Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Following today's scrimmage, head coach Joe Philbin gave his thoughts on how he felt everything went.
“A lot of good work in there today. We talked to the players last night. The big thing we wanted to get accomplished was, when game time comes around on September 7th, players play the game and coaches coach the game. We set it up today where our coaches were up in the press box and some are obviously on the sideline. Our communication system was going to be like it is on a game day. I thought overall we operated pretty smoothly. We talked about, we're looking for guys to play with fundamentals and finish plays. It was good to see us get some takeaways. Also, I think our first drive offensively, we got the ball in the end zone, if I'm not mistaken. I thought there was a lot of good things, certainly some things that we need to correct.
When asked about Ryan Tannehill, Philbin said he thought he did well but of course, he's always looking for improvement.
“Yeah, I was talking to Ryan late last night. In camp, as you know, some days the defense kind of seems to have the upper hand or dominate a little bit since we’re not game planning. So offensively we’ve had a couple of days that weren’t smooth. But I thought today, overall, it looked like he had pretty good command of what he was doing and decent ball location. I thought it was a good start.”
One of the biggest concerns in camp so far has been the status of the offensive line. Today, the first team only allowed one sack and turned in their second consecutive day with a solid performance. Philbin has noticed the improvement.
“I thought it was good overall. There was one or two that I thought obviously could have been better. I think the big thing was, it seems to me and I’ll go back and watch the tape, a lot of the time we were able to gain some yardage on first down, which sometimes hasn’t been a strength of ours. I think overall it looked OK.”