The Miami Dolphins have started the season with a 1-2 record and while that usually causes some alarm in the vast majority of teams, it has been taken to a whole new level with this team. That’s because of the way that Miami has been defeated – losing to a lowly Jacksonville Jaguars team and then getting crushed at home against the Buffalo Bills.
Many critics have pointed to Ndamukong Suh and the lack of impact he has had on the defense. Some have even said that the defense is no better, maybe even worse, with Suh clogging up the middle of the defense. When head coach Joe Philbin was asked about this very matter, he was blunt and honest, saying that the team is what they are.
“It’s the third game of the season. I wish we were playing better, but we are what we are right now. I’m going to take a look at the tape and look at everything we’re doing and make decisions that can help us become better quicker. There’s no magic potion. If there was a magic potion I would have brought it out earlier. Going into the game, we were fifth in the NFL in scoring defense. Obviously we’re not going to be that coming out of the game. We didn’t play very well on defense today whatsoever and we’re have to do better.”
The Dolphins have been trailing from behind in each of their three games this season, thus causing them to react instead of being the one who forces the other team’s hand. Philbin said that it begins with him and he needs to do a better job of getting the players ready to play.
“Well, you know … It’s not easy, but as I said at halftime, this is the hole that we’re in. We don’t really have anyone to blame. We can’t put blame on other people. I’m the head coach. We have a coaching staff. We have players. We go out there. We put a plan together, in place, that we think has a chance to be successful. We’ve got to go execute it. Obviously that didn’t happen. You come in 27-0 at half … but there’s nobody to blame. Again, I don’t believe in the finger pointing aspects.”
Despite everything and the perceived lack of effort by the players on the field, Philbin says he has been pleased with the effort level that his players have shown throughout the first three weeks of the season.
“I thought the effort levels been very good. Until this game, obviously. It didn’t match the first two games, but there’s no dogging it on the film. There’s none of that. We’ll see. We’ll take a look at the tape and see what happened today. From that aspect I have no complaints. Obviously we have to be more productive, that’s clear.”
Many will read this and think that Philbin has lost his mind as the coach speak is wearing thin on the vast majority of fans and even members of the media. If the team doesn’t start turning it around beginning with a win against the New York Jets in London, Philbin may not be speaking as the head coach of the Dolphins much longer.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @FinsInsider