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The Dolphins world according to Joe Philbin

Joe Philbin had his season-ending press conference on Monday. It had its interesting moments. It had its head-scratching moments.

Philbin's evaluation of the 2013 season and his evaluation of the team are underway but his message on each seemed unpolished. The coach, you see, believes the season was nothing grand ...

"It was average. We were 8-8. It was an average season," he said. "There's areas we need to improve starting with me. 8-8 is not where this franchise wants to be, needs to be or should be.

"We need to make changes, adjustments, tweaks, additions, deletions."

And yet, in the next breath, Philbin said the Dolphins are close to reaching their goals of winning a championship.

"We're not that far away," he said. "We're close."

Philbin's logic is that the team was 8-6 and a victory away from the postseason tournament. No, they didn't win either game at season's end, but he still believes that constitutes being close to some degree.

Look, the Dolphins are not close. They have the potential to be a good team but it is clear this coaching staff could not get the players to perform up to that potential. That's a problem.

And I don't see how a team that needs a virtually complete offensive line rebuild (outside of Mike Pouncey), a running back, and addressing of linebacker problems, can be considered close. I don't see how a team whose offensive coordinator failed to significantly improve his unit and whose offensive line coach failed to keep his unit from being a disaster can be close.

As far as Philbin is concerned, however, he seems to think his staff is strong.

"I have a lot of faith and confidence in myself and the staff and our players that we can make the corrections necessary to lead this team to play up to its potential and lead this team to a championship," Philbin said. "That's what I said the day I got here. I stand by what I said the day I got here and I'm confident I can do that."

Philbin knows he has to make a decision on Mike Sherman and Jim Turner. If he doesn't know, he's ignorant to the facts of 2013. But he refused to give an inch on the idea any of his coaches might have to go.

"I'm going to talk to every single player and every single coach and we'll decide and determine 2014 at a later point in time," he said. "I have a lot of confidence in our staff, our offensive staff, Mike Sherman. He's an excellent football coach. That's what I think."

I asked Philbin if, given his close relationship with Sherman, he is capable of either firing Sherman or convincing him to fade away via resignation.

"I'm beginning the evaluation of the 2013 season and we haven't made any decisions on who's coming back and who isn't," Philbin said, dodging the question. "We'll have all those discussions at the appropriate time."

No, I said. The question is whether you are capable of firing Sherman if it comes to that?

"That's my answer," Philbin said.

Philbin and owner Stephen Ross talk every week. They visited for nearly 30 minutes after Sunday's 20-7 loss to the New York Jets. At no time during those conversations has he been given assurances he'll be back in 2014. The subject hasn't even come up because both he and Ross seemed to assume the coach would be back.

"We haven't even talked about any of that stuff," Philbin said.

Ross, I'm told, likes Philbin. He doesn't want to fire Philbin.

But the collapse of 2013 in which the Dolphins didn't put up any fight in the two most important games of the season could be a game-changer.

 

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'Let's go, guys. Let's go! Uh...[looks at index card]...I'm proud of you. We're almost there." [Dawn Aponte smiles approvingly from the corner].

He may be stoic and look confused. However, we lead the NFL in tied shoes, tidy lockers and policing for litter -- so there's that.

Then again, ex-HCs Jim Schwartz and Greg Schiano were fiery, emotional a-holes...

is marco as dumb as they come or does it get worse in here


Nearly every move the Ireland made to save his job backfired except Grimes. Except his price shot through the roof before he was able to get an extension...

Posted by: Marc | December 30, 2013 at 01:34 PM

Yes he will look fantastic in a Jets uniform next year.


Posted by: Marco | December 30, 2013 at 01:35 PM



I am not the flipper. Bill A is the biggest flipper. I said I was 65% on Tannehill after the 3 game streak but now I am back to 55%. That is not flip flopping.

Posted by: Marco | December 30, 2013 at 01:44 PM

Of course, all Black People are not from the Hood but also of course, most of Us that live in Miami know that most Black here offer less effort for the same $$ some other ethnic group could have made. Tell me about it when I worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Not racism, the Truth.

Posted by: Emperor of Reason | December 30, 2013 at 05:57 PM


What Tannehill has shown me is he's capable of putting this team on his back a couple 2-3 game stretches over an entire season. Therefore, he REALLY needs a consistent run game. He's still far from a Marino, who can 11 to 14 games a year with a non-existent run game.

