**PATRIOTS HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
BB:** It seems like it's been a long time since we've played the Dolphins because it has been. [There has been] a lot of football since then, but [I am] really impressed with watching Miami. Once again, they're really a solid football team. I think Coach [Joe] Philbin has done a great job with that team in all three areas. They lead the league in a lot of categories, especially the hidden yardage category of the kicking game, penalties, turnovers – all those things that in the end really make a difference. They do a great job and have a lot of explosive players, a lot of guys that can really cause you a lot of problems, and do cause a lot of problems. Obviously we weren't very competitive down there in the first game, so hopefully we can put together a good week and do a better job of coaching and have a more competitive performance than we did in the opener. [It's] a big challenge for us this week; good football team coming in here. We have our work cut out for us.
Q: What do you see from Jarvis Landry? What stands out from the way he's grown since Week 1?
BB: Yeah, he's their leading receiver in terms of targets. [He has] done a good job for them in the return game. Tough kid, runs hard, breaks tackles, good playing strength. He's done a good job; he's good.
Q:** You alluded to Miami's hidden yards in terms of penalties. The penalties you guys have incurred, is it a concern?
BB: Yeah, we want to be the least penalized team in the league. That's our goal every year.
Q: Is there anything you can do to try and cut that trend off? It doesn't seem like you're trending that way.
BB: Yeah, [we are] trying to do better in every area. That's one of them.
Q: Mike Pouncey is playing guard, a different position than what you've seen in the past. Do you still see him involved in the line calls or does it look like Samson Satele has taken that on himself?
BB: Well, I mean he and Satele are kind of the communication on the silent count when they do that. He's sort of the tap guy and so I'm sure he's involved in that part of the communication when Satele kind of has his head between his legs and all. Yeah, I wouldn't say that they have an inordinate amount of that. That would be a better question to ask them. It's hard to tell who talks there, but they're both experienced players.
Q: How does he look at guard? Is he the same player one spot over?
BB: It's different. It's different, but they do a good job with their offensive line, do a good job running the ball. [Ryan] Tannehill has had a high percentage of completions in the last half of the season. I mean, he had before then, but especially in the last, whatever it is, five, six games. They do a good job.
Team photographer, David Silverman, offers his best photos from the Patriots-Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, December 7, 2014.
Q:** Josh McDaniels mentioned yesterday that because of their defensive front they don't necessarily have to bring extra guys to get pressure on the quarterback. How does their ability to do that affect the way they play defense at the other levels?
BB: Well they don't have to, but they do. Unless they get way ahead like they did against us, then they didn't bring them the last part of our game. But most of the time they mix it up. They rush four, they rush five, sometimes six. Different combinations, and they all come: corners, nickel backs, safeties, linebackers. Sometimes they use their ends in coverage; sometimes they don't. But they mix it up on you. They definitely spin the wheel in terms of their defensive calls. But there have been examples – our game, second half of the San Diego game – where they just rush four in passing situations and they can definitely get there. They've got a lot of good rushers. But they oftentimes bring more than that.
Q: With Cameron Wake in particular, it seems like for the most part a team's best pass rusher often comes off the defensive right side, but it seems like he's on the other side a lot of the time.
BB: It's almost all the time. It's almost all the time on the offensive right, yeah. There have been some great pass rushers there – [Julius] Peppers, Reggie White, to name a couple. Yeah, he does a good job over there. They get a good rush off the other side too [with Olivier] Vernon. But he's very quick off the ball… I mean, [Robert] Mathis, you know, now they flip him now because it's a different system, but when they had the [Dwight] Freeney-Mathis combination there in Indianapolis, you almost always saw Freeney on the left and Mathis on the right. But he's a great player. He gets the edge a lot, he can come inside, he's got a good power rush, so he's got three good pitches and mixes them up. He's a hard, hard guy to block. But he's almost always on the offensive right, defensive left.
Q: When two linebackers come up to the line of scrimmage over the center, which the Dolphins do quite a bit and it seems like you guys have been doing, is whether they're coming or going predetermined in the huddle or is that based off a look you see?
BB: Yeah, I don't really want to get into all that. Let them figure it out.
Q:** It seems like Akeem Ayers is dropping back into coverage more now and when he first arrived, he was rushing the passer a lot. When you traded for him, did you know how versatile he could be or is that something you need to have him here to figure out?
