Coach Philbin: It Was A Good Team Win

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Coach Joe Philbin speaks with the media about the Dolphins 23-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns in their Season Opener.

Opening statement

“I thought it was a good team win out there today. It’s always difficult to win on the road, there is no doubt about it. I thought we made the plays we had to make to win the game. Obviously, we have a lot to work on, in which we will start right away.”

On pass rushing defense:

“We felt good about the matchups going into the ball game. The guys played hard up front. [Defensive Coordinator] Kevin (Coyle) did a good job as well as the defense. We had a couple blitzes that were effective and we kept changing it up a little bit. I thought overall it was good.”

On Cameron Wake’s performance:

“He loves football. He goes to work every day. He’s obviously a skilled player. He’s got good athletic talent. He likes the game and he works at it. You are happy to see a guy have that type of production who works as hard as he does.”

On three interceptions in the first half:

“I thought our guys did a good job. We were able to win the turnover margin which is something we have been preaching and talking about for a long time. It’s going to be important for the way we are right now as a football team.”

On having any concern of having a poor rushing game:

“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.”

On overall fourth quarter performance:

“I thought our guys were resilient. I thought at the end of the first half we played relatively well coming out of the gate. At the end of the second quarter, things were a little choppy. We had a couple penalties here and there. They took the lead and I thought our guys showed some resolve, some toughness and just kept playing, which was good to see.”

On Ryan Tannehill getting into a groove in the second half:

“That was part of it, certainly, that was part of it. There is no doubt about it. The starting point of every passing game is protection. We have to do a better job.”

On Tannehill’s second half performance:

“First glance, I thought he played pretty well.”

On the final drive being needed last year to win more games:

“I don’t have a crystal ball in my gut. We had a lot of similar games and it is not uncommon to have a lot of games to be decided in the fourth quarter. It is something we have talked about. We need to play well in the fourth quarter.”

On the wide receiver performance:

“I thought the ball went to the right place a vast majority of the time based on the coverages that we got. We dropped a couple passes. We need to do better on catching the football. I thought those guys played well.”

On Brandon Gibson being an important part to the offense:

“Everybody is. All 11 guys that step out there on the offense are important.”

On Dimitri Patterson playing well before his injury:

“He did a nice job. He prepared well during the course of the week. He had a good week of practice. It was good to see him make some plays.”

On secondary playing aggressive:

“You credit Kevin and his staff. They keep talking about it and preaching it. The hope and expectation in coaching is that the things you emphasize and spend time at, you don’t have all day to coach these guys, you hope they show up on tape.”

On the message told to his team during halftime:

“I told them we have to keep our poise, composure, keep playing one play at a time and display the resiliency that I know they have.”
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