Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Following the victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Joe Philbin reminded the team that they haven’t yet won two consecutive games this season. After defeating the New England Patriots in Week 1, they lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. Then, after defeating the Oakland Raiders, they lost the Green Bay Packers. Now, they’ll look to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday for their second consecutive win and Joe Philbin has a few ideas on how they can do that.
“Our execution has to improve. I wish I could target one thing after New England that would have got us ready to play better up in Buffalo. I know one thing that has hurt us in some games where we’ve had a win is giveaways. I think we played Green Bay, and we were minus-3 in the turnover margin after we had beaten Oakland right before the bye. Yesterday, we were plus-3. I don’t know if every week we will be able to do that, but that’s one thing I know is going to give us a better chance. There are still some explosive plays we feel like on offense that we have to make more. Ryan (Tannehill) probably did the best job of making guys miss yesterday on the field than anybody and we need that to improve as an offensive football team to create more explosive plays, which obviously would give us a better chance to score.”
Playing the Jaguars might be seen as an easy win but as we all know, there are no easy wins in the NFL. It also makes it especially tough coming off a win as sometimes, players may have the tendency to overlook an opponent and not prepare as much as they normally would. Philbin said the team will have to avoid that letdown this week.
“You throw on the film. The truest indicator is the film. As we all know, Sunday at 1 o’clock it really doesn’t matter what your record is. It matters how well you perform and you execute as a football team. Last Thursday night, I think I’ve told you guys, I look at different close games throughout the league. I happened to watch Jacksonville’s game against Tennessee, so I know they did a great job in that game. They lined up to kick a winning field goal on the road in Tennessee. They come back this week and they beat a good Cleveland team 24-6.”
“The last three weeks, I want to say their defense has given up, I’m going to be close, 17, 16 and six points or something like that, or 17 and 13. So they are averaging giving up in their last three games 13 points a game on defense. Blake Bortles, I remember watching the first preseason game that he played and I thought, ‘Wow.’ This guy in the first preseason game looked like he had the right stuff. I think we just have to watch the film. I think that’s really what you have to do.”
The Dolphins will get some help after the Jaguars lost two of their key defensive players – linebacker Paul Poslusnzy and defensive end Andre Branch. However, two players don’t make a team and the Dolphins will still need to come out firing on all cylinders in order to win this game.