Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The story for most of the day on Sunday for the Miami Dolphins defense was that they didn’t know who to cover, couldn’t cover when they knew who to cover and couldn’t tackle when they needed to the most.
Following the game, coaches and players talked about the missed assignments and poor tackling and admitted that it contributed a whole lot to losing the game. Reshad Jones noted that he had to watch the film to get a better idea but his immediate reaction was that they missed a lot of tackles and that they needed to do better in all three phases of the game. Koa Misi talked about all of the big plays they gave up.
“We definitely could have played better on defense. We had a lot of big plays on us – broken coverages, missed tackles. Our defense didn’t play the way we needed to. We beat ourselves. We didn’t make the plays we needed to make, and it showed in the game in the second half.”
Jimmy Wilson, who was responsible for a lot of missed assignments and coverages, said that Peyton Manning is excellent at dinking and dunking and said it’s hard to cover guys when they do that.
“He was just doing what he does: dinking and dunking it. They’ve got a lot of screen plays, and when they had guys open for opportunities, they made them. They made their plays. It’s hard to cover all their little screen plays and all their little checks and sneaky stuff they do. It is what it is. We stood up and we played hard, showed we are a good defense. Like I said, they made more plays in the end.”
Wilson complimented Demaryius Thomas, saying that he’s a big dude who is very strong with good hands. As for Emmanuel Sanders, Wilson said that he had ‘nothing to say about that dude.’
The Dolphins have no choice but to get better and will get a chance to do so on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets on December 1.
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