BB: I think he's what we thought he would be. But, you know, when you work with somebody you obviously get to know them a lot better. He played outside linebacker in college and at Tennessee. He played defensive end in sub situations, which is pretty common for a lot of guys like him, like a Rob Ninkovich-type of guy. But until we actually had him, we didn't know exactly how that would manifest itself. But he's smart and he's had a lot of experience playing on his feet and he's had a lot of experience playing down. We've been in a lot of nickel defense over the last, I'd say probably two months, so not exclusively, but a lot. So his defensive end role has become a lot bigger than the outside linebacker role, just because we haven't been in a lot of our base defense. But could he play linebacker and play on his feet had the percentage been different, had we been over 50 percent base defense in the last couple months? I think he's certainly capable of playing outside linebacker. [He] did that in college, did it at Tennessee and did it for us since he's been here. It's just the number of snaps that we've been in that have been pretty limited. I'd say he has done about what we have expected him to do. He learned very quickly, got on the field quickly, has a lot of position flexibility physically and has a lot of position flexibility mentally in terms of assignments and rushing, covering, man coverage, zone coverage. He has a good feel for the game. He's a smart guy and he's an instinctive player, like Rob, different than Rob, but like Rob. I'd say it's pretty much about what we thought it would be, but we certainly know a lot more having worked with him on a daily basis the last couple months than what we knew just scouting a guy off of film in Tennessee.
Q: After the game the other night, Jonathan Casillas said one of the things that made him feel comfortable in not being overwhelmed is how much he gets tested during practice and how many different situations he gets put through. What have you seen from Casillas in practice in terms of his growth and development since you acquired him?
Team photographer, David Silverman, offers his best photos from the Patriots-Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, December 7, 2014.
BB:** I think a lot of that position just involves communication, both with his other linebacker teammates and the defensive line. [Defensive line] coach [Patrick] Graham has spent a lot of extra time with him, Jonathan has spent a lot of extra time and we have different drills that we do in practice or after practice to try to give extra repetitions, not just physically but again the communication part of it to guys like him, or the offensive players too. It gets better every week and [we] still have a ways to go, but again a lot of those types of players who are playing for us or are getting ready to play for us, not knowing exactly how the opportunities are going to fall have really gotten a lot better and improved in that last couple of months from earlier in the year when a lot of that communication was with [Jerod] Mayo, [Dont'a] Hightower, [Jamie] Collins. Some of those players have been unavailable at different points throughout the season. Now there are some different guys, like Ayers, like Casillas, like Collins in a little different role, obviously [Alan] Branch, [Sealver] Siliga. There's a lot going on there. But he's worked hard and he has got a lot of those reps in practice. It's hard at times going against our offense too because they give you a lot of different looks. Just dealing with our offense, which at times we do in practice, a lot of times we do it against the opponent, but sometimes in just working against our offense that creates a lot of decision-making and communication and forces the issue.
Q: When you say reps, do you mean with the green dot?
BB: The green dot doesn't really, that doesn't really do anything. No, I'm talking about the 11 guys on the field when they line up across from us. I don't think he's had a green dot in the game, but even if he has, that's no, that's not at all what I'm talking about.
Q: Josh McDaniels talked about having optimum down-and-distance in the first half of the Miami game and he felt that was a big difference in the second half. Is that critical, especially on first downs, so that you can mix up the pass rush or slow down the pass rush?
BB: Yeah, first and second down have a lot to do with third down. Third down is obviously a key down and that can cover up for some sins on first and second down, but the more you put yourself in that tough third-down situation, the harder it is. The more you can control the game on first and second down, then the easier it is on third down. You still have to execute, it doesn't mean that third-and-three or third-and-four is any kind of given because it isn't. You have to work to pick those up too, but it's a lot easier than third-and-12s and third-and-14s and the situation we were in in the third quarter against San Diego: a lot of negative plays on early downs led to long yardage on third down led to punts on fourth down. We can definitely help ourselves on third down, but you still have to go out and get them on third down. Even if the yardage is shorter, it might give you a few more options, but you still have to go out there and execute on those downs too.
PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
Q: Over jet lag?
TB: Yeah, this is a big week, so you've got to get over it quick.
Q: Bill Belichick said it seemed like a long time since you last played this Dolphins team. How much have they changed since your last meeting?
TB: Since the first time we played them – how long has it been? Thirteen weeks. It's been a long time.
Q: Does it feel like a long time to you?
