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Philbin (safe according to source) fires Mike Sherman

The Dolphins have announced offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has been fired. I am also reporting that coach Joe Philbin is "definitely safe," according to a club source and will return for his third season with the Dolphins.

 “I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins,” Philbin said in a statement released by the club. “Mike has been a mentor to me throughout my coaching career, dating back to 1979. He is a man of great integrity, dedicated to his family, his team, his players and his profession. On behalf of the entire Miami Dolphins organization I want to wish Mike and his family the very best in the future.”

Interesingly, Philbin did not wish to fire his "mentor." The coach had previously defended Sherman as an "excellent" football coach. But owner Stephen Ross wanted Sherman out after the Dolphins scored only one touchdown in the season's final two games when the playoffs were on the line.

Ross, however, could not actually fire Sherman as he had signed over hiring and firing power to Philbin in his contract. But obviously, rather than defy his boss, Philbin did as the owner wished.

In fulfilling his owner's desire to "relieve Sherman" of his duties, Philbin accomplished something very important: He solidified his own job status.

Ross had no desire to get rid of Philbin but might have been forced to do just that if the coach had refused to comply with his wishes. In complying, however, Philbin remains safe.

It is unclear if this is the one and only change to the Dolphins this offseason. There is still a chance the team may add a football czar. General Manager Jeff Ireland's status also has yet to be cemented by the team.

I reported in early December that Ross had assured Ireland of returning next season. Obviously, the collapse at the end of the season with the playoffs beckoning made that very less certain.



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It is now clear what Stephen Ross considers excellent traits to be his Head Coach:

Good decent man with good morals
Certain knowledge of football and leadership
Loyal to his peers, team personnel and front office
Be unemotional and show certain detachment from his players
Being a motivator not required
Be secretive and never show your hand to anyone
Make and carry cue cards to make sure no mistakes are said
A person than can hide things that would cause embarrassment to the team

Certainly Joe Philbin meets these traits 100%. Hurray ! Here we go Superball 2015.

BS, 1st firing is Sherman? Unlike many here, I'm mixed on Sherman. I mean, even the brightest OC's can not have success with arguably the worst oline in team history.

Who's responsible for this? Jeffrey Ireland.

No credible OC is coming to Miami without it 1st being announced Ireland's been fired. Any OC with half a brain sees exactly what position Ireland's personnel penmanship placed Sherman in.

I suggest whomever the new OC may be, lease or rent, do not buy a home in Miami. Not while Jeffy boy is still in charge anyway.

Oscar,who is the deleware oc?

ok lets get kyle shannahan young oc young coach houston wants to trade 1st pick lets get that make some moves please

Yeah by all means let's piecemeal a solution to mediocrity. And make it more complicated by adding another position of football czar. How about just hiring people who can get the job done? Way to guarantee another .500 season next year Mr Ross! I hope you lose your financial ass with this team !!!!

find a real running back also

Big deal, iam still not watching them next year. I know sherman did a poor job but it is not like the rest of the staff or the GM where any better. I see them as a 6 to 8 win team next year. Irleand is the Mike Milbury of the NFL no matter how bad he does he still keeps his job.

Did he go or gogo? That was freakin funny.

Cya Sherman. Consider yourself Sherminated.

now u'r talkn matalbon. get manziel

According to NFL.com Philbin is looking at the QB coach from the packers to run the offense.

give the Texans tpuke + wake

Didnt Branden Albert play in the playoff game? His injury isnt a concern.

I am gonna go ahead and say it CHUD SUCKS!!

He had 2 ProBowl caliber players and Mike Tolbert and he refused to run the ball in Carolina. A year later with a worse offensive line and the addition of Ted Ginn and they are number 2 seed in the NFC. In other words, he left and the offense got better Steve Smith doesnt talk glowingly of Chud (Steve Smith is a cohost on a local show up here in NC) We need to run the ball, Chud doesnt like to run. Chud is good at getting the TE's involved, other than that... BIG MEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I think we should go after Kubiak, that would be my choice. Mediocre head coach, great coordinator.

Kubiak has good record with 49niners and broncos as the OC and qb coach

Not enough. Philbin brought his mentor precisely because he does not know how to run things. It is becoming more and more apparent McCarthy did not let Philbin to do much in GB. Maybe that us why he allowed Sherman to do as he pleases bringing two completely under qualified people like Taylor and Turner, both related to him.

As someone else mentioned he showed very little spine unlike Munchak. Now the question is who would fill those voids now. Philbin is a WCO guy, is be ready to embrace a guy like Chud or Norv Turner with a dif philosophy? Unfortunately Coyle seems safe too, not good.

