Jordan Phillips – November 6, 2016 (Postgame) Download PDF version

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Postgame – vs. N.Y. Jets

Miami Dolphins DT Jordan Phillips (transcribed by Armando Gonzalez)

(Learning from guys like the veterans on this team it’s got to be great for you as a young player.) – “It’s the best situation I could’ve been put into. I feel like we have possibly three Hall of Famers in our room and it’s an honor to play with them and I just try to play at their level.”

(When you first got here were you thinking it might be a while before you get a chance to make these kinds of impacts with all the guys that are already here?)- “No, they brought me here for a reason; it was just a matter of time before I got my chance.”

(The hurdle was it premeditated or did it just come to you in the moment?)- “I thought he was going to go low on me so I just jumped and luckily I didn’t get flipped.”

Byron Maxwell – November 6, 2016 (Postgame) Download PDF version

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Postgame – vs. N.Y. Jets

Miami Dolphins Cornerback Byron Maxwell (transcribed by Sara Perez)

(We saw the chippiness between you and WR Brandon Marshall and then WR Jarvis Landry and CB Buster Skrine, did you guys get a taste for it early on?) – “Yes, you could definitely feel it in pregame, that it was going to be a tough game. We had a lot of mistakes out there. We could have played a lot better and did some things better. It could have had a way better mood outcome, relaxed win for us.”

(Was that fun?) – “Oh yes, it was a lot of fun. We were playing some ball, playing football. It was physical. It was football. You know (Jets WR Brandon Marshall) is going to get the rock. You know he’s going to get the ball thrown to him, so I was just ready to go.”

(Obviously, you were shadowing Jets WR Brandon Marshall all over the field, so that says a lot about this team’s confidence in you, right?) – “Yes. I do whatever the coaches ask of me. They said follow him, so I followed him. It helps out because you can just figure out what routes he runs. It’s kind of easier.”

(What were the best lines that you and Jets WR Brandon Marshall shared with each other?) – “I don’t really say anything. I don’t say anything. I don’t. He was talking. I’m here. I’m focused. I’m locked in. What you say doesn’t matter, to be honest with you. It’s like, ‘Alright, let’s go.’ Nothing is going to change. I’m going to still be here.”

(You say you were locked in, so does that mean you were not paying attention to what Jets WR Brandon Marshall was saying?) – “No, it doesn’t matter what he says. He can say what he wants to say, but I’m going to still be here. I’m still going to do my technique. I’m going to still do what the coaches ask of me. You can talk all you want. You’re really just blowing hot air, but whatever though.”

Bobby McCain – November 6, 2016 (Postgame) Download PDF version

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Postgame – vs. N.Y. Jets

Miami Dolphins Cornerback Bobby McCain (transcribed by David Norwood II)

(You’re basically all you’re focusing on [with the interception] is, “Don’t drop it. Make sure you get your feet in.”?) – “Most definitely. It’s, ‘Don’t drop the ball. Make sure you get your feet in.’ It’s one of the biggest plays of the game at the time, so going out we kind of knew what was coming. But then at the end of the day, it was a great call, and we made a play to get off the field.”

(Were you surprised when you saw there were no Jets receivers anywhere around and the ball just float in your palms?) – “Yes, I definitely was. I was kind of nervous. I was like, ‘Hold on, is somebody coming from behind me?’ But at the end of the day, I caught the ball, made a play and got us off the field.”

(In this game after you had to leave the game for a little while, were you concerned that you weren’t going to [return]?) –”They had to take protocol. They had to take precautions. The NFL does a great job with that. But I was fine, came in here, passed all the tests, and I got up and played ball.”

Ryan Tannehill – November 6, 2016 (Postgame) Download PDF version

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Postgame – vs. N.Y. Jets

Miami Dolphins Quarterback Ryan Tannehill (transcribed by Sara Perez)

(Can you describe the emotions? It seemed like a little bit of highs and lows for you guys. What was it like on the sidelines?) – “It was good. I thought we had good energy on the sidelines. Obviously, there were some frustrating points in the game. We didn’t make plays when we should have. Defense came up huge in the second half, so a lot of exciting there. (We) had some exciting plays by them. Obviously, the kickoff return there at the end was huge. There were some highs and lows, but I feel like we kept our good energy on the sideline, and we just knew we were going to find a way to win.”

