Rumors continue about the future of Joe Philbin in Miami, including a report from the Miami Herald that said Stephen Ross hasn’t had any discussions or thoughts about replacing Philbin.
First of all, unless the Herald spies on Mr. Ross 24/7, they have no idea what he discusses and with whom.
Secondly, Ross would be foolishly naive if he hasn’t at least thought about firing Philbin. He probably has discussed it at some point. It is laughable to think that the ONLY thing on Stephen Ross’s mind this week is how to beat those pesky Minnesota Vikings. Of course he is weighing his options. Of course he is.
If the Herald article is true…if Stephen Ross has no intention of firing Philbin… then it will be a long winter for Dolfans, and an even longer 2015 NFL season.
This brings up another point that I know is debatable among Dolfans worldwide, including some discussions here on our Dolphins Truth comment boards: What will be the effect of yet another coaching change?
Will Ryan Tannehill’s progress come to a screeching halt? Will it take him two years to learn a whole new system? Will our defense have to adjust to a 3-4 scheme if a new coach wants that in place?
All in all, will it be detrimental for the 2015 Dolphins to have to endure a coaching change?
The answer is: maybe.
Let’s be honest…we simply do not know if a new coach’s presence will require the Dolphins to re-learn a whole new system. That part is unsure.
But what IS sure is the status quo cannot be tolerated. Joe Philbin has a pretty talented team at his disposal, but his record isn’t even .500. He lacks the fire and the winning edge. He is overly concerned with teaching and “getting better” instead of being concerned with blowing your opponent off the ball. He is among the worst game manager and clock manager in NFL history.
No matter what he does, he seems to be wrong. Surely Mr. Ross must see this.
A new coach might be a horrendous decision, but it is worth a chance. A chance we must take. Because you cannot and must not expect for Joe Philbin to become a good coach in the offseason the next few months. It will not happen. He’s had his chance. He has given us no indication whatsoever that we are improving.
I fully admit that three years might not be enough time to prove you are a championship coach. But three years is plenty of time to show that you are at least a decent coach. Or adequate. Or improving. We’ve gotten none of that from Philbin.
Some coaches might require more time. But Philbin shows us zero indication of that. In Philbin’s three years, he has not even taken baby steps toward championship football. There is no progress whatsoever. No glimpse of greatness on the horizon.
Mr. Ross must not put up with a bad situation just because a change might make it worse. In the NFL there IS NOTHING worse than watching your enemies play in January while we Dolfans start googling who Mel Kiper thinks we should pick.
How can a new coach be any worse than the bland and unproductive results of Joey Philbin?