Kevin Coyle is a no-nonsense guy.
Ask the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator a direct question and he'll usually give you a direct answer.
So when I asked him what happened Sunday on that 66-yard catch-and-run for Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley, a simple little pass over the middle on which the Dolphins' Keystone Safeties made him look like Jerry Freaking Rice, Coyle didn't bother with a song and dance.
"We missed the tackle," Coyle said. "It should have been a 12-yard gain. It was one of those throws, just a little hook. The receiver at the top of the route, there was contact with the defender. Sometimes it’s the defender pushing, sometimes it’s the receiver pushing.
"He created a little separation right at the top of the route. We didn’t close back to it quick enough so he eluded the first defender [Reshad Jones] and he made the deep safety [Chris Clemons] miss."
That was pretty bad, but it could have been worse if Sean Smith hadn't run Kerley down to tackle him at the Miami 5.
"Fortunately we had a bunch of guys screaming down the field to go make a play," Coyle said. "That was real positive. It was great hustle on the part of Reshad, and Sean actually caught him at the end of the play."
That came two plays before the end of the third quarter. The Jets ended up settling for a 20-yard field goal and a 17-13 deficit.
"Plays like that, where guys keep competing and get him on the ground and you're fortunate to make them kick a field goal at that point, can turn games around," Coyle said. "We were not happy about the play. That’s two weeks in a row we’ve given up an explosive, big pass.
"The one a week ago was thrown five yards behind the line of scrimmage [for a 65-yard Raiders touchdown on which Koa Misi and Nolan Carroll fanned] and this one was about 8-9 yards down the field. We’ve got to eliminate that. We can’t give up plays like that."
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