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Vance Joseph wants Dolphins players to have “ownership” of defense

In this Thursday, July 30, 2015 photo, Miami Dolphins defensive tackles Jordan Phillips (97) Earl Mitchell (90) and Ndamukong Suh (93) prepare to run drills at the teams NFL football training camp in Davie, Fla. For about three weeks preceding the start of Dolphins training camp, rookie Phillips and his fiancee were on a vacation in Oregon. That is, except for the two hours a day where Phillips was learning from Suh. When the new defensive leader of the Dolphins asked Phillips to join him for what essentially was a training camp before training camp, the rookie didn't hesitate before accepting the invitation. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) AP

Before the Dolphins fired defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle after Week Four of the regular season, word out of Miami was that the team’s players were airing their grievances about the scheme at team meetings.

Vance Joseph will be the team’s defensive coordinator in 2016 and he said Thursday that he wants to have the team’s players invested in the defense, which means that his door will be open to their thoughts and suggestions as long as they are working hard on the field.

“If it’s [Ndamukong] Suh or if it’s [Reshad] Jones or if it’s [Brent] Grimes, whoever puts the work in and brings me ideas, I’ll listen,” Joseph said, via the Miami Herald. “It’s the NFL and you want players to have ownership of it. If it’s a closed door all the time that can be a problem for a defensive coordinator. So it’s an open door policy. We’re open to ideas that have been thought through.”

One idea that Joseph is already working on is a way to get Suh free to do more than occupy blockers at the point of attack after a year that saw him drawing a lot of attention from opposing blockers. Joseph said the team has “some ways to get him more single blocks, one-on-ones, and more opportunities,” although he wasn’t sharing any specifics with the public.

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10 Responses to “Vance Joseph wants Dolphins players to have “ownership” of defense”
  1. iamkillerfin says: Jan 28, 2016 2:46 PM

    Better get some Quality LB & DB help FIRST!!!

  2. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Jan 28, 2016 3:12 PM

    Good Luck Vance, we appreciated you in Cincy!

  3. jnovi86 says: Jan 28, 2016 3:15 PM

    Thank you for the editors insertion of suh’s first name in that quote. Without that I wouldn’t have known which suh we were talking about since there are so many in the league and on the dolphins alone, that could have been really confusing.

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 28, 2016 3:40 PM

    Ndamukong Haynesworth

  5. tvguy22 says: Jan 28, 2016 3:46 PM

    Is Miko Grimes ok with this philosophy? Just checkin’.

  6. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 28, 2016 3:48 PM

    Vance clear that with Miko? ‘Cause she owns them b!tc#es

  7. craniator says: Jan 28, 2016 4:14 PM

    For the Dolphin defense to improve, Miami needs to actually draft defensive players in the first round — something they have done only three times in the past eleven seasons, the fewest of any NFL team.

  8. fanofpft says: Jan 28, 2016 5:44 PM

    For the Dolphin defense to improve, Miami needs to actually draft defensive players in the first round — something they have done only three times in the past eleven seasons, the fewest of any NFL team.

    I can see this happening, there are about 3 players that could fit the bill.

  9. beelicker says: Jan 28, 2016 6:01 PM

    Let’s see now, Joseph himself basically replaced part(s) of the same D-backfield coaching job Coyle was doing in Cincinnati (i.e. in the Zimmer-based Paul Guenther D) before Kevin Coyle matriculated to the same Miami DC job that is now Vance Joseph’s (& Coyle went right back to take over the position in Cincinnati that was formerly Joseph’s) …

  10. fanofpft says: Jan 28, 2016 7:02 PM

    Let’s see now, Joseph himself basically replaced part(s) of the same D-backfield coaching job Coyle was doing in Cincinnati (i.e. in the Zimmer-based Paul Guenther D) before Kevin Coyle matriculated to the same Miami DC job that is now Vance Joseph’s (& Coyle went right back to take over the position in Cincinnati that was formerly Joseph’s) …

    When Coyle came down he had a worse rating than his Fins replacement. Not the case this time.

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