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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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So why don't you give up, dusty. Nobody is saying you HAVE to be a fan of this team. No ones putting a gun to your head.

Lest you forget they beat the Steelers, Bengals, Colts, Falcons, Chargers and Pats this year. It wasn't ALL bad. 8-8 means AVERAGE! Some of. You guys make out that they were the WORST team in the league. There were 18 teams that did worse than us.




I suppose Ireland brought his janitorial skills..cant believe this bum is the coach

We have yet to hear the results of the NFL's "Bullygate" investigation. Depending on how the report reads, Phillbin may not be safe. It will be interesting to see what happens.

craig we say that every year after 8-8 or 7-9. some of us want more, your satisfied with being mediocre , so congrats on that.

Ahh gentlemen ahhh i told you the team that stuck to its guns aaaahhhhhhh and made no adjustments ahhhh would be victorious.aaaaaahhhh I'm might go take a dip in my pool. Swagger ahhhhh is an old spice commercial ahhhh I believe our team uses right guard ahhhhhh ahhhhhh where are my flash cards ahhhhhh

DB...Thill himself said Sherman was holding him back. It's like when your teenage son turns 18 and leaves the house...gotta do it on your own now.

Can Mcaddo bring Eddie Lacy with him???

Thill is like a baby bird. And Sherman was the momma bird.

I'd rather be 4-12 than 8-8. We are stuck in mediocrity and that to me is worse than having 4 wins. At least it comes with a top 5 pick and the expectation of improving. Judging by how much our 3rd overall pick played, next year's 19th pick might be inactive the entire season.


If you've got the answers then go for it....

But remember nobody is wrong on here as often as you....well known FACT.

Not sure what makes you think I'm OK with mediocre. I'm just not a glass is half empty guy like you.

yes nh i agree, but we kept philbin

exactly finfan71, refreshing

Once again a sign of the dysfunctional nature of the owner and his management style.
Of course Philbin is safe: he made the fire and announcement.

What can you expect when Ross meets with his "advisors" that include:
Ricky Martin and Lady Gaga!

we have become the worst franchise in nfl. so depressing to watch this garbage year after year

Comical fanbase....

'Wow is us'.....'we suck'.....'everyone feel sorry for us'.......LOL

Lol......SOOOOOO typical!!

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!

Posted by: Craig M | January 06, 2014 at 04:44 PM


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

Posted by: dusty bottoms | January 06, 2014 at 04:45 PM

I believe he is a LAME DUCK Coach as well unless he makes the Post Season! His lack of imagination, adjusting in-game and lousy clock management don't exactly have me optimistic!

As an objective true fan you have to sympathize with Craig's position and agree with it but the problem as far as I see it isn't even Philbin or Ireland but the V-E-R-Y M-E-D-I-O-C-R-E Owner who employs them. Some have taken to defending his Position regarding due diligence???

You would have thought that a man in his Pos. would have been doing just that during his teams 1st troubling 4 game meltdown! His indecision is both maddening and baffling! I learned long ago in this life to never completely judge based on appearance but remember the 1st time I saw Ross on the sidelines before and after the Wold Card loss to Baltimore in 08 and thinking he looked like an idiot!

How can you say as a Pro Sports Owner that you value stability above winning with a straight face? He maybe saavy and astute in the Construction/ Real Estate game were corruption at the level he plays at is common place and stability serves you well but in the Sports/Entertainment arena attempting to implement the model is both futile and the borderline clownishly ignorant!

I know a lot of you wanted to see Philbin gone and for good reason. Nobody wanted to see Ireland packing up his things more than me but that's not looking likely now.

At least Ross is sending a message though. He could be saying well these guys work awful hard, nobody feels worse than them blah blah blah.

He shouldn't have need to send a message. They knew one would think, what the mission was.

The message has surely been sent now though. There should be sense of urgency to get this fixed.

I just hope Ireland doesn't botch fixing the o-line...again. In fact I vote for the czar. Fact is I have more faith in Craig, dusty, Orlando, MIT, DD, fin4life,DC, Sam, Oscar and many more drafting players than Ireland.

