Q: What has been your and your coaching staff’s responsibility, culpability if you will, for the failures of the past month?
A: “Well we’re certainly … this is a team, so we’re all accountable to one another. It’s never one guy. Ultimately, the responsibility is on me as the head coach. And certainly I accept that responsibility. That being said, this is a ‘we’ operation. We’re not looking to blame one player. We’re not looking to blame the offensive line or the linebackers or the quarterback or the running backs. It’s everybody. Collectively. We have to do better. I’ve got to do a better job. Our staff does. Our players do. Everybody. Without a doubt.”
Q: Are you aware that some fans have started to grow dissatisfied with the work of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman more than anyone, but the coaching staff overall over the past couple of weeks? Or are you insulated from that?
A: “Yeah, I don’t do much on the Internet. I don’t look at ProFootballTalk. However, I can imagine … as coaches we want to be better. We want the results to be better. I’m actually pleased that our fans are passionate and loyal and want us to do better. And I can understand where they’re coming from. We spend time thinking about game management, thinking about decisions that are going to be made at critical times, thinking about calls that are going to be made at critical times. We understand. And we have to do better. Absolutely.”
Q: You have the floor. Anything you’d like to say to Dolphins fans who are depressed, downcast, upset or unhappy about the past three games?
A: “I would tell them that I believe in the locker room. I believe we have excellent men on this football team that representing the Dolphins is very important to them. And we’re going to work through this thing together. I’d love to ask for their loyal support, that we can fix this thing. And we will fix it. You know, in tough times you got to stick together and you got to believe in what you’re doing. You have to believe in your players, you have to believe in your staff. If you don’t have faith in one another you have no chance. We have to stick together and we have to work through this.”