There aren’t enough hours in the day to write about all the mistakes Joe Philbin makes. There really aren’t. For example, we could write an entire article on his inept and inconsistent clock management. His play-calling. So many more.
While that is all sad news for Dolphins fans, what makes it worse is that Philbin can do what he wants with full impunity. He knows that Stephen Ross is behind him and won’t fire him, so he continues to make ridiculous calls.
One such call is that he will stick with Ryan Tannehill, who also enjoys impunity because he knows darn well his coach won’t bench him.
Don’t be fooled by the silly rumors out there. Philbin is the most stubborn man in the NFL, who constantly defends his wrong choices instead of apologizing. He is not the type of man to bench an ineffective player. He will stick with Tannehill.
It’s okay for Philbin to say “I was wrong last week and I will correct it next week” But if he were to bench Tannehill now, Philbin would be forced to say “I was wrong every single week for the past three years.” He will not do it, and Tannehill knows it.
So life goes on, with no accountability, no firing, and no benching.
Let’s look at Philbin’s incorrect decision to kick a long field goal in the Chiefs game. It was a 0-0 score. 2nd Quarter. The teams were trading field position, and the Dolphins were winning that battle. Remember? How many times did the Chiefs begin drives inside their own 5 yard line?
We had the ball at the Chiefs 30, facing a 4th and One. Philbin essentially had 3 choices.
One, was to go for it on 4th down, to trust his offense and his coordinator to gain a yard. Philbin refused.
Two, was to punt the ball and pin KC back deep again. A likely scenario is KC makes a fair catch at their 10 yard line. Alex Smith and the Chiefs had no chance of putting together a 90-yard drive against us. No chance.
Or three, was to try a field goal. This is the wrong choice, so of course Philbin chose this route. Calbe Sturgis just isn’t a reliable enough kicker to try this. He let us down numerous times last year, and everyone except Philbin remembers. You know who Joe Philbin is, right? He’s the guy who got rid of Dan Carpenter and decided that Sturgis was more reliable. Of course, Sturgis missed the kick, and the Chiefs got the ball back way up by their own 40 yard line. A short drive later, and the game was essentially over.
But here’s why this is even a bigger mistake. Let’s say Sturgis made the kick. Miami would have led 3-0. Are three points in the second quarter worth that much? Would our defense be totally psyched to get three points on the board and that would give them momentum?Nope. The Chiefs went on to score 34 points. Philbin’s all-important 3 points would not have mattered. Momentum and field position were key in this game, but Philbin has no feel for a game. Thus he went for a very risky and uncertain 3 points.
It makes us mad when Philbin makes these wrong decisions. But it infuriates us when he does it repeatedly.
Remember last year when we led New England by 17 points? Clueless Joe called for a long field goal in the exact same scenario. We could have pinned Brady back deep. But instead, Philbin called upon Caleb Sturgis to miss a field goal. The Patriots instantly got the momentum back, excellent field position, and the win. All thanks to Joe Philbin
Another article in and of itself is the mysterious 15-yard penalty that was called on the Dolphins coaching staff for tripping a referee. We still don’t know who this was on. But we DO know that it’s the epitome of poor leadership when Philbin has his coaches roaming around everywhere. It is poor leadership to allow Brian Hartline to talk back to you after Hartline himself was clearly wrong and should have just put his head down in shame.
Now it is Philbin who needs to put his head down in shame as he hands in his resignation.
It’s ridulous that all these Miami journalists give Philbin candy-coated questions about how good did Lamar Miller do against the Chiefs instead of asking him, “Who tripped the ref” or “Why did you let Brian Hartline get away with that stupid penalty AND yelling in your face?”