For those of you who believe in magical coaches with wonderful "schemes" that baffle the opposition and lead to winning Sunday after winning Sunday, perhaps a little refresher course is in order.

Remember George Seifert? Was he not the NFL Coach of the Year once? Did he not go 15-1 and bring a Lombardi Trophy home to the 49ers?

Was that not the SAME George Seifert who went 1-15 in Carolina just a few years later and was fired in disgrace?

How about Andy Reid? Did a great job his first year in KC, right? So what happened last year in Philly when he went 4-12 and couldn't produce points to save his life? Was that SAME Andy Reid a temporary idiot?

Oh, and what about his Holiness Bill Belichick? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that the SAME Bill Belichick who was fired in Cleveland and started his New England tenure with a 5-11 flop of a team that only turned around when some guy named Tom Brady fell from the sky?

See, guys, no matter how much you may WANT to believe otherwise there is NO SUCH THING as coaching magic or wizardry. You win because you have the right PLAYERS to get it done. And if you don't have those players there is NOTHING you can do to hide it.

If there was, all those aforementioned "geniuses" would have won wherever they were, right?

But they didn't. They couldn't. NOBODY can.

Believe otherwise if you want but you will always be wrong.

And remember Barry Switzer once won a Super Bowl in this league.

No clue about this guy McAdoo. Don't know a thong about him, other than he likely has some ties to Philbin.

Can't wait for all the 'McAdoo and Magoo comments'.....lol. They'll either have success or they'll all be gone. Either way we'll be getting what we want.

The way it is- that is not true. For the instances you mention, I give you te 2012
Baltimore ravens who fired their OC which led to a better offensive output, which led to a Super Bowls victory.

CHUDZINSKI would be way to go!! Got Raw Deal in Cleveland, Jump on him right away

Ok, one step in the right direction, but overall I'm more concerned than ever.

How does Ross handle BullyGate? By forming a committee of Puritan baby sitters. Now with a FO dilemma, he wants a czar, a master baby sitter.

Sorry this strikes me as seriously out of touch, avoidance to an unhealthy degree.

I'm convinced our biggest problem is all the way at the top and that nothing will really be accomplished until he is gone.

How can you say as a Pro Sports Owner that you value stability above winning with a straight face? He maybe saavy and astute in the Construction/ Real Estate game were corruption at the level he plays at is common place and stability serves you well but in the Sports/Entertainment arena attempting to implement the model is both futile and the borderline clownishly ignorant!

Posted by: fin4life | January 06, 2014 at 05:07 PM

People can defend Ross all they want. The fact is I think he is by far the worst owner ever associated with the Dolphins, and probably one of the worst owners of all time. If anybody read Le Batard's article about Ross, you would understand why this franchise is in such a state of disarray.

Frank, I'm sure it had absolutely nothing to do with Joe Flacco having the best run of his career in the playoffs and the emotional lift of Ray Lewis' impending retirement.

You believe in "offensive gurus?" Then tell me what happened to Mike Martz when he went from the Rams to the Lions. Just became dumb overnight or you think maybe the PLAYERS he had a his disposal mattered just a wee bit?

Comical fanbase....

'Wow is us'.....'we suck'.....'everyone feel sorry for us'.......LOL

Posted by: Craig M | January 06, 2014 at 05:03 PM

Hey I agree with you! The problem however lies in BAD Ownership! Look at the Cowboys and Redskins. Jones had himself the right Coach/Talent evaluator (best in game for the 90's) but blew it all up because of EGO! He did win another S.B. in 95 but you could see that team's slide coming after all the Switzer hire was Jerry publicly slapping JJ proving that anybody could Coach the talent they had to a Title.

Since then 95 to 2013 the Cowboys have won a grand total of 3 Playoff games! Snyder in Washington as the DEFACTO G.M. ( he picks the talent and mortgaged the future trading 3 #1's in the rookie CAP ERA for RG3) are both the opposite of Ross but proving the point that No extreme is healthy. You don't have to be the most on-hand owner in the World but you must be decisive about the course of the team. The Gold Standard being Dan Rooney (U.S. Ambassador to Ireland in his teams last S.B. Title)

And if the Raven OC made such a huge difference in 2012 then what happened in 2013?

