Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has preached the message of a fast start in the teams second exhibition game.
That would be a definite improvement over what happened in Sundays opener in Canton, Ohio, when the Dolphins, to coin a phrase from former Miami coach Cam Cameron, failed forward fast.
Or something like that.
Miami will put Sundays loss to the Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame Game in the past when it plays the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Dolphins hope to get off to a better start than they did against Dallas when they fell behind 17-0 and failed to generate much of anything.
We need less turnovers and to play as a team, said running back Lamar Miller, who fumbled on Miamis first offensive play of the preseason. That turnover led to Dallas first touchdown.
[The fumble] is something you try to shake off. You have to learn and capitalize from your mistakes. I got back in the film room and looked at what happened. You look forward to getting back out there. You have to have a short memory.
Miamis third- and fourth-team guys made a better show of things as the Dolphins put themselves in position to win before the Cowboys left with a 24-20 win.
Although the wins and losses dont mean anything in the lengthy NFL preseason, the Dolphins would like to get something going especially on offense.
Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill didnt get much work against the Cowboys and didnt look real sharp in his limited time on the field.
Philbin said Wednesday that starters would see a hair more playing time in the second exhibition game than they did Sunday in Canton.
I think competitively we wanted to win the football game, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. We had two turnovers that equated to 14 points. If we just dont turn the ball over, even though we didnt play great, if we dont turn the ball over we have a chance to win. Thats a recurring theme, and weve got to get that cleaned up, obviously.
The Dolphins didnt seem to put much stock in the opener as a handful of starters took the night off to nurse various injuries.
On Friday, receivers Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace are expected to be in the lineup. Wallace was back at full speed at Wednesdays practice and said he hopes to play. Miller fought through an ankle injury this week but is expected to play as well.
We shall see how it goes, Philbin said when asked if Wallace would play against the Jaguars. We havent made any final decisions on who is playing, how many snaps, but we will determine that. And we will have a plan.
Quarterback Pat Devlin left Sundays game with an undisclosed injury and didnt practice Tuesday.
Devlin, who is competing with Matt Moore for the backup spot behind Tannehill, participated in Wednesdays workout and is expected to play in the second half once Tannehill and Moore are finished.
Moving forward, like myself and the rest of the team, we have some small things to correct, said Tannehill, who completed 2 of 5 passes for 11 yards.
Its a good start for us. Obviously, we didnt come out, put up the numbers or score points like we wanted to, but if you look at what they threw at us and how we responded as a group I felt like it was a good start we can definitely build on.
The Dolphins also look at Fridays game as another chance to hit someone who isnt a teammate. Miami didnt do a very good job on the defense against the Cowboys, either, as tackling was a point of concern.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Miamis tackling was poor; very bad, although cornerback Nolan Carroll admitted a lot of last weeks sloppiness could be attributed to playing at game speed for the first time since Miami ended the 2012 season at New England on Dec. 30.
The Cowboys only amassed 266 offensive yards, but 170 came on the ground.
It was the first game, Carroll said. We had a lot of fundamental things that we wanted to accomplish, as far as getting turnovers. Tackling was the most important thing, and our pursuit wasnt all that great. You could see it because the backs were running. I think they got like 170 or something on us, which is something we dont appreciate. Something we take pride in is stopping the run. We need to work on that.