MIA Post-Game Quotes (Week Eleven)

Head Coach Brian Flores

On getting their third-straight win….

It’s always good to win. Our guys played hard for 60 minutes. We knew it would be a tough game and a tough environment against a tough team, and that’s what we got. We were able to make a few more plays than they made.

 

On what has worked on offense lately…

I think it’s just truly a series of things: good preparation in meetings, in walkthrough, in practice, execution in practice. That gives you a chance to execute in the game. We’re seeing some of that, and we made enough today, but we’ll just keep preparing the way we’ve been preparing and try to string good days together.

 

On what a good week of practice looks like…

Good energy, good preparation, when I ask questions in a meeting guys will have the answers. They have a good understanding of what we’re trying to do, what our opponent’s strengths and weaknesses are so when asked, they can answer, and then it looks like they understand the things that we talked about in meetings and practice. So generally, that’s kind of the thinking.

 

On what led to the sloppiness of the team in the first half and the way the team bounced back in the second half…

I think it always comes down to execution – our operation, getting in and out of the huddle offensively, defensively and in the kicking game, communication. And look, you’ve got to give credit to the Jets, they created some situations that forced some communication issues for us. I thought they did a nice job and had a nice game plan, so credit to them. They played hard, they made some plays for sure, we just made a few more plays than they did.

 

On if there has been an effort between the coaching staff to be more creative in play-calling with trick plays…

I think we always want to be creative, really in all three phases. You’ve got to practice them, you’ve got to feel good about them, not running them from practice. We felt good about some of the plays we ran today, had some success. Some of them we didn’t really execute the right way – I’m thinking about the one in the low red – but I think again, we did enough. We always want to be creative and try to run plays that are going to get us positive plays. Some of those trick plays allow us the opportunity to do that.

 

On how he felt about the execution at the end of the half…

We had an opportunity to kick a field goal, Jason (Sanders) missed it, but Jason came right back and made one at the end when we needed it.

 

On QB Tua Tagovailoa’s performance today and how he would assess where he is right now… 

I think he’s getting better every time he steps out on the field. I think he made a lot of good decisions today. I thought we moved the ball pretty efficiently, especially in the second half. Those drives in the second half are big drives, and I think we answered their score with a score and then we were able to go up two scores with the next drive. Tua is leading the way from that standpoint, so I think he’s playing well. I think he played well today, obviously there’s some throws he wishes he had back I’m sure, some decisions he wishes he had back. I think we all feel that way, that’s how everybody feels after a game, but he made enough plays for us to win.

 

On his FDNY shirt…

My uncle is a fireman – or he was a fireman – he’s retired now. He was very instrumental in my life and he gave me this shirt. His work for ladder 118, they were one of the first fire houses to go in on 9/11, and no one came out of there. So, he’s been very instrumental, he introduced me to football. He gave me this shirt and I figured this would be a good time to wear it.

 

On how important it is to use their four-minute offense and eat up the clock like they did in that possession…

I think at the end of the game anytime we’re at the end of the game with the lead, we always want to do a great job of kind of milking the clock, using as much time as possible. When you’re on the other side of it, you want to conserve as much time as possible. So, that fourth quarter and that time of possession in the fourth quarter and in the second half is very important, something to talk about. We were able to execute it today. I thought we ran the ball, picked up some third downs, some short yardage plays. Everyone contributed to that, it was Myles (Gaskin), Duke Johnson, (Jaylen) Waddle, Durham (Smythe). I think we got contributions from a lot of different guys and we were able to string good plays together, and that’s what we talked about, just stringing good plays together. Not having one good, one bad – that doesn’t get it done in this league, you’ve got to string them together. We were able to do that and punch it in at the end, and those are the winning points.

 

On the status of CB Jamal Perry and LB Brennan Scarlett…

We’ve got to run some tests. I don’t want to give an initial diagnosis and come back and tell you it was different tomorrow. Both guys were ruled out, we’ll go through the gamut of tests, X-rays, MRIs, etc. Hopefully it’s not that bad, but we’ll have more information after we run those tests.

Tua Tagovailoa

On the touchdown pass to WR Mack Hollins…

Yeah, it was a progression on that play. In the first progression of that play was Mike (Gesicki) and when I came off of Mike, there was about three people including the safety who were on him. Then when I turned out, Mack was wide open so I threw it down to him and he made the play, obviously scored for us, came back to the sideline and realized how open he was.

 

On if there’s any plays more relieving than going through your progressions and seeing a guy that wide open…

That’s just part of the game, that’s what I could say. It was definitely a big sigh for us offensively because we really wanted to find our rhythm in the game. Obviously, the interception, turnover, stopped us, but I would say that’s what I’m most proud of of our offense. We continued to put our head down, continued to fight. We had some mishaps, but it didn’t matter we just kept going.