Last I checked, they are sitting at home with the Dolphins and most of the rest of the NFL watching everyone else in the playoffs.

What? Did he suddenly run out of bright ideas?

shanahan was gm in washington not snyder

The Way It Is,

Some very good points. And what would people on this blog be saying if the Dolphins blew a 28 point lead the way the Chiefs did Saturday? They'd be SCREAMING for Reid's head, despite the fact he took them from 2-14 to 11-5. Or how about Marvin Lewis? Three straights trips to the playoffs, an 11-5 divisional championship and they'd all want him gone this morning.

No pleasing some people....

So, Chudzinski was not able to produce much offense in Cleveland because he didn't have the players he needed, is that right?

So, yeah, I can see where he would come into Miami and d wonders considering what a tremendously gifted offensive line he would be inheriting. Who COULDN'T light up the scoreboard with that bunch of studs up front?

Can we all just agree that you can't make chicken salad out of chicken 5hit? Yes, we need the horses to succeed. However, the inconsistency is all on the coaches. They beat teams they should lose to and lose to teams they should beat. That's coaching.

The Way It Is.

I agree with you, 99.999%. Exceptions to the rule always exist but for the most part I see it the same way.

I think there have been rare coaches that have a knack for getting the most out of their players. Shula was one of them. Even though he did not win a trophy in his last many years, he kept the team mostly winning and in the playoffs.

In the vast majority of instances, so called great coaches fail in their next endeavor. No more proof needs to be cited beyond the fact no coach has won a ring with two different teams..


Its been reported numerous times now that The RGIII trade was forced upon Shanahan, despite him not wanting to make the trade. I've read in some places that Shanahan was more interested in staying put and drafting Tannehill.

The way it is-

The ravens. Two players- anquan bold in traded to SF and Dennis Pitta out most of the year. Baltimore still controlled it playoff destiny and lost. It's not like they bombed this year.

The other example you give is mike martz. Check out mike Martz pass to run ratio with the lions and the bears. Yea he did get stupid overnight! He had great players in St. Louis.

Glad shermans gone one step closer to getiing that stud offense for 2014!
If we get a competent OC the next step is also complete!
Now for this session
Lets talk about Phillip Wheeler.
IMO the weakest link of the entire defense. Wheller came in as a replacement linebacker for our 2013 season many raved about having a fast linebacker that could attack the QB, however we lost Dansby in the process and Phillip Wheeler was awful agianst the run. Wheller did not live up to his contract which is 26 million until the year 2017! Wheelers highlight moment was a sack against the colts which sealed the dolphins second straight win. Wheeler has had a awful season, he will most likely stay for the 2014 squad because of all the dead money he would cause.

Wheeler been abysmal, but to be honest could he be any worse next season his only defence is he was new to the system, but if we want playoffs next season Wheeler has got to step up his game!

I was supposed to talk about danny watkins tommorow but seing as there is not much to say i will talk about Dustin Keller.

Guys, the essential point I'm getting at here (which I know SOME of you understand) is that absolutely NOTHING will improve with Miami's offense--at least not to any significant degree--until that woeful OL is FIXED. And that will only happen with better players in those spots.

There are no "schemes" to hide it. There is no "offensive guru" out there who can wave a magic wand and make it all better.

These things do not exist.

PLAYERS win or lose the games. There are simply innumerable examples of it--with the SAME coaches who were lauded as "geniuses" at one point being fired as total failures the next. And vice-versa.

If the Dolphins get that line in shape, the rest of the offense will pick up steam concurrently. If not, more of the same.

The way it is-

Chudzinski salvaged cam newtons career! Chudzinski had the browns rolling with Brian hoyer (!) before he got injured. C'mon man. Chud is proven....

im not sure if anybody read that thing in USA Today about tannehill and the mike sherman offense, but basically it said that sherman runs a progression style offense and that match-ups were not in the game plan whatsoever. Tannehill went on to say that the NFL was a match-up league and kind of hinted that is what they should be doing.

