“My initial reaction maybe is that the defense might be a hair head, and that’s not uncommon,” Philbin said. “The first day in pads is when your offensive guys, at least in my history, seem to take a little bit longer to get used to the leverage of the game and the speed of the game.”
One area where there was a clear disparity during team drills was in obvious passing situations, as defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle’s pass rush consistently got to the quarterbacks. Philbin chalked some of those rushes up to some poor pass protection but mostly it came as a result of the defensive players getting a good push both in pressure periods and in their basic four-man fronts.
“When you’re going in pads, the D-line is coming off a little quicker, able to collision, so the pass protection is a little different,” Tannehill said. “David (Garrard) was talking about it, the pressure they got today was a little bit more than they got the last two days just because of the pads. It’s a different element there. It’s a fast game.”
The defensive players enjoyed the advantage they had out there, considering the first two days they were being tested trying to keep up with the fast pace of the offensive drills. Putting on the pads allows for the defense to feel a little more even when it comes to match-ups.
“I think guys were flying around before,” said linebacker
“You turn it up a little bit. It’s real bullets now,” he said. “None of this tagging off, all this two-hand touch and pitter-patter. It’s a man’s game. It makes it more realistic. You can do more things with the pads on, especially guys like myself. Some of these outside linebackers/D-end types where you got to play the leverage game, you’re going to be giving up 70, 80 pounds to some of these guys and you’ve got to go in there and put your weight on some of these guys. When you have the pads on, you get a better sense of what you can do and what you can’t.”
DOLPHINS AUDITIONING ANTHEM SINGERS: The Dolphins are holding an open audition as they look for talented individual singers, groups and or musicians to perform the National Anthem at 2012 home games. The auditions will take place on August 4th in conjunction with the team’s open practice at Sun Life Stadium. Fans will play a role in the selection process as they will have the opportunity to vote for the final anthem performer of the year. The winner of the fan vote will get to perform the National Anthem at the team’s final regular-season home game on December 23rd against the Buffalo Bills.
DOLPHINS TIDBITS: Tannehill’s first official pass completion of training camp came inside the practice bubble on a designed rollout to his right as he connected with