Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
A week of after refusing to publicly name Ryan Tannehill the starter and causing a quarterback controversy, Joe Philbin softened up a bit and said that it’s not all on one player to lead a team and make it successful. Instead, he emphasized the fact that everyone needs to work together and everyone needs to be on the same page.
“My history with football is that it is a team game. We have 53 players on our active roster that are all important to me. They all have a job to do and, on game day, we have 46 guys who are active. They all have a role and they all have to contribute to the success of the football team. I don’t know. I’ve never subscribed to the one player mentality.”
Philbin was asked whether or not a team needs the quarterback to lead them to the playoffs or if it’s a bigger picture. Philbin, as you would guess, said that you need to look at the entire roster.
“That’s one player. Obviously, it’s an important position. They handle the ball. I’ve acknowledged that. The quarterback handles the ball every single play. The decisions that he makes certainly directly impact the outcome of football games. There is no doubt about it. We’ve talked about his decision-making, accuracy and making plays. That’s what a quarterback has to do for the Miami Dolphins. Those are all important qualities. As far as one player leading the team to the playoffs, I don’t know. I’ve never bought in to that philosophy.”
The questions continued and Philbin continued to re-iterate that football is a team game and everyone needs to be working together to be successful. For example, he mentioned that the defense and offense and special teams weren’t all on the same page in week 2 and 3, thus resulting in blowouts each week.
“Kind of a complicated question, but no I think it’s my job to lead the team. Obviously, when the whole team is playing well, it makes everyone’s job easy. You feed off each other’s energy. Defense is making plays, it boosts up the offense and the offense makes plays. That’s how we want to play. I don’t think we’ve played together as a team the previous two weeks. The defense will make a big stop and then the offense would have a three-and-out. The offense would have a big drive for a score and the defense would have a score. We just couldn’t put it together and play as a team complementing unit by unit. We were able to do that and that’s what you want to do. That’s what you want to do week-in and week-out. Obviously, it’s not going to work like that every week. There are going to be some times when the offense is going to have to go score a bunch of points or the defense is going to have to hold a team. When you have both sides clicking and complementing each other, that’s when you are playing good football.”
Against the Oakland Raiders, everyone seemed to be on the same page and hopefully they all continue to be on the same page after returning from their bye week.