Head Coach Brian Daboll
Q. Any update on QB Daniel Jones?)
BRIAN DABOLL: I do not.
Q. What happened to QB Daniel Jones on play? What have you gotten from them?
BRIAN DABOLL: I haven't talked to the training staff yet. I think he'll be up here to talk. So I'll meet with those guys after this.
Q. What did you see on that play?
BRIAN DABOLL: Got hit pretty good. He's been getting hit quite a bit.
Q. You knew coming into this game obviously about their speed. Seeing it up close, did anything about it surprise you or your inability to deal with their speed?
BRIAN DABOLL: No, they're real fast. Took a lot of short passes for long gains. When you get explosive plays, it usually leads to points.
Q. Before QB Daniel Jones got hurt, why did you guys struggle to move the ball so much?
BRIAN DABOLL: It takes all 11 people, so didn't do a good enough job.
Q. How untenable is it for your quarterback getting hit so much at this point?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, you don't want that. Affecting the quarterback plays an important role in the game, and we got to figure out a way to protect him better.
Q. Do you have the personnel on your team to protect the quarterback?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I mean, we got to do better job. Just all the way around.
Q. You took OL Joshua Ezeudu out at one point. What was your thinking behind that?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, put (Matt) Peart in there, bring (Joshua Ezeudu) out, settle him down a little bit and let Peart play.
Q. How close was RB Saquon Barkley to making today?
BRIAN DABOLL: He's getting closer every week.
Q. What happened to CB Adoree' Jackson that he wasn't on the field when you gave up the 69- yard touchdown right out of the half?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, he had a little something there, and then went with the two young guys. Tua (Tagovailoa) made a good play.
Q. Was McKinney supposed to be over top?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I'm not going to go into the total depth of it, but just didn't get it quite executed.
Q. So CB Adoree' Jackson had an injury of some sort, cramps or something?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah. I think, but I don't have him on the sheet right now. It was just that time during the game.
Q. OLB Azeez Ojulari and CB Deonte Banks both came out at times. What was with them?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, Azeez (Ojulari), right here says an ankle. Don't have any update for 'Te' (Deonte Banks).
Q. What can you do about the offensive tackle position without LT Andrew Thomas coming back?
BRIAN DABOLL: We've just got to keep working with them, get them better. That's what you try to do each week.
Q. Is it bigger though than just the tackle position on the offensive line?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I'd would just overall we have to do a better job offensively. Get back to work and try to do better job.
Q. How do you fix the penalties? You have drives that start with promise and then it just seems like it stalls because a sack or a penalty?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, tough to overcome those negative plays right now. So staying on track is really important.
Q. How steep is the hill now for this team to climb out of this hole?
BRIAN DABOLL: Can only take one day at a time. So, that's what we'll try to do.
Q. You haven't scored a touchdown offensively in two and a half games almost at this point. What you do you make of that?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, got to do a better job.
Q. Did you get any sense from how QB Daniel Jones was functioning as a quarterback when he was able to function?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, thought he made some good decisions, took care of the ball. We had a couple plays we could have made down the field. We had opportunities on them, just didn't quite capitalize on them. But he battled.
Q. Why do you think the offense's struggles have stretched over really the first five games?
BRIAN DABOLL: I'd say we're not doing a good enough job.
Q. How much of that is on you?
BRIAN DABOLL: It's all on me, I'm the head coach – offense, defense, kicking game.
Q. Do you see better on the practice field? I know it's "just the practice field," but do you see signs where you think this team is going to come out and execute and be on point and it just doesn't happen?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, they work – we do the right stuff during the week, prepare, practice. Just not quite putting together during the game, and give Miami credit – that's a heck of a team.
Q. What are your emotions? Are you frustrated? What are you feeling right now?
BRIAN DABOLL: We got to do better.
Q. Is this the kind of offense...
BRIAN DABOLL: We got to do better.
Q. That was your message to the team?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yes.
Q. When you're going against Dolphins, it seemed like even when you played complementary football, you've been stressing that for weeks, you played it. You get the punt pinned, and then two plays...
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, sudden change. Get the first down, get a holding penalty, back us up. A lot of little things. There were some things that had been better, like turnovers on defense, not turning over on offense. But capitalizing when the defense turns it over is something you got to do. I think it was we punted them down there, had an opportunity, got a first down, penalty backed us up. Instead of getting 7 you're getting 3. All those things play into it.
