What will it take for Stephen Ross to act?
It’s a given fact that Joe Philbin is not a good head coach. No question about it at this point. No opinions. Just facts.
He has a losing record, despite being given some extremely talented players, and that losing record is the bottom-line proof.
Nothing and no one under him ever improves.
He has never made the playoffs.
He’s a nice enough old chap who could possibly be a well-respected lineman coach at a small D-2 college. He could spend his golden years talking about the same stuff he repeats day after day after day around here: X’s and O’s, down and distance, and his favorite line, “I need to get better as a coach.” (no arguments here).
There is no longer any mystery about if Philbin has what it takes. The mystery lies in Stephen Ross’s involvement.
When, if ever, will Ross act?
Last year, after the Dolphins were eliminated from the playoff race because of embarrassing losses to the Bills and Jets, Stephen Ross remained quiet. Each day that went by, it seemed that Mr. Ross would take no action. If he were going to fire Philbin or Ireland, surely he would have done so immediately after the season, right?
As it turned out, Ireland did get fired. Mike Sherman did get fired. Mr. Ross stayed out of the limelight immediately after the season ended, and when he resurfaced, it was to announce the firing of Ireland.
Could that be the case here? Every single player, writer, coach, announcer, analyst, and even causal fan is declaring how stupid Joe Philbin is for calling that 4th-and-10 timeout. Everyone has voiced an opinion…except for Mr. Ross.
We find his silence interesting. He has neither criticized Philbin nor supported him this week. Just silence. Just like last year.
Last time Mr. Ross stayed silent for a while…he came back with a vengeance and fired people. Please, let it happen again.