Dolphins Tuesday Minicamp Quotes

Miami Dolphins were one of several teams who held minicamp Tuesday
Miami Dolphins were one of several teams who held minicamp Tuesday

Many teams have commenced their final minicamp this week. One of those teams is the Miami Dolphins, so here are Dolphins Tuesday minicamp quotes that were released by the team.

Head Coach Joe Philbin

(On the lack of position battles allowing for a more rapid progression of installing the game plan, or whether it is held back by all the new players’ learning curve) – “I don’t think so, no. We’ve had an opportunity since the offseason program started, you go back to April 15th, and we had a chance to fully examine what we did in 2012. The refinements we made, the adjustments, the things we pitched, the things we added. So the guys have exposed a couple of times, and this minicamp is really about playing faster and more decisively. I think the guys have absorbed the information and the teaching from the coaches very well.”

(On an example of how much more comfortable Ryan Tannehill is now from where he was a year ago) – “I think at the line of scrimmage we’ve seen a lot of pictures of him, whether it’s moving a back from one side to the other, whether it’s audibling from a run to a pass or a run from one side of the line of scrimmage to the other. There just have been multiple pictures of him mastering the offense, moving the pieces around to get us in a good situation or a good play.”

(On how good it is to see Randy Starks at practice) – “It’s great. You know he is happy to be in the building, we are all happy he is here and he has enjoyed being at practice with his teammates. It’s been great.”

(On whether he expects Starks to do a little more at practice later on in the week) – “We’ll watch the tape and see how he looks on tape.”

(On whether Starks ran with either the first or second team defenses today) – “Again, he’s been away from us for a while and we just want to get him acclimated to practicing football again.”

(On what he has seen from Dustin Keller thus far) – “He’s got a lot of savvy, a lot of experience. I think he’s a real pro. He does a good job in the meeting room, in the weight room, in the locker room and those types of things. He is very professional. And then on the field, he has some versatility. He can play on the line of scrimmage, off the line of scrimmage. He’s got that kind of route savvy that’s sometimes hard to coach. He can find a way to get himself open against different coverages and he has good coverage recognition as well. He has shown very well.”

(On how the efficiency of the up-tempo offense has been) – “You know it’s hard, Chris. It’s a little difficult to tell right now. The key in my humble opinion is the ability of the offense to get first downs and move the chains and get the defense reeling a little bit. Really push it on those seven or eight play drives where you are getting up to the line of scrimmage and calling a play and you are off and running. It is really difficult to do if you have a lot of three and out (drives). It’s tough to establish that type of tempo.”

(On Mike Sherman mentioning that the biggest thing the offense needs to change is getting in the end zone and how they accomplish that goal) – “Amen (laughing). It’s everything. As usual Adam, it’s never really…as we evaluated last year, it’s never really one thing. Sometimes it was red zone related, sometimes it was protection related, and sometimes we have to do a better job schematically, certainly. Sometimes it’s just pure execution; making the plays that are there. I think there are a wide variety of answers to that question. I wish it was just one thing that we could fix immediately. But we are working at it.”

(On whether he feels this offense is better suited to score touchdowns from a talent standpoint) – “We’ll see. I mean we haven’t played any games yet. We’ll see.”

(On John Jerry looking heavier than last year) – “Not much. You know he’s doing a good job. He’s not much heavier.”

(On how far Jovorskie Lane has come along since they picked him up last year) – “Well I think it was around this time that we acquired him (last year). He has a very good knowledge of the system. He knows how he fits in, and he has a good awareness of both the blocking schemes, run and pass. I think he has made a good adjustment. He knows what he is doing.”

(On where he expects to get the team leadership from this year) – “I believe in that saying, ‘you lead from where you are.’ It doesn’t matter. I don’t think it has to be an eight –year veteran, I don’t think it has to be a rookie. I think whatever position you are in you can display leadership. We are big believers in leading by example first and foremost. So I think there are a lot of guys that can emerge on this team as good leaders for us.”

(On whether he has noticed a lot about Caleb Sturgis so far) – “He looks good. I like the way he handles his business. He seems to be very professional, even though he has only been in the profession since April 15th for about two months. I like the way he moves about the building; he is quiet. He seems to be a hard worker, and he seems to have a pretty strong leg.”

(On Dan Carpenter getting all the kicks in practice today) – “We’ve been kind of alternating on a daily basis, and obviously we are tracking that closely. Both guys are doing a good job. Obviously Dan has done a very, very good job around here for a long time.” 

Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman

(On what they can do with Ryan Tannehill compared to a year ago during the season) – “I just think that we can do is do things better than what we did a year ago. This time last year he was coming into an NFL camp not the starter and had a lot of growth, just getting caught up to the speed of the game. Remember the mini-camps we had last year with him, he improved each minicamp, but the speed of the game is really what got him. I think that he has adjusted to that obviously now, and my expectations for him is that he is going to get better and better which is what he has done through these OTA’s and minicamps.”

