Q: What is your reaction to the
BB: It’s a league matter, so it’s really out of our hands.
BB: I address the team every day. We talk to the team on a regular basis. Unfortunately, sometimes on these things people make mistakes. Everybody is accountable for them. I think those situations are unfortunate. Neither one of them needed to happen, they weren’t that important but they were violations so they are what they are.
Q: What is the plan going forward for replacing Jermaine Cunningham?
BB: We’ll have to take a look at our options here. Basically there are two options: we can bring somebody in from outside and sign them to the roster or we can do something with a player on the practice squad. We’ll see. [We’ll] take a look at our options, talk to Nick Caserio, get his thoughts and input on it relative to the personnel that’s available, like we usually do. [We’ll] handle it the same as we usually handle those type of situations and then try to make the best decision for the team that we can for this week and the remaining five games.
Q: What has
BB: Nick came to the team last year after…he made Green Bay’s roster as a rookie and then after being released at the end of preseason last year, we started him on the practice squad, moved him up to the roster, he stepped in and played some games for us at center. This year, he was kind of slowed a little bit at the beginning of the season but has worked at all the inside spots, even played some tackle in preseason. He’s been a very versatile player for us. This year, most of his playing time has come at guard as well as some tight end situations in our bigger personnel groupings. But most of it has been at guard so he’s played really center, guard and tackle, all three positions for us, since he’s been here. That’s pretty rare for any offensive lineman to line up in all those spots. He’s done a good job for us.
Q: You added
BB: We didn’t get to see him in training camp either, other than jogging around in shorts. But, he just started practicing a couple weeks ago, as you know. [He] had a real good career at Iowa, got hurt last year at the Combine in February and really has been rehabbing pretty much up to the point where he was allowed to begin practicing a few weeks back. I think he’s worked really hard. He’s made good progress physically with his overall strength and conditioning. Technique-wise, he’s definitely behind, as you would expect, but he’s working hard to catch up on that. He played tackle in college [and] he’ll work there for us. He also has, possibly, the physical attributes to play inside at guard, similar to a
Q: Can you speak about Nick McDonald and
BB: Well, Nick played quite a bit last week against Indianapolis for
Q: It seems like there’s been a lot of moving parts and you’ve been able to plug guys in. I haven’t seen a lot of change in production, no matter who is in there. We saw that last year too.
BB: Last year, as you know, we had more movement at center and right tackle. We had four different centers start games for us. Sebastian [Vollmer] played a little over half the season at right tackle – maybe it was right around half a season – and so Nate [Solder] played quite a bit at right tackle and then Nate played some at tight end as well in those types of formations. Whereas this year, other than the Jets game, Sebastian has played in every game, although the first couple games he didn’t play the entire game and Marcus [Cannon] alternated with him in there. But for the most part, we’ve been pretty steady there at the tackle spots and with [Ryan] Wendell at center. We had a lot of competition at center in training camp but once the season started, Ryan has been consistent in there and Sebastian and Nate, for the most part, have been pretty consistent at tackle, like I said other than this Jets game. Where we’ve had a lot of movement really has been at guard, where we’ve had Logan [Mankins], Dan [Connolly], Donald [Thomas] and Nick [McDonald] in there at times playing as well. It’s kind of similar to last year in that it hasn’t been the same five guys every game, but this year the changes have been more at guard and last year the change was more at center and right tackle for the most part. It’s like I said, similar but different the way it’s turned out.
BB: I think Trevor has done well. He had some opportunities to play defensively early in the year too. Then he was out there for a few games in the middle part of the season. Then we got him back after bye, three weeks ago, when he and Tracy [White] came back for the Buffalo game. Trevor is a versatile player. He’s a player that can play in coverage situations and has done that in the past. He’s played outside linebacker, similar to [Rob] Ninkovich, that type of a role. He’s played more down for us this year and played more down in his career, but he also does have that flexibility. He’s also very good in the kicking game – kickoff, punt coverage, punt return, all those things – positions where he has to run and cover space, but at the same time be physical and play in the open field and match up against other players of his size: linebackers, fullbacks, tight end types in the kicking game in those roles. Trevor is smart, he works hard [and] he’s in very good condition. He’s a good athlete. He can run, he’s quick and he’s long, he’s got good length at the end of the line of scrimmage to handle some of those bigger tackles or the tight ends, the 6-5, 6-6 tight ends with the long arms, that type of thing. I think he’s done a solid job when he’s had the opportunity. We’ve had a lot of competition at those positions with Rob and Chandler [Jones] of course and Jermaine [Cunningham], Justin [Francis], Jake [Bequette]. It’s been a very competitive position, but he’s done well when he’s had the opportunity. He’s contributed a lot for us in the kicking game.
Q: How do you characterize the Dolphins defense under the new coaching regime in terms of their style of play?
BB: I think it’s probably most similar to the Cincinnati defense. [Defensive Coordinator] Kevin Coyle was there at Cincinnati with Marvin Lewis and that scheme, of course, with Marvin kind of goes back to Baltimore and Pittsburgh. There’s a 3-4 element to it with some over and under, if you will, like the Bengals play. It’s a three-man line, but it’s a four-man line – Baltimore, Cincinnati-ish. They run a lot of pressure, they do a lot of different blitz zones with their inside linebackers up on the line a lot. Again, like Cincinnati does, but that combined with edge pressure and it’s a combination of blitz zone with some man pressure with a variety of coverages. They don’t usually just sit in one thing all day; that’s not really their style. Of course, they have two very good edge players with Koa Misi and [Cameron] Wake. They have some big, physical inside players, like [Jared] Odrick and [Paul] Soliai, [Randy] Starks and a couple active linebackers, [Kevin] Burnett and [Karlos] Dansby. I think personnel-wise they’re kind of similar to Cincinnati and scheme-wise, they’re similar to Cincinnati. George Edwards is their linebackers coach and of course he was there last year and was up in Buffalo prior to that, so he definitely has some background in the 3-4 and those types of schemes too. I think there’s a little bit of that influence as well.