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Why Miami might blitz more

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2015 – 1:35 pm

The Miami Dolphins have more than capable pass rushers, but with Cameron Wake nursing a hamstring injury Miami has managed just one sack in their first two games. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin’s defense is blocking 28-30 percent of the time, which is a bit higher than most NFL clubs. And in light of the lack of true pass pressure it sounds as though he’s open to calling more pressure packages when it’s warranted.

“Every team is different, every game plan is different, but we are not opposed to blitzing at all,” Philbin said. “We work on it a lot, we’ve got a very good package. It’s game plan specific obviously.”

As for what is keeping the team’s sack production down, Philbin offered the following.

“A couple of things – sometimes we have to win our matchups better in the rush number one,” he said. “Number two, some of the teams have gotten the ball out relatively quickly, sometimes the quarterback has bought a little extra time, a variety of things, but it’s never usually just one thing. Certainly we want to win more of our one-on-one matchups and we haven’t.”

It’s a bit risk-reward that Philbin and his defensive coaches have to weigh. They coverage hasn’t been strong so blitzing aggressively to help on the back end might prove helpful. Blitzing aggressively however, can open up more escape lanes for Taylor if protection breaks down.

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Philbin’s thoughts on slowing Bills’ ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2015 – 12:25 pm

In Week 2 Patriots QB Tom Brady effectively neutralized Buffalo’s vaunted pass rush with lightning quick throws and quick decision making. Many have tried to duplicate it, but not everyone is Brady. That’s why Miami head coach Joe Philbin has some other ideas.

“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,” Philbin said. “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.”

Miami’s offensive line, which is likely to be without starting LT Branden Albert, has given up 18 sacks in their last four games with Buffalo.

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Dolphins have penalty problems too

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2015 – 10:22 am

There’s no debating that the Bills have to cut back on their penalty count, which currently leads the league at 25 through two games in 2015. But the Miami Dolphins are not far behind after committing 13 alone in their Week 2 loss at Jacksonville this past Sunday.

“Thirteen penalties are unacceptable, it’s way too many,” said Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin of his team’s yellow flag total from Sunday. “I think I was right in saying it’s the most we’ve ever had since I’ve been here.

“It wasn’t very good yesterday. I could sit here and pontificate about how good we’ve been in the three years that I’ve been here in terms of penalties, but the film says it’s not very good. I am concerned because we weren’t very good. We had eight penalties in the fourth quarter, eight. Again, if you want to win football games you have to play well in the fourth quarter and when you have eight penalties that’s not a good sign, that’s not a good reflection on me either.”

When asked if he felt his players’ penalties were rooted in mental mistakes, Philbin said they ran the gamut.

“It was everything, it’s discipline, it’s focus, it’s concentration, it’s technique, it’s coaching, it’s everybody,” Philbin said. “Again, it’s not one player, it’s not one person, everybody is in this thing together and we’ve just got to be better. I mean we had eight penalties in the fourth quarter, it’s not good.”

The Dolphins rank sixth in the league in penalties with 19.

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Bills ‘D’ mixed it up

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2012 – 1:05 pm

Buffalo’s defense is often criticized for being too “vanilla,” but that wasn’t the case Thursday night.

“They did a good job of defending the run, mixing coverages up,” said Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. “We were trying to guess some coverages and get some play calls that would mix it up, and it seemed like we never really hit on one that we were trying to get. So, they did a good job of mixing things up and it made it difficult for us to get the ball moving.

“They did a little bit of everything. They played corner-safeties, they brought a safety in the box. I wouldn’t say it was daring us to throw, but they wanted to defend the run. They did a good job of coming down late and making tackles close to the line of scrimmage.”

“It was not a good offensive performance,” said Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. “We were 0-for-7, I believe, at one point on third down. We had no rhythm; we had nothing going on. We weren’t throwing the ball well, we weren’t running it well. They did a great job on defense and we didn’t execute well on offense.”

“It was pretty simple,” said Reggie Bush. “Couldn’t run the ball. We didn’t have much success running or throwing the ball, so when you can’t do either one, it’s a recipe for disaster.”

Miami finished with 184 total net yards in the game.

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