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Expanded playoffs would have been good for Philbin

NFL owners today tabled the idea of playoff expansion for 2014 and will take up the matter again at their next meeting in October, according to multiple media reports out of Atlanta where the owners are meeting.

It's not the best news for Joe Philbin.

Why?

Well, anyone with any sense of where the Dolphins are as a franchise understands Philbin, entering his third season with the team, is coaching for his job in 2014.

Owner Stephen Ross has been loyal to his coach in siding with Philbin versus former general manager Jeff Ireland after their rift last season. The owner told candidates during his search for a new GM that they had to accept Philbin and even turned away from candidates he liked because they wanted the ability to move on from Philbin.

And Ross made sure new GM Dennis Hickey understood he must work hand-in-hand with Philbin, who now seems to be more empowered than ever, in order to be considered a success with the Dolphins.

But here's the catch: Ross, despite his unfettered public confidence in Philbin and optimism about the coming season, also has confided to multiple people that if 2014 does not unfold quite the way he hopes, it may be time for a reset.

And a reset would involve getting a new head coach.

It remains unclear exactly what parameters Ross would have for needing or resisting change.

If the Dolphins make the playoffs, it is as near a certainty as one can have that Philbin would continue as coach. On the other hand, If the Dolphins' record takes a step back from a year ago and the team fails to the make the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year, the likelihood of a Ross reset would be very high.

That much seems clear.

But what about the gray areas of what might happen in 2014?

Would a winning record alone that does not include a playoff appearance appease the owner? Would another 8-8 record but another year out of the playoffs be acceptable?

Bottom line is if the Dolphins make the playoffs, no matter what their record or results in the postseason, Philbin can be confident of coming back for 2015.

And that is why an expanded playoff field that includes 14 instead of 12 teams would have been in the coach's interest. With an expanded field, the Dolphins might have overcome the hurdles they haven't been able to overcome since 2008.

But with the traditional 12-team postseason (six teams per conference) now the league plan, the Dolphins will have to overcome not only division rivals New England, Buffalo and New York for a postseason berth, but also recent playoff contenders Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Baltimore, San Diego, Denver, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

The Dolphins finished third in the AFC East in 2013.

 

 

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When it's all said and done

2014 AFC Championship = Pats vs Bronocs

Home 4 GM

Everyone see Home's girlfriend/wife during draft day? Oh, that's right, he doesn't have a girl

Everyone see Johnny Football's girlfriend/wife during draft day? Oh, that's right, he doesn't have a model wife as a star QB. He doesn't have a GF or wife at all. Some golddigger must want him but it looks like they dont. Only star QBs have hot wives. Johnny Football doesn't have a hot wife. He's not a star QB.

Everyone see Johnny Football's girlfriend/wife during draft day? Oh, that's right, he doesn't have a model wife as a star QB. He doesn't have a GF or wife at all. Some golddigger must want him but it looks like they dont. Only star QBs have hot wives. Johnny Football doesn't have a hot wife. He's not a star QB.

Ryan Tannehill got his legs cut off once, he just walked it off

Everyone see Johnny Football's girlfriend/wife during draft day? Oh, that's right, he doesn't have a model wife as a star QB. He doesn't have a GF or wife at all. Some golddigger must want him but it looks like they dont. Only star QBs have hot wives. Johnny Football doesn't have a hot wife. He's not a star QB.

Even Rick Ross calls Ryan Tannehill The Boss

Bat on May 20, 2014 at 5:08 pm said:
Tim, you warped lil feminine man that played Pop Warner for part of one year, …LOL…You are stretching the bounds of credulity in your puke inducing efforts to paint Pouncey as something other than a thuggish, tone deaf imbecile. Wearing a queer Dolphin jersey seems to wash away all character flaws…lol
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As we look back we see HomeFry is consistently WRONG through the years. Same garbage about Brady Quinn he talks about Manziel. Johnny Football will see a rehab clinic way before he sees the field as a starter. How can someone be so wrong so often?? Only Home knows

A meteor did not kill the dinosaurs, Ryan Tannehill just decided to go hunting.

