What Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said today (Chiefs week)

Matt Burke’s defense has been up and down this year. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

DAVIE–The Dolphins‘ defense has flipped back and forth all season, looking at times like it’s one of the best in the league and at other times like a liability.

After holding Denver and New England in check over back-to-back weeks, the Dolphins struggled early in their 24-16 loss to the Bills. Buffalo had 328 yards, converted 7 of 15 third downs and scored touchdowns on 3 of 4 trips to the red zone.

Here are defensive coordinator Matt Burke’s thoughts heading into this week’s game at Kansas City:

–The Dolphins rank 28th in the NFL in sacks. “I think our guys have been disruptive,” Burke said. “It’s disappointing for sure… Lately, we’ve missed some opportunities.”

–Miami is sixth in third-down defense. “We spend a lot of time on it,” Burke said. “We weren’t very good last week, but big-picture-wise we have been… We do a lot of different things.” Burke said Gase told him the defense would be difficult to prepare for on third downs because of how much he mixes it up.

–Burke is disappointed that the red zone numbers and takeaways aren’t good, particularly because he’s stressed it so much in practices all offseason and season. Miami’s 15 takeaways rank 25th in the NFL.

–Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips seems to be having the best season of his Dolphins’ career. “I think he’s found his way a little bit,” Burke said. “He’s more of an energy guy and more into it. And part of that comes with being reliable. You can’t be an energy guy if you’re not consistent.”

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