Coach Philbin: It Was Great To Have Steve Ross At Practice Today

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Coach Joe Philbin holds his final session with reporters before Friday's game in Jacksonville. Hear Philbin comment on Dolphins owner Stephen Ross visiting the team on Wednesday.

(Opening Statement) – “It was great to have Steve (Ross) at practice today. I’m sure you noticed he was here. He gave an excellent address to the football team earlier today. I think the players, they’ve already felt a level of commitment to this organization, this community. He gave an outstanding speech to the players, and it was great to have him here.”

(On if one player has the edge in the position battle for fourth wide receiver)– “I wouldn’t say at this point in time. Nothing obviously has been established. Luckily we have a lot more opportunities, game opportunities and practice opportunities for these guys to separate, and we will certainly give them those chances.”

(On what one of the wide receivers competing for the fourth receiving spot will have to do to emerge as the favorite) –“Again, I don’t want to make it sound too simple, but one of the things we want to see in both practice environment and in a game is making plays, stepping up and making plays in the passing game, showing the ability to get open and separate, catch the football consistently, block in the running game. Those are the things we really want to see.”

(On Dallas Thomas and addressing his struggles against Dallas) – “We’ve got to work on his technique and fundamentals. That’s the only way to really solve the problem. One of the issues was the other player was getting his hands inside sooner than he was and pushing him back because he was establishing leverage. We have to continually work on his leverage, his punch, the timing of his punch, his feet. There’s a lot of things that go into pass protection, and we just have to continue to work on it.”

(On if he could give a general idea how much the starters will play on Friday) – “We aren’t sure. We’ll find out tomorrow when we meet on play time. We’ll take a look at that. Probably a hair more than they did (against Dallas).”

(On if he is confident he will OK with just two quarterbacks if Pat Devlin can’t play on Friday) – “I’m confident we will be prepared to play the game, absolutely.”

(On if Matt Moore has to play more than a half if Devlin is out) – “I’m confident we will be ready to play the game.”

(On Mike Wallace saying he expected to play on Friday) – “We shall see how it goes. We haven’t made any final decisions on who is playing, how many snaps, but we will determine that. And we will have a plan”

(On how Mike Wallace looked today) – “He looked OK. Again, we are going to watch the tape. We are going to take a look at it. We are going to evaluate it and see how we go from there.”

(On being able to see Mike Wallace deliver a big play for Ryan Tannehill on 11-on-11) – “He’s a good, sound football play, (a) good route, good timing on the play, protection on the play was good. Like anything else, there usually is a lot more than a quarterback throwing the ball to a receiver. There’s got to be the right landmark, the right timing, the right protection and the right velocity on the ball, air under the ball. All of those things have a factor. It looked like a good play.”

(On if he has emphasized more hitting in practice versus risk of injury) –“You know we have a tackling period every single day. We’ve had some live tackling here on the practice field with our guys. We are going to have five preseason games where we are going to have roughly 350 snaps of defense, so we’ll take a look at it. Obviously nobody in the building or the organization is happy with the way we tackled starting with me. But we’ve addressed it, we’ve drilled it already and we will continue to do so.”

(On number one area he wants to see improvement from the first to second game) – “Fast start.”

(On if he has settled on Josh Samuda as his starting right guard) – “We aren’t settled on it. We really aren’t settled on anything there really at all. But we’ve like what Josh has done. We like the way he plays the game. I like the way he practices.”

(On if running backs having 300 carries within a season is too much) – “I don’t think that’s too much. That’s what 18-to-19 (carries) a game, if my math is about right. I don’t think that’s too much.”

(On if those 300 carries produce more productivity) – “Potentially. It all depends who it is. There’s evidence that could be the case.”

(On Dan Carpenter and his performance on Sunday) – “Very good. Winning performance, absolutely.”

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