Tannehill had two 3 game stretches this year(3-0 twice) where he "kind of" put this team on his back. That was as much as he could muster without a consistent run game.


I have been luke warm on the QB my friend. Just ask MIT he has been the biggest supporter of the QB and Bill A called him a franchise QB.

Posted by: Marco | December 30, 2013 at 01:45 PM

know who your talking to.

dusty,

thats funny coming from you my friend, you have been on Thill all season long, but run back to the Group Thinkers when you feel the need to be wanted.

Go back to join the Thill fans and fail to see the reality of the play of our QB.

You are one of the mmost pathetic bloggers on here and that is saying something my empty-headed friend.

u got something right finally marco! yes course on on thill train. big time potential qb who just finished his second solid season with zero running game and worst oline ever in the nfl. u finally got it right!

1 point for Me,

Funny thing is he has defended J.Martin.

And it isn't like L.Miller is from Hialeah where English is the Second Language.

Plus, as a "Doctor" he should know your socio-economic background makes up very little of your behavioral makeup.

Miller grew up with 2 parents. Again. He should know the difference between a kid that has grown up in a 2 parent household in the burbs' instead of a single mother in the projects.

L.Miller started college at 17. He finished early and was able to start in January. Again, how does this make him a Dummy.

Some people talk just to listen to themselves.

I am one of the most pathetically illiterate bloggers on here and that is saying something.

ADoseofReality@ 5:57

After day 3 of the 2013 free agent signing period EVERYBODY OTHER THAN ME declared the Dolphins the next big thing.

ONE PERSON, me, took to this blog and the ESPN blogs to declare that I would not fall for it, look it up in the archives.

ONE PERSON, me, started posting the stats of the FA's we lost to the ones we brought in. I pointed out that 2400yds 14 TDs walked in FA and were replaced by 1900 and 15 TDs.

I felt so strongly about it that I dropped the name CadillacDeVille and replaced it with ExposingTheFraud.

Look It Up

THERE IS ONLY 1 ExposingTheFraud, I am the only one qualified to expose the fraud.

I WAS ALSO THE ONLY PERSON FROM DAY 1 TO DECLARE THAT THE STATE HAS NO EVIDENCE AGAINST AARON HERNANDEZ BECAUSE HE DID NOT COMMIT THE CRIME.

Lastly, go fckk yourself.

Mike Wallace is reporting he and Tannehill will work on their timing all off season.

Now if we can just get rid of the 3 stooges = Ireland, Philbin-Sherman.

I'm hoping for a Aaron Rogers vs Peyton Manning Super Bowl.

thanks exposing very humble of u to admit that. u were wrong but no biggie, they scored 29 more pts this year than last. but thanks for being a man and admitting it, most dont in here.

Posted by: CA Phin Fan | December 30, 2013 at 02:56 PM

Fans don't play a single down. Fans don't draft a single player. Fans don't hire a single coach. Blame the fans all you want but the problem with the Dolphins is the Dolphins themselves. Fans can't change a thing, only suffer the consequences of the decades of incompetence.

Sure all teams have ups and downs. Take a look around the NFL and compare teams to the Dolphins. It ain't pretty and the blame doesn't belong on the fans. The Dolphins are a horrible organization and that is the truth. Sugarcoat it all you want, deny it, blame fans who are tired of it. The Dolphins only can manage to break the hearts of their fans. What have they done to inspire any faith in the organization? Is it too much to expect them to get a clue at some point and reward its fan base?

To sam i am at 6.05 pm.
Tannehill did show promise this year, but as you said he must also show consistency in his game we will see if he is the real deal next year!
By the way sorry sam i am i'm a new fan so i unfortunately never got to see marino play.

I am not as concerned with Ireland as I am Joe Philbin. Let's examine Ireland's job performance building the team in 2011:

In 2011 the defense, led by Mike Nolan, was ranked 7th in the NFL in total defense and 3rd against the run. Then enter Joe Philbin and his staff. The defense went from #3 against the run to # 13 and now it has regressed to # 25 in the league. Keep in mind that the defense in 2011 was built by Ireland and that he kept the same personnel in 2012.

The offense blossomed under Brian Daboll in 2011. Daboll took a career back up in Moore and under his tutelage became the 12th rated passer in the league. Ireland had a good receiving group with Marshall, Hartline, Bess, and Fasano and a dangerous running back in Reggie Bush. The only position that truly needed upgrade was RT (Mark Colombo was terrible). I thought that Ireland brought some good pieces to the offense and that the main question mark was the lack of a franchise QB. Then Ross decided to release Todd Boles and brought Philbin and he brought Sherman and this finesse offense. Philbin eventually released Bush and Marshall who had great years this season as he was threatened by their strong personalities.

