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Philbin playtime philosophy good but what about adapting?

A couple of weeks ago Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, disgusted by the team's sixth loss of the season, mentioned that perhaps it was time to start playing younger players and think about who is going to be on the team in 2013.

A lot of coaches go that route once the losses mount and the current season seems little more than a formality for getting to next season.

Don't expect Joe Philbin to do that.

Even if the Dolphins lose on Sunday as the oddsmakers expect; indeed even with the Dolphins record falling back to 5-8, Philbin is apparently going to continue playing his veterans if he stays true to his philosophy.

“Really, play time’s based on players have to have earn play time and they earn it through what they do on the practice field<' Philbin said Thursday. "If players earn the opportunity to play, we’ll certainly play them whatever year they are, it doesn’t really matter to us what year they are.

"I’m a big believer… I think when you walk into the room with those guys, it’s not fair to play a guy, people have to earn their keep and I don’t care what year you’re in the league. Those guys that bust their tail every day, we’re not going to put somebody in the game that doesn’t deserve to be in the game or hasn’t earned an opportunity to be in the game."

I get it. This is a perfectly reasonable and fair approach.

Philbin wants tell his team that the only way to play is to practice well. He doesn't want to reward subpar practices. He wants to play guys that make him the most comfortable and the coaching staff gains that comfort level by watching what happens in practice.

It is a perfectly logical approach.

But ...

Football is a game of adaptation and not logic. The ball does not bounce logically. The best team does not always win. Good plans that logically should succeed often go awry. And the people that come out ahead are those that adapt quickest not those that offer the most logic.

Thus, the idea of sticking to the stated philosophy works when the season is salvagable and all things and the goal for the entire organization is winning in the present. But when winning in the present is no longer the most vital thing, when doing what is best for the future of the organization becomes more important, all that logic and unwavering philosophy about whomever practices best plays should be cast aside.

It is smart to adapt and consider that certain players who might not be the best in practice now might become your best performers in the future. The Dolphins obviously believe running back Lamar Miller is such a player.

He is a rookie. He has promise. But Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas are both practicing better and obviously playing more because coaches are more comfortable with them, because they get more chances in practices and because Miller needs to improve his pass protection.

“I think he’s going to be a good football player in this league," Philbin said. "He’s got good instincts as a runner. He’s got good balance. He can catch the football. I think he has a chance to be a very good pass protector eventually too. I really do. He’s got good feet. He can bend. I’m excited about him.”

“I think he’s going to be a good football player in this league. He’s got good instincts as a runner. He’s got good balance. He can catch the football. I think he has a chance to be a very good pass protector eventually too. I really do. He’s got good feet. He can bend. I’m excited about him.” 

Well then, when the relevance of this season becomes what is going to happen next season, then the Dolphins coaches should consider putting those feet and all that bending ability to work. Like immediately.

Would that make Reggie Bush upset? Would it upset veterans?

Look, Bush was upset about sitting after that fumble against Tennessee, although he understands that's the business. He's not all that thrilled that the team has not had any contracts talks with his agent, although he understands that's the business.

He'd probably not be happy about giving up snaps to Miller, but he would understand that is the business.

Tight end Michael Egnew is in a similar situation as Miller. He's behind players that are better than he is today. Both Anthony Fasano and Charles Clay practice better than Egnew on most days -- be it in that they make fewer mistakes, or block better or make more catches.

But eventually the Dolphins need to know what they have in Egnew. They can't keep putting off the need to find a tight end to help rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the red zone and down the seam of the defense.

Maybe Egnew isn't that guy. Maybe he is that guy. The point is we might soon need to get about the business of finding out.

Would that upset Fasano or Clay, either of whom might get fewer snaps in games? Maybe. But it wouldn't be an issue if they were more productive. If they were the sure answers, the Dolphins wouldn't have drafted Egnew and no one would even mention him. So ... next!

Now, I am only a journalist. I suppose the Dolphins coaching staff could ignore these suggestions. They could scoff at the idea of someone who doesn't know football like they do suggesting they start looking ahead with players that ar younger and need experience.

But, I remind you, Mike Shanahan three weeks ago was preparing to do the very thing I'm suggesting. And he's won two Super Bowl trophies as a head coach. And that's more than any Dolphins coach can say.

Checkmate.

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Philbin does look better with a cap on.

I probably do too(look better with a cap on), but I'm a Doctor.

Reprinted from a previous blog...
"FLPD he (IRELAND) drafted the best center in football.."