 

On the drive where RB Myles Gaskin scored, how big is it to have a drive that eats up the clock and extinguishes games…

I think those types of drives are very key. Especially ending those drives in points, I think that’s very key. Obviously, that’s kind of what we wanted to do this entire game, it didn’t happen, but like I said, I’m very proud of all three phases, just continuing to play and trying to play complimentary football.

 

On what were the keys that led to the high completion percentage today…

Just my keys. Whoever I was reading in the RPO game, whatever my progressions told me to work, that’s what I did.

 

On the interception…

It was just a bad ball. It would have had to have been a good throw to Jaylen (Waddle) as well. There’s some pressure, that’s just part of the game, so we took that and like I said, very proud of how we came back from that to win the game.

 

On what happened in the moments leading into the touchdown pass to Gaskin…

Yeah, I was really looking to hit Durham (Smythe) on a quick out that he had. Durham was open but I felt like I was late to that read, so next in my progression would have been Myles so tried to stand in there and Myles came in and threw it to him.

 

On if there have been more discussions on trying to test defenses in different ways…

I just think we’re trying to do everything possible for us offensively to find ways to get the ball moving down field. With these trick plays if they’re there, they’re there, if they’re not then live to play another down.

 

On the tempo of the first drive and what he liked about it…

I think the thing that I like about going fast-paced offense, tempo offense, it forces defenses to communicate with the linebackers to the back end, to the d-line, what front they want to be in, all of that. Then when you do get things going, those guys up front get a little tired and that’s what I’d say I like about it.

 

On being one of three quarterbacks from the last three draft cycles in possession of winning records and learning how hard it is to win in the NFL…

Well, I learned it last year. It’s not easy at all to win and then obviously the mishaps and the ups and downs that we’ve had this year, but that’s what you love about this game. You never know what’s going to happen and that’s why you prepare. I’d say that’s the challenging part and that’s also the fun part of playing my position, but also playing football.

 

On what he’s learned this season… 

I would say I learned a lot more being able to play and then also being on the sideline, understanding a little more of the protections, understanding where guys need to be within their route distribution and then also for myself, stepping up in the pocket, maneuvering my way throughout the pocket and then finding the open guys.

 

On how the offensive line played…

I think the o-line did good. I put us in a bad situation towards the ending of the game taking that sack but then obviously it was a penalty which is good. It got wiped away so other than that I thought it was good.

 

On how watching from the sidelines when he was out has helped him and if that process is something he picked up from his first year at Alabama…

You know, I’d say no only because the amount of information that you need to know weekly is always different, it’s not the same things you’re really taking in to the game. It’s always dependent on what the defense runs and what kind of coordinator it is, so it’s different. At Alabama you just knew where the guys lined up and you just go out there and play. Whereas in the NFL, you have to know what everyone is doing, the protection, where you’re hot, we could go on forever about that.

 

On his pajamas…

Oh yeah, the pajamas? Yeah, I love Christmas and I have three dogs, so I got dogs with Christmas hats on, that’s all it is.

 

On having Christmas pants on before Thanksgiving…

Trust me, I’m thankful for a lot of things. I really am, but Christmas is just – I’m a big Christmas guy.

 

On if he’s a skip Thanksgiving and begin celebrating Christmas person…

No, I mean, what I’m saying is I’ll wear Christmas things, but I’ll still celebrate Thanksgiving. We’ll probably have a couple teammates coming over this Thursday.

 

On being thankful for Christmas…

Thankful for Christmas, thankful for the Miami Dolphins, thankful for my teammates, thankful for my family, lots to be thankful for.

Raekwon Davis

On if he feels like he’s making an impact on stopping opposing teams’ total yards…

Yeah, I am. It’s a team effort, but I just try to get better and better at my position. I try to control what I can control.

 

On his pride regarding living up to defensive expectations…

I don’t know. I’m just getting it done, that’s it. Do my job, that what I get paid for.

 

On the teams defensive confidence…

I mean, when we all come together and communicate, everybody on the team pays. It’s a great thing when we’re all just on the same page.

 

On having to watch the team from the sidelines when they were struggling and losing…

I couldn’t do anything about it. It was out of my control. I was just, in my head, just looking at the little things, and then when my time had come, I would just tell them what I took out of being out that long, looking at the team to try and just get better and try to help out.

Myles Gaskin

On getting the ball as often as he did in this game…

It was good for me. The O-line did their job today. I’m proud of those guys up front. I know it hasn’t been what we wanted in the past but I think we took that step today against a good D-line.