(On if they can do more with him now than they could at the end of the season) – “He’s doing more, as far as what he sees. He is doing things better, we did a lot last year and maybe that was my fault, but he is doing things better than he did a year ago. There’s not a whole lot of changes from that standpoint or from a protection standpoint as far as him recognizing things, we have a few more concepts in. We want to push the ball down the field vertically and so we have some of those in there more so than maybe we did a year ago, but from his standpoint I don’t think he notices a whole lot of difference from what he has done in the past, except that he is seeing the defenses. I think that is the biggest thing, not so much the offense but what he sees defensively.”

(On how much of the offense has been installed) – “Probably about…you always say there’s game planning, but we probably have about ninety-five percent of what we are going to do during the season. We do way too much in these camps, but there is a reason for that and we come back to preseason we cut it back a little bit, but we want to be able to draw things off the shelf that we have already built. So pretty much what we are going to do is, and a lot of the kids are say why are we doing this now, it has relationships to maybe New England, to maybe what Buffalo is going to play or what the Jets are going to play or Cleveland or Indy and so we will be able to pull things off of the shelf. So we have done a lot more. They have about five game plans worth of information at their disposal right now, whereas its cut when we play a game its one-fifth of what we are doing, so I think that they will be relieved when we get to game week and they won’t have to practice all of this and remember all of this stuff on the spot.”

(On the biggest difference in Ryan Tannehill from Year One until now) – “I think just his recognition of what defenses intents are. He can see a safety start to creep up or lean a certain way, or a linebackers depth from the line of scrimmage from the heels of his defensive lineman. Determining whether we turn and protect there or do we go the other way because that guy is in coverage, which I think more recognition of defenses even more so what we are doing on offense. We threw the book at him last year in the hopes that he would get to a point where we are at right now, where now he is just focused and not so much on the offense but on the defense.”

(On whether any unit on the offense has surprised him with their progress) – “I wouldn’t differentiate one from the other. They’ve all had their days of good and days of not so good, me included. We’re a little too early to anoint anybody the group of the OTAs or minicamp just yet.”

(On whether he is happy with the tempo of the offense) – “Yes. Today I was firing plays at them left and right and I was actually trying to keep up with them because they were going. I said, ‘hey we’ve got to get our tempo better.’ Coach Philbin has been making a point of that and I was very impressed by how they finished. To do that at the end of practice with that kind of tempo, it was faster than I expected. I’m very pleased with that result.”

(On whether the pace of the offense from year one to year two is drastic enough where it would be noticeable to fans watching the game) – “I think we were one of the leaders last year in no-huddle offense in the National Football League. I don’t know if they will see it. Execution is the bottom line. If we are executing it, yeah they will say that’s pretty good. If we’re not executing it, it doesn’t matter what you do. If you execute, maybe they notice we’re executing better. That’s really what I want to see, more so than any flavor of the week.”

(On how much progress Kyle Miller has made since last year) – “He’s made a lot of progress as far as learning and understanding the offense. He still has a ways to go in relationship to how he is going to fit in. He has excellent hands, but we’re anxious to see him with pads on blocking. He really never got that opportunity last year because when we picked him up, we weren’t doing a lot of hitting per se or scrimmaging. We were into the season, so I am anxious to see him in camp and see how he responds to the challenge of the contact of banging into people and then getting off the ground and running a vertical route. Can you do that? We have to wait and see on him and hopefully things will be good.”

(On the one thing people should notice different about the offense this year from last year if everything is going correctly) – “Well I hope the fact that we are getting in the end zone a hell of a lot more than we did a year ago. Obviously that was something that held us back from being the type of team Coach Philbin wants us to be. We need to score more points. We can’t rely on the defense, so I think we need to score more points and hopefully we will find our way into the end zone.” 

Defensive Tackle Randy Starks 

(On what it was like being out there with his teammates again) – “It felt real good. I missed these guys but, I’m just happy to be out here and get the season started.”

(On what it has been like for him being away from the team) – “It was lonely at first. It was something to get used to, but at the same time I kept in contact with some of my teammates, so I felt like I was still here a little bit.”

(On Jared Odrick saying that he was texting the defensive linemen often) – “Well we were all on a group text on the iPhone, so every time they say something of course I’m going to add my two cents.”

(On his thoughts about all the changes on defense) – “Well it’s my first day, so I’d say it looks good so far. I’ll have to get in there and get some reps with some of these guys and see how it turns out.”

(On him knowing about the changes they made) – “Oh definitely. I mean it looks good right now. It looks good and paper and until the pads come on, we’ll see.”

(On it feeling good to be back on the field) – “Definitely. My teammates are like my brothers and it’s good to grind with these guys.”

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill 

(On his impressions of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel) – “I haven’t worked out with him (recently), but I worked out with him for a year while I was at A&M. What you see on the field is what you get in practice; an athletic guy who can run around and make plays, and obviously he is pretty good at it.”