Posted by: mattybfromnc | December 06, 2012 at 10:06 PM

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Yes, but so did the Steelers (Mike Webster...HOF, and the Fins Dwight Stevenson...HOF..and NEITHER were drafted in the FIRST ROUND!!
BTW, I can name at least 3 other 6-10 year all pro centers that were drafted in in round 2 or later, and one who was UN-DRAFTED.
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Ireland used a precious #1 for a center. And our record this year is..??
The packers have the worst O-Line in their division. And THEIR record?
Skill position players need to be PRO bowl caliber to win consistency in the NFL.
Ireland has failed MISERABLY here.
Posted by: IMAWriter | December 07, 2012 at 06:25 PM

IMA.....specifically what "head scratching" moves are you talking about? How is using Bush at the end of the first half head scratching?--its football, Bush is playing, he got nicked, which happens when you're playing football.....and thats it--injuries happen, easy to second guess after he got hurt but what if Bush broke one for 50 yards and a TD.....would it be head scratching then?--again, detail these head scratching moves.

There are endless and senseless arguments here. Let's talk about something more practical. For instance, how can we beat SF?

IMA.....geez, Mike Webster was drafted in like 1942......thats your reference?

Never really cared about your thoughts but that was damn good. good job!

That was Sparano that drafted Pouncey. He was the OL guy. And he was just given more say in personnel decisions the previous offseason by Ross if you remember that. It was after the Harbaugh-Ross debacle.

oscar,

Tell us as a dr, who is more mentally disturbed, kris or odung?

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Sparano had the players confident, Philbin doesn't. Sparano will take the Jets to a SB once they get rid of Rex.

oscar, how many names do you use? Lol

Oscar,

Use one of them Surgeon Caps. I know it would look crazy as hell to Ur patients!!

But Who are They To Talk!!

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The Donkey Is Not A Troll!!

Yet he loves Saying Hi To Dashi!! With Different Names!!

Just Saying!!

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To Further Elaborate On YG's Point!!

Why was The Coaching Staff NOT HAPPY WITH HARTLINE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON!! PRACTICE!!

DASHI Also Loves The Selective Memory!! WASN'T EVERYONE SCREAMING AT PHILBIN!! FOR LEAVING BUSH IN AT THE END OF THE 2ND QTR! WHEN HE GOT HURT!

NOW U WANT TO CRY HE SHOULD HAVE KEPT HIM IN!!
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And ON MOORE!! 24 TURNOVERS IN 12 GAMES!! IS HORRENDOUS!!

Specially FOR A GUY THAT HAS BEEN IN THE NFL FOR 4 YEARS!!

NEVER MIND THAT MOORE IS THE DUMBEST QB ON THE ROSTER SINCE THEY LET GARRARD GO!!

AGAIN BOTH FACTS!!

OH YEAH BUT MOORE WAS THE MVP OF A 6-10 TEAM!! HE DESERVES TO BE THE STARTER!! NEVER MIND HE AVERAGED 2 TURNOVERS A GAME!! LAST YEAR!! AND EVEN HIGHER FOR HIS CAREER!!

MOORE TURNS THE BALL OVER! AT ALMOST TWICE THE RATE OF HENNE!!

YET!! MOORE DESERVES TO BE THE STARTER!! WHEN IT TOOK HIM LONGER TO PICK UP THE OFFENSE!! THAN EVEN PAT DEVLIN!

Dashi, whats really horrendous is TanneBust!! HE SUCKS!! THE WORST QB IN THE LEAGUE!! AHHHHGGGGGG!!

This is a rebuilding season. The point is to figure out which players can play for you long term and which ones have to be replaced. OF COURSE YOU SHOULD PLAY EGNEW AND CLAY AND MILLER AND THE OTHER YOUNG PLAYERS TO FIND OUT WHO YOUR KEEPERS ARE> OF COURSE YOU SHOULD SEE IF MARTIN CAN BE YOUR LEFT TACKLE. Duh. Pretty obvious.

Sporano Did NOT WANT POUNCEY!!

HE SAID SO HIMSELF!! YET KEEP SPEWING LIES!! FIND WHERE SPORANO SAID THIS!!

POUNCEY DIDN'T FIT HIS STYLE!! POUNCEY IS THE OPPOSITE! OF WHAT SPORANO LOOKS FOR IN A LINEMEN!! SMART AND ATHLETIC!! NOT DUMB AND FAT!!

