Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin met with the media yesterday. Here is the transcript from that press conference, as provided by the team:
(On if he's met with kicker Dan Carpenter today) - "I have not met with anybody, player-wise yet. We've been all staff, so we'll get with these guys this afternoon. Again, as I said yesterday, I'm sure he's going to come into work and look for ways to improve, take a look at the kicks on film. I'm sure he's probably watched it with the way TV is today and the computer is today, he's probably watched it 20 times, I'm guessing a bunch already. We'll make the corrections and I'm sure he's going to be placed in a situation again. I'm confident that'll happen. I'm sure he'll come through for us."
(On if the kick was just a clean miss) - "I'll be honest with you, I'm not a kicking guru by any stretch of the imagination. Certainly, hit the ball well. We were watching it from the end zone and it just went to the left. I'm not sure I could give you a great answer on that."
(On if he mulls over a loss like yesterday's more than usual) - "Not really. I told the staff, we just met as a staff a few minutes go and I said, ‘Look, it's easy to say Dan should have made the kick. We win the game. Wow, we're great coaches and we still have all the same problems that occurred on tape if Dan made the kick or didn't make the kick.' So we've got a lot of work to do. There's no question about it and we would have had a lot of work to do if the kick went through. We just do. The film tells you that (and) when you watch the film that's what it tells you."
(On how much running back Reggie Bush has meant to the offense so far and how much of a difference it made when he went out of the game yesterday) - "I like what he's done every single game. He's been productive in every game. He's played hard in every game. He's been sound, so he's done a very, very good job. All that being said, I don't think it really changed the game a whole lot. I would argue that might be as deep a position as we have on the football team. I thought those other guys stepped in. You can't fumble the ball. Daniel Thomas, it's too much. Two in three games, too much. That being said, he made some plays as well and he ran the ball hard. Daniel did some good things in blitz pickup. He's a good football player, but you can't fumble the ball and play running back in this league."
(On if as a result of this injury and his past injury history if he has to curtail his attempts when he returns) - "We'll look at everything. It's funny those guys are exposed. Any time you hand the ball to a running back, you're never really sure, most times they get tackled they don't usually go for the distance and you have to examine it and we'll have to take a look at it."
(On why running back Daniel Thomas played more than Lamar Miller down the stretch of yesterday's game) - "Some of it was protection related. We try to get moving a little bit offensively in terms of the tempo. We like to keep a, there's a couple different schools of thought - sometimes, you can change personnel every play and sometimes you can keep the same group in for a while and try to play faster. We're more of the less substitution more faster. We thought Daniel, pass protection wise, gives us a little bit more, bigger guy. Some of the matchups that we thought, that was really primarily the reason."
(On the offensive line's performance against the Jets) - "They did well. The pass protection was good. We had, I think, two quarterback hits. I don't believe we got sacked if I'm not mistaken. Any time you come out of a game and you have zero quarterback sacks, I think you have to feel good about that. I thought the run blocking was good, although some of it, I thought, the backs did some things on their own. We certainly have room for improvement there, but, again, I think identity wise as a football team, I think three games into we can run the football it appears relatively well and we can defend the run well. Now, we've got to expand a little bit from there. That's not going to be enough, but it's a good place to start."
(On the identity of the offense) - "The way I'd like to be is protection the football number one, which we're not there right now, okay. We have what six giveaways in the three games. Is that accurate? So two-a-game is way too many. 32 that's not going to cut it. That's the first thing we're off the boat on. The second thing is we'd love to be an explosive offense that can make big plays. I think we've been excellent in the running game with explosive plays, not as good in the passing game, but we're getting better as an explosive offense. I think we had eight (explosive plays) yesterday. I think we had nine last week. We didn't have as many in Houston. Then, the other stuff is okay, let's have balance, let's have flexibility, let's be multiple formation wise, let's kind of take what they give us type of things. But that's all kind of fluff. What the real stuff is, is let's hold onto the football, let's make some big plays and make first downs, get into scoring position and all of the other stuff that sounds good we can do later."
(On if there is a philosophy about when the right time is to take a knee at the end of a half) - "It all depends. You have to... Every situation's unique. The fun thing about game management, whether right, wrong or indifferent, you certainly could argue we've made some mistakes or I've made mistakes. I should clarify that. Every situation's unique. Yeah, you have to argue as a coach do you have faith in your players to execute a base play in your offense and run the ball or do you want to take a knee. Sometimes, I struggle with that a couple times, obviously already this year. We'll have to examine it. We'll take a look at it. We'll discuss it. But I don't know that there's any hard fast, how are you playing at that particular time? Do you have any momentum? Do you want to get in the locker room and make some adjustments? You think you might be able to have a shot play that you've had that you might be able to take a shot and get into field goal range? How many timeouts do you have? How many do they have? There's a bunch that goes into it. I don't think there's any hard and fast."
