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Report: Dolphins Players "Furious" Over Defensive Planning

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The Dolphins came into this season with high hopes and a wide-open division. They've now gotten rolled by 19 points two weeks in a row, including yesterday's blowout by the shorthanded Chiefs. According to the Miami Herald, the discontent is growing, and it's aimed upward:

And for the first time this season, the grumblings inside the team's locker room about defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle grew so loud, they could be heard outside.

One source said Dolphins players are "beyond furious, irate" at Coyle's defensive adjustments and game plan.

Players are privately questioning a host of decisions, including Coyle's call to have Cameron Wake and Jason Trusnik cover speedy Chiefs running back Joe McKnight in space, said another. McKnight exploited the matchups and had two touchdown catches in the second half Sunday.


(McKnight scored two offensive touchdowns, the first two of his four-year career. Here's how he described the first, an 11-yard reception: "[Wake] played me outside. I just came inside, and I was wide open.")

An annual Dolphins player mutiny of some sort is as inevitable as the coming of fall. But this budding disaster is extra-fun because Peter King was totally convinced that Joe Philbin finally had things under control because he did bed checks in camp.

[Miami Herald]