(Offensively, you knew it was going to be tough going against that defense, especially running the football, but you guys kind of just stayed with it and stayed with it. When you went into this game, is that how you expected things to be?) – “We didn’t really know. We knew coming in that they were a good run defense, but so was Pittsburgh and so was Buffalo. We expected to come in and be able to run the ball. Obviously, we knew it was going to be tough – it’s not going to be easy – they have a really good front. We just kind of stuck with it. We didn’t have a lot of big runs, but we just kept sticking with it trying to make something happen. At the end of the game when we needed to get some first downs, we were able to do that.”

(Did it seem like in the fourth quarter that they were tired? I saw a couple of their guys calling out – calling out to the game – going to the sideline. Did it look like they were getting fatigued in the game?) – “I’m not sure. I’d have to ask the o-linemen. I think they did a pretty good job of playing us tough up front. I think at the end of the game, we finally got some movement and got Jay (Ajayi) free up to the safety. That’s what you want to do is get a big running back up to the safeties. We just kind of kept sticking with it, and when we needed a play, we made it happen.”

(You’ve always said that you try to take every game one at a time, but you have won three in a row now. You’ve come out of that 1-4 hole. Do you feel like you have momentum?) – “Yes, we have some momentum. I think we’re playing some good football right now. Obviously, today wasn’t as clean as we’d like it offensively, but we’re on the right track. We just have to keep progressing, keep getting better, keep pushing ourselves each and every day during practice and keep building on what we’ve done. Obviously, (there is) a lot of football in front of us, tough road trip coming up here in the next couple weeks. It’s going to be fun to see how we handle that road trip like a business trip and go out and play to win two games.”

(How about the change of emotions with the dropped snap, they go ahead, then all of a sudden the kick return, you go back 30 seconds, two touchdowns and you fall behind then you get right back on top?) – “That was wild. I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of a swing like that – I don’t think – at the end of a football game. Big credit to our kickoff return team just finding a way to make it work. I think Jakeem (Grant) on the one before ran around forever, and I think that played into effect of them getting a little tired on their coverage team. And the obviously, Kenyan (Drake) did a great job and the block team did a great job of giving him a crease. You have a fast guy (and a) crease like that, he’s going to take it to the house.”

(Grinding out a game like this where it was a dogfight for most of the way – you fall behind, you come back – what does that do for your football team – offense, defense, special teams, everybody?) – “When you face adversity and you find a way to persevere, I think it gives you a lot of confidence. The past couple weeks we’ve been down in games and there’s been no panic, there’s been no tremors on the sideline of, ‘Okay, here we go,’ or ‘What are we going to do now?’ It’s, ‘We’re going to be able to find a way to win the game.’ When you have that attitude, that mindset – whether it’s offense or defense – as a team if you have that mindset, you’re going to win a lot of games.”

(Were you aware that DT Jordan Phillips had soft hands and could jump like that?) – “I don’t know about the jump, but I knew he could catch. We’ve done some things last year where we put a d-linemen or an offensive linemen in to catch a punt or something, and he always looks athletic when he’s catching the football. I knew he could catch. I don’t know about the hurdle though; that was pretty impressive.”

(RB Kenyan Drake was just telling us that after the kick return touchdown he came back in here and actually threw up he was just so spent. Did you know that, and what did you say to him after he made that big play?) – “No, I didn’t know that at all, but that was a huge play for us. I congratulated him and told him, ‘Nice job.’ We needed that. It was a huge play. Whether (it is) a touchdown or a good return, when you get something like that – a big play on special teams, whether it’s early in the game or late in the game – it really does a lot for giving momentum on your side of the football. When you do that to go ahead and take the lead at the end of the football game, it’s huge.”

(You’ve won three games in a row in different ways. Does that lead you to believe that this is going to be the type of football team you’re going to be from here throughout?) – “I just want to be the type of football team that finds a way to win. I think at the end of the day, this team is willing to do whatever it takes to win, and you play to win the game, so I am more than happy to be a part of that.”

Mike Pouncey – November 6, 2016 (Postgame) Download PDF version

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Postgame – vs. N.Y. Jets

Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (transcribed by Jason D. Silver)

(That was a rollercoaster of emotions there in that final 10 minutes. Did you guys say anything on the sidelines or was everyone just kind of locked in?) – “We were all sitting on the sidelines saying ‘Hey, we have to go out there and we have to have a game-winning drive.’ That’s what it’s going to come down to is the last drive of the game and then he (Kenyan Drake) bust it wide open. It was nice man. It was a great feeling.”

(How big is it for every phase of this football team to have a game like it did today?) – “We complemented each other really well this week. When the defense was playing good and the offense wasn’t, they covered us up and then, at the end of the day, our special teams came through big time for us to win this football game.”

