Sometimes the mainstream media who cover the Dolphins just don’t get it. They are duped into writing things that seem accurate, but they just aren’t true.
Here at Dolphins Truth, we pride ourselves on digging deeper. We don’t just report about what Joe Philbin says as if it were fact, but we analyze it, and (in most cases) we can demonstrate why Philbin is wrong so often.
In today’s Miami Herald, for example, the usually reliable but a little-too-naive Armando Salguero wrote this:
“Joe Philbin knows the results haven’t been good enough. He knows his players haven’t been good enough. He knows his assistant coaches haven’t been good enough. And, yes, Joe Philbin knows he has not been good enough.”
It sounds like a valid paragraph, right? There doesn’t seem to be much controversy in those sentences. But the problem is…every single one of those sentences is wrong.
Does Joe Philbin truly know that the results have not been good enough? Does Joe Philbin truly feel that he himself is not good enough? No no no no no.
Let’s make this perfectly clear. Joe Philbin has a losing record as a coach, and the Dolphins have accomplished absolutely nothing under Philbin. In addition, Philbin makes decisions, regularly, that help opponents win games.
To anyone with common sense, that PROVES that Philbin isn’t good enough. But what does this prove to Stephen Ross? It proves that Philbin is a brilliant coach who deserves to coach in 2015. Moreover, Philbin’s losing record proves to Ross that Philbin deserved an EXTENSION into 2016.
So back to Armando’s misguided claim that Philbin knows he’s not good enough: if your boss gave you a vote of confidence for 2015 AND and extension for 2016, does that indicate that you are not good enough? No!
It instead indicates that you are good enough. It indicates that what you’re doing is exactly what the boss is looking for. It indicates that change is a bad thing.
“Why on earth should I attempt to have a winning record when my boss just gave me 2 extra years simply for being 8-and-8?”
When you are given two extra years (and about 6 million dollars), does that say you’re doing a great job, or does it tell you that you aren’t good enough? Ross thinks that Philbin is good enough, and Philbin sure as hell thinks he’s good enough. And us fans have to suffer because of it.
Armando also mentioned that Philbin knows his assistants aren’t good enough. Wrong again! If Philbin thought these guys weren’t good enough, he would have made a change. He thinks Kevin Coyle is good enough. He thinks Mike Sherman’s son-in-law as our QB coach is good enough. He thinks every single decision he makes is good enough…and Ross’s praise fuels that incorrect fire.
Philbin thinks everything is perfect. In his defense, he has reason to think that. His boss keeps rewarding him, so he must be doing something right. Right?
Either that, or the boss himself is misguided. But that can’t be it, right? I mean, surely no boss in the world would reward an employee who has no accomplishments, right?