Interim Miami coach Campell deflects credit after going 2-0

Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:12pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Interim Dolphins coach Dan Campbell deflected the credit after Miami's 44-26 thumping of the Houston Texans on Sunday, but he was not fooling anyone.

Keeping a straight face, Campbell told reporters that he had little to do with the stunning improvement in his two games at the helm.

Campbell was chided in some quarters for what were considered as overly machismo, old-school comments when he took charge of the Dolphins after previous head coach Joe Philbin was fired.

But it surely is not a coincidence that Miami is 2-0 under Campbell, after being 1-3 under Philbin.

The Dolphins have been on an offensive tear under rejuvenated quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has averaged 41 points per outing in the last two games, compared to just 16.3 before the coaching change.

“It’s not me, it’s this team,” Campbell said. “These guys want it and they’re playing for one another. To watch the transformation they’ve made to themselves … I’m glad I’m a part of it.

“It’s impressive, it’s inspiring. We’ve got some really good guys in this locker room. They’re all playing for one another.”

Tannehill has certainly been a new man under Philbin. On Sunday, he completed an NFL-record 25 consecutive passes stretching over two games.

He ended the game with 18 of 19 completed passes for 282 yards and matched a career high with four touchdown passes.   Continued...

Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell (C) runs off the field after defeating the Houston Texans 44-26 at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports