Written by Matthew Cannata at 2:00 PM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Coming into Sunday’s game and despite the fact that the San Diego Chargers were on a two game losing streak, they were still considered one of the best teams in the NFL. Many, including myself, thought this game was pretty much split down the middle and it would essentially be a coin toss to figure out who would win the game. Not only did the Miami Dolphins win, but they did so in convincing fashion and in big part to the offense firing on all cylinders.
“Well, it’s a good football team,” Joe Philbin said. “[San Diego Chargers head coach] Mike McCoy does an excellent job. They have good players. I was confident going into the game that we were going to play well. You never know how a game is going to unfold but I told the team, there’s a lot of potential here. I thought all three phases played relatively well.”
Ryan Tannehill said the preparation leading up to the game was a big reason why they were able to be so successful on Sunday.
“That was something that we focused on all week was us starting fast,” Ryan Tannehill said. “There’s been a lot of times this year where we haven’t started fast and it kind of puts us in a hole where we can’t get it going. It was an emphasis this week and we were able to do that. The defense got us the ball quickly on a big fourth down, and it really turned the tide of the game. It was a lot of fun. When you’re out there making plays and guys around you are making plays, there’s no better game in the world than to go out, execute, and have a lot of fun while you’re doing it.”
Mike Wallace praised the defense and said that the offense was able to feed off them and work together to produce a complete game.
“Our defense is serious. If our offense comes to play football, we could get a couple more of these games. It’s not going to be easy, but with the type of defense that we have if our offense comes in and starts off fast. Every game that’s a close game was because our offense starts off slow so we keep putting our defense in compromising positions. Eventually, if you just keep giving the ball back to our offense, something’s going to happen, eventually we’re going to score. Our defense did a good job of playing keep away from Philip Rivers and our defense did what they do.”
Charles Clay said that it was big to score so many points and gave credit to everyone on the team, saying they worked hard all week and came out and put together a full game. He said that when a team has a performance like that, it motivates and sparks them to keep it going as the season progresses.
The Dolphins will need to once again come out firing on all cylinders against the Detroit Lions and make an effort to quiet their crowd early in the game. Doing so will allow them to execute their entire offense and will take away the home field advantage of the Lions.