I am guessing that Ross is second guessing himself now. He should have stayed the course with that coaching staff, replaced Colombo, and tweaked the rest of the team. I actually have more confidence that Daboll could have developed Tannehill than I do in Sherman.

I believe Ross should fire Ireland, hire the best possible GM out there and then leave the fate of the entire coaching staff in the hands of the new GM.

a reporter in cleveland asked browns gm if they are run by the 3 stooges, funny stuff

daShe

You were high on:

Ireland
Sherman
Ellerbe > Dansby
Wheeler > Burnett
Miller > Bush

Ok, you can't be right all the time. But that is 0-5. Just where does the 95% right part come in?


You are one of the mmost pathetic bloggers on here and that is saying something my empty-headed friend.

Posted by: Marco | December 30, 2013 at 06:06 PM

ever notice that, Mr. I have a PHD Marco, is constantly arguing, calling names and telling everybody how wrong they are? Yeah you have a PHD Marco what does that stand for phony hokey drivel?

agree on dabol orlando

It appears, at this point, that Philbin and Ireland are safe.

There may be a change at OC and OL Coach; possibly the QB Coach changes as well. It's very, very doubtful anyone with real talent or ambition will take these jobs because they know the Dolphins are a sinking ship going into next season. It's not that easy to turn a failed WR into an elite QB.

This past draft was a total disaster. For all anyone knows, Jordon will be the bust of the entire draft because the Dolphins gave up two premium picks to select him. He doesn't even fit the scheme. Not that these Coaches know how to scheme.

This team is NOT close. Dave Wannstedt used to say the same exact thing. And he was the type to draft a CB when the team was stocked with excellent CB starters. Just like Ireland drafted a DE when the team was stocked with solid DE starters. It makes no sense because the GM has no sense. He's never built a winner ANYWHERE at ANYTIME.

Very disappointing that Ross is happy, even thrilled, to keep his losing team together. What a joke.

poopster sadly the nfl have nots remain the same most every year mia,buff,cle,jack,oak,det,tb,sl usually the teams most know are never gonna do a thing each season. we need to get out of that group

Nearly every move the Ireland made to save his job backfired except Grimes. Except his price shot through the roof before he was able to get an extension...

Posted by: Marc | December 30, 2013 at 01:34 PM

Yes he will look fantastic in a Jets uniform next year.


Posted by: Marco | December 30, 2013 at 01:35 PM


HE IS A TROLL FAKE A SS JETS FAN. why even answer him. ignore him and like the little pest he is he will go back under the rock he hides under. stupid clerk in a fast food place with a PHD. what a joke.

if he keeps them sigh, that stadium will be 75 pct empty and franchise gone soon. he has to make major moves


Mike Wallace is reporting he and Tannehill will work on their timing all off season.


Posted by: Mike Shanahan | December 30, 2013 at 06:10 PM

Lets certainly hope so. Mike Wallace receives a BALLOON PAYMENT of $17 MILLION in 2014.

We don't need to see anymore 5td season that should have been 11td season, minus all of the Tannehill underthrows.

That isn't even counting the TWO WIDEOPEN OVERTHROWS Tannehill made this to Wallace this year.

PHILBIN imediatelly responded that we didn't need to be able to run the ball

Posted by: pujo | December 30, 2013 at 05:11 PM

I remember that. My jaw hit the floor when I heard him say that. That was when I started having my doubts about Philbin and those doubts grew with every passing week this season. He's just not good.

I WAS ALSO THE ONLY PERSON FROM DAY 1 TO DECLARE THAT THE STATE HAS NO EVIDENCE AGAINST AARON HERNANDEZ BECAUSE HE DID NOT COMMIT THE CRIME.
Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | December 30, 2013 at 06:09 PM
........................................................
And I am sure the doctors in your little lunatic asylum all got a kick out of it.
Now, tell us more about how the moon landings were faked and your amazing discovery that Elvis and Jimmy Hoffa were married to each other in Massachusetts last year.
Chop chop, little crazy person.

