Thanks to reader Rik for pointing out Yahoo Sports’ recent rankings of all the coaches in the NFL…a list on which Joe Philbin finished dead last.
Philbin in last place is not a surprise. It’s accurate and fair. And a little bit sad.
But the saddest part is not that Philbin is ranked last. The saddest part is that us Dolphin fans cannot argue the point. That is depressing.
Imagine if someone said that the Dolphins are the worst team in the NFL. Or Cam Wake is the worst defensive end in the league. Or someone said that Ryan Tannehill is the worst QB in the league.
We could defend those men with our pride and with statistics. We would WANT to defend them. We could argue and get into comment wars and everything else to make our point that these guys are NOT the worst.
But when NFL experts say that Philbin is the worst coach in the league, all we can do is out our heads down in shame and say, “Yes, I know.”
The ranking of coaches was fair and accurate and objective. It cited the same Philbin flaws that we at Dolphins Truth bring up weekly:
- Philbin gives victories to other teams;
- He is consistently outsmarted by other coaches;
- He calls timeouts when the opponent is struggling and hurrying;
- He gets rid of Pro Bowl players but keeps worthless undrafted benchwarmers and expensive journeymen;
- He calls for field goals far too often (especially on 4th and inches from inside opponents’ territory).
These were only the negatives as noted in Philbin’s last-place ranking; just imagine how many more negatives there were that the article didn’t have time to cover. For more of these, check out our Dolphins Truth archives; there is no shortage of articles pointing out Philbin Phlaws.
Perhaps the most damning tidbit from the coaches rankings is that the article said Philbin is unloved by his players, and we cannot argue. The players speak politely, but not passionately, about their coach.
On the day when the Dolphins were eliminated from the playoffs, Stephen Ross decided to bring Philbin back for another year. A reporter told Cameron Wake the “good news” about Philbin returning. I’ll never forget Wake’s reaction. A polite smile, followed by a generic quote like, “Really? I hadn’t heard that yet. That’s nice.”
Despite his canned reply, You could almost see the life sucked out of Wake as the reporter told him Philbin would be back. Wake is smart enough to know that “Philbin will be back” is the same as saying “You will never have a winning season as a Dolphin.”
There is no shame in being named a worse coach than someone like Bill Belichick or Mike Tomlin. These are champions, and you have to fall in line behind them.
But what about some of these other bums? Guys like Gus Bradley, Mike McCoy, Mike Pettine, and Lovie Smith. Lovie Smith is a perennial loser, and the other guys are names that no one has ever heard of, except for fans of their teams. And still, after you take all these jokers and their losing records and their lack of experience and all of that….they are still better coaches than Philbin.
And as we said at the beginning. The sad part isn’t that the rankings are lying. The sad part is that we can’t dispute it.
Thank you, Stephen Ross, for not only hiring the worst coach in the NFL, but for foisting him upon us for another year.