Joe Philbin thinks the Dolphins have a “helluva team in the making”

AP

Joe Philbin’s image as Dolphins head coach has not been a fiery one as Philbin prefers a cooler approach to the job.

That extends all the way down to the way he addresses the team following wins. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Philbin reads off notes when speaking to the team, but that he veered off script when talking to them after Sunday’s 24-20 win over the Colts.

“We got a helluva team in the making,” Philbin said after casting aside his notes, which probably wouldn’t qualify as anything notable from some coaches — Salguero quips that Pete Carroll would say a Kia has a chance to be a helluva Cadillac — but it was something different from the reserved Philbin.

Especially heartening to Philbin and the rest of the brass in Miami has to be the way many of the team’s new faces played in Indy. Mike Wallace was the No. 1 receiver they wanted with nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown and cornerback Brent Grimes had a key interception of Andrew Luck in the end zone. Linebacker Phillip Wheeler sacked Luck on the Colts’ final offensive play of the game and Dannell Ellerbe racked up tackles all afternoon. And running back Lamar Miller, who isn’t a new arrival, ran for 69 yards on 14 carries to give the team a rushing threat they lacked in the opening game.

There’s a lot of football yet to be played this season, but the Dolphins have done plenty in the first two weeks to back up their coach’s enthusiastic prediction for the future.

45 responses to “Joe Philbin thinks the Dolphins have a “helluva team in the making”

  1. Don’t get too excited coach. The sorry Colts defense is a cure for many opposing offenses ills. Wait until the 49ers recover nicely against them next week.

  2. Can’t help but be impressed by Miami’s start this year. A road win against a quality team is just what this team needed. Not a ‘fin’s fan, but after two games, they appear to be better than anticipated.

  3. That over rated team hadn’t been beat at home in a long time
    I know you’re trying to stir the pot but why don’t you grab your toys and go play in the street now

  4. I’m not sure what Armando is suggesting and you seem to be intimating… the Dolphins posts video of virtually evey postgame speech (at least the winners). Yes, Philbin usually has a card in hand to call out a particular item or two, but I’ve never seen him merely read some bullet points. The bulk of each speech is certainly extemporaneous. This speech seemed like much of the previous aftergame speeches, maybe just a little bit more enthusiastic and happier… but for good reason.

  5. Good win Boys. Its amazing what a passing threat (wallace) and awesome corners can do.

    If we still had Sean Smith and Vontae Davis we would have definitely lost the first two games. Grimes is the truth, always there to make a play. Even when T.Y. caught one over him he was right there to make the play he just went for the pick.

  6. NOTE TO THE HATERS:

    Remember that we’re the team that you said couldn’t win a Super Bowl in April or February.

    Remember you said we were still the underdogs in the AFC East behind the formidable New England Patriots.

    Remember you said Ireland couldn’t put a team together.

    Remember you said Dion Jordan would be a bust and that our defensive stock was inflated.

    Remember you said we were a joke.

    The league is on notice right now.

  7. NOTE TO THE HATERS:

    Remember that we’re the team that you said couldn’t win a Super Bowl in April or February.

    Remember you said we were still the underdogs in the AFC East behind the formidable New England Patriots.

    Remember you said Ireland couldn’t put a team together.

    Remember you said Dion Jordan would be a bust and that our defensive stock was inflated.

    Remember you said we were a joke.

    The league is on notice right now.

  8. lightofkolob you win 1st prize today, dumb comment.
    Andrew Luck is a very good QB but the Dolphins found a way to win. Don’t under rate them on here, because the defense is very good indeed.
    Good job guys.

  9. After the last decade of incompetence it’s great to see us finally win two games that we used to collapse in. It’s too early in the season to say how good (or not) this team is BUT if we stay healthy I definitely like our chances.

    As for the above commenter ‘lightofklob’ who says we don’t have a coach or a QB??? That’s just a dumb statement. As a lifelong Dolphin fan I can tell you that compared to Henne & Sparano–Tannehill & Philbin are HOFers in the making.

  10. makenobones says:
    Sep 16, 2013 10:31 AM
    harrisonhits2: “69 yards is a rushing threat ?”

    Actually it IS a threat when you only carry the ball 14 times, avg. 4.9 yds per rush, and score a TD.

    You beat me to it.

  11. Its all about hype. Tanney threw for 300+ yards, TD and got the win. Had Luck put up the same stats the media would be quick to blow it out of proportion. After two weeks Tanney has really taken a step forward and will not get the recognition unless Miami keeps winning. As of right now its all about RG3, Luck and Russell Wilson. Tanney is often overlooked because the Fins have not won. Should be interesting to see what happens if Miami beats Atlanta. I personally do not think Miami’s defense can slow down Atlanta but we shall see where they stand.

  12. Miami’s defense should be able to hang in with Falcons and get some pressure, hopefully a couple turnovers, and make
    Things for Matty uncomfortable……with that being said, I know ATLs defense will do the same to Tanny and company. Miami has a real shot to pull this upset , just have to limit mistakes.

  13. makenobones says:
    Sep 16, 2013 10:31 AM
    harrisonhits2: “69 yards is a rushing threat ?”

    Actually it IS a threat when you only carry the ball 14 times, avg. 4.9 yds per rush, and score a TD.

    You beat me to it.