TB: From the beginning of the season to the end of the season, sometimes it goes quick, sometimes it goes pretty fast, depending on what kind of mood you're in. After we lose, things go pretty slow and when we win, they go fast. It's been a while. They've changed a little bit. So have we. So, hopefully we're at our best. This is a good team, a good defense. They've got a lot of guys up front that can rush, guys in the secondary that are playing really well, and big, physical, athletic linebackers, so [it's a] tough defense.
Q:** Does the first game you played against them mean anything in terms of your preparation? Or has it been so long where you start fresh?
TB: We're definitely watching that game. You end up watching all the games just because all of them can provide some insight. Certainly, that game can provide a lot of insight. But our team is a little bit different now. There are going to be some new things that we do. I'm sure they're going to have some new things. Ultimately, it comes down to how well we execute. They force you to do a lot of things really well, so it tests everything. I think they blitz a lot, they cover well, they rush [well], they score points offensively, so we know we're going to have to score a lot of points. But this team makes it tough. They've got some great edge rushers. They've got some great inside guys to stop the run, [they're] good at safety. I know they've been banged up this year, but it looks like they're all healthy now. We're preparing for their best, and I'm sure we'll get it, so we have to be prepared.
Q: What do you remember most about the difference between the first half of that game, when you scored 20 points, and the second half, when you didn't score at all?
TB: Our execution was really poor. We got behind. To score 20 points down there was decent. We got a couple turnovers. I'm sure this game will be a little bit different, however it goes. We've got to be prepared to play for 60 minutes. I don't think you can play 30 good minutes against this team and expect to win, so you're going to have to go out there and play really well for the entire game.
Q: Josh McDaniels has said numerous times this season that he wants balance on offense. As the quarterback, does it really matter how you're moving the ball, as long as you're scoring points and winning? Is balance important to you?
TB: Scoring points is the ultimate [goal]. That's what we're trying to do, and however you need to do that, that's what you have to be able to do. Some games you may throw it a little more, some days you may run it a little bit more, depending on how the game goes or how the flow of the game goes. Those things kind of sort themselves out. But you'd love to come out of every game running it as much as you would've hoped, and you're throwing it … Running the ball, you really can control the pace of the game, you can control the tempo of it. When we run it well, it's really critical to our success. And that doesn't matter if we run it 40 times or 25 times. It's just you've got to run it really efficiently. The backs we have, they're making great runs and they're boring holes in the defensive line. Our offensive line has done a great job with that. This week, we'll definitely need to be able to do both.
Q:** As a competitor, is there the slightest sense of revenge going against this opponent with the way things ended in Week 1?
TB: This is a division opponent, so I think there is always a great rivalry. I know we've had a lot of great games against them. And then losing to them earlier, that was a tough way to start the year. But this is a different game. I think we have a lot of motivation for us. We've got to have a great week, and that starts today getting off to a good start in practice. There will be a lot of emotion and energy there. It's a very competitive game. It's a very competitive division. They're a division rival, so everything is on the line.
Q: How do you decide what type of throw to make after the snap when a guy is already in the route?
TB: It's usually a feel thing. It's hard to explain that sometimes, and it's hard to explain that to Josh [McDaniels] sometimes. He's thinking, 'What did you see on that,' or sometimes it's just maybe the DB [defensive back] gets a little off balance or he gets his feet in the wrong position. I don't know, I think instincts take over at that point. Usually when you miss him, you think, 'Well I probably should've done something different.' When you hit him, that's what you wanted to do. Sometimes you have the right idea and one person's thinking one thing and the other person's thinking another, and it's an incompletion. Those are the ones you really need to improve on because when you have opportunities when guys are open, you can't miss those because there are other times when they aren't open just for the sake of playing good defense. So, you hate to miss the ones where they should be completions. Like the second one of the game, that should've been a completion. So, it's just a little gauge in your head that tells you how much trajectory or how much pace to put on it. I probably only like to put as much pace as I need because if you throw everything hard, sometimes the harder you throw it, the harder it is to catch it. So, I try to gauge it based on all the reps that I've taken over the years.
Q: Do you have to talk it over with your receivers after incompletions, where you thought he was going to do one thing and he saw something else in the coverage?