 

On what is starting to click offensively for them…

I think just over the time we’ve had, it’s been a long season. We didn’t start the way we wanted to, but we’re hungry and we’re getting used to it. It just turned out the way it did today. We were working hard today.

 

On if he has gotten into a better rhythm with more touches…

A little bit. I don’t think I’ve played my best in the last couple of games. I played alright today. I have to go look at the film. I think I just have to keep working. Obviously, with Malcom (Brown) going down a couple of weeks ago, my workload picked up a little bit. I look at every week as its own, so just keep working. Keep your head down and keep working.

Mack Hollins

On his 65-yard touchdown reception…

What really set it up is the run game. We were able to run the ball really well, especially that series. That brings the defense down where you can hit a play action and I was able to sneak behind them and I guess the rest was history.

 

On what he said to Tua Tagovailoa after the touchdown pass…

‘I told you.’ That’s something we’ve talked about for a little while. ‘Hey, it’s there.’ The opportunity just finally hit, which is great. It’s great when things finally play out. Obviously, in practice it plays out all the time because the defense is built for us to beat them. To work in a game, that was awesome.

 

On their rollercoaster offense…

It’s the National Football League. The other side gets paid too. You’re going to have to battle. Yeah, there are days. There’s always a team each week that wins by 50 and that’s great, but in this league, everybody is great. This league is designed for you to go 500, at best. If you have a great drive early on, you may have good drive, good drive, good drive, but at some point it’s going to hit and when they make a mistake we have to capitalize on it. Because if they make a mistake and we don’t, that might have been the one drive we good have had a good rep.

Xavien Howard

On Jets QB Joe Flacco’s performance…

I thought he did a good job. He was making some good calls. I noticed a lot of quick passes coming from him. We knew that coming in that they were going to get the ball out quick and not hold onto the ball. At the end of the day, we got a win. That’s all that matters.

 

On the defense’s performance…

I thought we did ok. There is always room for improvement. We’re just going to watch film to see what we did wrong or what they executed on and get back into the lab and do our work.

 

On Jets WR Elijah Moore…

I talked to him after the game. He’s going to be special in this league. He’s a smaller guy. He’s a quick guy. He made some tough catches out there. I respect his game.

 

On how confident he is in the defense to win games…

I’m very confident. All three phases, we have to play well. The defense, the offense, everybody making plays on all three phases of the ball. I feel like we have the confidence that shows when we’re winning.

Duke Johnson

On contributing to this win today…

Every little thing helps. I think that goes back to the guys on the practice squad and the looks we get during the week on offense and defense to get us ready for that moment. It’s up to us to go and execute. For me, it was a good moment, especially doing it for my home team.

 

On what it means to be playing for the Dolphins…

I’m enjoying it. I’m taking it all in day-by-day. I’m just hoping I can keep it going.

 

On what he missed while he was away from the game…

I think it’s the relationships you create with the guys and the coaches, and just being around something you’ve been doing since you were a kid. Whether it’s new guys or old guys, ever since I was six, each year I’ve been introduced to a new group of guys. Learning and experiencing things with them and feeding off of it and growing.

 

On how he’s earned the coaches’ trust…

Just doing my job and doing what they asked, whether it was special teams, practice squad. Just doing my job and not complaining because I know everything I do helps the team win whether I’m actually in there or not.

Emmanuel Ogbah

On how he gets his hands on the ball…

Practice. Instincts, too. I know the ball is coming out hot, so best-case scenario, just put your hands up and bat the ball down.

 

On Jets QB Joe Flacco getting the ball out quickly…

I knew coming off the Baltimore game, they were going to have answers for us, so I knew they were going to try and get rid of the ball quickly. The best things you can do as a D-line and as a defense is get your hands up and try to get there as fast as you can.

 

On what the defense did best today…

We played together. They had some good plays on us and we didn’t go down. We just kept on fighting until the very end. I’m proud of us.

Jaylen Waddle

On what it’s like to see his Mack Hollins and other teammates making big plays…

It’s exciting. It’s a play that we went through, (there is nothing) like when a play you worked on actually works in the game. So, it’s exciting. I’m happy for everyone when their number is called and they make the most of it.

 

On the play that he stepped out of bounds…

I was close, I thought I had it. He did a good job of making sure I got out of bounds, but I thought I was going to tight rope. I saw a lot of green.

 

On being the playmaker of the offense…

It’s good, just knowing that they trust me to have the ball in those type of situations and critical downs like that. It’s good. I feel good throughout the week just knowing that.

 

On what impressed him most about Tua Tagovailoa…

It didn’t really impress me, he plays good like that all the time. Nothing really impressed me or like wowed me. It’s just the usual, he came to work.

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