Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: PhinManiacs
If you were to pinpoint just a few reasons why the Miami Dolphins lost to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, missed tackles and a poor run defense would be at the very top of the list. Fortunately, the coaching staff realizes this and they went into more detail about it on Monday.
“It’s disappointing. We pride ourselves on being a good, fundamental football team, and we work on it," said Kevin Coyle. "But yesterday we did not tackle well. It certainly showed up in our overall defensive performance. It’s not acceptable and we’ve got to get it corrected in a hurry.”
Joe Philbin said the same thing, noting that it could've been better and it wasn't up to their standards of tackling. In terms of run defense, he mentioned the same word - fundamentals.
“I didn’t think our fundamentals were where they needed to be. It starts with me. The head coach is responsible for the way the team looks from a fundamental standpoint. We have to play much better. Give them credit, they did well, but we have to fundamentally get off blocks better, tackle better.”
Coyle said that they had an idea that the Broncos were going to come in and run the ball and thought that they were trying to make a statement running the ball so much.
“I think they were trying to make a statement. I think that they had challenged their guys, to their credit going into the game, they were disappointed in what happened a week ago in St. Louis and then New England prior to that. I think they came in there with that idea. We thought they were going to try to do that. But yet, I’m disappointed in that we didn’t do a better job against it. We didn’t play great fundamental football, which has been our trademark since we’ve been here. I’m not really sure totally why."
Coyle talked about the missed opportunities throughout the game , saying there were about five or six of them the team could've capitalized on but failed to do so.
"It was a game that I thought we had opportunities, as you go through every game, there’s always, as everybody says, those five or six plays that make a difference. Well, we didn’t make any one of those five or six. We had chances on third downs, there were a lot of third and shorts because we weren’t getting them off schedule and they were running the ball and they were throwing quick passes out on the perimeter. But our inability to make a play in crunch time really hurt us. It’s disappointing because our offense did a tremendous job. Guys on offense did a great job, put us in a position to win and we weren’t able to close it out.”
The Dolphins defense should get a big break next Monday night when they play one of the worst teams in the league - the New York Jets. Let's hope they can rebound nicely and pick up a win to stay alive in the playoff race.
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