On Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins took to the field for the first time as a full team in preparation for the 2015 NFL season. Every player was in attendance and head coach Joe Philbin couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout.
“We had everybody on the roster here in the building today. It was a great start to the OTA phase of the offseason program. I thought the energy on the field was good. We put in normal down and distance today. I thought it was a good start. We have a starting point as to where we are right now, day one of OTAs. We’ve also got to make some corrections when we come back and watch the tape tomorrow and move forward.”
There is a lot of mixed confusion as to whether or not OTAs mean anything. Some say that it doesn’t mean much while others take a great deal of stock into it. Philbin talked about what OTAs mean for him and his team.
“Every single day is hard for you to function as a football team if you don’t have 11 guys on the same page from an assignment, scheme, standpoint. That’s always part of every practice that we ever have. Again, I thought the guys moved around well. I thought we got a lot accomplished.”
While that didn’t provide much of an answer, he then went into a little more detail as to what he and the coaches talk about later in the day after reviewing the film and taking everything in.
“I think from my chair right now, is the way we moved around. We were able, we put a lot on the table, we had a lot of reps planned for practice, we virtually hit our targets in each period and we were pushing the envelope there a little bit, because of the time crunch, we can’t extend periods, we can’t stay out here as long as we want. What I was pleased with most of all, aside from a particular individual, was the way the guys moved around and the energy and the effort.”
Leading up to Tuesday, the players had been through the first two phases of the voluntary workouts. Philbin noted that because everything hasn’t been completed yet and because they are only into day one of the third phase, it’s hard to get a true feel of where the team is headed and who can play where.
“It’s hard, it’s incomplete at this point. I’ve been very pleased with the way the guys have come into the building, absorbed the information, both the corrections from last year and the new points of emphasis for this year from a schematic standpoint. We’re just now starting the on-field portion, we get to compete a little bit, see some guys in some different situations that we haven’t seen yet. Again, there are a lot of guys that are new and we want to learn more about them here on the field. But very pleased so far.”
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs