Getting to Know You

There is only so much an endless amount of film on a player can tell a coach. It doesn't tell him how quickly a certain player learns, or how he deals with adversity. It does not reveal how the player responds in the weight room, or during film study. That's why Joe Philbin and his coaching staff were excited about the start of Organized Team Activities, which began on Tuesday.

After weeks of studying their new team the Dolphins' coaches are gearing up for a West Coast offense tutorial, and Philbin said the style of offense Miami will utilize is "easy to learn" and simple to teach.

"We've watched a lot of film on our players but we need to get our hands around them," Philbin said. "In coaching one of the challenges you have, and responsibilities is to develop the talent on your roster at the present time.We expect there will be growth and development from within the club."

The Dolphins will hold 11 OTA sessions, which are essentially non-contact practices, a mandatory three-day minicamp and a mandatory rookie minicamp between now and the end of June.

"Your job as a coach is to get the maximum out of the players you have," Philbin said. "We have a broader perspective at this point in time. We're excited about getting started. We think we have a lot of character ... The key is how quickly we can forge this group into playing like a team."

According to Philbin, every player will start with a "blank slate" and have an opportunity to impress the new coaching staff, carving out a role for themselves.

That includes the three quarterbacks — incumbent starter Matt Moore, new signee David Garrard and second-year quarterback Pat Devlin — who will participate in an open competition to determine who begins training camp as the leader for the starting spot.

"Everyone is going to start from square one," said Philbin, who admitted he's curious to see "how quickly they can separate themselves mentally, and physically" from the pack.

Philbin did acknowledge the Dolphins have scouted a number of the draft's top-rated quarterbacks, and will "look hard and see what's available when our pick is up, and see how it fits with our (draft) board."

He also talked favorably about the in-house receivers, many of whom didn't get playing time or passes thrown their way because of Brandon Marshall's presence, and desire to be the team's alpha receiver.

Philbin has routinely praised Brian Hartline, hinting that this fourth-year receiver could produce the type of output Jordy Nelson had provided in Green Bay the past few seasons.

The Dolphins also have a desire to develop Clyde Gates, a speedster who was last year's fourth-round pick, Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace, two young receivers entering their third NFL season.

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