Written by Matthew Cannata at 3:00 PM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
With the San Diego Chargers coming to town on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins will have their hands full with Phillip Rivers and the rest of the offense as it is one of the top ranked offenses throughout the league. With that said, Philbin is confident that the team has put together a great game-plan to limit the Chargers’ explosive offense but understands that Rivers and the offense will have their moments of big plays and understands that they will put points on the board.
“He’s got great experience. He’s got a ton of productivity over a long period of time. He’s an excellent quarterback and he’s very, very good. It’s a good offensive football team around him, so it’s going to be a challenge for the defense. Then you have Gates.”
“I think he has what nine touchdowns or something, I believe. They have great production there. He’s good on third down as well. I think he’s converting a bunch of third downs for them, so he’s not just a red zone receiver. You kind of marvel at his productivity. He just catches the ball well. He’s a guy that understands coverages and uses his body well to get himself open, even in kind of tight spaces. He’s really having a heck of a year.”
A big key to helping the defense sustain their energy and get the Chargers off the field is Koa Misi. However, Misi has been battling an ankle injury and Philbin wasn’t sure what his status would be for Sunday’s game.
“We have a great medical staff and we listen to them. Certainly, I’m not a doctor. I can look with my eyes and see how guys run and move. We’re certainly working together, everybody, to get him right and get him better.”
If Misi isn’t ready to go, the Dolphins will once again turn to Jason Trusnik, who filled in last week. The rest of the defense will need to step up to help fill the void left by Misi if he isn’t ready to go as he is a big part of the defense and a reason why they have been so dominant this season.