These coaches seem like they have nothing better to do than screw things up. This column by Jackson describes how Phillips, listed as a LB instead of a down lineman, will be used less as a down lineman than as a LB. Have these guys, mostly washed up coaches, many replaced yearly by a confused Flores, not learned their lesson? They haven’t developed players in Miami in years, often letting them go to other teams where they flourish, or signing expensive FAs who never produced here as they did before.
I wanted Phillips bad, and we got him. At the U he was a full time DE, contrary to what these guys are now reporting. Maybe he stood up but he was still lined up at the DE position, not off the LOS. I tell you, these guys, these coaches, will not get the most out of Phillips if they use him that way. The NFL isn’t a strict 3rd down passing league, they throw it all over the place. From what I’m reading Phillips will be somewhere downfield, unproductive, instead of in the backfield creating havoc.
Dolphins rookie first-round pick Jaelan Phillips, who was primarily a defensive end at UM, said his move to linebacker has gone smoothly.
He noted there are nuances to learn with regard to communication —and more peering over his shoulder to see what’s happening behind him in the back end of the defense — that are different from playing defensive end, but Phillips is excited about it. [my version: of course he is! what’s he gonna say? that the coaches suck? I’ll say it for him though]
Todd Stroud, Phillips’ defensive line coach at Miami, told me in this piece that Phillips had his hand on the ground 60 percent of the time at UM and “40 percent he was a stand-up [player]. He’s comfortable playing a hybrid linebacker that stands up and awesome on third down with his hand on the ground.”
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