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So... Three weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins replaced their coach. They've since won two football games in an impressive fashion that reminds me of the Marino days of yore. Still, I remain hesitant to be enthusiastic.
The two wins have come against two really terrible teams. Sure, we would definitely have lost those games under our last coach, but beating bad teams only proves you're not the worst team.
If new coach Dan Campbell wants to demonstrate that his Dolphins' squad is actually as good as was advertised in the offseason, let's see how competitively the team plays against the reigning Super Bowl Champions (and currently undefeated) New England Patriots on Thursday night.
If the Dolphins can play the Patriots tough, I'll buy a ticket for the Campbell bandwagon. If they can win, I might even stop hating on Ndamukong Suh.
Hmm. Better hold off on Suh. Let's not go crazy.
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"Word on the street" is that Miami Dolphins' head coach Joe Philbin might not survive the day in that position following two terrible, terrible losses in a row as the now 1-3 team heads into their bye week.
As I type this, I don't really expect Philbin to get fired. I suspect that the axe will fall on some other scapegoat for the inept Dolphins organization, probably Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle who can be blamed for Ndamukong Suh's complete invisibility over four games or the defensive backs tendency to make the Bill's Tyrod Taylor and the Jet's Ryan Fitzpatrick look like Tom Brady and Bret Favre, respectively.
Besides, NFL teams whose organizations panic and fire their head coaches mid-season don't have a very good record of improving things in the short term. Most simply swap one losing coach for another. Only the Cowboy's Jason Garrett comes to mind as a step in the right direction, and he was already being groomed to eventually replace predecessor Wade Phillips anyway.
Assuming Philbin is fired before the end of the year — because let's face facts, this team stinks like dead fish no matter who is in charge — who would the Dolphins replace him with? An Offensive Coordinator who can't coordinate more than two touchdowns in a game? The 32-year-old Quarterbacks Coach? Certainly none of the defensive coaches deserve it. There don't seem to be any good candidates in the entire building.
Hmm. What's Dan Marino doing these days?
UPDATE 1:00PM: Philbin has been fired, replaced by the team's former tight ends coach, 39-year old Dan Campbell.
No team who has fired their coach 4 games into the season has gone on to post-season victories, so I guess everyone can now tune out for the remainder of the 2015 campaign. Unless you like watching train wrecks.
To be perfectly clear, this news doesn't disappoint me. Go back and check, and you'll see I've been no Philbin fan since the beginning of his tenure. But I'm also not eager to support any organization that gives a bad head coach a contract extension at the end of a bad season only to turn around and fire that same coach part way through the following bad season. The Dolphins have now done that twice in four years. Go team!
I don't know how owner Stephen Ross made his money, but he certainly doesn't manage it very well.