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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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Certainly looks eerily similar to the demise of Sparano.

no way on mike shanahan

You read that Mr. Ross....

go get Young Shanny.....

let's bring some excitement and unpredictability back to this offense....

yes craig and we all know he wont, just like sparano couldnt. a wasted year coming up

How about Brett Farve as a possible asst. coach

Haven't you followers of this team learned anything yet? Philbin is NOT bringing in anyone with experience!

No Shanahans, not Chuds, etc...

The name floating about is some young guy in GB.

Sherman was the ONLY experienced hire. Almost every other coordinator & position coach had NEVER had that title in college or in the NFL before landing in Miami.

Philbin is a novice & his coaches & himself show it.

I think another system will just set us back. What will we gain as far as what we know of Ryan Tannehil if he struggles again? The excuse machines motor will no doubt be at full blast should this happen, in all likelihood it will.

Posted by: darryldunphy | January 06, 2014 at 03:32 PM

I understood the need to keep Tannehill in the pocket his Rookie Yr. in order to develop this vital part of an NFL signal callers game but in this last Season he would have benefited from more read option. I think his skill set (physically) isn't that far off of Kaep's. The speedy Miller seems a good fit for the system as well. The Pre-Snap movement would have helped slow down the rush as well. It all made perfect sense yet we spent the 1st 1st month of the Season setting ourselves up for the 4 game skid that came because of an inability of adapting to what we were. This falls on the Coaching Staff as a whole!

Until the offensive line is dramatically upgraded, you will see little or no improvement in productivity regardless of who is calling the plays.

Understood that some of you believe in magical coaches with wands and pixie dust who have "schemes" that suddenly make everything better but in truth there is no such thing.

You either have the players to get it done or you don't.

But if you'd like to continue to have faith in the total delusion that ANY coach can overcome a handicap as big as the Dolphins OL has been, you are free to be that dumb.

uh nooooooooo on favre

Man we have lame ducks running the show

Who is really calling the shots ?

just dumbfounded over how stupid ross actually is

A good QB coach is a must. Almost all QB coaches get with the QB and review pictures of coverages and where the play broke down after an unsuccessful series. Never did see that with Tannehill. Tannehill very seldom performed basic moves like stepping up in the pocket to avoid a sack, absolutely no pocket presence and that can be fixed if identified. Tannehill is relatively a young QB, 19 starts in college but can be groomed with sound coaching and made a consistent top 10 QB.

You are the same people who thought Mike Martz was an "offensive guru." Don't lie--you know you did.

So, tell me what happened once that same Mike Martz didn't have the services of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce and the rest of the 'Greatest Show on Turf at his disposal?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

But you'll never get it.

Armando, you tweeted about go and go go again so I have a question for you (if you see this).

Why was the Dolphins cadence only complained about when they lost games. They won 8 games this year right? Beat some pretty good teams too. If the cadence was so obvious how did they ever score one touch down. If the defense knew the play how in the heck did the Dolphins win one game.

I'm obviously on the side that believes it's not the cadence but the players and coaches that cost us the losses. It's just funny to me that every time the team won it was all "woo-hoo, the Dolphins did it man, they're favorites to make the playoffs", with no mention of cadence. But every time they lost a few people would pound the desk about the go go thing, including you. Why is that?

Mando, if asked why Sherman was fired, Philbin would say...

..Fin 4 life..We didn't have the o'line to block the zone read. Look at the Niners..They set it up because they can run power, they can run zone, they can run traps, they run counter, so they have a huge advantage when they set up the zone read. Us, we couldn't block anything well. That Niner line is the core of that team. The ability to execute run plays out of so many looks is awesome.

We could do nothing.

"It's been reported that Sherman was essentially the head coach."

It was also reported that Richie Incognito threatened Martins sister which was completely false. So why exactly would anyone believe the "reports" when most of the people writing them are full of s$#t?

Posted by: Marco | January 06, 2014 at 04:02 PM

Impossible question to answer unless you were one of the 5 people in the room during his interview.

cause we all saw heard knocks phins78, philbin is a retarded robot

Only thing I can see that can save us , dusty, is what Armando suggested that we acquire a Czar of Football Operations that rules with an iron fist somewhat like we had in BP here but tougher, that allows no petty power struggles that eventually do harm to the Team and that does not interfere with Personnel decisions. It seems to me we are headed back to that Past.

Posted by: Fireland | January 06, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Actually it's in Philbin's contract that only he is allowed to hire and fire his assistants. It also states that right here in the story. Maybe you should read it again.

Worst pass blocking OLine in the league.
Close to least productive running game.
QB who cannot complete passes downfield to wide open receivers.
Even without SHerman, these problems still exist and Ireland does not seem to be the guy that can solve them.
How did it take Ross a week to come up with this as an answer !!!

Posted by: Knowldege Level On This Blog = Zero | January 06, 2014 at

If you're so much smarter than everyone why don't you go write your own blog. I'm sure you will get millions of followers because you're such a genius. Freakin idiot.

Actually Philbin is probably too smart for his own good. The guy knows his s%$t, he's just a terrible motivator but you're right about one thing, he is a robot.

agree just getting rid of sherman does nothing. this team will be awful next year

Well how did we lose 8 games with go and gogo. Simple, the teams that beat us ate our line alive. The last sack/fumble in Buffalo has their d in the qbs face before he even finishes his backpedal.

Watch the game.

