Written by Matthew Cannata at 8:20 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins shut out the San Diego Chargers, 37-0 and of course, the players and coaches were extremely proud of that, especially against a dangerous offense that the Chargers can have. To begin the game, the Dolphins deferred and gave the ball to Phillip Rivers first and he drove down the field before coming upon a 4th-and-1 in the red zone. They decided to go for it and were stuffed at the line. This play set the tone for the rest of the game.
“You’re always looking to grab momentum. The defense had great penetration,” Joe Philbin said. “I think the ball bounced a little bit. Reshad [Jones, S] was coming to finish the play off. I think our guys up front on both sides of the ball had really good tempo. Just standing there, I don’t think their quarterback had a lot of opportunity to just sit back there and step into his throws a lot, whether we sacked him every single time or hit him every time, that may not have happened, but I thought he had difficulty following through on the ball. I think we kind of grabbed the momentum, maybe, and as you know, at times, we’ve not been able to sustain that momentum throughout the entire game, but this was obviously a game where we were able to do that.”
Cameron Wake said that the shutout couldn’t have come at a better time and they knew coming in that they matched up well against the Chargers. Once kickoff came, it was all a matter of executing and trusting the preparation during the week.
“As a defensive player, every game you go out and that’s the way you play the game. As the time ticked on, we got closer and closer to it, and that was in the back of our head. But at the end of the day, you want to go out here and play this game as a team, like I said a complete game, special teams, offense and defense as one unit. I think if you play like that, then you’re hard to beat.”
Brent Grimes, who pulled in two interceptions and almost a third if it wasn’t for miscommunication between him and Reshad Jones, said this is as close to a perfect game as the team could get.
“Yeah, you can’t really say much else. That was an awesome game, 37-0, you don’t see that much in the NFL. But the thing about it is that we can enjoy this for the night and then we got to come back and get ready for the next game and put this behind us, see that we can put together a great game but don’t try to rest on it and get better every week.”
Ryan Tannehill gave credit to the defense and said it was awesome that the defense was able to be so dominant and give the offense a chance to just go out and have fun.
“It’s awesome that our defense played so well. We have a lot of respect for their offense coming into the game, and still do. I still think they’re a good team. Our defense dominated today. They dominated from that first drive, stopping that big fourth and one and then just kept it going the whole day with pressure on the quarterback and defensive backs making plays on the ball. It was really a fun game to watch from the sideline.”
Jared Odrick put it best when he said that getting a shut out is kind of like finding the white rhino or white elephant. While it’s hard to do, it’s something you’re always looking for and something you’re always trying to achieve. Towards the end of the game with about six minutes to go, the starting four defensive lineman went back out to seal the game and to seal the shutout victory.
“We had a lot of guys rotating today, and guys want to be a part of something. So when everybody’s feeling good, you want to get back out there on the field and contribute as much as you can. So it was fun. It was fun being out there, and just feeling everything working as one unit, on all sides of the ball. So guys want to be a part of that, and that is the same energy we were talking about. Guys had so much energy. Some guys were saying they didn’t feel like they were even playing a whole game because of how we were firing on all cylinders. It was good, so we just have to continue it. We have to continue it. We know there’s going to be more bumps in the road, especially coming up this week. There’s going to be no easy wins. No easy wins.”
The Dolphins defense limited the Chargers to 178 total yards and forced four turnovers. It was, as everyone else has said, just about as close to a perfect game as an NFL team could have in any game. Let’s hope they continue their dominance against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
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