Coach Philbin: We Knew We’d Have To Make Plays In The Fourth Quarter

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Coach Philbin addresses the media after the Dolphins win over the San Diego Chargers.

“I thought it was a good team win. I thought our guys played hard. We thought that, going into the game that this would be, on paper, that there was going to be a close football game that both teams played, had to have in the past nine games. We knew that we’d have to make some plays in the fourth quarter. That’s been the story of our season. Today, it’s nice for our guys to have made some plays.”

(On the play of the offensive line) – “I thought they did a good job. We’ve got a good, hard-working group of guys. We’ve taken a lot of flack. They keep working, they keep their mouths shut, and go to work every single day. I thought they did some good things.”

(On what tonight’s win means for the team) – “I told the team in the locker room after the Tampa Bay game that you either have faith and confidence in one another or you don’t. You can’t swing back and forth based on a particular outcome or a single game. I felt confident that these guys would come out, play hard, and play like a team, and they did.”

(On the play of DE Cameron Wake) – “We talk about making plays in the fourth quarter. It’s something that we’ve preached, we’ve talked about. Last night we talked about finishing, finishing, finishing, and finding a way, somehow, some way, whether it’s offense, defense, special teams, a combination thereof, to make plays when they count.”

(On the play of TE Charles Clay) – “One of the things was we have to break more tackles. We’ve got to break more tackles. Whether it be the running backs or it be the receivers catching the ball, tight ends, we’ve got to make some things on our own. We’ve struggled – let’s put it on the table – to make real big, explosive plays and we need more of them. Sometimes you just have to have a player decide that he’s going to break some tackles and kind of make it on his own. I mean, that was probably what, a seven or eight yard completion, I don’t have the tape…it wasn’t a long pass, but he made it.”

(On the team’s play in the second half of the game) – “It felt like the tempo. Our defensive line and front seven played a better tempo in the second half. The first half, they were kind of gaining five yards on a rush, and their quarterback had a lot of time to make decisions and release the football. I thought the second half – we didn’t sack him a ton, but we made him move his feet, made him shuffle around a little bit, and I think that helped us.”

(On what his message to the team was after the win) – “The same thing I said earlier. I reminded them of the conversation back in Tampa. There’s a lot of football left to be played. Our season’s been dictated by how well we’ve played in the fourth quarter. We’ve got a competitive group of guys. We’re professional. We’ve got an excellent football team coming in here, maybe one of the hottest teams in football next week, and we have to find a way to improve and get better. Similar message.”

(On the situation with C Mike Pouncey and the decision to switch T Nate Garner to center and C Sam Brenner at left guard) – “Like any other decision we’ve made, we’re looking to find the 46 guys that we feel give us the best chance to win football games and that was the lineup that we felt would give us that chance. I credit Mike [Sherman, offensive coordinator] and the offensive coaches for getting those guys ready to go.”

(On C Mike Pouncey not starting the game) – “We made the decision to take it all the way up [until deadline] to get as much information as we can.”

(On comments players may make to Ted Wells) – “I’m not going to make any comments about the review until it’s complete.”

(On comments made by Jonathan Martin) – “Again, that falls under the category of the review and I will not be making any comments until it’s done.”

(On the last two weeks) – “We didn’t play well at the start in Tampa. We didn’t finish in the fourth quarter. Tampa looks like they played pretty well today. These guys go to work every single day. You’ve got your 16 regular season games that are on your schedule. We’re all professionals. We all have a job to do. We come to work. When we walk into that building, it has to be about football, it has to be about improving, it has to be about being a team. Nothing changed.”

(On his reaction to what players might say in the investigation) – “I’m not going to speak for anybody else.”