It’s never a good thing when the coaching staff starts getting questions about the players’ faith and confidence in them. However, that’s where we are at with the Miami Dolphins at this point in the season and on Monday, the coaches had to face the media and talk about their game plans and how they believe the players believe in them.
Joe Philbin said that he absolutely believes the players still have the same amount of faith in the game plan and in the coaching staff that they did going into the year, citing the way they conduct themselves every day and the way they’ve gone out and competed every week. As for the Ravens game, Philbin said he doesn’t regret anything.
“I have a lot of confidence in the plan that we entered the game with. It’s not that. As I’ve always believed, for 31 years, the players on the field reflect their coaches. I’m the head coach, if the tackling is not good, it starts with me. If the pass protection is not good, it starts with the head coach.”
Kevin Coyle said that he thinks the players have a lot of faith in what they do and said that questioning is normal when you don’t have a lot of success in something.,
“That’s human nature, whether it be players or you guys sitting in your chairs right there, or whoever, that goes with the territory. I think, at the end of the day, when the players look at the tape, they see the situations we were in, why things were called, why things were done a certain way, I think at the end of the day they realize that we’re doing everything we can to put them in the best spot possible.”
Coyle admitted that he takes some input from players when devising a game plan but in the same breath, said that the coaches put in a lot more film work than the players do.
“The players, the veteran players that have the experience to be able to offer a viable suggestion, we’ll certainly listen to that. The coaches spend a lot more time than the players do studying tape and getting prepared. That’s part of our job. As we begin each week, we’ll have a plan and we’ll mold the plan and shape it somewhat. We’ll take input from the players every opportunity that we feel is valid.”
Philbin said while preparing this week, they’ll focus on doing better in the fourth quarter because that’s usually where games are won and lost.
“We’ve got to have better execution, better plan. We have to play better. We have to finish better. We have to step up and make some plays in the fourth quarter. To win games in December against good teams, you’ve got to make plays in the fourth quarter. It’s hard to see a lot of plays on tape in the fourth quarter. It’s joint. It starts with me. I’m the head coach.”
The more I write and the more I read is turning into less and less confidence about the future of this team over the next three weeks. Let’s all hope the team proves us wrong and pulls off the upset over the New England Patriots on Sunday.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs