Written by Matthew Cannata at 9:00 PM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins have finished another week of preparation - this time, for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Dolphins, as they normally do each week, practiced their red zone plays, third down plays, the two-minute drill and other improvements that they needed to make after the Chicago Bears game. Joe Philbin talked a little bit about each day throughout the week.
“When you look at Jacksonville, their defense is number two in the NFL in the red zone. They’ve done just a great job,” Philbin said. “I happened to watch all their sacks today, their defensive sacks, and they had, I want to say seven just in the red zone alone, which obviously helps their defense. So it’s going to be a big part of the game. We’ve been devoting a little extra time to that area, so I think it’s going to be a big part of the game on Sunday, both teams, obviously both sides of the ball, execution in the red zone.”
Philbin emphasized to the team that they needed to improve on third downs – both the players and coaches. They focused on that for an entire practice and Philbin hopes to see the results on Sunday.
“A couple of things that we talked to the team about really improving, today was our third down day. That’s one area of our football team that we’ve really got to coach better, play better, execute better all the way around. That was kind of the focus and certainly something as we move forward during the season we are going to have to do a much better job at both sides of the ball.”
All of this practice and all of the coaching adjustments and changes have helped the Dolphins improve from last year, as they are higher in the rankings right now than they were at this time last season. Philbin is happy with the progress so far.
“I think we’re making progress. I talked to the team today, I showed them the first three games, I think we, again I’m probably not going to be exactly right, but I think we were 22nd in scoring or something on offense and now we’re 11th maybe. Is that right? I think we were 29th on defense in scoring after three weeks and I think we’re 15th or something. I always tell the team, you’ve got to look at the film first and then the statistics, some of them are good and nice. Yeah, I think there are some positive trends of the team performing better. It’s only six games, but I think there are some good signs.”
Players and coaches work extremely hard during the week to prepare for an opponent but it’s the teams that put in the extra work away from the practice field that separate them from the rest of the bunch. We’ll see how the Dolphins do on Sunday at 1:00 PM when they kick off against the Jaguars.
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