Dolphins Part Ways With Head Coach Joe Philbin
The Miami Dolphins have gotten nowhere with head coach Joe Philbin running the show over the past three seasons and they finally decided to do something about it. Per reports, Philbin has officially been let go as the team’s head coach.
Dolphins officially have fired Joe Philbin, as Sun-Sentinel reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 5, 2015
Philbin is expected to be replaced by tight ends coach Dan Campbell, while defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle could also be fired this week. The Dolphins have struggled greatly on both sides of the ball, but have more surprisingly been ineffective on defense despite signing superstar defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the off-season. Suh and many of the Miami defensive players are rumored to “hate” the team’s defensive system, and it’s possible the Dolphins have been acting out against their own coaching staff.
Miami having players that would throw coaches under the bus is bad news for whoever else has to come in and try to right the ship, but changes coming from the top could also help a quick turn around.
There is no denying the talent that resides on Miami’s roster, as quarterback Ryan Tannehill leads a very deep offensive squad but hasn’t yet been able to perform up to expectations in 2015. Moving on from Philbin could potentially help change that, as Philbin’s inability to keep his players tuned in is at least one huge reason the Dolphins have gotten off track during their 1-3 start.
While Miami has been playing below expectations from top to bottom this year, the biggest knock in their past two losses (both blowouts) was that they seemed flat and disinterested. That falls on Philbin, who was already questionable as the head coach after the findings in “bullygate” just a few years ago.
Philbin’s crew took small steps forward in his first three seasons, but still never had a finish better than 8-8 and a slow 2015 start signaled the end of his tenure. A sound offensive mind while running the offense in Green Bay with the Packers, Philbin simply couldn’t make the right calls as head coach and lost control of his locker room.
The Miami Dolphins had been a sneaky sleeper pick to make the playoffs and challenge the New England Patriots for the AFC East crown, but their slow start suggests that is unlikely to happen. Replacing Philbin now has the Dolphins cutting their losses early, though, which could give them a chance to regroup and try to turn their season around. Due to the 1-3 start and the Bills, Jets and Patriots are posing as significant threats inside the division, Miami remains a weak bet to find a way to get into this year’s NFL playoffs.
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