(How would you describe the confidence level of the team at 4-4 after three straight wins?) – “Well, that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to go and make sure we were 4-4 going on a West Coast trip. We will be out there for 11 days. It’s going to be a true test for our football team to go out there and be out there for 11 days and try to win two games back-to-back.”

Adam Gase – November 6, 2016 (Postgame) Download PDF version

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Postgame – vs. N.Y. Jets

Miami Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase (transcribed by Michelle Stone)

(In a game full of big plays, was there one defining big play? Was it definitely that kickoff return by Kenyon [Drake]?) – “Probably. That was obviously a game changer for us. Probably that penalty, that offsides penalty, and us getting our guys another shot at returning it. Jakeem [Grant], it probably tired him out a little bit. He covered about 80 yards and gained four.”

(Are you glad – obviously Jakeem’s great, they kicked it away from him…) – “Well, we were having a big debate whether or not we were going to put Jarvis [Landry] back there because we thought Jakeem was pretty worn out. We were kind of hoping that would happen. It worked out for us.”

(The way that your team has played overall, the three-game win streak, three-and-one on the home stand, you’re back into the playoff race, these last three games, what can you say about them?) – “I think our guys did a good job of sticking with what we’ve been doing since the first week of the season. They know every week we come in and we’re 0-0 and our job is to be 1-0 at the end of the week. We played some tough games at the beginning of the season and no one got frustrated. We made changes where we needed to make changes. We got healthy in certain spots. That’s what made a huge difference. Guys have done a huge job. They’re been working extremely hard during the week and they’ve been making sure they’re prepared every week.”

(What does this say about the resiliency of your football team? You’re 1-4 and you climb back to .500 and, in this football game, where it was a tight game all day, you get that tough break late in the game and it looks like a momentum change, and you come right back with a touchdown on the kick return to really seal that deal. It says a lot about how your team has fought back in both situations.) – “I think guys are doing a good job of focusing on what’s happening in that moment, instead of dwelling on something that’s happened in the past in the game, or trying to look forward [thinking] we better make a play here, we better do this…that mindset of this play is the most important play for us right now. Guys have been doing that during practice and they’ve done it in games, especially the last couple of weeks. We’ve been down a couple of times. You don’t really feel any kind of swing there as far as a negative emotion. Guys are flatline as far as that goes, but the energy level is high and everybody is trying to do everything that they can to be the guy that makes the next play.”

(You knew going into this game that the Jets were coming in the number one rushing defense in the league. You knew it was going to be tough but you still stayed with it late in the game, in the fourth quarter, when you need to close the game out, it paid dividends with the two big runs by [RB] Jay Ajayi.) – “That’s always going to be our goal. He knows exactly how I want to call the game as far as I’m never going to go away from him. His job is to keep hammering it and wait until the fourth quarter. If teams can stay with him, and they can tackle him, then they’re probably going to win the game.”

(Defensively you gave up yards, but when it got into the red zone, other than that last touchdown, you were able to hold them to field goals and they did a pretty good job at that aspect of the game.) – “Vance [Joseph], he has a good package there in the red zone. It’s tough to go against. Obviously we practice against it all the time. That’s the key for us. We talk about it all the time. The odds are really irrelevant. You prevent touchdowns, you prevent explosive plays, and it’s going to put us in a good spot.”

(Can you put Kenyon Drake’s rookie year into perspective?) – “I think the last couple of weeks has really been his first opportunity. We’ve had him up. He’s been doing some things on special teams. We’ve had some specialty plays for him occasionally. We try to use him on third down every once in a while because we’ve got so many guys. We’ve had so many guys go in before, and we’ve used Jay so much on first and second down, it’s a chance for us to put him and Damien [Williams] in there. They know exactly what plays are theirs. We try to just keep those three guys as fresh as we can throughout the game.”

(You pile up the wins now, three-in-a-row. Are you finding, during the week now, that it’s becoming easier as far as the preparation because maybe guys are buying into what you’ve been doing?) – “I don’t think it’s ever easy to get ready for an NFL game. Every week you’re starting over, you’re grinding, there’s a lot of information to cram into a short week. The longer the season goes, the more guys’ bodies start getting sore. It’s tough sometimes to go out to practice and get after it.”

(I meant as far as guys buying into what you’re doing.) – “I guess I haven’t seen a change since we started. When we were losing games, I never saw a change in anyone.”