Now, this says a couple of things. one- a progression based offense is archaic in the NFL today. i mean football theory says to attack the weaknesses of the defense, thats the whole point of running an offense. we went into every game not having a specific game plan for that specific team and it showed. we ran the same 10-12 plays every week, anybody who watched the games could tell that we werent game planning, just running plays. if it was easy for us to tell what we were doing, imagine how easy it was for an NFL defensive co. try playing QB when this is going on. I thought that tannehill had a pretty good year too. 3900 24 tds 17 ints. Take away the 3 bogus picks in the jets game when he was trying to make something happen and well, it looks a bit better. All things considered, i think we have a lot to be happy about at the QB position. id rather have tanne than most of the guys out there.

two- is this joe philbins offensive philosophy as well? if i had to bet on it, i would say yes. and if that is the case, we re in a lot of trouble. you would almost have to be brain dead to run an offense like that every week. That is why we were beaten by teams that have way less talent than us. they knew what we were doing almost every play. we will find out next year i guess. i hope this progression based ONLY offense isnt joe philbins thing but i have to admit, im a little frightened.

Just one more thing- the patriots run a different offense every week. sometimes they run a different offense every half. that is why it is hard to stop them, that and they allowed to hold.

yup and now we have to let ireland try and fix it, grrrrrrrrrrreat idea ross


Check out Bill Polian's comments on Phillip Wheeler. He thought Wheeler had a 'very good' season.

And this is the guy some people want to hire as GM.....lol

i saw that craig, polian might be legally blind

The Way It Is,

Dead right again!....

People want to blame Sherman and Turner for that line then go ahead. The reality is that Jeff Ireland put that line together.

Thats why hes very lucky if escapes the chop block.

The way it is-

The ravens. Two players- anquan bold in traded to SF and Dennis Pitta out most of the year. Baltimore still controlled it playoff destiny and lost. It's not like they bombed this year.

The other example you give is mike martz. Check out mike Martz pass to run ratio with the lions and the bears. Yea he did get stupid overnight! He had great players in St. Louis.

Posted by: Frank from PA | January 06, 2014 at 05:29 PM


Frank, you are making my point for me!

The guy in Baltimore had more to work with in 2012, correct? And he succeeded. Then 2013 rolls around--he has less talent on the shelf--and, bang. Less results, no playoff berth. He didn't have any real "answers" for losing that talent, did he?

Same with Martz. MUCH better players with the Rams. Would anyone dispute that? He ran the same "schemes" and didn't become "stupid" with the Bears and Lions. He simply had nowhere near the same level of talent to use and his "genius" reputation went right out the window with it.

The way it is-

Offensive line is the key! I agree whole heartedly! That's on the GM. And why the hell was Danny wadkins it Dallas Thomas tried out on the line after bullygate? I have no idea. The OL means everything and I know that. But the offense was basic progression read with a cadence that was easily figured out by the opponents. Mike Sherman was most definitely a weak link....

no doubt miami has some weapons. fixing the line is one tough task, need a legit gm to do it. resign keller for nothing and sign ben tate

By the way, I'm not dissing Chudzinski or suggesting he can't be a fine OC.

I'm simply saying that he (or ANY other candidate) has absolutely ZERO chance of putting together a truly effective offense in Miami until that godawful OL is fixed. There are no shortcuts. It's a talent issue, pure and simple.

Gotta run, fellas, but enjoyed batting things around.

(and don't let the door hit ya in the butt, Sherman, even if you weren't one of those Walking Dead zombies masquerading as an OL last season)


see, you shouldn't have to threaten Philbin into making these changes. Philbin, in his own, needs to recognize that Sherman is awful and fire him. Philbin does NOT recognize that, and that makes him just as bad as Sherman. Fire Philbin PLEASE !!!!

