Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin looks back on a Week One victory and another shot at the Colts
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin joined the SIRIUS NFL crew earlier this week.
Philbin is in his second-year as head coach of the Dolphins and he will get his second crack at the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.
Here are some of the highlights of Philbin’s interview with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon
On coming back in the Dolphins 23-13 Week One win over the Cleveland Browns:
“The thing that I thought that we showed was a little bit of resiliency in the second half. They scored a touchdown with 23 seconds to go in the first half. Anytime you are on the road and you are behind at halftime it’s not easy to comeback. I thought we made enough plays in the second half to get a victory.”
On wanting to improve on the league’s worst rushing effort (23 carries for 20 yards) from Week One:
“There’s no question we want to have much better balance as an offensive unit. A couple of things we saw we have to do a better job of is up front with our line and our tight ends creating space for our backs. Number two, we’ve got to do a better job of breaking tackles. It’s tough to get a hat on every single player in the league. Those safeties come down, get close to the line of scrimmage so we have to break more tackles. Third, credit Cleveland. I thought they had a good plan against us in the running game and they executed it well.”
On the play of second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill (24-of-38 for 272 yards):
“We thought he managed third-down very well. We were 50 percent conversion rate on third-down, which was an area we’ve spent a lot of time on. We thought he played well in the fourth quarter. He was 6-of-7 in the fourth quarter and we were able to put together an 85-yard drive to cushion our lead a little bit.”
On new free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace catching only one pass for 15 yards:
“It took a little while for us to get going. That’s a work in process. We want our players to want to make a difference, want to have an impact on the outcome of a ball game. They work hard, make a lot of sacrifices but we want to do that within the team framework. We are going to get that chemistry down. It’s Week One of a long season.”
On preparing for the Colts:
“We actually saw some of them because they played Cleveland in the third preseason game so we’ve certainly seen a lot of that. (Andrew Luck) has played well and they’ve got a good football team. Their defense is probably very underrated and it’s a good overall team. Coach Pagano and his staff do a great job.”