TB: Yeah, it's a lot of timing and anticipation. Like I said, when one person is thinking one thing and the other person is thinking another, it's hard to have a high level of success at that point. And usually it just takes a lot of playing together, a lot of reps, a lot of making the mistakes so that we can correct them. But yeah, being on the same page for all of us is important. And that's not just quarterback and receiver, that's linemen working together, that's backs setting up blocks in the run game. It's all being able to be confident in each other so that you can really feel free to use your instincts. That's when your offense is really clicking and you've got a good rhythm and the ball is coming out of your hand quick before they're making their cuts. They're expecting the ball in a certain place, and they're getting it. It helps their timing out, too. I think all those things play a factor and all those things are important.
Q:** If you guys win Sunday, you clinch the division. Has there been or will there be discussion of that? Does that add even more to the game?
TB: Coach [Belichick] hasn't mentioned that today. Normally he has. You're playing for a division championship, so it's a very important game. We've worked really hard to get to this point. The guys have put a lot of work in over the whole offseason and to put ourselves in this position has been a lot of fun, but we've got to go out there and capitalize. This is a tough team to do it against. They've got some goals that they have, too, and I think that's what makes for a great game is when both teams are determined to win, and only one team can win.
Q: Bill Belichick said he wasn't going to take more than 15 seconds talking about that. Is that an indication that the goals around here are much bigger?
TB: Well, it's a long season, and we've still got three games left. There is a lot of football to be played. There are a lot of things to be decided. The only thing that matters is this week. That's the only thing we can control. We're going to go out there and try to control it the best we can, try to go out there and play the way that we're capable of and see if we can have a great day of execution and certainly better than we've had the last two weeks.
Q: You've been a part of so many teams that have won the division. Does winning the division get old?
TB: Absolutely not. I think we're trying to win every time we take the field. Winning never gets old, I know that. That feeling that we had the other night was a great feeling, and that's what motivates you to win because you know the opposite side of that. We've got to do the things that help us win as opposed to do the things that make us lose games. It should be a fun week.
Q: When Bill Belichick tells the team after a win, 'See you on Wednesday,' in theory it means you have a couple days off. How much do you prefer to stick to your own routine, and how much time do you spend on Monday and Tuesday preparing for Sunday's game?
TB: All day. It's just that time of the year. I don't think there are any off days – maybe in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but not necessarily in a quarterback's preparation. I do a lot of work, and I enjoy it, so that's the easy part. I get to do something I love to do.
Q: It seems like Julian Edelman takes a big hit or two every game. Is there anything you can do to limit that, or is that just part of the position he plays?
TB: I try to avoid that the best I can. You're right, he has taken some hits this year. And that's football, too. I think he does a great job preparing himself and repairing himself so he can go out the following week and be able to do it. Yeah, it's hard for everybody, and Jules is not a big guy. When you get hit by people who are bigger than you that obviously takes a toll. The more of those collisions we can … None of us want those happen. We've got to do our best to avoid those, certainly.
Q: Did you see Rob Gronkowski's photo shoot with a kitten?
Q: You should.
TB: OK, I'll check it out.
Q: If you got in trouble for the baby goat, you guys better give it to him worse.
TB: I'm going to look for it.
Q: There is a furry hat involved, too.
TB: Perfect. Fur and Gronk.
PATRIOTS HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK CONFERENCE CALL WITH MIAMI MEDIA TRANSCRIPT
Team photographer, Keith Nordstrom, offers his best photos from the Patriots game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 7, 2014.
Q:** The Dolphins have beaten you guys the last two times that you've played. Aside from the Michael Thomas interception in the end zone and Knowshon Moreno rushing for 134 yards, why have the Dolphins had success against you guys?
BB: They've played and coached better than we did in those games. They just did everything better.
Q: Until three games ago, the Dolphins ranked eighth in the NFL in rush defense. They've allowed 661 yards in their past three games on the ground. Without revealing secrets, what have you seen as the reason this has dropped off precipitously?
BB: Well, all I know is we couldn't run the ball against them very well. The second half down there we didn't gain anything. We're going to have to do a lot better job than we did. I don't really know about the other teams. We're not the other teams that played them. We have to find a way to move the ball and score some points. We couldn't move the ball in the second half down there and we couldn't score any points. We have our work cut out for us. We have a lot of work to do.
Q: One thing that Ryan Tannehill does now that he wasn't doing earlier is run the ball. They're running more read-option. What can that add for a quarterback?
