Dolphins Philbin Going Out On A Positive Note

Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin spoke with the media Friday on the last game of the season and the hope of a .500 record.

On if the weather in New England this Sunday impacts anything:
“Well, we did have the air conditioning on full tilt (in practice today). Yeah, I think it’s supposed to be relatively nice, having grown up in Massachusetts. It’s supposed to be around 30 degrees and the winds not supposed to be too bad. We talked to the guys Wednesday morning and we told them what the forecast was. It’s actually, I think, improved since then, but I think once the game gets going, guys don’t really think about the weather too much.”

On if players worry about the snow or wet field:
“I don’t think so, not really.”

On how many friends and family he’ll have at the game:
“Not a whole lot. My parents are elderly so they’re certainly not going to the game, but a couple but not too bad.”

On if the question has been answered whether John Jerry can be a quality starting guard:
“He’s done well. He’s done a good job. We’ll take some time in the offseason to thoroughly evaluate everybody on the roster and evaluate ourselves and things we did as well. But I thought he did a good job overall.”

On the chemistry between Ryan Tannehill and Mike Pouncey:
“You’ve got to be good down the middle. The biggest thing I think when you have those two positions, you need guys that practice on a regular basis. I know that’s a simple starting point, but having gone through some years where that’s an issue sometimes, I think it’s important that both the center and the quarterback are together – getting a lot of reps working together, the communication system, the re-identifications. All those things that take place are imperative in the NFL today and I think they’re off to a good start.”

On if there was a different feel today with this being the last practice of the season:
“Not really, no. We kept things pretty much consistent throughout the week. We’ve tapered practices as the year’s gone on, but really we did the (same thing). We kind of like to get these guys in a routine – this is how we prepare for a game, these are the things we believe you need to do to get ready to play in a game. So we’ve kept that pretty consistent.”

On if he takes any time off after the season or if he immediately start looking ahead to the Draft or things of that nature:
“I’ll take a little time off certainly (at) some point obviously as will the staff. They need to do that. I think when you’ve been going since July 27th, you’ve had maybe a brief a weekend off during the bye week, I think you need time to re-charge and sometimes it’s good to step away and just think. It helps you clear your vision up and think about some other things. I’ll definitely do that.”

On if he sees himself being very involved with the Senior Bowl scouting and things of that nature:
“I haven’t gotten that far, but I’ll be involved to a certain degree I’m sure.”

On not having a ton of time to explore South Florida yet and it being a whirlwind since he moved here:
“Yeah, it’s been fast-paced. No question about it. It’s been good though. It’s been great. I’ve been very fortunate and (I’ve) met a lot of great people. I’m looking forward to working and staying here for a long time.”

On his thoughts on practice squad wide receivers Jeff Fuller and Brian Tyms:
“I think they both have a future or we wouldn’t keep them here. They both have a nice body type. They have good length those guys and they’re competitive. I think Jeff’s caught the ball better, more consistently. He’s had some ups and downs in camp, but I like the way he’s progressing. And Brian’s, he’s kind of sneaky fast. He moves well and he goes up and competes for the ball well down the field. I’m looking forward to working with those guys.”

On why Armon Binns has been able to pick up the offense so quickly:
“He’s worked really hard at it number one. Coach (Ken) O’Keefe and Coach (Phil) McGeoghan have spent a lot of extra time with them number two. He appears to be a bright guy. So I think when you have the work ethic and the intelligence and the staff taking the extra time has enabled him to get caught up pretty quickly.”

Source: Miami Dolphins Media