Q. Was there concern there that QB Tyrod Taylor was going to have to come out of the game too?
BRIAN DABOLL: He had the wind knocked out of him. So we were set with the play, with people in there to do it, but then he looked at me and said he was good. He said he needed one and then it was a long break, and then he said was good to go.
Q. Tackling was obviously an issue that you guys made a big deal a few weeks ago. Was this about tackling this week defensively or more just about being a quick enough team?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, well, I mean, they threw a couple, whether it's handed off on sweeps or toss cracks or screens where you just throw them, and you've got to rally to the ball. Those guys did a good job out angling and making a lot of the yards on it.
Q. How you guys handling everything that's been going on lately?
BRIAN DABOLL: Sure. Yeah, look, you don't want to lose. You work extremely hard to put yourself in a good position, so after games it's certainly disappointing with all the effort that you put into it. So 24-hour rule – you get back in, learn from the stuff and then you have to move on. Doesn't wait around for anybody.
Q. How do you keep the frustration from not overshadowing everything, not overpowering everything?
BRIAN DABOLL: You try to build your team from the start of it. We've got a lot of good guys with the right mindset. We're not putting together in terms of results we're looking for, but you go out there and you get ready to play next week. It's certainly disappointing, disappointing to lose, but you go back, you look at the stuff, move on, and that's what you have to do.
Q. In the spring, what made you guys think a guy like OL Joshua Ezeudu or T Matt Peart would be capable enough to handle left tackle behind T Andrew Thomas if that were the case?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, those guys have worked their tails off at practice. They have certain skillset. They've got quick feet. They've got some length, but it takes everybody.
Q. We saw G Justin Pugh at least walk through the room last week. Could he be an option? Would you make changes along the line to try to get better?
BRIAN DABOLL: You take a look at everything after games. We'll see where he is this week. We were just acclimating him last week. Whether he's up, he's not up, I couldn't give you that answer right now.
Q. Is OL Marcus McKethan's injury anything serious?
BRIAN DABOLL: He has a knee right here. Again, I haven't talked to those guys yet.
Q. Did you have a chance to talk to QB Daniel Jones?
BRIAN DABOLL: I just saw him when I came in. He was sitting at his locker. I asked how he was doing, and he said, I'll be OK. That's what he said.
Quarterback Daniel Jones
Q. How are you feeling at this point?
DANIEL JONES: I feel fine. I think I'm certainly in some pain, physical game. So I'll meet with the doctors and trainers and then go from there.
Q. What did you feel at the time of the hit?
DANIEL JONES: Just my neck. Yeah, neck is sore.
Q. From jumping on you or landing? What was the...
DANIEL JONES: I mean, I have to go back and look at the play, but I can just tell you my neck is sore.
Q. You had this before. Does it seem similar?
DANIEL JONES: It's tough to say for sure. I've certainly dealt with a similar issue. Like I said, I'll meet with the doctors and trainers and go from there.
Q. What did they tell you about it so far at this point?
DANIEL JONES: I mean, not a whole lot. I think we'll know a lot more tomorrow.
Q. You've been sacked 16 times in the last two weeks and hit more than that. Does your body feel right now the toll of all that?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I mean, I think we played some physical games against physical defenses. I think we all probably feel it. That's football, that's part of the game. I'm feeling fine.
Q. Daniel, do you think you have a fair chance to make plays back there at this point with the way the protection is holding up?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, for sure. I think I got to do a better job getting the ball out of my hands and taking advantage of the opportunities that are there.
Q. Do you think there are things schematically that can help you out? The Dolphins have a bunch of injuries up front. They're kind of getting the ball out to guys in space. Do you think there are things you guys can do schematically similarly to help you?
DANIEL JONES: I think we had a good game plan and we got to execute it better. We're focused on us. We'll watch the film, see what we can clean up and then go from there.
Q. How much are sacks and penalties killing this team right now?
DANIEL JONES: We got to avoid hurting ourselves. I think that falls on all of us. Kind of all those things that push us back and get us in longer yardage situations make it tough. But it's on all of us to do it better, execute better, and we got to be more consistent.
