DAVIE, Fla. -- It’s a stat any coach can be proud of: The Miami Dolphins have just two penalties for 13 yards in the past two games.
Miami isn't beating itself, and that's a major reason why the team remains undefeated. The Dolphins are off to a 3-0 start after earning wins against the Cleveland Browns (1-2), Indianapolis Colts (2-1) and Atlanta Falcons (1-2).
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Miami is tied for the fourth fewest penalties in the NFL with 12 after three games.
"Yeah, our guys are disciplined. They have done a good job of playing within the rules," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Monday. "One of the things I think has been good on defense is our targeting when we are tackling has been very good. We’ve hit quarterbacks over the last three weeks a number of times, and our guys have been very good and disciplined about the discipline of the hit and not going too high, and the same thing with the receivers.
“That’s got to be part of our game. It has to be part of the way we play. We take a lot of pride in that, and we’ve got to keep working on that.”
The Dolphins will need to continue their disciplined ways. They will travel to face the high-powered New Orleans Saints (3-0) in Week 4 on “Monday Night Football" in a battle of undefeated teams.
Philbin has worked the team tirelessly on fundamentals since organized team activities in the spring. All the work is paying off for Miami in the regular season.
“I don’t think Coach Philbin gets enough credit for the situations he puts us in,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. “The fact that we’re not penalized that much, he’s largely responsible for that in my mind. Because he’s a stickler in practice talking about every penalty we’ve had the previous practice.”