(On the play when quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Lamar Miller were not on the same page of the handoff and how much Miller being a rookie prevents him from getting more reps) - "Obviously, that's a wasted play. That's a wasted play. Every snap's important in any game at any level. I don't know that that's going inhibit him from getting more snaps. I think there's a certain realization of where a player is in their development as an NFL player and certainly he's had three, this is Week 3 and we're going into Week 4, next game we don't want to see him going the wrong way or him and the quarterback not on the same page. Certainly, again, we haven't talked about snaps moving forward, but that's not a stumbling block to me. I think the guy is showing some real positive qualities."
(On whether he thought Daniel Thomas could have scored on the screen play in the fourth quarter if he had stayed outside) - "It's possible. H possibly could have. It's a play where the quarterback doesn't really get to set his feet, so I thought he made a good throw, but it kind of slowed him (Thomas) down a little bit when he caught it. As he turned around he made a split second decision to go up inside. There's a possibility he might have had more outside."
(On how he thought his red zone defense played) - "I thought it was very good. I believe we gave the ball away to them and they had a first and goal from the three or something like that, I don't have my stats in front of me, but then we pushed them back and we picked it off. So I thought it was good. Obviously we have that play in the fourth quarter. We can't give up a touchdown in the fourth quarter. But overall, I believe their touchdown percentage was 1-5. Is that accurate? Most teams would be pretty satisfied with that."
(On how he approached Dan before he attempted the late kicks) - "I didn't say anything to him. Again, as I've told our players before, if you're suiting up on the 46, our staff believes you can contribute to the success of the ball club. He's been in that situation before, I'm sure he'll be in that situation again, and I'm confident he will come through for us. There's not much to say. If the player goes out there and doesn't have faith that the coach believes in him at that stage in the game, he's probably not going to make it anyways. I don't think you need to (talk to him). To me, less is more; let him concentrate on his job. I have nothing revolutionary to say at that stage in the game; you know kick it through the uprights (laughing). I'm not sure."
(On whether he saw anything in the film play-calling wise that he would have changed) - "Sure. You always examine everything. Look I mean we had a first and ten on the 35 I think or something like that. We ran the ball on first and ten, got a couple of yards, not as many as we would have liked. We threw it on second down because they played a specific coverage so we took a shot. Geez would it have been better if we could have completed a seven or eight yard crossing route? Yeah, absolutely. And got a first down? Sure. But credit them; we thought we had a good call and they played that situation better and we weren't able to get a first down and make it an easier kick for Dan (Carpenter). Those are the facts. There are always calls that, again, I've never seen a NFL player play a perfect game or a coach coach a perfect game. There are always calls you want to have back, all three phases. But that's football, that's the way it is. You have a plan, sometimes you have to adjust it, but I'd be lying if I told you (otherwise). I've been in a few games (like that). I don't think the calls were bad. The result wasn't what we wanted. Sure we wanted a first down. I thought we had some good calls."
(On whether he has ever overruled a coordinators call) - "Maybe here or there. You know run this one on third and long or throw it here or throw a screen, but not much."
(On his impressions of the play of his secondary) - "I thought it was good. Too many penalties though. We had 11 penalties as a team and they had maybe four or five in the back end. That's too much. We've got to do a better job there, but I think there's progress being made. Overall as a team, the penalty situation was unacceptable."
(On when the team will leave for Arizona) - "We're going to go out on Friday. It will be a big test for us from a maturity standpoint and a leadership standpoint. Guys are disappointed right now and I'm going to walk into the team meeting in ten minutes, but there's no time for (disappointment). We've got a lot of improvement to make in one week, and obviously I'm assuming that we're playing an excellent football team. I think there are three teams that are 3-0. Is that accurate? So they've got to be awful good and we've got to be ready to play a heck of a ballgame. That's a tough place to play; I've been there a few times. It's not an easy place to play, so it's going to be a challenge for us."
(On whether Anthony Armstrong has stepped forward as the number three receiver) - "I think some of it is based on weekly performance, weekly preparation in practice. I don't think we're locked and loaded by stretch of the imagination."
(On whether he is surprised that Cam Wake has not recorded a sack yet this year) - "I think the kid is playing his tail off. If you watch the tape, he's playing his tail off. He's playing the run very well, he's knocking the quarterback down a bunch; we'd love him to get more sacks and I'm sure he would. But boy he is playing hard and playing fast. He's giving exceptional effort. You would be hard pressed to find a guy on our film that's playing harder than he is."