NOTEBOOK: Shula A Big Fan Of Philbin; Other Notes

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Hall of Famer has big praise for current Dolphins head coach.

Hall-of-Fame Head Coach Don Shula entertained those in attendance at the final Miami Dolphins Touchdown Club luncheon of the year at Bokamper’s in Miramar this afternoon. The majority of his interview session with Bokamper covered his coaching history, but he did weigh in on this year’s team, admitting he watched Sunday’s win over New England and couldn’t be happier.

“I like the coach and I’ve spent time with him,” Shula said of Head Coach Joe Philbin. “He’s just a great guy and comes from a great coaching situation at Green Bay. It’s important to hire good assistant coaches, which is the mark of a good head coach, and he’s done that. And the game on Sunday, to see them beat New England was just a joy for me.”

Inspiring words from the coach with the most wins in NFL history.


So far this season, Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon has been the beneficiary of two sacks being added to his total after the fact once the league went back and reviewed the plays. Now defensive tackle Randy Starks knows how it feels.

Two weeks after Miami edged the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-28, on the road at Heinz Field, Starks has been credited with the first sack of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The play happened with 14:23 left in the first quarter and defensive tackle Paul Soliai was initially given credit for the sack, so now his season numbers have been adjusted to reflect one sack and Starks now has four.

One other stat change that was made was in last Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, as the fumble on the botched field goal attempt originally credited to long snapper John Denney has been changed to holder Brandon Fields. The play happened with 3:39 left in the second quarter.
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