Dolphins Joe Philbin Takes On The Jaguars

Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin spoke with the media on Wednesday about the Chad Henne revenge factor, Reggie Bush’s pass catching ability and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

On how practice was today:
“It was a good practice. It was energetic. It was good.”

On the Jaguars defense:
“They play with good energy. They’re very sound in what they do. I think they know their scheme very well. They played pretty well the other day. They played very well the other day. They tackled well, so we’re going to have to do a good job. They’re not a huge pressure team, but they’ve got a good couple challenging looks that we’re going to have to be ready for.”

On if he thinks Chad Henne will be motivated going up against his former team:
“That’s a question for him. Obviously, he’s playing very well and he’s done a nice job there. Again, I can’t speak to his motivations.”

On if he remembers when Henne went against him in Green Bay in 2010:
“No, I really don’t Obviously, I remember the other side when Mr. (Cameron) Wake had a couple sacks against us.”

On what Henne’s doing well:
“All of the things you like to see in a quarterback – he’s got good arm strength, he’s got god accuracy. It looks like he’s acclimated to their system well and he’s throwing the ball well.”

On what he would like to see out of Ryan Tannehill over the last three games:
“I’d like to see improvement, just like I want to see out of the entire offensive unit, the defense unit, the special teams unit. We told the team in the locker room, we told them again today, the focus is on playing as well as we can. We’ve got to play better to win. We haven’t earned a victory the last two weeks. We haven’t played enough in the fourth quarter. We’re very honest up front about the issues and we’ve got to get them corrected and we’ve got to play better. Certainly, he’s part of that just like anybody else, but it’s not certainly solely on him… He’s one player out of 22, out of 11, on every single unit.”

On if this season has been kind of an emotional rollercoaster of a season for him:
“No, not necessarily. Again, I believe in the guys. I think we have excellent character in that locker room. It’s been a privilege to coach the football team. I like the way these guys compete. I like the way they go about their jobs. I think they’re a professional group. I’m not delighted with the outcomes all the time, but certainly, no, it’s been a privilege to be the head coach of this team.”

On what has been the most satisfying thing of the team this year:
“There will be a time to think about that kind of stuff. Right now, again it’s we’re in a kind of a one week mentality and (I) haven’t really thought about those things. You use that saying (that) I still love pulling my car in here and going to work and being around the staff, people in the organization, the players.”

On the production of the tight end group:
“Our touchdown production has been very good. I think Anthony (Fasano’s) played well (and) made a great play in the game the other day. I think we’d like probably some more explosive plays out of that group. We’re starting to get some of them, but probably some more explosive (plays would be good). I think they’ve been good down in the red zone. We’ve gotten some touchdowns out of the group. I think, again, overall offensively and them, probably we’d love to see a little more production.”

On if the defense overall and if they’ve played good team defense this year:
“Yeah, we’re doing some good things on defense. There’s no question about it. Again, football’s not a game about statistics, but if you went through the profile of our defense, there’s certainly some things that we’re doing well (and) evidence in relation to the 32 other teams. We still have to do things better to get over the hump and win games. That’s really our focus this week. We talk about it – I’ve been trumpeting it since the day I got here and it hasn’t come to fruition all the takeaways and the giveaways on the other side of the ball. We’re 29th in the league in takeaways and we’re 22nd in giveaways and that’s not a good combination. And so that’s on me and it’s on all of us. We’ve got to do better in that area.”

On using Reggie Bush in a broader way, particularly as a receiver last week:
“In some ways, we did. Again, there’s other times when the ball may not go to him where he’s kind of utilized in a similar fashion, but for whatever reason, the ball doesn’t end up going in his direction. But certainly he’s a guy that we want the ball in his hands and we want to find ways to do that. He had some relatively good production the other day.”

On players reaching some records and if they mean anything if the team doesn’t make the playoffs:
“Maybe at some point in time. Right now, again, it’s all about playing better and playing better in the fourth quarter, winning games. We thought the last couple of weeks unfolded kind of like we had hoped for the vast majority of the game. Again, We’ve got to do a better job and win some of those games. I think there will be a time and a place to look at stats and analyze stats, but right now it’s not really a focus.”

On how Jason Trusnik performed replacing Koa Misi:
“He did a good job. He did well. He did a good job.”

On how Jonathan Martin and Nate Garner did last week:
“Yeah, I thought they did well. I thought they did well. Obviously, we don’t want… Common sense would tell you we don’t like to go backwards in the red zone, but I thought they were very competitive and I thought they did, overall, they did a good job.”

On signing Armon Binns and if he could get on the field in the last three games:

“Yeah. Again, today was our first chance to really get our hands around him and see what he can do and he looked like he had a decent practice. We’ll take a look at the tape and see if he can fit into the plan. We’ll see.”

On what he saw in Binns:
“As you guys know, we make decisions all the time for a variety of reasons we sign guys and release guys. He’s guy that we had our eye on (and) thought he might be able to add something to the group and we’ll see how that goes.”

Source: Miami Dolphins Media