Posted by: Sam I Am | December 30, 2013 at 06:17 PM


thats mike Wallace from 60 minutes news

sam that report came from mike shanahan

dusty

You make a simple point that escapes most people. Tannehill showed a lot of progress, had a handful of impressive games against great teams, yet with the worst oline in the NFL and no running attack, and no Keller or Gibson. That makes it more impressive.

Despite those saying he was a reach, you can be sure many teams would be reaching for him in a flash if we cut him.

Tannehill was worth the #8 pick, it's no longer a debate. Sure he still has some flaws, but he has plenty of upside too.


a reporter in cleveland asked browns gm if they are run by the 3 stooges, funny stuff

Posted by: dusty bottoms | December 30, 2013 at 06:12 PM


Did Cleveland answer, "No, the 3 Stooges work down in Miami?"

So orlando dolphin if the pattern of the regressing defense continue then we will be looking at the worst defense in the nfl next year? No thank you!
If Philbin stays, then at the very least get rid of coyle, and sherman.
Coyle because of the continual regression of the defense.
And SHerman because he does not know how to utilize his players strengths to his advantage ( wallace) and not to mention repetitive play calling.
At least get rid of these 2 bums!

Some people talk just to listen to themselves.

Posted by: Dashi | December 30, 2013 at 06:07 PM

remind you of anyone? you are obnoxious, rivaled only by the Mouth.

agree ive stated from day one this year that 2014 is the year we take over the east. thill gonna be damn good next year with rebuilt oline and new oc

THIS SEASON ENDED WHEN THEY BOARDED THE PLANE TO BUFFALO..

Mando had it right. There is no leadership on the roster. I have no problem with them getting rid of Long, Dansby and Bush. It's who they replaced them with.

T-hill and Wake are the leaders of this team ???? They should take notice of what the Red Sox did after their collapse the prior year and bring in leaders.

I saw not one Dolphin player during the Buffalo or Jets games get up and get in someones face... or try to pump anyone up. Not one player step up his game beat his chest and said follow my lead....PATHETIC

THIS TEAM NEEDS SOMEONE WITH THE BALLS TO LEAD !
It's not coming from the coaching staff.

Far from being dummies, Dashi, they are just lazy. I suppose you write with your real name.

I WAS ALSO THE ONLY PERSON FROM DAY 1 TO DECLARE THAT THE STATE HAS NO EVIDENCE AGAINST AARON HERNANDEZ BECAUSE HE DID NOT COMMIT THE CRIME.
Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | December 30, 2013 at 06:09 PM


Do you want a gold star? Or a gingerbread cookie?

You have a serious void in your life if you need to come on a blog to grandstand you were right about something.

emperor they have to get rid of philbin, if they dont its a disaster

brickhouse players mirror the coaches. philbin has no fire at all

Do you want a gold star? Or a gingerbread cookie?

You have a serious void in your life if you need to come on a blog to grandstand you were right about something.

Posted by: Nobody cares | December 30, 2013 at 06:21 PM

Dusty Bottoms,

I agree if there are no major changes, then the fans will stay awhile until the winning is for real. Can't really blame them after the past five years (really, the past 13 years).

The only reason I feel no change is coming is due to the fact that Philbin had a news conference today. It sounded like Philbin was planning on being here another year. Perhaps, I'm mistaken.


Far from being dummies, Dashi, they are just lazy. I suppose you write with your real name.

Posted by: oscar canosa | December 30, 2013 at 06:21 PM

LMAO! This is the funniest post I've read in like forever! Bwahahah.........

Marco Troll has arrived with his usual drivel. Do yourself a favor and ignore him

Posted by: tomkat | December 30, 2013 at 05:45 PM

LOL

Fraud,

You also started Henne over D.Brees on your fantasy team disqualifying you from any future QB conversation.

I know Henne is your Boy-Boy. But winning trumps fandom in my book. Also, it shows your opinion isn't objective.

1 More season and T-Hill will be the Second greatest QB in Dolphins history. But yeah he sucks.

Of course that's mostly the imprinting of so many years of oppression and lack of opportunities to advance. They just say, wth for, let's take the $$ and run.

lets hope not sigh. if ross hires a new gm, without a doubt the new gm will want power to fire philbin

Dashi comes on here post good Dolphin material, loves his team and supports them warts and all. why this dumb, childish hatred for Dashi?

Philbin isn't going anywhere this year. Ross likes him too much. Ross will consider the line and bullygate as a reprieve. We HAVE to get rid of both Sherman and Coyle though.

Philbin needs to show some guts, not nepotism.