IRELAND WAS ALREADY DRAFTING AND PICKING PLAYERS FOR A DIFFERENT OFFENSE LAST YEAR!!

He Just Wasn't Giving Spo! Another QB to DESTROY!!

Good one, Dashi.jejeje

Ireland gave Sparano the credit for drafting Pouncey on QAM. Sparano had the eye and the power at that point.

Checkmate? Really Mando? Stop making every post about you. You challenging Philbin is getting annoying.

I think the people talking about Shula's "adaptability" have it a little wrong. It is true that Shula had a HOF passer in Marino and gave him an opportunity to do what he could. BUT it is also true that Shula spent draft pick after draft pick trying to get a great RB and to strengthen the defense and for whatever reason could never get the talent he needed. Shula wanted to have a more balanced attack and a defense he could rely on. He tried to do it. But he could not do it. Put another way, Marino had the talent where Miami could have adopted a San Diego style aerial ball offense and drafted the people to do it but while we did play some aerial ball we actually did it because our drafts did not pick up the people we needed for another kind of offense.

Marino wouldnt hear about a balanced attack. He distained even practicing the run game. He just wanted to pass, pass, pass and make it all about him.

What was That Mando?
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Folks, you'll notice today and going forward that Home is not on the blog anymore. He has been banned. I tell you this as a warning that this is and will continue to be a football blog. We will limit impersonators and trolls and people that leave lewd or disgusting remarks. And if it gets out of hand, those who insist on doing that stuff will be banned.

Have a great day!

Posted by: Armando Salguero | December 05, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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No Impersonation!! And Trolls!

If It Gets Out Of Hand? What Will Happen? If They Keep On Insisting?

Just Saying!!

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And Clown!!

Odin Is Using Other Names!! On This Blog!! Dashi isn't going To Say The Aliases!!

But Odin Is Still Talking Football Dropping Jewels!!

Trust Me!!

And No His Name Is Not Banned!! (U Are Using It, RIGHT!)

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Oscar That Would Be Funny As Hell!!

A Patient walks In and U have That Hat ON!!

And U tell Them From Ur Psychoanalysis That They Need Brain Surgery!! And U are going to Preform It!!

Just make Sure it is Ur Craziest Patient!!

The Reaction Should Be Epic!!

How could Armando ban Home and not OdinDouchi?

Ron,

Let me Guess! U were The Only One Listening!

From The Palm Beach Post When It Happened!!

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2011/04/28/dolphins-gm-jeff-ireland-mike-pouncey-was-the-safe-pick/

Ireland Had Scouted!! Pouncey For 2 Years!! Soprano Met Him "ONCE"!!

YET!! SPORANO IN HIS LAST YEAR!! DECIDED!! POUNCEY WAS THE RIGHT PICK IN THE FIRST!!

Give it a Break!!

It makes Ur Ireland Hate Look Foolish!!

Simple Donkey Troll!!

Dashi and Odin!! Actually Talk Football!!

U Talk Dashi and Odin!!

Dashi, obviously you didnt hear the interview on WQAM or you would know that Sparano picked Pouncey.

I, could have picked Pouncey. Please, People, talk some thought provoking themes here.

Again,

Ron. Soprano And U can Say Whatever U want!!

I can Find ANOTHER 5-10!! REAL ARTICLES THAT SAY DIFFERENT!!

Without Even Stating!! THE OBVIOUS!! POUNCEY DOESN'T FIT!! SPORANO'S STYLE!!

Let Me Guess!! U Believe Dansby!! When He Said!! On The Radio He was The Best MLB in The NFL!!

And We All Heard That!!

IF SPORANO EVER SAID THAT IT WOULD BE ON THE INTERNET!! EVEN THE AUDIO CLIP!!

Look It UP!!

Dashi Showed U and Everyone Else!! Ireland Saying He Spent 2 Years Scouting Pouncey!! And Sporano Only met Him Once!! At The Combine!! No Private Workouts!!

Yet!! Again!! After The Fins already Had Soprano ON THE HOT SEAT FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS!! THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE HIM THE PULL HE NEVER HAD!! AND SPORANO BEGGED IRELAND TO DRAFT POUNCEY!!

Sure!!

Talking About Pulling!! Read The Link!! Ireland says That is 1 Of The Main Things He likes About Pouncey!!

Yet!! HOW MANY TIMES DID SPORANO MADE POUNCEY PULL LAST YEAR?

