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Joe Philbin To Turn Focus To Falcons Game

Miami Dolphins head Coach Joe Philbin spoke to the media after today's practice.

(Opening statement) That really wraps up our installation phase. We have nine installs, weve had nine installation practices and a scrimmage. So starting later this afternoon, were going to turn our attention to Atlanta and preparing our team to play a game. I thought todays practice, we covered an overtime situation, we covered the last plays of the half, last plays of the game. So situationally, I think weve covered just about everything that could pop up in the game Friday night. And now weve got to get our guys focused in, dialed in on our plan and go execute Friday night in Atlanta.

(On if he will create a game plan for Friday night against Atlanta) Oh yeah, absolutely. Definitely.

(On if he created a game plan before for preseason games) No, weve always had one. Really, what weve done both years or all three I guess, is in the spring, we kind of look at the first, once the preseason schedule gets set, we do a lot of our planning really in the spring since we know were not going to get a any extra film on them anyway. And we put together a generic game plan based on what we see and what we think our team is going to look like August 8th or 9th, whatever that day is. So weve tweaked it a little bit, but we had some thoughts down before we left in June and were going to be installing it this afternoon.

(On the challenge of preparing for the preseason game with some players nicked up) Yeah, its also a collective effort with the medical people as well. We have a full-padded practice scheduled for tomorrow, so weve got to get through that before we can really come up with a definite personnel plan. Obviously, wed love to have everybody available to play and we want to evaluate everybody. But well see if thats feasible.

(On balancing the offensive struggles with defenses strength as a coach) Well, youre looking for, on either side of the ball and the special teams guys, to make plays. So youre happy when guys are making plays. And sometimes, a pick could be a very competitive play, could be a good throw and the guy is battling for the ball and somebody comes up with the football. So just because its a pick doesnt always mean, Oh my God, its a terrible play. Obviously, offensively, we dont want to have those in a ball game. But you cant get too high or too low in the middle of a practice because it can taint your image. Usually, what I tell the team in my brief comments after practice, is that, you know I give them my immediate reaction to the practice. But I also always say, Hey, if Im wrong, Im going to be watching the tape here in a half hour and Ill take a peek.

(On his immediate reaction today with the passing game) There were too many interceptions. However, I thought we responded well later in the practice and kind of worked through it and I thought it was decent.

(On if he likes the way QB Ryan Tannehill is progressing) Yeah, I do. Yeah, I do. And I like the way, I want to say it was the first, we did a pressure period over here and I believe it might have been the first play, I think (Cortland) Finnegan intercepted the first play of the drill if Im not mistaken. Then I thought we responded as an offensive unit collectively and had some good plays and a productive period. Obviously, you dont want to start with that, but that happened and I thought they responded well.

(On what CB Cortland Finnegan needs to do to solidify he has a starting spot) Just play consistently. Hes going to have opportunities to compete in the preseason. Were going to give him snaps in the preseason. We got to see him execute the defense and do his job responsibility on a consistent basis and then well make our decisions.

(On what the staff liked about S Louis Delmas prior to signing him and what theyve seen so far in camp) -The thing that really attracted us to Delmas was his play speed. We thought he played the game fast and decisively, very little hesitation and hes a physical and active football player. Since hes been here, a lot of those things weve seen in practice. I think hes been an excellent locker room addition. He seems to fit in well here, he likes it here. So far, Im very pleased with him.

(On if he is using photos or iPads on the sidelines) - We want to experiment with both. Obviously, we know the still photos, we used them a little bit the other day on Saturday and well continue to experiment with them. I think the initial reaction based on, it wont be a factor necessarily Friday night, but some guys said that the sun and the tablet, you could still certainly see it, but maybe not as clear. We have to teach a couple of guys how to draw on the tablet with the little you know, weve got some work to do. But were going to work through that in the preseason.

(On the defense over the last three days producing a lot of turnovers and if they have been forced or more being in the right place at the right time) - I think both. As you said, there have been multiple ones. There was a number of them in the, weve had a lot of tipped passes the last couple (of practices). I think we had one Saturday, we had one yesterday, we had a couple when we did that half-line pass drill, which is a really good drill we can get a lot of reps against different formations and different coverages. Theyve been doing a good job getting their hands on the ball. Again, we dont try to overcomplicate matters. I mean if you get your hand on the football, we want to be able to catch it and secure and I think overall weve done a pretty good job of that.

(On the staff embracing sports science technology) Its an emerging field. I think there are still a lot of things that Dave Puloka and Darren Krein, our strength and conditioning staff, and Ryan (Grove) and our training staff, that work collaboratively. Were gathering a lot of data. We had some last training camp, we had, again, a good bit of information from the OTAs and now weve had discussions. One day we had a discussion about, hey, this player has gotten his player loads or his volume or his max speeds and, again, its something Im a little bit trying to get used to and Im looking to make solid decisions based on some of the information those guys give us. But theyre working their tail off. I was in the weight room this morning at 6:30 (a.m.), theyre putting all of the GPS things in, theyre working, putting them in the jersey. Theres a lot of work and there is a lot of information and I think the key is interpreting it correctly and making decisions that are sound.

(On CB Brent Grimes camp and what kind of luxury it is to have that type of shutdown corner) The thing you really like about Brent from my seat is the way he comes out here. Again I dont know the exact number of years hes been in the league, but its been awhile and he comes out and practices hard every single day. He likes football. He likes the game. He likes to compete and thats a great example. I can stand up in a team meeting a say, Hey, lets get out there, lets compete, lets get after it and lets do this. So what we attempt to do a lot is show pictures of our own guys, the 31-year old Cam Wake or he might even be 32 now, hes getting up there. Brent Grimes (and) Randy Starks (have) been hustling. We showed a play on Sunday night in our team meeting of Randy Starks hustling his tail off to the ball. Thats the best way instead of me standing up in front of the microphone at a team meeting and doing it. I think Brent has done that on a consistent basis.

(On how LB Dannell Ellerbe is looking in his new role) I think hes doing well. Hes doing well. Weve still gotten him some reps at his old position as well, so I think that versatility at the end of the day is going to pay off for him. But I think his play speed has been good. His assignment execution has been good, so Im looking forward to seeing him play well on Friday night.

(On if CB Cortland Finnegans personality is a positive addition to the locker room) Yeah I do. Again, I would say Im not overly familiar with some of his past and not having been around him before, but the thing I like about him, again, I think the example of what you do is the most important. He has spent an awful amount of time since the day he got here with Will Davis and Jamar Taylor showing them the ropes, spending time, both little tidbits on the field, in the meeting room, in the locker room, off the field, so those kind of things. I think hes fit in very well and I like what he has done.

(On if it has been good for the development of younger players or a detriment for not having veteran players at practice the past few days) Yeah, I think, as Ive said many times and its true, I would love to have everybody every practice. I would like, at this time of the year, to be smart about how much we use of some of those guys, some of those established players. So I think if you are going to get injured in training camp, you are going to miss practice time in training camp, its probably better if you are a player whos got a lot of experience because you are not missing the learning curve that a young player, a rookie player, those type of things. I dont like to see any player miss practice time for their sake or the teams sake, but I understand that it happens.

Source: Miami Dolphins Media



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