Q. Will you get a scan tomorrow?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah.
Q. How concerned are you about that? This has kept you out for a concernable time.
DANIEL JONES: It's tough to say now. I'll just meet with the doctors and trainers and then go from there.
Q. Did you have any imaging done already today?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I had an x-ray.
Q. What did that come back?
DANIEL JONES: We're still looking at it, but I think we'll meet on it tomorrow and go from there.
Q. Considering what you went through in 2021, is this a particularly scary injury, the nature of this one?
DANIEL JONES: Like I said, I'm not going to get wrapped up in that kind of stuff at this point. I think I'm going to see where we're at tomorrow and go from there.
Q. How similar is it to that, though?
DANIEL JONES: I think it's all -- they're all different. I don't know exactly what it is yet, so we'll just know more tomorrow.
Q. How difficult is it to fathom that you're sitting here 1-4 after five games after the expectations coming into this?
DANIEL JONES: We've got a lot of the work to do. We're in a tough spot, but we got the guys to do it. Confident we can bounce back. We got put the work in, and it's about what we do on the field.
Q. How untenable is it for a quarterback to be talking so many hits? That's a lot of hits for one player to be taking.
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I mean, it's part of playing the position. You're going to get hit in the NFL. There are good pass rushers on the other side, so got to look at what I can do to get the ball out of my hands and get the ball in space.
Q. On the play you got hurt, there was nowhere to get the ball out?
DANIEL JONES: I'll look at it, see if there was somewhere to get the ball out. Just try to get better work in.
Q. How much does the offense miss RB Saquon Barkley?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I mean, I think he's a big piece of what we do for sure, but I think Eric (Gray) and Matt (Breida) did a good job stepping in today and played well for us. I know Saquon (Barkley) a working hard to get back.
Q. What exactly happened on the play we saw you go down?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, just my neck. My neck is sore – some neck pain.
Q. Did you hit the ground? Or was it just the way you kind of turned?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I'm not sure. I'll go back and watch the play. I can just tell that you my neck is sore.
Q. Did you know it was like immediately once you hit the ground?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah.
Tight End Darren Waller
Q: How tough was it to see your quarterback go down today?
DARREN WALLER: Tough man. We love him to death. To see any of your brothers go down is not a good feeling. Football is a violent game. I don't think people take into account that if you make it healthy out of any game, it's a blessing. Just praying that it's not anything serious for him and we can get him back as soon as possible.
Q: We have another game here, and you have to continue to climb uphill when the other team constantly has got the lead. How much does that wear on you mentally and emotionally, besides physically and on the scoreboard?
DARREN WALLER: It can be tough. It's tough to have that balanced rhythm. Sometimes you may feel like we have to hurry up, or get down the field as quick as possible by throwing it. You can't have the run-pass balance that you may want because we've got to climb or do something different. It affects your rhythm and you pace as an offense.
Q: How difficult is it to maintain positivity or even an even keel with what has happened now this far into the season?
DARREN WALLER: Very difficult. It's easy for people to point fingers and blame at this point. It's easy for people to be like ah. Or whatever comes to their mind. It's hard to stay the course. It's hard to maintain a positive attitude. It's hard to pick guys up when everybody is just kind of figuring what's going on. It's difficult, but we do hard things.
Inside Linebacker Bobby Okereke
Q: We knew that Miami had great team speed, we all talked about it during the week. When you get on the field against them, how different is it then what you see on tape?
BOBBY OKEREKE: It's not that different at all. It's real deal speed, and I think that was a deciding factor. Explosive plays won them the game.
Q: What was the difference in getting three turnovers on defense today as opposed to not getting them in the first month of the season?
BOBBY OKEREKE: I think just an aggressive mindset. Everyone is getting more comfortable in the scheme, becoming more comfortable playing with each other. We know turnovers are going to be the difference in this game, but we have to limit the explosive plays.
Q: You are developing into one of the leaders on this team, but we all know that QB Daniel Jones is already a leader. Knowing how tough he is, and to see him get knocked out of the game, how much does that hurt?
BOBBY OKEREKE: I mean it's tough. We all know how hard Daniel (Jones) works. We all know how diligent he is, how hard-working he is. So seeing a leader like that going down hurts, but I thought Tyrod (Taylor) came in and did a great job. Offense was still in it until the end. Just defensively, we got to do a better job to put our offense in a position to help us win the game.
