Head coach Brian Flores talks about the Raekwon Davis injury, beating New England Week 1, Tua Tagovailoa, Noah Igbinoghene and more
Dolphin Digest|October 2021
COACH SPEAK
Brian Flores
Q: The game last year not only showed how far you guys have come but also how much further you could go. I guess from the offseason and in past weeks, how do you like where your team is at this point going into the game?

BF: “We’ve still got a long way to go. I think it’s early in the season. I think every team is trying to find different roles for the players on their team – things you do well, things you don’t do well, things you need to improve on; which there are many things we need to improve on. It’s early and I think every club is having these same conversations. I thought we did a lot of good things in training camp and we’re trying to build on those things. I think it’s important to our guys, so we’ll continue to work in all areas – offense, defense, special teams, situations, our overall awareness, and just try to get better every day.”

Q: I noticed last week that the team was on the sideline during the national anthem. I was just curious if there’s a policy change or was that just a one-week thing?

BF: “We decided to go out for the national anthem and we’ll do that moving forward.”

Q: The other day LB Jerome Baker said that fast starts were a big emphasis of the offseason for you guys and over the course of your tenure here, fast starts has correlated to winning football games. I’m just curious if there’s a specific that thing starting faster – this particular team – what that does to help you guys win the game in the end?

BF: “I think starting fast is important. I think every team is saying that. You put a lot of work into the week. You want to see that preparation executed. If you can do it early it’ll help you. We just think it’s important to take every play, make every play count, take every play seriously. That’s obviously at the start of the game, but really all the way through.”

Q: On DT Raekwon Davis injury.

BF: “I don’t get into anyone’s medical situation. He’s going to take it day-to-day. He’s going to work to get back as quickly as he can, like any player who is dealing with something. Obviously he’s on IR, so it’s a minimum of three weeks. We’ll take it day-to-day. I understand the question. I don’t like putting timelines for a number of reasons. I’ve had injuries. I’ve had setbacks. So if I tell you it’s three weeks and then it’s not three weeks, then everybody is wondering what happened. That’s the reason why I don’t give timelines. I’ve personally had injuries and personally had setbacks. That’s kind of the thought process on that.”

Q: I know it’s just Week 2, but a win would put you two games up on Buffalo with a tiebreaker. Getting these division wins early in the season, knowing that you’re coming back or you’re going to face Buffalo later, how big will that be?

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