In the latest news to slap Dolfans in the face, the New York Jets have hired former Dolphins head coach Todd Bowles to be their new head coach.
Bowles is the only Dolphins head coach since the ugly Wannstedt era to have a winning record. He went on to be an outstanding defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. And now he takes his extremely impressive resume to our bitter rival, the New York Jets.
Back in 2012, Stephen Ross had the chance to remove “interim” from Bowles’s title and make him our true head coach. But Ross made one of his many many mistakes.
Instead of promoting a coach who the players loved and who played their hearts out for, Ross went with an untested man who had never made a coaching decision in his life: our own Joey Philbin.
Again, Bowles had a winning record as Dolphins head coach. Phlbin has a losing record.
Philbin has had three chances to win in Buffalo, and he has lost every single game. Todd Bowles had ONE chance to win in Buffalo, and he beat them.
You can’t overstate the value of what kind of leader Bowles is. Bowles stepped in as head coach with no notice after Sparano was dismissed in Week 13 of the 20-11 season.
With one week’s notice– ONE WEEK–Bowles got his men ready to go to Buffalo and win.
A week later, he led the Dolphins into Foxboro, where the vastly superior Patriots BARELY beat us. Even though Bowles took his one and only loss as a head coach that day, he gave the Patriots a run for their money.
The next week, Bowles went on to defeat the Jets. He finished with a winning record, and all three games were against AFC East teams. He outscored the AFC East in those games 73-67. That’s not a huge differential, but it’s a winning differential, and it’s against our three most bitter rivals. Bowles is THAT good, folks.
So then came the off-season. Stephen Ross started it off with one of his many mistakes by hiring Joey P. Joey then when out and made matters worse by not hiring Bowles as his defensive coordinator. Instead, Philbin hired Kevin Coyle, who still hasn’t helped get us a winning season three years later.
It’s both sad and frustrating to think “what might have been” if Ross would have simply promoted from within. If he listened to his players, all of whom were extremely devoted to Bowles.
Instead, Ross will have to learn the hard way what a fantastic head coach Bowles is. And Ross will have to learn this twice a year.
I feel that Joe Philbin is the worst coach in the league. No coach has done so little with so much talent. No coach has made as many timeout blunders as Philbin. No coach has refused to go for it on fourth-and-inches as much as Philbin. The list goes on.
I understand that calling him the worst coach in the NFL might be a stretch. But can anyone now argue that he is clearly the worst coach in the AFC East?