This half arse measures are an indictment of Ross as a clumsy owner. He needed to clean house. I guess Ireland is staying too. SMH

Now to get rid of Coyle, bring in Schiano or my preference if he wants to coach again Singletary. While he was not a good head coach, he knows how to get his defense balling. The niners still running strong off the defense he built.

Lovie Smith has very quickly assembled a good staff in Tampa. With Bridgewater headed to Houston and Bortles headed probably to either Oakland or Jax this could be a landing spot for Manziel and a solid team were alot like R.Wilson he would only need to protect the ball while making a couple of big swing plays per game. The thing about Manziel is whether he will be the student of the game required in the NFL that Wilson has proven to be?

Don't have a real handle on Chud but am a definite Wade Phillips fan! With the FA loses and the injuries his D stilled played well. The 6th overall D whereas Coyle put together the 26th.

Manziel? We pick 19th. I don't trust Ireland to move that far up in the draft without taking the waterboy from South Dakota State A&M.

Jim Turner next? I mean, doesn't usually, the next OC bring in "his own" coaching staff with him?

My greatest worry is the system the new OC brings with him. How well does the offense picks it up, and most of all, how Ryan Tannehill friendly will it be. How quickly does or does not Ryan Tannehill excel in it?

Ireland correctly addresses the oline in 2013, we win up to 11 games, and everyone's job is safe.

PS: Remember when Henning was made scapegoat? How well did that work out for us the following season?

Looks like Ross is in 2010 "REWIND" all over again. Until Ireland is canned, this is all that is.

If Shanahan doesn't want to coach than he would be THE BEST option at OC! Period, end of story.

Apparently Packers QB coach Ben McAdoo is a candidate.

As expected. No love lost for Sherman, but why is Ireland still here after the trash he left him at OL?

Just as I expected, Ross takes the easy out.

The Miami Herald reports Packers QBs coach Ben McAdoo is the favorite for the Dolphins' offensive coordinator vacancy.
It's something of a natural fit because McAdoo coached with Fins HC Joe Philbin in Green Bay. The offense wouldn't change in Miami, but the relevancy of the run game could, as McAdoo witnessed what the Packers were able to accomplish with a ground-oriented offense for much of 2013, with Aaron Rodgers out of commission. McAdoo's contract has expired in Green Bay, so he's a free agent

As someone else mentioned he showed very little spine unlike Munchak. Now the question is who would fill those voids now. Philbin is a WCO guy, is be ready to embrace a guy like Chud or Norv Turner with a dif philosophy? Unfortunately Coyle seems safe too, not good.

Posted by: Ectoplasm | January 06, 2014 at 02:25 PM

Munchak is eye balling the Penn St. job and is the reported front runner. His loyalty to his Assistants probably born out of looking to keep his band together in a job were he'd be safe for 5 Yrs. regardless and is the College he attended with personal ties.

I believe Shanahan and the read option O is the more likely fit and the person coming from a sour situation who would pounce on the job quickest.

Well, here we go. Let's see who's up for an OC position in Miami. You know, I really have tried to support Ireland, I really have. When everyone was bashing on him I said give him another chance. It looks like I was clueless in hoping this guy would figure it out. How the hell in 6 seasons as GM, with the last HC an OL guru do we not have a competitive OL? He was willing to pay Wallace 60 mil. but not Brandon Albert? WTF?! Scott Pioli's down fall was he chose the wrong coaches in KC. He stacked the team with talent. I would like to see him replace Ireland. It's hard to watch football on Sunday being a phins fan.

Posted by: fin4life | January 06, 2014 at 02:26 PM


Your onto it fin4life. Thats what they've been talking about the local radio station here in Tampa. Not sure yet if the plan to make a run for him his rock solid yet but Brennan problably isn't their long term answer.

I'm not so sold on this Pacer offense anymore. When Rodgers went down, it looked dime dozen, middle of pack offense.

Hopefully, we can find a solid x and o's, while still very innovative, new OC. Which isle at the OC grocery that is, I haven't a clue.

What I do have a clue about is, nothing truly changes until Ireland gets the boot. His name always surfaces whenever the next franchise embarrassment arises. We all know this to be self evident and true.

I can do with McAdoo. It's a logical choice for Philbin to go with guys and a system he knows. McAdoo was also a former TE coach in GB, along with some coaching experience at NO and SF.

