Offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham both addressed the media Tuesday. Here were some comments that stood out, along with some perspective:
“I think that what we’re asking is to improve every week and to get better and certainly, they’ve done that.”
— O’Shea emphasized that the offensive line is a work in progress and there might be some growing up, but what he wants to see is a steady progression. That actually applies to the entire offense, which will be looking to take a step forward at Dallas on Sunday.
“He’s a player I have a tremendous amount of respect for because of his work ethic and his professionalism.”
— Running back Kalen Ballage has impressed O’Shea with his attitude since the spring, doing everything he can to maximize his skill set. O’Shea said the lack of production in the running game should not be pinned on Ballage because it takes every player on offense to make the running game work.
"He's moving well and he's diagnosing plays well.”
— Third-year linebacker Raekwon McMillan has been active for the Dolphins defense so far this season, and Graham explained the reasons why McMillan has regularly found himself around the ball.
“He does such a good job with whatever role we’ve given him, we’re just looking to see his role grow as the season continues.”
— Special teams captain Walt Aikens has been involved on defense so far this season, and Graham likes his physical presence in addition to his obviously leadership skills. It would not be surprising, based on Graham’s comment, to see Aikens’ role on defense grow even more as the season moves along.