(On how he feels now going into his second year compared to how he felt last year at this time) – “Well it’s night and day compared to last year. Just the confidence and the knowledge of the game and what is going on. I still have a lot of work  to do, but I am comfortable with where I am at and where this team is at. Anything we can do to get better, myself included, it’s easier to build this year compared to last year. Last year, I didn’t know what was going on, where I was going to be on the depth chart and competing for a starting job. So now that I’m kind of in that spot, we can work on chemistry. I can work on connecting with the receivers and making plays.”

(On what he wants to accomplish during minicamp as opposed to OTAs) – “Well it is a longer practice is a little bit more competitive, a little bit more tense. You see how guys respond to the heat, respond to a long practice. Being in Miami, it’s not the easiest practice situation where it’s 75 and you go out there and run all day, but we’re pushing the tempo, we are challenging the offense and seeing how guys are handling it. So, I think today was a good first day. We have a lot of work to do, but it was a good start for us.”

(On how he has seen the offense progress in year two under Coach Philbin) – “I definitely think we’ve progressed. I think that’s the natural progression of not only a quarterback but also an offense. The more time you are in a system, you more comfortable you can get and the more you can do. It’s more of a reaction and not overthinking. I’m excited about this upcoming year, and I’m excited these next couple days of minicamp, and we just need to get better.”

(On the quarterback protection with Jonathan Martin moving over to the left side) – “That’s what this time is for. I’m comfortable with those guys. They’re out here working every day. By the time the season is going to start, I couldn’t be more comfortable with those guys.”

(On how important it is to develop a relationship with the new receivers and get on the same page) – “It’s huge. You know so much of the quarterback-receiver (relationship) is being on the same page. If you’re not on the same page just one step, it can be an interception as opposed to a big play. So, you’ve got to build that chemistry. You’ve got to know what each other is thinking on certain routes and certain looks. You do that by staying after (practice) and getting extra throws in. Once you do that then you can better understand each other.”

(On getting to see the guys that were added to the team perform on the field) – “It’s exciting. Like I said the more I get to know these guys, the more they understand the offense and what’s going on, you can feel the excitement building. Now it’s just on us to take advantage of it and make the plays in practice so that way we can make them in the game.”

(On what it is like to throw to a receiver (Mike Wallace) who has such speed) – “It’s fun to think that I always have to get it out there. I think the first couple days I not completely underthrew him, but he had to slow up a step. When you have a speed guy like that you don’t want to slow him up, you want him to hit that last gear and separate at the end. So, that’s the thing I am working on right now.”

(On what Dustin Keller brings to the offense) – “He definitely brings a vertical stretch inside. When you add Keller along with (Charles) Clay, you have two tight ends who stretch the field inside.”

Wide Receiver Mike Wallace

(On how long it takes develop chemistry and what he can do to develop chemistry with Ryan Tannehill) –“It takes more than OTAs obviously just because we’ve never played together before. It’s easy when you’re out there in shorts and a shirt when nobody is on you, with no defenders or anything like that. It’s easy to run routes and have good timing. I think by training camp we’ll be fine. Every day we make strides. OTAs isn’t really just about me and him, it’s about the whole team just getting chemistry. Everything is not going to be on point because we’re not game planning for this and that, or for me to get the ball or for me and him to just develop chemistry. It’s about the whole team overall. I just want to get better at my craft every day when I come out here and run good routes and get open. Hopefully I get the ball. If not I’ll just continue to work on my craft”

(On how he’s grasping his role in the offense) – “I know exactly what my role is. I’m here to be a leader. This is a young team, and we’ll just continue to get better. I’ve got to motivate guys and just lead by example. Go out and just work on my routes, come out of my breaks fast and smooth and be ready when it’s time to get the ball.”

(On how’s its different for him, now being an older/veteran guy on a team) – “It’s definitely different. It’s an entirely different role because the first couple years I played with Hines (Ward). Hines (Ward) was 33, 34, when I got there. Great leader; one of the greatest of all time. The next year I had Antwaan Randle El, who was also 33, 34 years old. The next year, I had Jericho Cotchery, a great spiritual and motivational guy, who was also about 30 years old. I was always used to being the youngest or the second youngest in the room. So it’s an entirely different thing for me, but I embrace the role. I like it.”

(On whether there’s anything about his approach that he has to change because of that) – “I have to go out and lead. I have to lead more and lead by example more and not just go out and think I can just play my game and that’ll be all I need to do. Out there (in Pittsburgh) we had so many great leaders, I didn’t have to go out there and do too much. Just go out and do my job. But here, I have to do my job and motivate at the same time. I said what I had to say there but you know that wasn’t really my role. We had so many older guys like I said that were great leaders and great motivation guys so I didn’t have to do that. But here I’m one of the older guys on the team and I’m still young. So it’s definitely a different approach but I embrace it.”

(On whether he’s putting it on himself to be the guy that scores points for this team) – “That’s why they brought me here, to score points. But at the same time, I think of it as a group effort. It’s not just on Mike (Wallace), or just on Ryan (Tannehill), or just on Brian (Hartline). It’s on everybody. Everybody has to put in a collective effort and work together, and we’ll get where we need to be.”

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