Philbins Thoughts on Buffalo Game and Friday 9/25/15 Practice
(On Buffalo’s versatile offense) – “They have good skill players, without a doubt. They have a mobile quarterback that makes it challenging to keep him contained and in the pocket and a good offensive line. The reality is that every week in theNFL the opposition has good players, good schemes and you have to be ready for anything. Some weeks it’s an up-tempo style. Some weeks it’s a two-back style. Sometimes it’s empty. The good thing is that in practice, even since April, our guys are used to our offense (which) has a lot of formations and a lot of shifts and motions, so we should be wellprepared for it. It’s not easy. They’re a good football team.”
(On if their ability to shift offensive players into different positions is different from other teams) – “Not all that much. Some of it is. They’ve got the three-back look sometimes where there are three running backs. It was popular a while ago with some really good coach who used to use that. Yeah, it’s very old. You guys didn’t catch that one (joke), but anyway, yeah, but it’s on tape. They’ll have some things that we haven’t seen for sure. I think there will be two or three things. We talked about it already that they will have a couple wrinkles, a formation, a motion, a shift that we haven’t really prepared for. So that’s why you’ve got to know your rules. You’ve got to be ready to play the defense called.”
(On the best way to counter an aggressive defensive line) – “Well, you’d love to have misdirection. You want to get the ball out of your hand. You want to be sound in your blocking schemes. Again, sometimes you may isolate one guy that you want to give extra help to here or there. You don’t want to do the same thing every single time. I think you’ve got to be able to, for lack of a better term, throw a curve ball or a change up every now and then at their D-line is something you want to do.”
(On how he addressed the penalties from last week) – “Right, yeah, we did. We went through it on Monday. We went blow by blow through each penalty, painstakingly through each of the 13 penalties and what the end result was and most of them weren’t very good in terms of, I think one time we were able to overcome a penalty and still score a touchdown I believe on the opening possession of the second half if I’m not mistaken. Again, usually to emphasize the point and it’s intuitive, it’s common sense that on offense you don’t want to go backwards and on defense you don’t want to give him gifts. On special teams, you don’t want to compromise field position. We all know that, but when you have 13 of them you can kind of go one by one and show them exactly how it impacted the outcome of the game. You hope they take it to heart. You work on the problem. That was what we did on Monday and on Wednesday I always try to talk about what’s the emphasis for the practice week in general. Obviously discipline presnap, post-snap is huge.”
(On why practice ended early today) – “We just felt like we had two really good practices, we felt and we wanted to get the guys off their feet maybe a half hour earlier than usual. That was really the main thought process of changing the schedule up a little bit.”
(On if WR DeVante Parker has progressed and where he is now compared to two weeks ago) – “Yeah, much further ahead, yeah, much further along. He has a better understanding of the system. He has seen more things in practice now. You want to expose the players to as much as you can in terms of preparing them for the game based on what you anticipate and so when you are a young player and you have lost a lot of practice time that makes it a little more challenging. Yeah, I feel like he is making good progress and moving forward.”
(On how tough it is being a two tight end team and preparing for the game on Sunday not knowing the status of TE Jordan Cameron and TE Dion Sims) – “Yeah, you have to have contingency plans and the good news is, in some of our things, we can put a play very similar because of the versatility of our tight ends, sometimes we can lineup like we have three wide, sometimes our two tight end package – the nice thing about us is sometimes it can look conventional where everybody is what they call ‘box players’ and they kind of play near the box or our two tight ends can look like a three wide out setup. That’s some of the plays that we’ve had to go through kind of one-byone and say, ‘OK, how many can we really carry over?’ You don’t want to have 40 plays where it’s just three wideouts and then 40 distinct different plays that are similar, but are just two tight ends. We can’t do it on every play, but we try to mesh hey, let’s come up with some all-purpose, so we can handle some things when they pop up.”
(On what his sense on how long before fans will see the full potential of WR DeVante Parker) – “I think he got in 15 or so plays last week and that’s a big jump from one. Hopefully, he’s going to progress and continue to have opportunities in the game and we get the football to him and he can go make some plays. I’m confident that he’s going to get better and better.”