(Byron Maxwell, it appeared he was shadowing Brandon Marshall – was that the case? And was that decision made before or after Brandon’s comment?) – “I think what we did decide was a certain plan as to how to handle where Brandon was, but they did a great job of moving him around early. He was inside quite a bit and was working against our zone. He’s so tough to handle outside – you start putting him inside, in my experience, any time he went inside, that’s when he became an issue. He played tough and he made some really good plays. There were a couple of times where we had some penalties called on us on him. That happens. You’re trying to match his physicality, you’re trying to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to combat him. It’s a tough matchup to play against him.”

(And that was the strategy the whole week, going into the game?) – “Everything we do is done on Wednesday. We’re not going to change our game plan because someone says something.”

(Talk about the impact of [DT] Ndamukong Suh, especially today when you needed it in the latter part of the game.) – “Tough man to block. I know that. I’m glad he’s on our team. It’s impressive to watch. When you see an interior guy cause that much disruption, to be able to get his hands actually on the quarterback, that’s even a tougher assignment. Those guys will get pressure, but he finishes it.”

(Cameron Wake – the two strip sacks today, steadily coming on. I don’t know if you’re surprised by anything that Cam does, but what do you think of what he’s done the last few weeks?) – “He’s just trying to make sure that whatever he has in the tank, he’s putting it out there on Sundays. He’s not going to leave anything out there. He’s going to make sure that he shows up, and if he has an opportunity to win a game, he’s going to try do everything he can to be a part of the success of our defense.”

(Can you talk about [DT] Jordan Phillips, the interception in particular and his play in general. Is that a zone blitz where he was dropping into coverage?) – “Yes. It was. That was interesting. It was one of the few times I looked up as we were having so many issues on offense, I look up and I see him just dropping. I saw him catch it, and I thought, please score. We hadn’t been so hot in the red zone. That was a great play. If there’s one guy where a ball comes at you, he’s going to catch it. He has really good hands.”

(Were you surprised by his ability to do a vertical leap out there?) – “I was hoping he’d do whatever he could to score.”

(How about [CB] Bobby McCain – suspicion of a concussion, comes back in, gets the interception, playing inside against Brandon [Marshall] sometimes.) – “It’s a tough assignment. The one thing that we constantly talked to Bobby about was just to trust in Vance (Joseph) as a defensive play caller, to play your leverage, to do what you’re supposed to do, don’t try to go outside that box, and if they run certain routes, keep that coverage. That’s on the coordinator for calling the defense. We just want to make sure that he’s just doing his job play in and play out. Vance does such as good job when he calls the defense and if you could hear some of the things I hear during the game, it’s very impressive.”

Dominique Jones – November 6, 2016 (Postgame) Download PDF version

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Postgame – vs. N.Y. Jets

Miami Dolphins Tight End Dominique Jones (transcribed by David Norwood II)

(How did it feel to get the first career touchdown? “It was nerve-wracking a little bit because they went to review again so I was like, ‘Man, they’re going to review it again.’ But it happened. It was a good feeling to get a touchdown finally.”

(Did you get to keep the ball?) “I did. I think one of the equipment managers got it for me.”

(How would you describe the rollercoaster of emotions in this game?) “That’s NFL football for you. You never know what’s going to happen. You just have to keep grinding, grinding, grinding. It’s not always perfect but we got the job done in the end. Now we’re 4-4 and on to Cali.”

Kenyan Drake – November 6, 2016 (Postgame) Download PDF version

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Postgame – vs. N.Y. Jets

Miami Dolphins Running Back Kenyan Drake (transcribed by David Norwood II)

(How you’re feeling now?) “I’m just a little sick after that. Kind of had to run back and forth like from kickoff return, then kickoff, then punt. Just a little winded still, but hey that win makes it a lot better I guess.”

(Take us through the return, what happened when you caught the ball?) “Jakeem [Grant] did a great job with the return beforehand. The return got called back because they were offsides and basically so it was like we got to make a play, have to run down the field again. They’re a little tired, come back down and they kicked off to me again, the little border kick. I couldn’t get around the edge. This time it was a better return. I tried to hit the seam as fast as possible. Front line did a good job double teaming. I didn’t get touched until I got to the kicker and I couldn’t let him tackle me so it was a great team win honestly.”

(What point did you feel like you had it?)  “When I get into the end zone honestly, because I was trying to remember what my track coach told me – just pick those knees up and keep your form. I was kind of losing at the end but by the grace of God I was able to get into the end zone.”

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