- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are some quick-hit thoughts from Philbin's Monday news conference:
Philbin tried to take some of the pressure off starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Miami’s second-year quarterback has seven turnovers during the team’s three-game losing streak. Philbin admits Tannehill must play better because the ball is in his hands every offensive play. “He’s one member of the offense,” Philbin said. “The decision-making has to improve. The protection time has to improve. It’s not all on him. It’s easy to point it at one person and say, ‘That’s the reason we have all of these [turnovers].'”
Philbin was evasive and non-committal on the potential of a lineup change with right tackle Tyson Clabo, who has allowed a team-high eight quarterback sacks, including two against Buffalo. The only legitimate replacement would be backup Nate Garner. But Philbin wouldn’t entertain the question Monday with the media. “We have confidence in the guys we have,” Philbin said. “We will evaluate the tape and make decisions on play time in regards of who we think gives us the best chance to win.”
Lamar Miller is still the starting running back, according to Philbin. Daniel Thomas got his first start of the season against the Bills and got three more carries than Miller. But Philbin says that was just a function of the type of plays that were called against the defense of the Bills.
No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan still isn’t getting a lot of reps coming off the bye. With two weeks to prepare, it was expected that the rookie defensive end would be used more than just as a situational pass-rusher. However, it was more of the same. “The 25 snaps is about what we had planned and what we had anticipated,” Philbin said. “I was comfortable with how many snaps he played in the game. ... We felt the other players that were there would give us a better chance to win the game. Twenty-five plays would be about the right number for him.”
Although “frustrating” was a word often used in Miami’s locker room after Sunday’s loss, Philbin said he’s more focused on moving forward. “[Owner Stephen] Ross doesn’t pay me to get frustrated,” Philbin said. “He pays me to get the most out of this football team and help this football team reach its potential. So we know the NFL is a long season.”
The Dolphins (3-3) will travel to play the first-place New England Patriots (5-2) next Sunday.