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Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin looks back on a Week One victory and another shot at the Colts

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin joined the SIRIUS NFL crew earlier this week.

Philbin is in his second-year as head coach of the Dolphins and he will get his second crack at the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.

Here are some of the highlights of Philbin’s interview with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon

On coming back in the Dolphins 23-13 Week One win over the Cleveland Browns:

“The thing that I thought that we showed was a little bit of resiliency in the second half. They scored a touchdown with 23 seconds to go in the first half. Anytime you are on the road and you are behind at halftime it’s not easy to comeback. I thought we made enough plays in the second half to get a victory.”

On wanting to improve on the league’s worst rushing effort (23 carries for 20 yards) from Week One:

“There’s no question we want to have much better balance as an offensive unit. A couple of things we saw we have to do a better job of is up front with our line and our tight ends creating space for our backs. Number two, we’ve got to do a better job of breaking tackles. It’s tough to get a hat on every single player in the league. Those safeties come down, get close to the line of scrimmage so we have to break more tackles. Third, credit Cleveland. I thought they had a good plan against us in the running game and they executed it well.”

On the play of second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill (24-of-38 for 272 yards):

“We thought he managed third-down very well. We were 50 percent conversion rate on third-down, which was an area we’ve spent a lot of time on. We thought he played well in the fourth quarter. He was 6-of-7 in the fourth quarter and we were able to put together an 85-yard drive to cushion our lead a little bit.”

On new free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace catching only one pass for 15 yards:

“It took a little while for us to get going. That’s a work in process. We want our players to want to make a difference, want to have an impact on the outcome of a ball game. They work hard, make a lot of sacrifices but we want to do that within the team framework. We are going to get that chemistry down. It’s Week One of a long season.”

On preparing for the Colts:

“We actually saw some of them because they played Cleveland in the third preseason game so we’ve certainly seen a lot of that. (Andrew Luck) has played well and they’ve got a good football team. Their defense is probably very underrated and it’s a good overall team. Coach Pagano and his staff do a great job.”

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Colts Daily Headlines: September 11th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:30 am

The Colts players were off on Tuesday before preparations for Miami picks up the pace on Wednesday. Today’s news looks at the Colts defense and the hard-hitting safety that is LaRon Landry.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, September 11th.  

Colts Insider: Don’t judge the Colts’ defense just yet

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

Holder wrote a good piece on the unique scheme that the Colts defense faced on Sunday afternoon.

How should the Colts defense be judged after Week One?

I went back and examined some of Pryor’s longer runs of the day. What I found is that his best runs were simple sandlot scrambles, not the designed, new-school, read-option stuff you surely are becoming quite familiar with. In fact, the Colts did a half-decent job against the standard read-option plays. Pryor got 13 yards on one such play in the second quarter, but on most such calls, he was held relatively in check. Two 9-yard gains on read-options are the only others that caught my eye.

The 29-yard run Pryor had in the second quarter? That was pure improvisation. He looked downfield, didn’t like what he saw, and took off. There was a 26-yard run by Pryor in the fourth quarter which is a little gray. It looks like a pure naked bootleg, with Pryor faking the handoff, then rolling to his right. It looks to me like he never even considered throwing the football, though he did have a receiver or two running routes. Hard to say what the original intent of the play caller was there. But in either case, it was not a traditional read-option play.

Here’s the point: This is not something the Colts are going to see often. Most coaches, even in today’s NFL, aren’t going to expose their quarterbacks to contact with that much regularity. And most quarterbacks, even the mobile ones, are going to be expected to stay in the pocket and go through progressions more often than not. When coaches mix in a read-option play here and there, there are hard-and-fast rules that defenders have to follow to limit the damage.

Bob Kravitz: Colts S LaRon Landry would make Adonis blush (and me use my treadmill)

By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star

Kravitz had a pretty humorous column detailing the impressive physique of Colts safety LaRon Landry.

I had a simple request for Indianapolis Colts safety LaRon Landry.

“How do I get my body to look like yours?”

He doubled over in laughter.

See, Landry would make Adonis blush. He makes former coach safety Bob Sanders look like the “before” picture in one of those before-and-after Charles Atlas ads. His biceps look like several pythons fornicating (not that I have any idea how exactly pythons fornicate). During his Washington Redskins days, his teammates called him “Iron Man.” In his locker, he keeps a Red Hulk action figure who engages in different muscular poses, depending on how strong Landry is feeling that day.

“That’s my guy,” Landry said with a smile. “I didn’t want to be the green Hulk. I wanted red. For fire. Attitude. Aggressiveness.”