Firing Sherman was just a bandade. Do you really believe that two game collapse was because of Sherman? This two game collapse was a total team effort, and thats on Philbin. Philbin is the head coach, everything remotely concerning this football team is Philbins responsibility and no one else. Sherman was Philbins responsibility and Ross had to directly tell Philbin to fire Sheman? Unreal,,,Philbin actually told reporters that Sherman was a good coach and play calling was not the problem.
Well, Philbin had problems with personal, OL, LBs, and thats on Ireland, the real problem, as I see it, is Philbin/Ireland wouldn't know talent if it sneaked up and bit 'em on the ass. Dion Jordan 3pk of the 1st rd of the draft, gets about 16 snaps a game, hardly enough time to wear out a pair of socks let alone learn a position. And Jordan played well when he was in the game. Ireland drafted him why didn't Philbin play him more. Injuries? No. Then why does the 3rd pk of the draft not play?

While I think the firing of Sherman is a good move, its still not enough or going to change the culture around the locker room and on the field. One more year of Philbin and Ireland will only prove what we have seen the last few in Philbin and 6 in Ireland. These guys are no better than a 500 or just below regime. All this move showed me s that friendship and respect only goes so far. Philbin tosses his longtime mentor under the bus to save his own a#$.

Get ready for the same mindless, uninspired football team and coaching staff in 2014. Yay for 7-9 or 8-8. Your product is a joke Ross. Cant wait for the sea of orange at sun life stadium

Apparently Packers QB coach Ben McAdoo is a candidate.

Posted by: NeMo | January 06, 2014 at 02:32 PM

Another hit or miss 1st time Coordinator. If I'm Philbin I try and bring in a person with experience. I know the term isn't popular right now but feel Philbin a lame duck 2014 Coach who needs to fight his way out of that dog house with Ireland looking to S-H-I-T Can next Dec. if team fails yet again. Ireland understands his 1st order of business is OL and will now 1 Yr. later offer B.Albert a Brinks truck load of green while probably taking Bama Tackle Cyrus Caoundjio or FSU's Irving as day-1 2014 RT. Also the drafting of a Guard with FA Competition on the horizon before everything once the FA period begins.

This talk of a football czar is stupid. Isn't that what we had before in Parcells? Make a damn decision Ross. If you don't think your GM is capable enough without a boss overseeing his every move, FIRE THE GUY and get a competant GM.

Your blind loyalty goes beyond human comprehension!

What about QB coach/Sherm's son in law?

And OL line coach Jim Tur-NAH?

This will fix nothing. Sherman wasn't a true OC, as Philbin was always telling him what to call. Likewise, Sherman wasn't responsible for years of poor drafting and free-agency moves. Nothing will be fixed, but things may well get worse. This is a cowardly move that Ross thinks will appease the fans. Shame on Philbin too, for throwing his mentor under the bus.

turner n taylor need to go as well!

fin4life....don't disagree with you offend but must now.

We need 3-4 OL, a starting RB, DT and a future ILB. And we are going to pick up an iffy commodity like Manziel? Taking about not taking a step forward! We need more draft choices because we can meet our immediate needs in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. OGs and RB. Incidentally, I see our future ILB in Max Bullough, Michigan State. Doable in the middle to late 3rd or top of the fourth.

We need more draft picks but that's one you don't need to trade up for and lose another choice.

Nobody's asking but I saw we trade down to late first or even high second, picking up one or two additional picks and select Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State. And with another 2nd we get David Yankey, Stanford.

Can't help myself....just saying!

Your onto it fin4life. Thats what they've been talking about the local radio station here in Tampa. Not sure yet if the plan to make a run for him his rock solid yet but Brennan problably isn't their long term answer.

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | January 06, 2014 at 02:39 PM

Seems the logical fit gaining a ton of ground swell in Tampa and selling seats and Johnny Football jerseys moving into a new ERA under Lovie, In actuality I'm envious as hell! Not for potentially getting Manziel but for what I think will be a staff that will have the Bucs competing as early as next Season!

Sorry I had to repost this. It was on the PFT comment board:

Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike……what day is it Mike?? It’s getting Fired Day!!! Woot Woot!!

Let me follow this. Philbin supported Sherman... Ross overruled Philbin. Philbin wasn't given a choice and he is supposed to be ok with that? Guess he really needs the job.

Shouldn't it have gone like this? Philbin supports Sherman. Ross doesn't. Ross is the owner. Philbin's support makes it a package deal. GOODBYE TO BOTH!


Manziel isn't built like Wilson (other then height, fragile), hasn't the bulk of Luck or RG3 nor the height of Foles. Granted a brilliant college QB and a 'football' player but not NFL material. This could change if he were put on a team like Seattle but there's only one Seattle. Of the teams drafting in the top 15, don't see a fit! If we were to draft him we would still need another 5 or 6 players to fill our needs.

