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Dolphins emphasizing tempo on offense

Matt Moore, Charles Clay

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) congratulates fullback Charles Clay (31) after Clay scored a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


New Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is telling his players that their offense needs to be fast.

That’s not to say Philbin is trying to put nothing but running backs and receivers who run 4.3 forties on the field (although that would be nice), but Philbin says the offense needs to be fast between plays: As soon as the last play is done, get the next play called, get lined up and go.

“It’s very fast, non-stop,” tight end/fullback Charles Clay told the Sun-Sentinel. “We want to get plays off with 20 seconds left on the play clock. . . . It’s not much time in-between plays, and on top of that it is a lot of switching formations. There are a lot of different things we’re doing.”

Philbin coordinated an offense in Green Bay that had a lot of success with an up-tempo attack, but a big part of that success was having a quarterback in Aaron Rodgers who was able to read defenses at the line of scrimmage and get the ball where it needed to go. If Matt Moore, David Garrard or Ryan Tannehill can do that, Philbin’s offense will succeed in Miami, too. If not, not.