Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Joe Philbin was criticized on social media for his lack of time management at the end of the first half. With the Dolphins in a two minute drill, the team drove down the field quickly and efficiently and had a large gain off a Daniel Thomas screen pass. The first mistake was Thomas stay in-bounds but the second mistake was that the Dolphins didn't take a time out with half the offense 30 yards behind. As a result, about 20 seconds came off the clock and the Dolphins were only able to run one play before settling for a field goal down 14 points. After the game, Philbin explained himself and what his thought process was.
“I saved a time out. I was happy. I thought it took us a little too long. I knew the play before we had a gain and we could have taken one there, certainly. But things can happen and you don’t get points. Not that you coach negatively. I knew I had one time out left, and I thought we had five seconds to go. They said we didn’t and that’s the right thing to do."
“I ran down there and I thought we had five seconds to go. I talked to Jeff [Triplette, referee] about it, but he said there was two seconds. So, with the ball on the four and two seconds to go, in my opinion you’ve got to kick a field goal. Then we made a play on defense and got it to a one possession game, first possession of the second half. I agree, I thought there was five or six seconds left. I thought we could get one play off and then kick a field goal.