The Miami Dolphins are 1-0, but if you walked around town, you’d think they were 0-1. The Dolphins didn’t look pretty on Sunday in their 23-10 win, but they got the win regardless. The Dolphins defense dominated the Browns and Ryan Tannehill led the team to 17 points in the second half. In the NFL, playoff teams win games ugly. The Patriots struggled on Sunday against the Bills, but you know what? They won the game. As I said yesterday, I’d rather win ugly than lose looking good. Yes, we must see improvement out of the Dolphins, but if they can make improvements off of a win, I’ll take it every Sunday.
There are a few reasons we’re all concerned about the Dolphins. First, the team rushed for 20 yards on Sunday. That’s simply not NFL caliber. Second, the Dolphins prized offseason signing, Mike Wallace, is already unhappy with his lack of targets. Third, the Dolphins ‘franchise tagged’ player was caught on camera giving his coaching staff the finger on national television because he didn’t start the game. So, with all of these things going on, Joe Philbin had some explaining to do at Monday’s press conference.
Actually, before we get to what the coach had to say on Monday, first check out his post-game speech in the locker room by clicking here. Sorry, but the NFL does not allow us to embed the video. This is a small thing, but I wish Coach Philbs would just speak from his heart. I mean, he’s reading off of a piece of paper. What’s next, a teleprompter??
Sorry, sidetracked for a second. Here’s what Coach Philbs had to say on Monday about the Dolphins areas of concern:
Philbin regarding the lack of success running the ball: “Yeah. I think we averaged under one yard per carry. It’s not a good way to live in the National Football League. We have to have balance and obviously we did not have that today and we need to do a better job. There is no question about it.”
Translation: If anyone has any 6’5″, 300lbs friends, please tweet us at @MiamiDolphins
Philbin on Mike Wallace’s displeasure on not being targeted: “I want every player to want to make an impact.” …..”“We don’t have plays where we throw the ball to a certain jersey number just to do it,” …..“We throw it to the people who are open. Overall, our decision-making was good.” Philbin also said that he spoke with Wallace and that their conversation is between the two of them.