The Miami Dolphins will move a step closer to the regular season on Saturday when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
One of the main focuses for the Dolphins on Saturday will be tackling. In their opening game against the Atlanta Falcons, Miami looked inept at times while trying to make defensive stops. With only three games left before things begin to count, coach Joe Philbin knows improvements are needed and fast.
Philbin commented on those needs in a video from the Sun-Sentinel:
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It is expected that more of the first team players will see time on Saturday. In the preseason opener, most of the snaps were handled by reserves as Miami tried to get a better look at its options for depth.
With the preseason winding down, Philbin would like to see some consistency from the men who will be on the field to start the action at Sun Life Stadium in three short weeks.
"Our first group only had one drive and it was a good drive. But they didn't play a ton of football. So we're going to get them on the field a little bit more and we're looking to see consistent production," Philbin told the Miami Herald.
The Dolphins are still weighing their options for who will back Ryan Tannehill up at the quarterback spot. Newly signed Brady Quinn is in the mix for that coveted job as he vies to take it from incumbent Matt Moore.
Saturday's start is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium. The Dolphins will play at home for the first time next Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.