Joe Philbin would rather throw long on fourth-and-1 than publicly criticize one of his players.
So when the Miami Dolphins' cautious coach conceded rookie guard Jamil Douglas played better in Week 1 than Week 2, Philbin hastened to add, "But I'm really pleased with the progress he's making."
That kind of progress bodes badly for the Dolphins. And Douglas wasn't the only one to take a step backward in last week's loss to lowly Jacksonville, making Miami eager to rebound Sunday against AFC East rival Buffalo.
Like the Dolphins, the Bills are 1-1 and coming off a demoralizing loss. They gave up a franchise record 466 yards passing against Tom Brady and lost at home to the New England Patriots, 40-32.
Buffalo is eager to avoid an 0-2 start in the division as it hits the road for the first time. The Dolphins want to win their home opener in a stadium undergoing renovations that will cost more than $425 million.