Miami Dolphins weekend notebook: COVID, schedule, Wilson’s new look, Phillips staying humble, more


The NFL has been juggling its Week 15 schedule and there will be more reshuffle in the final weeks of the regular season – but this time around to get the best games in front of a national television audience.

One of three games moved this weekend features the Las Vegas Raiders versus the Cleveland Browns, a clash with potential playoff involvement and one of the games Dolphins fans should watch for this week. 15.

There will be a new twist in the NFL this season last weekend with not one but two games being played on Saturday, as well as the traditional end-of-season game on Sunday night.

If the Dolphins are on the hunt before Week 18, it would certainly be easy to see their home game against New England move on to Saturday or Sunday night.

WILSON’S NEW LOOK

Albert Wilson is no longer in the running for the best (biggest) hair on the team.

The wide receiver sported a crew cut when he led a media session on Zoom on Friday.

“No reason I interrupted him,” he said. “I just thought it was about time. It was just a little hard to put everything in the helmet and so on. So I thought it would be easier to just cut it off.

The question of the team’s best hair – yes, it’s not a regular football topic – arose after running back Phillip Lindsay joined the Dolphins and became the third notable player for his hair after Wilson and Mack Hollins.

Wilson said it was the first time his hair had been this short since joining the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014.

“” A lot of guys just said I’m trying to make everyone understand the difference between Phil and me, “Wilson said as soon as he got here. So… everything is cool.

X MAN FAN

Linebacker Duke Riley is in his first season with the Dolphins after spending time with the Falcons and Eagles and I asked him on Friday how much fun he was playing in the Dolphins’ offensive style defense.

During his response, Riley yelled at cornerback Xavien Howard.

“It’s just fun to watch guys,” he said. “Most of all I love watching X. Xavien, I mean he’s just like a ball hawk. I mean, I have never played with a guy who is as much of a ball hawk as him and it’s amazing to to see him, he does amazing things and he also does that in training.

EARTH REMAINING PHILLIPS

Rookie first-round pick Jaelan Phillips is among the NFL’s most prominent players with six sacks in his last three games, and the run started in Game 1 against the Jets when he dropped Joe Flacco a time.

But Phillips, who already set the Dolphins rookie record with 8.5 sacks this season, isn’t about to get away with the numbers.

“I never want to get ahead of myself and think that, oh, I did that now that I have a few bags,” he said. “At the end of the day, like I said before, the bags come in clusters, and I’m lucky to be able to have some of those numbers. But a lot of guys you know, like Andrew Van Ginkel, for example, he played his ass, one of the most key players on our team and he only has, I think, 2.5, 3.5 sacks or something, so yeah, never get too cocky.

Props to Phillips for recognizing Van Ginkel, who has been a major factor in the defense for several weeks now despite having only two sacks this season.

QB NOTES

We’re absolutely sure that this next item will be a hit with many Dolphins fans, but here it is anyway.

Illustrated sports NFL writer Conor Orr ranked all 32 NFL quarterback situations based on talent, potential and financial considerations, and the Dolphins placed 27th, ahead of only the Pittsburghs Steelers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions.

Here is Orr’s analysis of the situation for the QB Dolphins, which is far from hitting Tua Tagovailoa:

“It stands to reason that if the Dolphins put in half the working hours around Tua Tagovailoa like they did chasing Deshaun Watson, they could already have a playoff berth. He’s not perfect but he’s functional and improving with consistent reps. During the Dolphins’ recent winning streak, Tagovailoa completed nearly 78% of his passes, with five touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed into a rush. for another touchdown. It costs the Dolphins next to nothing over the next two years. The relative value of their depth chart: Brissett at $ 5 million, which always seems like a good deal to me. “

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

It’s pretty well known by now that Brian Flores has forged into his players the idea of ​​focusing strictly on the moment, the next meeting, the next practice, the next game and not getting caught up in the future.

So I asked Howard and Christian Wilkins how many times A DAY Flores hammered the message to his players.

Wilkins declined to give a specific answer, but found this gem nonetheless:

” It is what it is. It’s a great way to approach it every week and every day. One at a time. You cannot proceed to the next step until you are finished. You can’t go on to dessert until you’ve finished your veggies.

Howard was more specific:

“Damn, I don’t know. A lot. A lot.”


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