The Miami Dolphins are now 3-2 following two consecutive losses. Most recently the Dolphins lost 23-26 at home to the defending Super Bowl Champion, Baltimore Ravens. Despite the closeness of the score there were misses on both sides of the ball. Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle answers questions from the media about the last Sunday’s performances of the fill in players, the progress of defensive end Dion Jordan, Cameron Wake’s absence, the defense as a whole and taken advantage of the team’s bye week.
How did the linebackers who had to fill in for injured players do on Sunday?
“I thought they did a solid job overall. As you go throughout the season in this league, there are going to be games like that where guys are either banged up going into it or someone is nicked up during the course of the game and guys has to step up. We are fortunate me have some veteran guys like (Jason) Trusnik and now that we’ve brought (Austin) Spitler back with us that can get in the game and do more than hold their own and do a good job. I thought they did a good job yesterday. Freeny did a good job on the snaps that he was in there. We had planned to use Jelani (Jenkins) during the course of the game regardless of injury. He’s been practicing really well. We think he’s a guy who is going to be able to see more time as the season progresses. We didn’t want to have to do it because of injury, but yet that was in the original plan.”
Is Dion Jordan ready for additional snaps?
“We put the guys in the best positions we think we can to stop what the opponent is doing. Yesterday if you notice that they were nicked up too coming into the game in terms of their receiving corps. They ran a lot of two tight ends. Sometimes an extra tackle was in the game running the ball. So we went with our bigger people at times to defend the run. I thought it was fairly effective for us doing it that way. That’s kind of why some of Dion’s snaps, he wasn’t in some of those packages. We plan on utilizing him more as we continue to progress throughout the season.”
What’s the effect of Cameron Wake’s absence in the past two weeks?
“I honestly don’t spend a lot of time thinking about that in the sense I’m more concerned about the guys that are in the game and the guys that we have to put out there and prepare them to play. Cam has a history of making impact plays, whether it be sacks, sack fumbles, collapsing the pocket. I think he gives people problems in terms of how they try to protect against him because of his unique speed and combination of power and speed. But I think the guys that have been in there have really picked up the slack. We’ve gotten a lot of good play out of Derrick Shelby. I think (Olivier Vernon) had another solid game. Dion (Jordan) stepped up and had some impact plays in the game yesterday. He helped cause the initial sack right before the end of the first half when he pushed the pocket and flushed (Joe) Flacco back out to (Vernon) on the one (sack). Then he hit the ball on the interception for the touchdown. He almost had a pick himself on a screen play. He’s showing awareness and things we are really happy to see out there on the field. All of those guys are picking up the slack the best they can. Koa Misi had some good rushes in there. But certainly Cam is a special player. The sooner we can get him back in the lineup, the better.”
Good observation on your part. He didn’t do it all the time. He did it on certain coverage’s and certain situations. We just know he’s got a lot of natural coverage ability. He makes plays on the ball. We were anticipating because their receiving corps was again a little short. We wanted to get the best matchups in certain situations that way. There were coverage’s where we wanted to get him matched up against him. There were other coverages where we had him going opposite of him. We’ll see how things go down the road, but he needs to keep making plays for us.”
What are your thoughts on Will Davis’ status?
“Like I said, we make decisions on who’s going to be active based on factors involving special teams, factors involving certain packages we plan to use in a particular game. We are going to access that each and every week. I want to get Will up and running, and I want to see him out there competing. Hopefully that will be real soon. Nothing is etched in stone going into the bye week in terms of who’s going to be up. Hopefully we are going to see more of him as we go forward.”
What are you most and least pleased with the defense so far this season?
“Well I don’t know. We are always looking to improve, and I don’t know if we’ve established how good we could be in certain areas at this point. We’ve been too inconsistent, too inconsistent verses the run and too inconsistent verses the pass. We’ve generated some more turnovers but not to the extent that we wanted to. We need more impact plays. We’ve gotten good pressure on the quarterback. If there is one thing that’s been fairly consistent most of the year, not just in terms of sacks, but we’ve hit the quarterback quite a bit. Even yesterday he was getting jostled around in there quite a bit especially early in the game. That’s been a positive. I thought our run defense, that team came in here saying they were going to run the ball. I think we did a pretty good job overall. I think (Ray) Rice was 2.7 yards a carry. His longest run of the day was seven yards, and I don’t think he’s had a game where he’s had over 20 carries like that, he had 27 carries yesterday, where he’s ever had a game where he has had his longest gain of seven yards. We did some good things that way. I think we started to kind of re-establish that. We gave up a long run, which was really disappointing, and we gave up a quarterback scramble on a critical third down play, which added to their rushing statistics. We’ve got to improve in a lot of areas, and that’s what we just talked about as a group, and those guys are going to work at it. We are as coaches, and I think we’ll come back stronger than we are right now.”
Will the bye week give the defense a get ‘whole’ again attitude?
“I just mentioned to the players in the unit meeting I think coming into the Buffalo game I think the bye comes at a good time. Initially I wasn’t all excited myself at looking at it as early in the season as it is. Now seeing how we’ve gone up to this point, I think it’s a good thing. Having some guys nicked up, I mentioned to the players on defense I think we’ll be the healthiest we’ve been since opening game. I’m not sure how everybody’s status will be, but I know it will be better than yesterday and it will be better than we had in the last couple of weeks. We will have more guys available to play, and that should help us. Yes, I anticipate we will have a good crew ready for Buffalo.”
This week the Miami Dolphins are on a Week 6 bye. Upon their return they will be playing their third home game when the Buffalo Bills (2-3) visit Sun Life Stadium.
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