The dust wasn’t even settled on Dan Campbell‘s interim contract, and the talk began about who should be our next head coach.
Before the man ran his first practice, let alone coached his first game, Dolfans were buzzing around the same old tired names like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden. Here we go again. zzzzz.
First of all, right off the bat, we DO NOT WANT those guys. These guys both make millions and millions of dollars a year to talk for a living. They have a cush job, especially compared to the rigors of being a head coach. They would have to be coaxed out of leaving the broadcast booth.
And we do not want to coax anyone. Remember Jimmy Johnson?
Coaches who leave the NFL on their own simply do not want to coach anymore. There is no fire and passion left. True, you can always lure them back, but that doesn’t mean they want to be back. It’s better to bring in a coach who was fired, a coach with something to prove…not quitters.
Secondly, can’t we wait a few games to see how Dan Campbell does? Let’s at least wait and watch a few games with open minds. It won’t take long to see if Campbell is overmatched as a pro coach or if he has something special. I don’t care about all his talk of being a tougher team. All I care about is how quickly he does away with the failed Philbin blueprint.
If the Dolphins come out on offense Sunday and spread four receivers for three downs in a row all day long, then we’ll know that Campbell doesn’t have the guts to to throw Philbin’s crap into the garbage bin. But I don’t think he is that dumb.
No one but Philbin is dumb enough to stick to a failed game plan game after game and year after year.
And if Campbell shows anything at all in the next 12 games, we have to seriously consider keeping him.
In 2004, Jim Bates took over for the disgraced Dave Wannstedt. We were 1-8 under Wanny and had no running game at all thanks to Tricky Williams going off on his pot binge. But Bates was a leader.
He managed to go a respectable 3-4, including an incredible win over massively favored New England on a Monday night. I remember the whole team was behind this guy. Randy McMichael was our tight end and barely knew defensive-coach Bates, but Randy said he would go to war for Bates. The guys loved him, and then team ownership rewarded him by hiring the liar, Tricky Nicky Saban.
The a few years later, Todd Bowles takes over interim and goes 2-1. A winning record! Management shoves him to the curb too.
My point is that if an interim coach is any good, he should be named permanent coach. Campbell has to be given a fair shake to see if he’s any good, and his chance begins Sunday.