BUT SURE POUNCEY IS ALL ON SPORANO!! STRAIGHT IGNORANCE!!

btw, wth are you doing here? You should be out grabbing some chick(or gal, depending on who you are) or dining your wife(or husband). It's Friday, you know.

dashi = odin

DUHHHH

Philbin is weak, and just another Cam Cameron. Nice guy but not what the Dolphins need.

Dashi just doesnt know. Out of touch out of towner.

Hey!

LOOK at ME!

I can WRITE IN CAPS!!!!!

And.....also...............................

I can use EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do ya HEAR how COOL I AM?

YOU DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oscar,

Just Asking! Don't Get Offended!

Did U get Enough When U were Young?

I know U have Been Married 3 Times and Yada! Yada!!

But U do Know!! Most Of The Good Fishing Is Done When U least Expect It!! U Just Have To Make Sure U Pick Up The Signs!!

Women are Always Asking For It!! U Just have To make Sure U are Paying Attention!! (I Bet Even One of Ur Nurses Looks at U a Certain way!! Think!)

I Rather Go To Barnes & Nobles! Or The Supermarket! To Fish! Than A Night Club!! Or A Bar!!(Plus My History in Clubs DOESN'T HELP! There Is Always a Fight! Grown Men Acting Immature!)

Better Quality Fish! And They Don't Travel In Schools!

Coffee Shops Are Nice To.

Remember Women Love a Man That Is Confident and Funny!! Doesn't Matter If U are Ugly and Fat!!

If U have God(Dashi) Like Self Confidence!! They Will Fall At Ur Feet!! Just Make Sure To Act A Little Humble!! Women Love Jerks!! Just Not All The Time!

U are a Grown Man! U must already Know all of This!! Just Saying!

Dashi is Japanese stock, which becomes the base of many Japanese dishes, such as soup, dipping sauce, and nimono (simmered dishes).

Too funny. dashe giving advice on women. Anyone needing dashe's advice on women would have to be under 9 years old.

Where am I?

This is not my happy place

Oh i get IT !!

Please take me back

My grams is not love

And U are a Simpleton!! Who has Been Trying To Find The Definition Of Dashi!! Since DASHI Started Posting!! And The Best That U can Come Up With Is Soup Stock! Must Suck Being U! (Question, Then Dashi In Ur Mouth Is Not a Bad Thing!! Suck? Or Swallow?)

And U Only believe The Simple Things! On the Internet!! Like The Commercial!

U are Right! That Dashi Can Be Soup Stock For The Soul!!(like Gods Word)

But The Word Dashi Has More Than 1 Meaning!! And Is Used In More Than 1 Language!! And Like Dashi Said To U! Specially In Asian Languages! As History Changes!! So do The Meanings of The Words!! (U know How Many Dead Languages Exist?)

Dashi is also Grand Master In Thai or Korean!

It Means Something Else In Hindu!

And A Couple Of Other Definitions! While We at It!

The Word Dashi!! Is Just as Complex! As Dashi The Man!!

So Again!! Keep Making Fun Of The Dashi!! And His Name!!

P.S.- Why Do U Think? Dashi Always Talks In 3rd Person!! Read Ur Old Testament?

Who Is The Original Illeist!!

Hi Dashi!

And Only U will Take That As Advice!

I was Telling Oscar/U That U can Pick Up Women Anywhere!!

Yet! U WANT TO STRIKEOUT IN A CLUB!! BUYING A CHICK DRINKS!! WHICH MORE THAN HALF THE TIME THEY GET FOR FREE! Costing U Way More Than Any Book and Coffee!

AGAIN, Dashi Doesn't Like To Get Personal! But U can Even Pick Up A Real Woman at the Election Line!!

U know 3 Hours is A lot of Time To get To Know Someone!! Plus U already Have Ur Conversation Starter(Politics)!! And U get The Plus! That They Already Live Close By! So U have Somewhere To Go After Voting!! (Night Cap)

Again, This Is Not Advice!! Dashi is Just Giving U options!!

I know U want a Broad That is as Dumb as a Rock!! And More Than Likely Wants To Party All The Time!!

Not Dashi!! Already Had My Fill Of Those! To Much Of a Headache!

Give Me a Smart Chick! That Looks Good! And If a Chick Looks Good In a Library She Would Look Good Anywhere! Don't have to Worry about Future Surprises!

And Again!! U already have a Conversation! Starter!! Whatever They have in their Hand!!

Listen up folks, Dashi may be god. He said so.

