Dolphins Postgame Quotes

Posted Nov 6, 2011

Read interviews with Coach Sparano and Dolphins players from a victorious locker room at Arrowhead Stadium.

Head Coach Tony Sparano

On the victory: “The guys played good and the coaches coached good. Those guys kept believing in the locker room. They were pretty daring today, to come into a place like this and win a football game-that’s a really good team out there-credit to the people in the locker room and to those coaches.”

On QB Matt Moore and his accuracy: “He threw it well. He threw it well all week honestly. In practice this week we completed 74% of our passes, that’s hard to do. I thought he threw it well and the line protected well, that’s a good group out there. We want to take swings at those guys when they don’t do well, but they played a pretty solid football game up front.”

On the offense: “Everybody made a big play: Brandon Marshall made a big play down there, I though Charles Clay made a couple of huge plays, a great call by [Offensive Coordinator] Brian [Daboll]. Brian did a super job today calling the game, I thought both those guys did, [Defensive Coordinator] Mike [Nolan] called a super game today as well. There were a lot of big plays out there today; we had one of them called back early in the game, the Reggie [Bush] run which was really set up pretty well. That’s a super football team out there, to win a game in this place-I’ve been in the league a little while, I know what that means.”

On being subdued after the Dolphins first win: “I’m just happy for the guys in the locker room, I really am. All I’ve wanted to do for seven weeks is to see these guys smile. I’m happy for them, happy for people in the organization and happy for the coaches.”

On mixing things up in practice: “We did some different things in practice, kept them fresh. I’ve been really trying to do that, but this is all about the players. These guys did a super job all week long of putting all the garbage behind them, not listening to you guys, not listening to anybody else…I say that will all due respect but that’s the fact. They put it behind them and those guys came out there and they worked their tail off and were focused the entire week. We came up here and we wanted to start fast. We talked about starting fast and finishing strong and we got off to good start and obviously finished.”

On being determined to not let things slip away: “We came out in the second half and we had the ball. It was 14-3 or whatever it was, and we didn’t generate a first down there, that kind of was what happened last week…We had the ball coming out, we didn’t generate a first down but the defense made a nice stop, got them off the field and then offensively we made a couple of big plays and then next thing you know we’re in the end zone and we’re getting points again. So instead of kind of hanging around and waiting for those guys to screw it up on the other side, for a change, our team just put it in their own hands and that’s what I’ve been waiting to see and that’s the daring part of a good group of people. We are a 1-7 football team, but it’s the best bunch of kids I’ve ever been around.”

On CB Vontae Davis staying at home: “I’m not going to get into any of that, you guys know that. Vontae is obviously not here, what goes on in those locker room doors will stay between me and Vontae.”

On what the Dolphins did differently on offense to have some big plays: “The amount of man coverage that we were seeing, we just felt really good about if we could throw it well, we might be able to do some things there. After a while, we started getting a little bit of zone coverage because we were having some success, the Charles Clay ball that he catches is a zone beater and he catches kind of a slim post, some of those types of things. But the [TE Anthony] Fasano ball was a man coverage play and right after that, that kind of stopped a little bit of that and then we were able to start to get into a lather of running the football. It wasn’t pretty yards but it was good, efficient yards.”

On the defense: “We got to [Matt Cassel]. I think we sacked him [they] told me maybe five times, we hit him a few times, there were some big hits out there, Karlos [Dansby] had a big hit early in the game, [Yeremiah Bell] had a big hit on the sideline, so there were some guys flying around. I thought they did some pretty good things. The defense really got to the football, we knew that in this game it was going to be about trying to turn it into a little bit of a one-dimensional thing and then throwing it. Early in the game our thought was that we had to be the aggressor on offense, we had to throw it. I think we only had 14 yards rushing at halftime, whatever that was.”

On the game getting chippy towards the end: “Guys were playing hard. I want to be smarter, obviously, but I don’t want to take their aggressiveness away. We are in a hard place here, a hard environment and that’s a tough football team out there that they are playing. If you watch those guys on film they’re a tough team, their coach is a tough guy and that’s just the nature of the way the game went.”

On the Chiefs being vulnerable: “You can call it whatever you want. I’m going to say my team played good. There have been enough weeks where other people have told me about my team, you can call it whatever you’d like.”

On the pressure being eased on the guys in the locker room and on himself: “Pressure on me I’m not really worried about, but pressure on the guys in that room, it validates some of the things we’ve been talking about, about how hard work pays off and about how believing in each other and sticking with each other pays off. We get to go home for two weeks now; we’re going to enjoy this plane ride home. I don’t know, I might play hostess on the plane ride or whatever the heck that is, we’ll see.”

On the locker room being loud and game balls: “I didn’t give out any game balls right now, we’ll give them out Wednesday when they come back to work. I think the loudest roar was that they have victory Monday. They were really good. I just told them two things…that today they were daring and that I was happy to see them smile.”


On the short scoring drives you had: “That was our motto all week was just starting fast, and finishing strong. I think guys just had that attitude, that mentality.”

On the big plays: “In a lot of those cases we had certain looks that would kind of trigger those plays and everybody executed when we needed to. Things that we had been lacking in the past, guys really stepped up; kept grinding. Just a huge cast of guys making plays when they needed to be made and it was good to see.”

How did the locker room feel? “It was great. It was absolutely great to get a little reward for all the work we’ve put in, just to have that feeling of getting a win under your belt. I think guys now understand that, ‘yeah we can do this,’ and they’re hungry and we’re going to enjoy this one and get ready for Washington.”


On the game: “It feels good to get that first win. It’s been a tough little road, these first few games and we’ve been waiting for this one. The difference today, was that we executed. The effort’s been there every game, but we’ve been lacking in the execution department. I think that was the main reason we were successful today, because we executed plays, we made plays when we needed to and the playmakers stepped up and made plays when we needed them too.”


How does it feel to get a win? “It feels good. It feels like a win. We finally put it together. Our coach’s message all week was start fast, finish strong, and we did it. We’re going to enjoy this one and move on to the Redskins.”

How much does it help your confidence to get a convincing win? “It feels good. Whenever you can make plays…and Matt did a great job of getting everyone involved from our tight ends to our receivers, running backs – that builds chemistry. It felt good to win like we did today.”


Describe the two touchdowns, were you surprised? “No, they were the kind of plays we put in all week. I think they worked because we were running the ball and some play action stuff. Great calls, great scheme, great execution.”

On the relief of winning: “Yeah, it’s been a long time coming for us. We’ve put in some good effort but the results hadn’t been there and today we combined the two.”

On the second touchdown: “It was actually an audible. Matt alerted to it; did a great job getting into it. That type of play needs everybody to sell it and it happened. It’s a good feeling to help out the team but a better feeling to getting a win.”

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