Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
All throughout the week leading up to the game against the Chicago Bears, the talk was about the small Miami Dolphins secondary being at a disadvantage over the Bears tall wide receiver corps. When it was all said and done, Alshon Jeffery had 2 receptions for 9 yards and Brandon Marshall had 6 receptions for 48 yards. Thus, with those results, all of that talk during the week was for nothing.
“That’s funny, I ran into them on the plane a little bit on the way home. They mentioned the same thing,” Joe Philbin said. These guys are professionals. They’ve been around the league for a little while. They’ve competed at a high level for a long period of time. I think those types of things can give you a little shot in the arm.”
Kevin Coyle was of course very pleased with the result of the game and the play of his secondary.
“I think our little guys did a good job against their big guys. Like I mentioned last week, it’s not uncommon for those guys to have to go against larger receivers, taller receivers. They’re just two real fine competitors and I think they really stepped up yesterday and came through for us big time. I was real pleased with them and the entire secondary I thought the guys did a really good job. Having Reshad (Jones) back there has really been a boost. I thought Louis (Delmas) made some big plays during the game, Michael Thomas stepped in there and made some plays in the nickel package, Jamar Taylor made plays. Everybody contributed, it was a good overall group effort.”
One of the players who made the biggest impact on defense was safety Reshad Jones, who did a great job containing the run when it got to the second level and also made several great plays throughout the game.
“He came back in terrific shape. His play speed was excellent in practice and sometimes when somebody hasn’t been practicing they have fresh legs and they look faster, but he’s continued that. I think it showed up on the tape yesterday. He made a number of solid tackles, broke on the football, made plays on the ball down the field, had the interception. He brings a real confidence to the group back there. I think in the first couple of games he’s been back, he’s back to playing as good as he’s played since we’ve been here. I expect things to just continue to get better for Reshad.”
The secondary will look to continue their success against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, when they’ll face a less imposing wide receiver corps.