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Day 9 Notebook: Philbin Admits He's No Weatherman; Other Notes

Posted Aug 4, 2012

Head Coach Joe Philbin got everything he wanted done and then some at this morning’s scrimmage thanks to an earlier start – but is future as a meteorologist has come into question. Read more about this and other notes below.

## Weather radar in the early dawn hours indicated some inclement weather was in store for the stadium at an inopportune time. So Philbin made the decision to move up the scrimmage by an hour from 9:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., and as he stood under blue skies at the end of practice he accepted responsibility for the call.

“As you can tell we’re real experts with the weather. That was my call,” Philbin said. “Some people wanted to stay over in Davie. Yeah, that’s the great part about being a meteorologist, nobody can second-guess you because you can say the clouds came and went. Yeah, that was my brilliant decision as you can tell and it didn’t work out.”

## Rookie wide receiver Rishard Matthews stood out in the team drills that took place after the official scrimmage, making two very nice catches on passes thrown by Pat Devlin. The first one went for 35 yards and he scooped it off the ground while diving for it and then somersaulting. One play later he caught a touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone with Marcus Brown covering him, stretching the ball over the pylon.

## Punter Brandon Fields picked up where he left off last season by nailing a 61-yard punt that was downed by Julius Pruitt at the 5. He was among the best in the NFL at placing punts inside the 20.

## Rookie linebacker Olivier Vernon used to play on this field at the University of Miami so he felt quite comfortable this morning. “This stadium is very familiar to me,” he said. “It’s fun being able to be out here and it makes doing those extra Fridays working hard worthwhile. I’ve been learning as many things as I can and trying to bring it out here and show it on the field and at game time. I’m glad these fans came out to show support and I’m surprised so many fans came out here. I didn’t expect that but I’m glad they came out here and I’m glad they’re supporting us and we want to have a good season.”

## On the official scoreboard, the offense beat the defense by a 28-0 score, with Dan Carpenter kicking field goals of 35, 40 and 27 yards. His 51-yard attempt sailed wide left after being tipped at the line.

## Koa Misi, Jared Odrick and Cameron Wake were each credited with a sack, with Wake’s coming on Tannehill after he dropped a shotgun snap. Moore finished 10-of-20 for 65 yards and a touchdown and Garrard was 9-of-17 for 57 yards and a touchdown. His was to Naanee on first-and-goal in the goal-line drill.

## Karlos Dansby was vocal about how the defense as a whole performed, especially in the turnover category. “We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” he said. “I missed an interception, Reshad (Jones) missed another one. We’ve got to make those plays. That’s the only way we’re going to be great. Those chances don’t come around often, so we’ve got to make the most of those opportunities.”

## The team is off tomorrow and then returns to the Davie facility on Monday for a normal practice starting at 8 a.m. inside the bubble and then around 8:40 a.m. outside on the fields in front of fans.

## The Dolphins Community Relations winning raffle number for a Reggie Bush autographed football is #868080. If you have a winning raffle ticket, please contact the Miami Dolphins Community Relations Department at (305) 943-7200 to claim your prize.

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