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Miami Dolphins defense still searching for its ‘identity’ after three games

Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, shown with safety Cedric Thompson during training camp, said he accepts the blames for the team’s poor defensive showing so far.
Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, shown with safety Cedric Thompson during training camp, said he accepts the blames for the team’s poor defensive showing so far. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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Entering Monday night’s action, the Dolphins’ defense ranked 30th in rushing (145 yards per game), 26th in total defense (391), 24th in yards per play allowed (5.9) and 19th in scoring (24.7 points per game).

“I couldn’t imagine that but that’s the reality of what it is and that’s my job,” Coyle said. “I take responsibility for that. It’s on my shoulders. It’s my job to make sure we are playing winning defense and I’ve got to get that done.”

Coyle added: “I’m disappointed but I’m mostly disappointed in myself. I’ve got to do a better job getting those guys in the right spots and I’m going to do everything I can to accomplish that.”

Coyle acknowledged he’s frustrated with how the defense has played, and that the group still has issues getting “on the same page.”

That has been his emphasis since the end of last season, when a defensive collapse was the No. 1 reason the team missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year. And Coyle said the team still needs to “simplify some things.”

He added: “I don’t think we’ve shown our identity yet to be quite honest. We’ve been playing on our heels a little bit throughout the past three games. We haven’t just been able to go out and attack.”

▪ Cameron Wake played in just 40 snaps Sunday, and is clearly still slowed by a hamstring injury. Wake doesn’t have a sack on the young season.

“I don’t think we necessarily have to have Cam playing 50 snaps per game at this point,” Coyle said. “I think we need our guys as fresh as they possibly can be. When the opportunity comes to rush the passer certainly we want Cam in there.”

▪ Ndamukong Suh on Sunday had four tackles, including two for loss; Suh “was more disruptive inside and I think he’s getting more comfortable as we continue,” Coyle said.

▪ Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, whose unit has produced just 44 points on 33 possessions this season, said he’s “very disappointed and frustrated how [Sunday] went,” but added that he is “not down on our players, not down on our process.”

Miko Grimes update

Dolphins corner Brent Grimes didn’t speak to reporters Monday, the day after his wife Miko was arrested at Sun Life Stadium on charges she head-butted a Miami-Dade cop before the game.

But Brent Grimes did speak to teammates, including safety Michael Thomas, who said with a chuckle: “I think he’s all right. We all deal with issues, so I think he’ll be all right.”

Miko Grimes bonded out overnight Sunday after being held on charges of battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest with violence.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he’s “aware of the situation, but definitely don’t have all the details or the facts.”

Philbin said Miko Grimes’ actions would have no impact on her husband’s status with the team.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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