Written by Matthew Cannata at 9:05 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
On Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins were finally able to put it all together and play a complete game in all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams. Following the game, head coach Joe Philbin said it was the most complete game they’ve ever played at home.
“Yeah, this year it seems like it’s been the best game we’ve played for sure, it seems like. It just seemed like we had control over the game throughout. I thought it was good, as I mentioned, the lines on both sides. I thought Ryan [Tannehill, QB] had a lot of time. I don’t think we got sacked, but I could be wrong. I think we did once and they got a penalty, if I’m not mistaken. I just thought those guys kind of dictated the tempo and it kind of went from there.”
Besides Philbin, the players weren’t shy about speaking out about how dominant they were in all areas of the game. Branden Albert and Reshad Jones both said that everybody complimented each other and fed off each other, saying they played hard and didn’t stop until the final whistle blew. Jones noted that this was the best he has ever seen this team play in terms of complimenting each other.
Jarvis Landry, who had a big day with 5 receptions for 46 yards and 1 touchdown, sung a little more of a different tune, saying it wasn’t perfect and could’ve been a lot better.
“I don’t think so. I think we kicked three, four field goals in the red zone. We got to get points there, and end with six. For us, it is to critique ourselves as much as possible, getting back, starting Tuesday and going to work again.”
However, Landry followed up by saying that it was a great performance and it shows how deadly the Dolphins can be if they play a complete game every week.
“It was great. It was great to see how deadly we can be in all three phases of the game. When all three phases are hitting, we’re one of the better teams in the league. We just got to continue to play at this pace, at this tempo, and bring this intensity every time, not just at home, but away games also.”
The Dolphins have been knocking off challenge after challenge over the past several weeks but they’ll get one of their biggest ones yet when they take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday, a team that boasts the number one passing defense in the league.