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Joe Philbin: 'I have to do a better job'

DAVIE, Fla. -- The day after the Miami Dolphins blew a fourth-quarter lead in a 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers, much of the heat was on Miami’s coaching staff.

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin had a chance to study the tape and accepted blame for the loss. He had several questionable decisions that didn’t work, and that led to one of the toughest losses for Miami in several seasons.

“I have to do a better job, first and foremost,” Philbin said. “I’m the head coach. We had a lead with four minutes to go. Like I said often, you win as a team and you lose as a team. We could have done better in all three phases, coaching as well.”

Philbin stepped to the podium willing to discuss any questionable call. The bad thing was there were several to discuss from one game, which is a bad sign.

Among the questionable coaching decisions were conservative play calling late in the fourth quarter. Philbin admitted he “got a little queasy” and overruled offensive coordinator Bill Lazor by calling a run play on third-and-9. Philbin also called a fourth-down timeout on defense and allowed Green Bay a chance to regroup, just to name a few.

“Obviously that’s what I get paid to do,” Philbin said of his in-game decisions. “Some of them, I wished they worked out better.”

There will be a lot of second-guessing and outside distractions for the Dolphins after this kind of tough loss. Miami will have five of its next seven games on the road, including this Sunday’s contest at the Chicago Bears.

The Dolphins will have to refocus for this tough stretch in order to keep it together.

“Hopefully as a staff, as a team, players, everyone, what matters most is what we do and say in this building and on this practice field and trust each other,” Lazor said. “That’s my goal.”