Safety Jason Pinnock
Q: I know the loss has to be disheartening from a personal perspective. You get a 102-yard interception return for a touchdown, which ties an all-time franchise record. For a team that had not gotten a takeaway this year, that's got to be pretty spectacular.
JASON PINNOCK: Just trying to do what I can. Play my part. Make plays when we can, get turnovers. But not only turnovers, touchdowns, get some points on the board.
Q: They say they come in bunches. You get three takeaways today. I know it's hard to look ahead, but how infectious can that be?
JASON PINNOCK: Like you said, it comes in bunches, so now we got to keep the momentum. We know what it feel like to get our hands on the ball, get turnovers, punch-outs, and get some momentum going. So hopefully it keeps flowing into week after week after week.
Q: Defensive Coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale talked about the team speed of the Miami Dolphins coming in. When you get them actually on the field, is it much different than what you saw on tape?
JASON PINNOCK: I was with the Jets, so I felt it before. Not Tyreek (Hill), but yeah, it's fast. It's as advertised.
Wide Receiver Darius Slayton
Q: With all the optimism that you guys had, I know it seems like a long time ago, but week after week, are you kind of stunned that this is still happening, that you guys haven't been able to click and find your way with the offense?
DARIUS SLAYTON: Yeah, we didn't expect it, for sure. We expect to be better, expected to play better but we haven't. That's the reality right now, and we got to go back to work and get better.
Q: To us watching this offense, it looks like you guys are far away from being productive, prolific. How does it feel down there? Does it feel far away?
DARIUS SLAYTON: No, because I mean we had some big plays that we just didn't connect on. We had some chances on some shots down the field and some other plays that we just didn't connect on for whatever reason.
Q: Did you guys feel like you could've made some more plays for QB Daniel Jones? Whether it be the one to you on the sideline or the one to TE Darren Waller, do you think you guys could've helped more?
DARIUS SLAYTON: Yeah, definitely. For sure. I think mine I was close. I've got to watch the film, I'm not sure how close I was. But I'm sure I could've tried to drag and fall, and I'm sure Darren (Waller) believes that he could've came down with that. That's all just steps we have to take and plays we have to make to help him out.
Cornerback Adoree' Jackson
Q: Are you tipping your cap at the end of the day and saying, "Hey, that's as explosive a team as you've seen," or do you say, "Hey, we didn't do enough. We could have done a lot more?"
ADOREE' JACKSON: Could have done a lot more. Some of those explosive - I can't even say that cause one of them we stopped 'em and got a pick-six after that. We had our own mishaps that first drive, for sure. They end up scoring, getting down there early. There's just some play we'd want back. Although we had three actual turnovers, caused four with the fumble, you still want more plays back. So I would tip my hat to them. That's a great team that capitalized on our mistakes, but for us, it's not like one of those tip your hats because their super explosive. You know what I mean? It's like one of those 'Damn, we messed up, but they capitalized,' so tip your hat to that, because you capitalized on our mistakes. But I felt like defensively we were doing a great job playing them, matching up. Just fell short and they extended some plays.
Q: Is that the fastest you've seen now, between WR Tyreek Hill, WR Jaylen Waddle, RB De'Von Achane? We compared it to The Greatest Show on Turf this week.
ADOREE' JACKSON: Oh, the (St. Louis) Rams, that's who you're comparing it to? Well, he's seen it. I respect him for thinking the Rams was The Greatest Show on Turf too. But, yeah, that's probably the most speed that probably any of us playing will probably ever see with two wideouts, two running backs with speed. So I think that's by far the most speed any team will see until something later down the line when I'm 60 or 70, and there's somebody else that's got super speed like that. So I think for a while it's going to be one of those teams you've ever seen in a while with that much speed.
Q: Is it different when you get out there? I know you always think it's fast, but then when you have to, you know like CB Tre Hawkins III seeing it for the first time there, so like what's that probably like for him?
ADOREE' JACKSON: I put that one on me. I shouldn't have had him out there. I was getting something fixed with my equipment. So, I don't know. When you come out during half, you probably expect it. I'm about to be out there, then some (expletive) happens, boom, you got to get in there. And that happened, I don't – it is different. I'm not going to (expletive) and say it's not, but I'll put that one on me.
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