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Matt Patricia conference call: Dolphins

Matt Patricia conference call: Dolphins

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR MATT PATRICIA CONFERENCE CALL
Q: What kind of an addition has wide receiver DeVante Parker been to this offense now that he is becoming a little bit more of a factor?
patriots logo 1MP: Yeah, I mean absolutely. I think if you take a look at the skill positions, in particular the wide receiver position, [Jarvis] Landry draws a lot of attention. He’s an outstanding receiver, definitely a go-to player for them capable of some amazing runs, run-after-catch ability is outstanding. He’s an extremely hard guy to tackle, has a great stiff arm, unbelievable quickness, big receptions, big plays, run after the catch like I mentioned. He’s got over 1,000 yards receiving. He’s a huge, huge target and huge problem in the passing game and really they’ll use him in run situations, too, so he draws a lot of attention. And what they’ve been able to find in Parker now is another guy that can push the ball vertically down the field, a guy with great speed, good size, can go up and get the ball, great body control and has just become another threat in the passing game. [He’s] another guy that does a great job of running with the ball in his hands and can get those big gains downfield and makes really good plays. Once you start taking away one guy then the other guy opens up opportunities for them to make plays, and he’s really stepped up to that ability to get that done. Kind of the combination with the running game, which you know obviously they do a good job with that with [Lamar] Miller, and getting the running game going and opening up the play-action pass game so now the downfield deeper throws – play-action type passes and the intermediate routes that they run – become open and [Ryan] Tannehill has a very strong arm so he can get the ball all the way all over the field. Those guys downfield have made a lot of plays.
Q: How do you think Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon working together can help you in your defensive calls?
MP: I think just in general talking about specifically those two guys that have a long history together, they know each other very well, they’re very good friends, they work together both on and off the field very well. When you have players in a situation like that, that they have a longer history and background with each other then I think it’s easier for those guys to get on the same page. It’s quicker for those guys to understand each other from that standpoint, just in general. But what I would say is that in the back end and how that relates to football and how that relates to the game, all of that has to do with just preparation. Those guys are two extremely hard working guys along with everybody in our back end that works very hard to compete. I would say those guys, all of those guys on the back end when we go out to the game being on the same page together and being able to make those adjustments is something that all of them have to be able to do.
Q: What did you think of the performance of the run defense this past Sunday and what needs to happen to potentially tighten that up?
MP: I think it’s our same process every week. We go back, we look at the run game, we look at the passing game, we look at third down, we look at the red area, we look at all the different areas of the field and we’re constantly trying to make improvements. Some weeks it’s better than others and some weeks it’s not as good as others. Certainly we’ll go back and try and correct some of the things that we saw during the game and we certainly try and correct them during the game, which we got some of that done as we were going through but it’s the same process for us every week whatever the stats say. We’re trying to improve it every week. For us it’s always going to come down to playing with good fundamentals and that’s what we always stress, and trying to do a good job with our techniques, and understanding where we’ve got to go and how we want to play those plays. That’s always a starting point every week that we’re trying to do, play with good pad level and try to do a good job with our technique so that’s really the focus of what we’re trying to get done.
Q: Do you think this has been a breakout season for Jamie Collins and how was he able to earn a Pro Bowl berth despite missing a portion of the season?
MP: We’re certainly excited for all the guys on our team that were given that honor, but we really focus on the team aspect of it and those guys are out there working together. There are a lot of your teammates on the field that allow you to be a good player and allow you to be able to make some plays. It’s the great thing about football, it’s all 11 guys on the field working together that we really focus on. I would say in specific with Jamie, just in general, like I’ve said many times, the guy is very hard working. He’s a very smart player, really tries to improve himself every week and game.

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