The way it is-

here is where you and I disagree. I think we have the skill positions covered. We need OL help yes agreed 100%. But you can't run mike Wallace on the same side of the field without putting him in motion the entire year! The offensive play calling was atrocious. I think we make the playoffs with a 9 or 10 win team bc play calling cost the dolphins at least 2 wins. So I'm hoping a guy like chud or shanahan would attack the defenses weaknesses instead of running the same damn 12 plays per week!

What? Did he suddenly run out of bright ideas?

Posted by: The Way It Is | January 06, 2014 at 05:23 PM

You don't think that Jimmy Johnson made a difference to the Cowboys fortunes turning them around the way he did in the early 90's?? Yes they won with Switzer in 95 because the Owner thought you could acquire talent while coasting with anybody at H.C. but the reality is that those Cowboys NEVER again exhibited the same discipline that made them Champs under JJ and were the same team that were bounced out of the Playoffs constantly there after.

Another FACT about those Dallas teams is that in the JJ ERA the 49ers were his bottom B-I-A-T-C-H while in terms of talent a superior team in 95 under Switzer with Deion and Larry Allen aboard but they could NEVER beat the 49ers again, period!!! I remember in that 95 Season were the Cowboys had the 49ers at home in late Reg. Season game were nobody gave the 49ers much of a chance given Steve Young was hurt and they were going with Grbac at QB and were run out of their own Stadium!

You really believe that the discipline JJ instilled with his B-A-L-L-S T-O T-H-E W-A-L-L aggressive play calling and leadership didn't make a difference? By the same token you sight Seifert as an example, really?? Save the argument for the elementary fan because any serious fan would tell you that he inherited a S.B. winning team in 90 stacked across the board with talent before the FA ERA and Montana at QB making Walsh's DC the caretaker H.C. that their incredibly stable Org. could afford at the time!

By the same token the Belichik argument is fundamentally flawed because in 2001 Brady was a green horn QB who rode a F-A-N-T-A-T-I-C! Defensive game plan that floored the Rams and the pass happy Martz (forgot that day that Faulk was his RB and maybe a different story with Vermiel if he'd stayed) to a title aside from NEVER having MEGA-SUPER-STARS in the other 2 Titles on D outside Richard Seymour and pedestrian WR's yet getting it done, you truly feel that Barry Switzer gets the same out of that team?? I don't for a minute!!

The way it is-

An offensive guru like martz should adapt to the talent level around you. He didn't with the lions so thank you for proving my point that Martz got dumb and believed in schemes versus using the personnel he had correctly....

Some you are asking what kind of offense did Philbin run I green bay ? He didn't. Philbin s job was to prepare the QB's for games.

Think of Joseph P Philbin as a QB FLUFFER !!!

The other great myth is that a franchise QB will bring you a ring. The fallacy is to think they can do it without a great team around them.

Fran Tarkenton was a great, exciting franchise QB, played at a high level for many years, no ring.

Warren Moon franchise QB, played at a high level for years, no ring.

Fouts and Marino, legendary franchise QB’s, no rings.

Accuracy is important, yes, but the most accurate passer in NFL history, Pennington, has no ring.

Aaron Rodgers is a true franchise QB but only has one ring.

Farvre after a long storied career has only one ring.

Peyton Manning is making a strong case for greatest QB in history and yet after a long prolific career still only has one ring.

What do the QB’s with multiple rings have in common? They were all surrounded by complete teams when they won them:

Star, Stauback, AIkmen, Montana, Simms, Brady, Griese, Bradshaw, Eli Manning, Big Ben, Elway (and not until his final years when finally he had a complete team)

Why doesn't the circus come to Miami?

Answer: Because it's already here.

If there were blogs in Marino's day, would the fans have been ripping him for failing to bring home the trophy year after year?

Prediction for 2014 season.

Fins finish 5-11 melting down 2/3s into season. Philbin and Ireland are fired. Team goes back into rebuild mode and we see another 3 to 4 years of sub .500 seasons until that group is fired too for another group and another 3 to 4 years of rebuild and sub .500 ball. See the pattern here. Its been going on of several decades now and more things change, the more they are just staying the course.

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