Philbin is horrible at clock management and not a leader of men. Sherman we all know is clueless as an O.C. Coyle cant figure how get off the field on third down, and I dont even know the special teams coach's name but he was terrible also. Thigpen has no idea when to field kickoff's and punts, and when he did there was always a holding penalty.

Why would you keep any of these coaches?

The only thing I am guaranteed is a NERVOUS BREAKDOWN if Stephen LOSS doesn't FIRE JEFF IRELAND! FIRE JOE PHILBIN!

let me re-iterate...having solid play opposite brent grimes(cornerback) forces quarterbacks to force the ball elswhere, namely right to the very strength of this defense-our new linebackers who were brought in to help out in the passing game ELLERBE and WHEELER. yes, miami should go after another lock down corner in freeagency and restructer dimitri's contract as he is very good but unreliable...this is the ONLY piece missing to make miami's D a top five defense, hard to believe you say? as of right now quarterbacks know where the hole in miami's defense is, by locking down the other side, opposing QB's will hold the ball to long(making jeff ireland's DION JORDAN pick seem brilliant) and if by chance they get the ball in the air the odds are pretty good that our speedy linebackers may get a pick, or brent grimes, reshad jones, all i know is that the best move this offseason for jeff ireland, indeed the best move overall for this team is to aquire THE final piece to this defense that is built to stop the pass a LOCKDOWN CORNER...and if they wish to add a runstopping linebacker to allow them to mix and match with different packages that would benefit this unit as well.

dashi we have had marino and griese here, thill isnt getting there

bud that entire post was sarcasm right? right?

For those who point out Ireland's DRAFTED PLAYERS who are starting, I'd point out that only 2, at most 3 of them would be starting for any of this year's playoff teams other than Pouncey and Clay. Certainly not any of the other O-Line, DB's (Jones was a Parcells pick, I believe) nor RB. The Jordan pick, though it may be too early to say has been a semi-bust so far, due to what the Fins gave up to get him. A 2nd round choice is still a valuable commodity, and could have been the pick that would have gone to KC for Albert, who, BTW is an ALL PRO this year. That "NON-DECISION" by Ireland should be enough to get him fired. It probably cost the Fins10 sacks, and multiple first downs and may a TD or 2. And, no Bully Gate.

He brings Wheeler in, whom we now know is a punk (credit his stint with the Raiders?). The guy cost the Fins 2 games, and another dumb penalty yesterday.
The Dez Bryant thing is an albatross around Ross's neck, as well as the Sparano backstabbing.
Enough of the details, how about the BIG PICTURE:
IRELAND hasn't drafted a true IMPACT player, including the QB in 4 years, someone other teams must account for. NO ONE. NOBODY.
FOUR YEARS, and our best player (previous to his 18 yard shank) is our PUNTER?

Drafting starters for what is essentially a 7-9/8-8 team means you drafted mediocre players. Yet some would blame the HC. You play the cards you're dealt.

Our guys played with NO HEART. They are grown men making millions. NO EXCUSES!!!

Now Sherman, and his son-in-law?
Please make them GONE. Coyle, a fine coach with the Bengals had to deal with bad linebacking, and injuries in the secondary an D-Line.


Far from being dummies, Dashi, they are just lazy. I suppose you write with your real name.

Posted by: oscar canosa | December 30, 2013 at 06:21 PM

Forgive dashe for she knows not what she says.

Jeff Ireland put a good team around Tony Sparano in 2011. The team struggled with chad henne at the helm. Once the QB change was made to Moore. Moore led the team to a 6-3 record to end the season and ended up the 12th rated passer in the NFL. I think that if they would have kept that team together, Ireland would have replaced Colombo and we would have had a contending team. I would love to see what Brian Daboll could have done with TH.

Now Ireland is tasked with building a team in Philbin's image. Ireland comes from the Parcels school of big physical teams. Philbin is going to want finesse players. Can Ireland rebuild this team again going against his natural instinct of wanting to bring in maulers like Jake Long, physical wide receivers like Brandon Marshall, and strong leaders like Karlos Dansby and Reggie Bush. Can Ireland re-invent himself?

And you jerk-offs arguing amongst your aliases, please STHU.

Did anybody see the Jets locker room after they beat Miami? There is the reason the Jets annihilated us. They play for a fiery coach that they love. A GM they respect. The Dolphins will NEVER reach the promised land with Ireland and Philbin. This has nothing to do with the talent on our team.

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