BB: We know about his running ability. He ran against us last year. [He's] very fast. He gets a little space, he can make a lot of yards in a hurry. We saw that against Green Bay, San Diego and against us last year. He's a big threat with the ball in his hands to throw it and run it. We're going to have to do a great job and be disciplined in our defense to handle both of them. He's got a lot of skill players to throw to. He's got a great running back. [Damien] Williams has done a good job for them, as well as [Lamar] Miller. His ability to keep the ball and his threat as a runner is a big challenge for us defensively, no question about it.
Q: Jarvis Landry wasn't as involved in the offense in Week 1 as he has been of late. What sort of challenges does he pose?
BB: He's done a real good job for them. [He's] been targeted a lot. He's produced a lot, both on offense and in the return game – kicks and punts. [He's a] strong runner, breaks a lot of tackles, tough guy to bring down, makes a lot of tough catches, aggressive in the return game. We're going to have to do a real good job on him on defense and on special teams, do a good job of tackling and maintaining leverage. He's become a big part of their offense. [He's a] good blocker, I mean tough kid, competes well. He's a good football player.
Q: What's been the difference in your running game since LeGarrette Blount has returned?
BB: I wouldn't say we put in a lot of new plays or anything like that. We've run the ball well. We've had good execution, been able to get into the second level of the defense. When we haven't run the ball well, we haven't. It starts with blocking the guys up front and giving the back some space to work in. When we've been able to do that, we've been OK. But that's a big challenge against Miami. They've got great inside players, like [Earl] Mitchell, [Randy] Starks and [Jared] Odrick. Those guys do a real good job. [They're] strong outside, the ends, linebackers run well. [Koa] Misi is a big, physical guy in the middle and their linebackers – starting linebackers didn't even play in the second half and we couldn't run the ball against them down there. It doesn't really matter who they have in there, it will be a big challenge for us. We didn't seem to do very well against any of them.
Team photographer, David Silverman, offers his best photos from the Patriots game against the Dolphins on Sunday, September 7, 2014.
Q:** Aside from winning 10-of-12 games since playing the Dolphins, is there anything that illustrates the progress you've made – any stats or player's surge or anything like that?
BB: I don't know. Each game is different. Every challenge each week is different: different matchups, different schemes, different players, different challenges. Some of those we've met well and done well; some of them we haven't. The Dolphins are a team that we've played before, but it was so long ago there are a number of players that will be involved in this game that weren't even on the roster the last time that the two teams met on both sides. So, that's the way it is in the NFL. A lot of the matchups will be the same, there will be some new ones and we know what kind of challenge we have this week. The Dolphins are a good football team, they're well coached. Coach [Joe] Philbin does a great job with that team. They're good in every area: offense, defense, special teams. They've done a great job in terms of doing a lot of little things: the return game, the turnovers, penalties. They're not little things, but they're not things that show up on the stat sheet necessarily, but when you put them all together – their kick blocking, their ability to create field position. They have the best field position in the league. All those things add up to doing things that give them competitively a little bit of an edge down after down, series after series. They've done it for 13 games. There's a lot to go on there and all those things add up and it gives them an edge. They do a good job. They're well coached. They have a lot of good and explosive big-play type players, guys that can change the game in a hurry. They have a lot of different schemes that put pressure on you. [There's] a lot to get ready for in all three phases of the game. We're going to need a great week of preparation and concentration and execution on Sunday to be competitive with them, which we really weren't in the first game.
Q: A lot has been made of Ryan Tannehill's issues with completing the deep ball. In your experience is that aspect of the game overrated? How much of an impact does that really have?
BB: I think the most important thing is to score points; move the ball and score points. So, however they come, I'm sure any team that scores points is happy with the points they scored, no matter how they get them. I think he does a good job of handling the running game. He makes a lot of checks at the line of scrimmage, he makes a lot of post-snap decisions on what to do with the ball, whether to hand it off, keep it, throw it sometimes, different options built in. He has a lot of responsibility, handles the team well. They're productive. We certainly had a hard time stopping him. That's the bottom line. When you can't stop a team like we couldn't stop them last time – never did stop them in the second half. We have to find some way to be able to slow them down and all that's a part of it.
Q: Can you evaluate the Dolphins offensive line? They struggled a bit last week.
BB: They played very well against us. I know they've had a couple changes in there. Getting [Mike] Pouncey back certainly is a big addition. He's one of the best players in the league. They had to make a couple moves there at tackle, but again, that's the NFL. Every team in the league goes through some kind of transition somewhere. But I think overall their running game has been solid. They have good backs and a good scheme. Ravens are a good team defensively, but overall I think they've been very competitive in every area: offense, defense, line, skill players, special teams, return game, coverage teams, specialists. It's a good football team that's got good players all the way through it and they're well coached. It'll be a big, like I said, it will be a big challenge for us Sunday to compete against them.