Again, As Long as it is about Football!! Dashi is OK with it!!

Posted by: Dashi | December 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM


Dashi, is your post below about football? And don't you ever realize what a huge hypocrite you are?

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Who's Spit? And Who's Swallow??

Cause WE ALL KNOW!! DASHI'S NAME IS ALWAYS IN UR MOUTH!!!

Posted by: Dashi | November 25, 2012 at 09:24 PM

Again, As Long as it is about Football!! Dashi is OK with it!!

Posted by: Dashi | December 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM

Get a real GM

This years Texas A&M QB is far better then last years and he is a FRESHMAN! Tannehill pales in comparison to him as well as Tannys rookie class. Translation- there are LOTS better QB's then Tannehill. Thanks Irescum.

COMPREHENSION FOOL!! U ARE NOT FOOLING ANYONE!!

Dashi Didn't Say He Was God! 1 of The Many Definitions of Dashi Means God!! U IGNORAMUS!! DASHI IS MORE LIKE THE GRANDMASTER, THAN GOD!

And Love How U TAKE THINGS LITERAL!! TO MAKE A DUMB IGNORANT POST ABOUT DASHI!!

LATE NIGHT JUST TALKING DASHI!! (Well Even Early Morning All U Do Is Talk Dashi!)

THAT IS WHY I'M GIVING U HINTS ON HOW TO FIND WOMEN!!

SO U CAN GET OFF DASHI'S DRAGON!! U COWARD!

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Oh, AND DONKEY TROLL!!

U TALK ABOUT HYPOCRISY!! WHAT ABOUT ALL THE NAMES!!

DASHI WANTS A APOLOGY!!

NEVER MIND THAT U USE DASHI'S NAME IN VAIN!! ALL DAY!! EVERY DAY!! AND DO IT KNOWINGLY!!

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AND COWARD!! NOBODY AGREES WITH ANYTHING U SAY!! BECAUSE U MAKE NO SENSE!! AND ARE A PUNK!!

Never Mind That U USE A 1000 Different Alias!

SISSY!!

Again, As Long as it is about Football!! Dashi is OK with it!!

Posted by: Dashi | December 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM

A man can be judged by the company he keeps. So if a blogger returns time and time again to babble with fools, then such a blogger can be considered a fool too.

People of true character does not let others drag them down to their own level. Obviously there are very few people of character here.

YEP!!

U Just Have To Have The LAST WORD!!

HA!!

YEP!!

U Just Have To Have The LAST WORD!!

HA!!

Posted by: Dashi | December 08, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Even If It IS CUT AND PASTE!!!

Dashi knows so much about women yet he is alone posting to himself on a Friday night.

Reminds me of another blogger who says he has a hottie yet is blogging until 5am.

YEP!!

U Just Have To Have The LAST WORD!!

HA!!

Dashi, good boy. You have passed your Pavlov's dog training with flying colors.

YEP!!

U Just Have To Have The LAST WORD!!

HA!!

Ok , Odinstamk gone, Now we have to gett rid of the Idiot Savant known as Douchi, Anyone that pots in third person posts is just...., Well just a douchE.
Just saying.

Strange Man, he posts then answers to himself. In any case, they ran all over T-Mac last Sunday and now he is complaining about it. One of the ones to Go.

We want no whiners around here.

For clarification purposes. The term Stockholm Syndrome is not new(nothing is Really New). It is the psychological Defense mechanism of identification with the aggressor. We see it daily in many children of abusive Parents, specially Mothers, and they adore her until her death.

There is a certain resignation to the idea by Dolphin fans that Ireland/Philbin will return next year. This combo has its warts but hope springs eternal.

I don't have a lot of faith in Ireland -alone- making personnel decisions. But I do believe that the coaching triumvirate of Philbin/Sherman/Coyle can produce the requisite arguments necessary to influence and modify Ireland's conduct in these matters.

Further, I have to believe that Ireland has the desire to do the best he can for the Dolphins. His work so far this year indicates he understands the necessity of subverting his will to coaches' needs and goals. Remember, also, he is changing his mindset from a Parcells football philosophy to that of Philbin's, seemingly learned under the tutelage of GM Ted Thompson of the Packers.

Still, up until now, this group's notables have been construed as mostly negative. In a year of so much change though, it's hard to get everything right.

As we saw earlier in the year, winning changes attitudes. Wrong calls become right; bad decisions become good. At this point we can only hope that more changes produce better results.

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