Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
When facing the Chicago Bears, it’s almost a matter of picking your poison and trying to figure out who you’re going to defend and what you’re going to do so you can limit the amount of damage they do against your team. For Joe Philbin, one player that sticks out is running back Matt Forte.
“I think the biggest thing is, when he lines up in the backfield, you don’t know what to expect necessarily. There are some players in this league that, when a certain player lines up in a certain spot, whether it is behind the quarterback, offset to the tight end, you can say, ‘Oh, they are running, they are passing, they are doing this (or) they are doing that.’ With him in there, there’s just not a lot of great indicators because he can do a little bit of everything. He certainly pass protects well. He catches well. He runs well. It’s a challenge, yeah.”
One aspect that’s also overlooked from time to time is the stadium that the game is being played in. For the Miami Dolphins, it’s going to be tough walking into Soldier Field, which is one of the loudest places with some of the most passionate fans in America.
“Obviously, there’s a great tradition there,” Philbin said. “When you drive up and see the Roman Coliseum type facility that they have there, and then the great players they’ve had and the coaches they’ve had in their history. And the great games that have been played there in the National Football League history. It’s a special place. Their fans are pretty close to the action. They are loud. They are supportive. We are going to have to do a good job executing in a tough environment. Yeah, it’s a unique stadium and a good place to play.”
Philbin has had plenty of experience coaching at Soldier Field during his time with the Green Bay Packers. It will help to have that type of knowledge heading into the game and hopefully, it will pay off and help the Dolphins on their way to a victory.