Q:** You've got Tom Brady at quarterback, but what do you think about targeting certain cornerbacks and staying away from certain cornerbacks? Do you believe in that?
BB: Well, I think any time you look at the matchups that you have with your opponent, you try to create the best ones that you can. Some of that is personnel, some of that is scheme – both your personnel and their personnel – and some of it is scheme. So it all comes together. A quarterback has to make those decisions based on the play you have and the coverage or defense that they're in and the matchups that are the result of both of those. That's what quarterbacks do. They take all that information and have to process it in a very small amount of time and execute it. All those things are a factor in addition to, of course, the actual situation on that particular individual play, which those are all different too. When you combine the situations and the schemes and the matchups as they unfold then the quarterback has to make that decision and execute the timing and the play in a very precise manner or there won't be a good result. It's all a part of it.
Q: Do you as a coach believe in picking on any cornerback or staying away from a cornerback?
BB:I absolutely believe in the quarterback, based on all the things I just said, taking the best matchup that's available and whatever that is. So, who are your players? Who are their players? What coverage are they in? What play do you have called? What's the situation? All those things. The answer is to do the best thing in that situation. All those variables come into play. Each play, each situation is a little bit different, but we absolutely coach hard and believe in our quarterbacks doing the best thing based on all those things. But until you have a play called, until you see how the personnel is deployed, until you know what the situation is, third-and-three is a lot different than second-and-10 or third-and-13 so it's not all the same. It depends on each individual situation.
PATRIOTS CORNERBACK DARRELLE REVIS CONFERENCE CALL WITH MIAMI MEDIA TRANSCRIPT
Q: You've had a lot of individual accolades during your career, how motivated are you to add a Super Bowl championship to your resume?
DR: I'm not even really thinking down the road. Right now is really to just stay focused like we've been doing – as individuals, but also as a team – and continue to just keep on trying to write these wins up on a week to week basis.
Q: What have you guys learned about the Dolphins' offense since Week 1? How much have they improved and what concerns you the most?
DR: They came out very fast that game. It was the first game of the season. It was definitely a lot of hype because it's the first game of the season and to get the season underway. I mean, they came out very fast; they came out explosive, very fast and had us on our heels throughout the whole game.
Q: You've played for three teams now, what about the culture in New England is different?
DR: Like you've said this is my third team, every organization is run different with all 32 teams. I've gotten to experience three organizations and everybody has their own way of handling business and how it's run. All of my experiences were great. That's how you just look at it – it's all experience to me.
Q: Were you told to watch what you say? Were you told anything that is different from the others?
DR: I've been through it all. I've had laidback coaches. I've had more detailed coaches. It depends on how the head coach runs it and you fall in line into the system.
Q: The Miami Dolphins don't throw deep very often. What does that mean to you as a defensive back?
DR: That means the opposite to a defensive back. I think our secondary has to stay alert at all times. We cover the pass first. That's our first job is to defend the pass at all times. We can't go to sleep back there. We can't have our eyes in the backfield. We've got to keep our eyes on the man on play-action and definitely on double moves. So, I'd say it's probably the opposite of what you just asked me. We've got to stay alert at all times.
Q: Knowing the Dolphins aren't going deep as often, does it alter the way you defend Mike Wallace?
DR: You've still got to defend him as a vertical threat. That's what he's been in Pittsburgh and that's what he's been even down in Miami. That's just something that you just always know when you game plan each week for players. You know that's a stamp in his game that he's a fast and he's a vertical guy. Going into a game you've got to know that and understand that with Mike Wallace.
Q:** In Week 1 why was the Dolphins offense able to score 23 second-half points against you?
DR: You know what, that game was so long. You've got to give them credit. Like I said it was the first game of the season, they came out fast and they had us on our heels. At that point we couldn't stop the run and definitely we struggled in the passing game on defense. Now we get another stab at this – a second opportunity – and we can change that this week about preparing and being prepared for them this week.
Q: What specifically have you seen from Ryan Tannehill? What are your thoughts on him and how he's developed?
DR: He's made great sides. He's improved every year. He's making plays with his legs and also in the passing game. I'm sure Miami is proud of his growth as a quarterback.