this to happen now with Branden Albert. He’s performed well for a rookie offensive tackle….
Dallas has continued to get better and better. He’s been prepared to make this move. He played pretty well.”
### On Buffalo’s imposing defensive line: “I’m excited for our guys to rise to the occasion. This was one of the fronts that gave us some trouble [in week two]. We gained momentum in the second half, were able to capitalize with enough points.”
### He said Lamar Miller’s carries were limited (11) because “going into the game, there were questions how well he would feel. We expected there would be more of a rotation. Any running back in the ninth game is going to be banged up. I have pretty good faith in Lamar. He really wanted to play in the game and he will really want to play Thursday night.”
### On Ryan Tannehill’s difficulty with the long ball, including an overthrow to Mike Wallace on Sunday: “We’re still working to put the good part together in the game. I feel good where we’re headed. I wish we had hit the last one we threw. It’s my job to help get it better. We’ve addressed the mechanics, trying to get people on the same page. I choose to operate with the belief that the next one will prove to everyone he can do it.”
### Is he concerned teams might defend the read option more effectively, as Detroit did? “Whatever you do offensively, you have to keep moving. You can’t do the same thing over and over. They study what you do. You have to have the next step ready, if you continue to do the same thing with the same look, teams will have a better chance to stop you.”
### On LaMichael James, who was promoted from the practice squad: “I’ve seen a guy that can really operate in space. I love the way he runs routes. I love the way he’s decisive and hits the hole fast. He’s excited to have an opportunity.”
### He said Billy Turner, a tackle at North Dakota State, is working mostly at guard in practice but also is getting some work at tackle. Lazor likes his “explosive power.”
### The Dolphins have had the most red zone opportunities in the league but are fifth-worst in efficiency: “It’s a broken record. We’ve got to do a better job. We’ve got to be more detailed and get it done. We have a good plan going in. I will be the optimist and say this will be the week.”
### On Jarvis Landry: “Every time he touches the ball, you get the feeling he’s trying to score a touchdown. Love his attitude. Love [how he's] very detailed in his routes. He’s on track to be a really good player.”
### Anything Reshad Jones could have done differently on Detroit's game-winning touchdown?
“The quarterback did a good job getting outside the pocket, sidearm throw, snuck it in there. I wish we would have made the play."
### Coyle, on his defense being unable to hold a late lead against Green Bay and Detroit: “The series before I thought was going to be the last series of the game [Sunday]… [On the last drive], the quarterback made some great throws. They have outstanding players on their team, as does Green Bay. We have got to win in those situations. But I have great confidence in our defense and the way we’re playing. We played great in the red zone, great in sudden change.”
### On Brent Grimes: “He played a heck of a game. You saw what a great competitor is made of. He more than held his own.”
### Coyle said he had Dion Jordan help in coverage on Calvin Johnson a few times because “we were utilizing Dion with his height and length. He was on him. Dion loves the challenge. Dion did a heck of a job.”
### Why not use Dion at SAM linebacker instead of defensive end? “When you’re not in base defense maybe one third of the time, we have our plan in base defense and we have our plan in sub defense. We’re in sub defense two out of three plays and that’s where his role continues to grow.”
### On Jamar Taylor, who will be needed a lot Thursday if Cortland Finnegan doesn't make a surprisingly quick recovery from an ankle injury: “Jamar competed. There are some things he can do better and he will. We will have an opportunity with him. Will Davis is another guy we’re going to keep developing.”
Taylor and Davis “have worked hard. They are getting more comfortable with the system. Only time in games is going to tell" if they're up to the challenge.
### On defending Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, who had eight catches for 117 yards in their Week 2 meeting: “They hit a couple crossing routes on us. We have a better feel for who he is now than we did back then. Now you’ve seen more of a body of work from him.
"This is a different team from the one we played earlier. The quarterback change has been significant, has affected their style of offense to a degree. They play best when they’re running the football. That will be our challenge – to defend their run game. [Tight end] Scott Chandler has been a thorn in our side.”
Please see the last post for a lot more Dolphins notes.
### On FSU’s defensive line: “Their defensive tackles are really low. They're big bodies, probably the biggest d-line we've faced to this point. That's one of their strengths is they're very strong. They know what they're doing."
### Why has FSU started slowly in some games? Coley said "they've gotten some very unfortunate field position with some turnovers, and a lot of teams are going to have good opening scripts and they cash in. But they do a really good job of adjusting. That coaching staff is experienced. ... Their kids lock in and the game begins for them."
### On FSU standout Mario Edwards, who has recovered from injury: Coley said, "Whenever you 're playing an exceptional big guy on the defensive front you feel them. When they're not healthy you don't as much. Mario is a special player, you feel him when he's full go. It makes a difference."
### On what he wants from his receivers, who haven’t been a big factor in some games: "Just the ability to make big plays, being able to win one-on-ones and really cash in, making people pay when we have certain calls," Coley said.
### On what he will tell his defense heading into the FSU game: "Don't get caught up in the moment, try to do too much. Our guys have played well in the last month, played well in some big games. At the end of the day it's all about preparation, how they practice, and our guys are doing a good job of that. We pride ourself in 12 one-game missions, but this is a game that has big magnitude. We know that. As far as us asking the kids to prepare, nothing really different."
### Will UM take more chances because of FSU’s talent level on offense?
"I don't think this game's any different," D'Onofrio said. "We've pressured quite a bit. It's just situations dictate it, personnel dictates it, what's going on in the game will dictate that. We're going to run our defense, the same one we've been running the last two years and hope we execute well."
### On FSU’s offense: "There's a reason they've won as many games as they have. They don't really have a weakness as far as what I've seen. A great quarterback, a lot of running backs, a lot of guys that can get the ball and a veteran o-line."
### On Jameis Winston: “You know how confident he is, and rightfully so. He has a great arm, brushes off any mistake that he makes. He has that `it' factor for a quarterback. I don't see any of that changing. He has a great set of tools."
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