Oh great, now the leading candidate for OC is Bob McAdoo. He's ancient and knows ZERO about football. Why would he leave the Heat? He just sits there with a clipboard. Maybe Tony Gonzales won't retire-retire ala Favre. Then, McAdoo can get his guy.

Posted by: tvegas | January 06, 2014 at 02:52 PM

The real question is whether you believe that Philbin could upon resigning in Miami over Sherman land the same job on another NFL team? My guess is a BIG FAT NO! I further speculate that unless returning to G.B. s some sort of Offensive Assistant he wouldn't even get consideration League wide as a possible OC hire. I personally felt his Sherman man-love was a bluff that Ross would call and did!

The 'Club Source' is the custodian.

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud

Do you really think that Mando has sources that high up?? LOL.

Ok we all agree that Philbin is a great moral guy who can count paper clips but who cares, give me a horn dog like Belicheat over a choir boy like Philbin any day because you know that happens to choir boys, they get banged in the behind.

It's a start. Now will decent a replacement want to come to Miami when then know everyone else is one losing season away from getting fired?

..I know this is a bit of chum in the water or the sharks looking for blood. But I do not think this firing is the move that makes this team better. I understand it. Someone had to pay. But why mess with the continuity of the offense? (here comes the what offense were you watching) Fire the DC if anyone.

What stinks to me. What are we doing? Will a new coordinator mean auto success? I doubt it. Maybe, hopefully. But Philbin is a pass junkie, Sherman is 3 times the football man Philbin is, and I have no doubt if he had his way. The team wouldn't have been the pass happy freak show we were last year.

This is a quick fix for a junkie. Not the treatment we really needed.

Need to fire Jeff Ireland....Picked Dion Jordan with # 3 pick after trading up.- passing over Lane Johnson....a dud so far...2 years ago did not draft Riley Reiff because he said he could not play LT in NFL guy is doing OK at Detroit......If he had stayed put this year and not traded up he could have taken DJ Fluker who is doing well at San Diego at RT..... and he would had had Reiff from 2 years ago at LT....Remember several years ago at the combine he asked he asked Dex Bryant if his mother was a prostitute? Guy has his nose so far up Ross it would take 45 proctologists to get it out.

Can't say this is a surprise. Someone needed to pay for those last two games. I wouldn't stop there. I'd fire the DC also. The defence underachieved this year big time!

I mentioned Norv Turner but I'd like to see Gary Kubiak considered too. Don't know much about Zac Taylor but I think one of the things thats needed is someone that can further develop Tannehill. Kubiak played the position and could help further.

MassD, u miss the playoffs this weekend? That was Albert keeping smiths Jersey clean.

What real gm is gonna come here being told he must keep awful philbin. What a disaster. Ross is officially the most clueless man on earth

Sherman aint no "fall guy" as some have said here….he stunk, plain and simple-wasnt a good OC here…..how is that a fall guy?

Now 2014 is a wasted year as philbin will get fired after another meaningless 6-10 season

If this is all Ross is going to do, he's a real good candidate to star in his next movie "Dumb,Dumber and

I'm so glad your loyal Mr Ross. Please don't ask the same of the fans you idiot.

OHHH dd, where to start brother. First off, it's done, so no reason to cry over spilt milk. Second, we had the 26th ranked scoring offense, and your QB threw a respectable 25 TDs, AND YOU (OC) were responsible for bringing the OL Coach with you when you were hired. So YOU are ultimately responsible for the failure.

Whether or not they fire Coyle (they won't by the way) this move was MUCH NEEDED. We saw this show before, and Dan Henning stayed a year (probably 2) too long. Better to cut ties and give Philbin/Tannehill a REAL chance to succeed than try to fix something that's done already broke. If I weren't at work, I'd be popping bubbly. This is the shot in the arm I needed LAST week.

Next OC has it good, nowhere to go from this sorry offense but up.

Everyone stinks, that's how he's a fall guy

Oh and I'm sure Tony Sparano appreciated your loyalty when you were chasing Harbaugh. You're a big phony....

Exactly john. He's not loyal to us the fans that makes his money

It made sense to bring Sherman here to make the transition a smooth one for Tannehill. However Sherman has outlived his usefulness and this is a good start. Tired of hearing the BS that Philbin didn't want to get rid of him. Every head coach out there is going to tell you their assistants are excellent football coaches, it doesn't mean Philbin wasn't ready to move on from Sherman.

Dusty my guess is Ireland is going no where. Best to hope for is Polian or Peterson to take President role like Parcells had.

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