(On if he feels if the offense is at the point where they are prepared to take advantage of the defense when it blitzes) – “I think you have to be. I think you have to coach your offense that – blitz and pressure, we spend virtually every single day that we’ve been on this practice field since April 21st we’ve had a pressure period. It’s critical for both sides, it’s big play opportunities for both sides and, from an offensive standpoint, number one, you’ve got to have a clear understanding of if you’re throwing the football, how you’re protecting the quarterback and whose all responsible for protecting the quarterback and sometimes the receivers are involved in that based on how many people come and that’s critical. In the running game, when you go back at the end of the year and you study a lot of your plays, often times, some of your biggest ones have been hit against the blitz, even though you may not have a ton of practice time on it, you can hit some big plays. It’s certainly a big play opportunities.”
Ready or Not, the Bills are Coming!
Over the last two weeks, I was unhappy that I had to travel on business on Sunday, so I was unable to catch the Dolphins games live. After seeeing the replays and results, I now feel happy that I missed it.
In my last blog, I mentioned that the excitment and anticipation of the start of the season was only shadowed by the trepidation of overhyping and team depth. The trepidation was apparently justified.
Something is not clicking yet with this team (said Captain Obvious). The offensive line cannot open holes for Lamar Miller. Ryan Tannehill doesn't have the time that he needs to make the plays, and how many long passes down the field did we attempt?
No time. The line needs to get better fast.
On the defensive side, Suh cannot do it all. The Redskins in the first half and the Jaguars in both halfs were having their way with both the run and the pass.
The defense needs to get a faster start to give the offense a lead and keep them from playing catch up the whole game.
The coaches have a lot of work to do (said Captain Obvious again). Maybe they are saving their "A" game for this Sunday's game against the Bills, but in this league you need the "A" game against every team, every week. Maybe that is the lesson behind the game last Sunday. What cost us in this game was a silly shove that gave the Jaguars kicker a chip shot. Channel your temper in other positive ways, it was a costly lack of discipline that I have to lay on the coaches table. It's also on the coaches table that this team was not ready to play after the preseason.
And finally, until we win a big one, confidence is going to be an issue with this team. Maybe this Sunday the Bills are exactly what we need. Let's put the first two weeks behind us and get LOUD this Sunday. It is our home opener, and a win will give us all a short memory!
Expectation, Anticipation, and Trepidation for Dolphins Nation
Welcome to my first blog of the 2015 Football Season! I am glad that all of you have made it here with me.
I always avoid writing anything during the off-season, because most of the time the speculation and guesses for the upcoming season are often wrong. But nevertheless it has been an exciting one, starting at the top of the list with the acquisition of Ndamukong Suh and, close behind, the total house cleaning of the Wide Receivers. Gone are Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, new are Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings, first round draft pick DeVante Parker, and the soon to be breakout star of the 2015 NFL season, Jarvis "Juice" Landry, whose sophomore year will certainly be one to watch.
So as we approach the halfway mark of the pre-season, three thoughts are rampant among the Finatics:
Season Tickets are sold out the first time since the Orange Bowl days. According to the Palm Beach Post, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins Tom Garfinkel said by the end of next week, all 47,000 seats budgeted for season-ticket packages will be spoken for. The only season tickets left are upstairs. A maximum of 3,000 to 4,000 individual tickets remain for regular-season games. And just recently a Harvard study predicted a Miami-Seattle Super Bowl (Here's the link: http://harvardsportsanalysis.org/2015/07/a-way-too-early-prediction-of-the-nfl-season/).
After watching the first two pre-season games,the Finatics feel that the first teams are ready to go. Ryan Tannehill has looked very sharp, and the defense looks ready to "Ndominate".
As in the start of every season, all 32 teams have an optimism and hope that their team will make it into the playoffs. Of course, with the off-season acquisitions on both sides of the ball, coupled with the continuing growth and maturation of Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins are poised to make a strong run this year. The most important issue will be the health of the starters, and how good is the depth of our team? What makes a team a Super Bowl team is the players that step up and carry a position when a key starter goes down. Of course, injuries are a part of the game, and there will be key players down this year (remember Dustin Keller), but can the second and third team fill the gaps when needed? This will be the big question to be answered this season.
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