MIAMI DOLPHINS HEAD COACH JOE PHILBIN
POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
October 27, 2013
JP: I want to congratulate the Patriots. They played a very good football game and clearly deserved to win the game. Played better than we did and we have to do better.
Q: Did it feel like the avalanche came down the hill in the second half and things piled on top of things and you couldn’t get your footing?
JP: I wouldn’t call it an avalanche; we didn’t play very well in the second half. We didn’t play well. Hey, we didn’t make stops, we gave the ball away, we didn’t protect our quarterback, and we got a field goal blocked…we didn’t play well. I wouldn’t call it an avalanche, but we didn’t play good football. Not good enough to win.
Q: Joe, Olivier Vernon’s illegal batting of the ball. What is your interpretation of the rule and what was explained to you?
JP: Just what you said, James, he illegally batted the ball. You know, our stance was we thought he was trying to recover it and they said he illegally batted it.
Q: Coach, the missed field goal when it hit the upright, after that it seemed like the bottom just fell out of this football team. What was the difference between the way things were going prior to that to the way things happened afterwards?
JP: We were making a lot of first downs, we were dictating the tempo just like we wanted to, we were making stops on third down. Have to credit them, they made a lot of plays in the second half and we have got to do better. They made a lot of plays.
Q: Coach, it seems like a repeating story, same issues—inability to protect the quarterback, turnovers, give aways—those lead to the downfall again. What does this team need to do to change that pattern?
JP: I thought our protection was better. They did a nice job in the second half. We didn’t handle their blitz package very well, which is a little bit different than some of the things that have been hurting us earlier. But still, it is all part of the scope of pass protection and we have to handle it better. We have to do a better offensive line and running backs, at times, quarterback getting the ball out, receivers looking. And when they are bringing extra people, we have to respond better.
Q: It’s got to be a tough feeling in that locker room, you have a short turn around before the game on Thursday. How do you get past this and get this team ready to play against a very good Bengal team coming to town?
JP: Well, we have said it before, it is a long season. We believe in the guys in the locker room and it’s going to have to be a quick turnaround. Cincinnati defeated this football team, so they are very, very good. And there is not going to be a lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to get to work right away.
Q: Joe, why weren’t you guys able to run the ball as effectively in the second half, as you were in the first?
JP: Well, a couple times they played different personnel packages. We had some runs in the second half that were productive, but certainly not as many. Our rhythm wasn’t as good.
Q: NFL.com reported that Brandon Gibson has a torn patella tendon and he is out for the season. Can you shed any light on that situation?
JP: I haven’t really spoken to anyone about it.
Q: You mentioned the blitz package, the one that got Ryan [Tannehill], where he was blindsided and he fumbled. Is that something Ryan has to see, coming to the line, to change the protection?
JP: Well, I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but you don’t want to expose the backside of your quarterback to a blitzer uncontested. So, that’s what happened. I’m not going to get into scheme specifics, but it is safe to say, we don’t have a lot of pass protection schemes where we turn free a defender coming of the slot to hit our quarterback in the back of the head and fumble the ball on the 13. I’m not trying to be a smart-aleck, we don’t like to do that, but we did it.
Q: Coach, [Caleb] Sturgis missed, counting the block at the end, four of his five attempts. Is that becoming a concern for you?
JP: Like I say, I have a lot of faith in Caleb, this guy is a pro. He works at it every single day. And I am sure he is going to get back on track.
Q: There was a sideline pass to Rishard [Matthews] that looked very borderline. Was there thought to challenge it?
JP: there was absolutely thought to challenge it, but our feeling was, we were not going to get the call. So I did not throw it.
Q: Individually, how do you think Bryant McKinnie performed in his first game?
JP: He looked like he did some good things. You know, I thought he did some good things. We will have to take a closer look at the tape.
Q: I know you addressed the defensive pass interference on Jimmy Wilson…[inaudible]
JP: You know, those are bang-bang plays.
Q: Joe, how was [Cameron] Wake today? Was he effective out there at all?
JP: Yeah, I thought he did a good job. I mean, you can’t always measure performance on sacks, but I thought he played well.