While all the media and so-called experts are saying Joe Philbin is on thin ice, as well as the rest of his staff,don’t expect anything soon.
The problem is that people have have no memory for the type of owner Stephen Ross is. Mr. Ross truly feels that Clueless Joey P. is a fine head coach, and Ross defends Philbin every chance he gets.
Last year, on the very day when Miami was eliminated from the playoffs, Mr. Ross REWARDED Philbin. Ross heaped praise upon Philbin that no one else on earth had ever said, such as Philbin being a strong leader and all that. He extended the contract of a man who had just ended our season.
Ross is gunshy to fire Philbin, period. But he is particularly gunshy to do so in the middle of the season. If not, Philbin would have a pink slip in his hand already.
The off-season media kept saying that Philbin has to win to keep his job, but that is hogwash. He has never won a winning season, and he maintains his job anyway. He is not winning now and he maintains his job, The media’s problem is that they use common sense, instead of Ross’s sense.
How many of us woke up this morning, hoping to see a Sports Alert on our phone about Philbin being fired? I did.
Then I realized what a familiar feeling it was. Last year I felt that same anticipation as the Dolphins gave up in December.
I felt that after Philbin handed free victories to Green Bay and Detroit.
Year before, I realized it when Philbin non-handled the bullying situation and kicked Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito off the team. And then he let us lose to an 0-8 pee wee squad called Tampa Bay. Eight teams had laughably walked thru Tampa that year, but then Joe Philbin couldn’t.
He simply is not a strong leader nor a good football mind. We all know it. His record shows it. I sense the players know it. Mr. Ross does not.
In all reality, I think Mr. Ross will give Joey one more week. It will be easier to fire him during a bye week and give the new coach 2 full weeks to prepare.
The problem is, no good coaches are left. Rex Ryan proved his value yesterday, and he could have been ours. The one that got away haunts me, and I laugh at all the Dolfans who say “we wouldn’t want him anyway.”
Lazor and Coyle don’t deserve the job, although I would side with Lazor, just to see what he would do within Joey hovering over his shoulder.