    2 rushing td’s, miller and clay. upset that wallace did not streach that ball into the endzone for the 2nd passing td of the game, and if clay was’nt so dang slow it would have been 3, i have a feeling tanne will have just over 20 td’s with about 10 left within the 5 yard line this year, but i think he throws less than 10 int’s. very smart qb.

  14. as a die hard, i have to reasonable and say i think ATL wins the game, i think there is a shot for phins to win and it would not surprise me, but i think they fall 24-20 with a respectiful game and even in a loss, still get the respect they deserve. up in the air about NO too but i think Bal is a win and they start the season 3-2 or 4-1 with a better schedule in the second half. much better than the 0-5 start that genius peter king predicted.

  15. I am a lifelong phins fan and things are definitely going in right direction. Miami is not top of the heap yet but getting there. Keep the penalties low and a few more screen passes (downfield blocking has been excellent) Find a way to slow down opposing TE’s and should be in any game. Dolphins are good but not elite ….yet.

  16. Time to get home, but keep rocking the all white uni’s. Get Matty Ice out of his climate controlled, carpeted, cocoon… and out under the Miami sun in those black uniforms. See if the Dolphins can’t keep this thing rolling.

  17. This was a convincing win. The thing I love about this win is that when Colts had the momentum, the team held it together and won the game against one of the best come back QBs in the game. If this was the same old Dolphins, they would have found a way to lose the game.

    Make no mistake though, next weeks game is going to be telling of where this team is at. Our OL is still struggling and Atlanta’s DL is better than the Colts. Atlanta also has more weapons on offense.

  18. Mike Wallace was a one trick pony when he played for Pitt. I guess Philbin and Sherman developed a player that Tomlin could not cause he’s running all types of routes successfully now.

  19. The best thing about this win, is it is a game the Fins would have lost the last few years. It is such a boost to have a corner (Grimes) that is a ball hawk. he doesn’t settle for being in good position, or deflecting a pass. He wants the ball, and he will get plenty this year.
    If Miami can beat Atlanta at home (I think they can, and may come down to a Caleb Sturgis boot) they will really be rolling.
    All along I said start 2-3 and you have an outside shot at a wild card with improvement. 3-2 inside track, 4-1 look out!

  20. smackingfools says: Sep 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    Brent Grimes is ‘shutdown’ material. Always around the bal.

    He got burned by TY Hilton for a bomb. Good corner, not a “shutdown” corner by any means.

  21. jw1991: Grimes is most definitely a great corner, not just good. He did NOT get burned by TY Hilton once in that game. Hilton DID go up to grab a nice catch over Grimes, but Grimes was right there with him the whole time.

  22. Philbin is the right coach for a Dolphins team that has lacked discipline over the last few years. He is a smart guy and will put his players in a position to improve. The only issue he may have is connecting with the players. Really though, he doesn’t need that as long as his coordinators can deal with that. As long as the players understand he is the boss, there shouldn’t be a problem. If the players want something handled differently and speak out of turn, there could be some issues. A HC does not need to be bombastic or have a fiery attitude/personality to succeed.

  23. jw1991: Grimes is most definitely a great corner, not just good. He did NOT get burned by TY Hilton once in that game. Hilton DID go up to grab a nice catch over Grimes, but Grimes was right there with him the whole time.

    ____________________________________

    I dont agree, I’d love him on my team dont get me wrong, but I meant it as he is no shutdown corner (Woodson, Revis etc.)

    TY Hilton’s a heck of a receiver, but he is 5’9, shutdown corners would not get beat like that. Just my opinion.

  24. jw1991,
    hey man, Darrelle Revis is most definitely a shutdown corner, as you said. A couple of years ago on Monday night Ted Ginn Jr got about 5 yards behind him for a long touchdown.

    Its called speed. Everybody gets burnt once in a while. (though Grimes wasn’t burned on that play)

  25. “Miami has a real shot to pull this upset , just have to limit mistakes.”
    ———————
    I think this penalty-free game against a team who hasn’t lost in it’s stadium in almost a year and is considered one of the loudest in the NFL is a good start. That’s not to even mention that Luck is the best come-from-behind QB in the league in recent times. But the clowns that want to say the two road games Miami won (which they are the ONLY 2-0 team with two road wins) were against bad teams just crack me up. Cleveland almost beat Balt. (yes, the same Balt. that won the SB last year) yesterday and Indy was a playoff team last year and only improved in the offseason.

  26. @inphinitejest absolutely, you’re right.

    I guess I’m just a bitter Jets fan lol, but in all honesty I want to see how they play sunday before I decide if they have a helluva’ team.

  27. until the Phins fix the O line, they aren’t a real contender…. Tanny is getting whacked and they are ranked 27th in Rushing and 15th in passing

    no way they play any playoff team and get away with that

  28. randomguy — per PFF, Tannehill was also the fourth highest rated QB this past week. He is pretty good under pressure and once the O-Line does gel and give him protection he’ll be pretty darn good. Even with nine sacks he is still carrying almost a 108 QB rating.

  29. I love all the Dolphin Haters on this website. They are just in awe that the fins are getting mentioned in power ranking chatter unlike the past. WE ARE ACTUALLY FAVORED against the Falcons! Without SJAX and Roddy with his injury. Grimes will take care of Julio and ELLERBEAST WILL DESTROY!!!!

    ..I know that you AFC EAST fans dont have much to talk about since your teams arent looking that great but let us fin fans have our moment please…Its been awhile 🙂

    FINS UP!!!! 3-0!!!!!

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