Written by Matthew Cannata at 11:30 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins defense had one of their best games of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars by forcing three turnovers, with two of them coming on interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. While they struggled to stop the run with Koa Misi out of the game due to injury, they racked up four sacks against the Jaguars offensive line.
“I thought there was good pressure at times. I feel like they ran the ball a little bit better than maybe we hoped,” Joe Philbin said. “I thought maybe we would be a little stouter against the run. I thought overall, we stepped up and made some plays. Anytime you can generate three takeaways; it seems like we’re starting to get those the way we want them. It was a good performance.”
One of the players who returned an interception for a touchdown was Brent Grimes, who made a great play on a double move, reading quarterback Blake Bortles the entire time.
“They were backed up and they did a double move trying to make a big play. I just had good eyes and made a play on the ball and scored on it. It’s awesome to score. You’re playing defense out there and you’re reacting, doing a lot of things. They know where they are going, you don’t. And when you get a chance to score, it’s always a positive. That’s a big factor in the game.”
However, Grimes was another one on the team who wasn’t happy with the team’s overall performance and said that it needs to get better heading into the game against the San Diego Chargers.
“We are not happy with how we played. I mean we are happy because we won and made a lot of plays. We obviously have things to work on and do things better and that’s what we’re going to do next week. We’re happy about the win for the flight tonight and then got on to San Diego. We have two in a row now and we want to keep going and keep the momentum.”