If anybody here believes it was Philbin that fired Sherman, you are dreaming. If Ross and his advisors say, fire yourself Philbin, he would do it.

yes oscar, ross made philbin fire sherman. thats how pathetic philbin actually is

Well it appears as if Philbin is SPINELESS looking out only for himself.

Look at a guy like Mike Munchak who wouldn't fire his staff. He took the bullet even though a new coach will just replace them all anyway.

But, integrity isn't something Philbin can learn.


Good to see you on the blog. Might have missed some of your earlier comments the last week or so, but good to see a voice of reason on here.

Happy New Year to you, my friend.....

Dawn aponte is running the dolphins

yes but philbin had to, munchak already has penn st job, philbin knows he will never ever see another head coaching job in his life

Dawn dawn dawn dawn

Can we all agree that none of this is Jeff Ireland's fault?

Jeff is terrible. Wasted draft after wasted draft. There is a clear disconnect when the guys he drafts don't get any playing time. Either they suck or the coach sucks either way no one is on the same page.

It's a disjointed mess

Actually, it's been said here not even Ross could fire Sherman, it was Philbins decision all the way. heheh

I don't know about the Czar thing. We had one in Parcells. It appeared our Czar was stabbed in the back by Ireland.
And we did go to the playoffs in Bills first season here. Then Sparano and Jeff got more control and look what happened. So maybe it works and maybe it doesn't. We will see if Ross does.
But then again, if they hire some meathead to run all of the other meatheads, who answers to who. Ross obviously loves to be involved.

Dunno what else is to be said about Philbin, but typically good, true leaders surround themselves with a combination of people whose qualities range from smart, experienced and energetic. Looking at the coaches he brought in, his quickly disposal of the player leaders inside the club, it is no hard to imagine why he would want a coach with zero OC experience to replace Sherman. SMH

This from the same guys that needs cue cards to comunicate a thought to others. Wonder why this team shows inconsistent passion and you have to look at the HC.

safe to say now philbin is worst head coach in nfl

You crazy, dusty, what is Philbin going to say if Ross told him to fire Sherman? Joe has not looked to great as a HC yet and he could wind up in Oakland, next to Sparanao as an assistant Coach.

Watching the Packers yesterday i didnt see any resemblance in there offense to ours. They had there best WR Jordy Nelson in the slot. They pounded the rock with Lacey.. WTF offense did Philbin bring down to the Dolphins??

agree oscar

truth he never brought there offense here, it was shermans offense

So what did Philbin bring from GB???

I would love for Philbin to hire Chud as O.C. I doubt Philbin even tries to interview him, though. Knowing Philbin, he'll hire someone he knew in Green Bay who has never been an O.C. in their life. One more season, Philbin. That's all you get.

As for Ireland, as much as I want him gone, I doubt Ross pulls the trigger on firing him. Ross will give Ireland more season IMO. I hope I'm wrong.

himself and a truck full of furniture

So what did Philbin bring from GB???

Posted by: Truth | January 06, 2014 at 04:35 PM

Cheese. Finely aged Wisconsin Cheddar!

Good that Sherman is gone. Not good that Philbin remains. Philbin packed his staff with cronies and dumped good players like Long, Dansby, Reggie Bush and Marshall who had the temerity to speak up. He is a weak guy. But he needs a strong, aggressive, innovative OC and the idea that a weak Philbin will hire a strong OC seems unlikely.

philbins done, it will just be after another wasted seasone

The ability to execute run plays out of so many looks is awesome.

We could do nothing.

Posted by: darryldunphy | January 06, 2014 at 04:13 PM

There is little in the way of disputing that S.F. is presently the class of the NFL in the trenches but just like with the WCO there are different tweaks in the read option run from team to team. If you look at the Eagles who run their version anchored by J.peters at LT (not the most nimble and not your likely 1st choice and the reason L.Johnson was drafted but made very little contribution this Yr.) they run alot of Pre-Snap shifts were the QB has a few options at the line to call out the play. The Chiefs IMO played it almost to perfection in the 1st half Saturday. We just didn't give Tannehill a chance with little in the room of changing anything he saw at the line. A fundamental error in my book when you look at his obvious physical ability even his lack of pocket awarness would have been masked by more shifst and options at the line. Say what you will but the one time we really did have some plays called in the game plan at Pitt. I thought showed what the running dimension could do for Tannehill it was after all on an option for Thomas that he takes off for I believe a 30 Yd. run and wondered who scrapped it from there on?

What I have in mind is a Czar that rules over Ross, also.

not sure why anyone would buy a ticket now to games next year

oavery, I object to you saying Philbin made all of the personnel decisions on dumping players. You are giving the chess master GM Jeff Ireland very short shrift! Please give the credit where it is due.

Happy birthday to me....happy birthday to me....happy birthday to NHFINSFAN, happy birthday to me!

This is all I wanted!!...bye, bye Sherman. Now the training wheels can come off Tannehill.

nhfin u have a lot to learn young jedi. kills thills 3rd and very important season now. then a coaching change

Get ready for another Ireland draft.

At least we'll learn some new names we never heard of.


Because we're 'fans' of this team. We don't sit around MOPING, hoping that this team will lose and get a higher draft pick. That might be your schtick but thats not how most of us work.

Myself, I'm looking for a much better line next year, some semblance of a running game, a healthy Gibson and Hartline and a more stour run defence. Lets go!

How successful has GB been since Philbin left?

lol yeah craig u have been hoping for that for 20 years, irekland still has a job so good luck. pretty sure any educated fan knows now 2014 is wasted. philbin will be fired and then it starts over

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