I'm never wrong

Home4GM

LOL look at the Canadian troll marc comparing me to Quinn LOL nice try

Just cause I'm a smart GM doesn't mean you can mock me. Childish childish.....childish

Aqua and orange LOL dolphins are hosting the pride parade

The 'Cleveland steamer' got it's name from Ryan Tannehill.

When he took a dump while playing the Cleveland browns and johnny manziel and buried north east ohio under a glacier of fecal matter.

lol

Why not add more playoff teams. Is it any fun when you team is 4-7 and you know the season is it pretty much over? Add another playoff team and your hope are still up along with the team. The cost of game tickets are so high nobody wants to go when chances are over. Hey, fins probably won't get in anyway but as long as they have a shot I am watching.

The term 'Cleveland Steemer' got it's name from ryan Tannehill.

When he took a dump while playing the Cleveland browns and johhny manziel and buried north east ohio under a glacier of ffecal matter

lol

I feel like a god standing over you worthless people. Now build me a bronze statue of myself

Home4GM

Can anybody here remember the last time Homeboy was right, about ANYTHING?? I certainly can't. He pretends to be some knowledgeable GM when in truth every player he has touted as a future superstar ends up being a flop. Ole Homey just needs to call Dr. Oscar and seek help.

crap

Pouncey is like OJ. A black guy that got away with it

Lol now we know home! Now we know!

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Well, well, well, well 2 watt and home is the same being.
ha ha aha haah ahaa hja hhaha hahhhhhh

6-10-7-9 at best new regime starts 1/28 after the playoffs and before the super bowl !!

still laughing. need a medic lol

let me guess home. your also Ape Tamer? ahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Home has an active troll impersonating him

lol at the troll impersonating Home 4 GM

Always on right on the Fins

check the Archives , man

Home knows the Dolphins

Enough with Manziel. Running QBs don't last in the NFL. Especially undersized QBs. The smart ones lucky enough to survive a couple of years learn how to stay in the pocket. You don't have a QB if he's missing games.

Its the qb stupid. eh?

lol aha hhhhaaaaahahhhahahahhahaahhaa

Now a troll is impersonating Home

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classic.

Nice try buddy ol pal hahahahahaha!!!!

Bring on the legitimate QBs of the future

Luck, RG3, Caepernick, Wilson, geno smith, newton, dalton, Manziel, and Bridgewater please stand up for your round of applause!

Forgot BORTLES

Here's the problem with this team.

During the Marino years we were always just good enough to not get a high draft pic.

Then in the era after him, we sucked a few times, but we sucked when the talent wasn't there. See Jake Long and Ronnie Brown. Good players, but not top of the draft players.

Add the fact that we can't get our 2nd round picks to stay on the field and you have a recipe for mediocrity.

If the offensive line was even halfway decent last year the Dolphins would have made the playoffs, period.

Our running backs had NO lanes to run through. The few times they did Miller ripped off some awesome runs.

And Tannehill was sacked so many times, 58 I believe with only twelve being attributed to him, that by the last two games he was playing on one leg. His left leg was hyper extended and he had swelling on his knee. That's a right handed qbs plant leg. He was throwing off his back foot, look at the tape.

So once again, with a middle of the road offensive line the Phins would have been in the playoffs. And who was the one that ignored the o-line issues after getting rid of Jake Long? JEFF IRELAND.Hopefully Hickey put together a mediocre line because I believe with only that he Phins will be in the playoffs this year.

Some of you can ignore the entire unit that almost set an nfl record in putrid play. You can blame single players or coaches and ignore the big picture all you want. Go ahead and keep your heads in the sand.

With a good o-line the qb has more time to throw, the running game opens up in turn making the play action passes work better, and the wrs have more time to work their routes. The oline is where it starts and the Dolphins didn't have one.

Puleeese!!! Home continues to pollute the blog with his so called "expertise" this is same guy who stated Grimes would not make it through pre season. You ALWAYS WRONG Homey. We all know it. Keep touting Johnny Football. White Vick who can't run and thinks he is great. Life long back up at best.

Home, your lover Manziel will be a huge failure. The fact you don't see that proves to me you really are throwing darts with a blindfold on.

He is a flake. He has no leadership qualities and he's not very smart. Throw in the fact he is small and plays like Vick. And you're still on this guys bandwagon? Are you okay? Didn't you also fall in love with Tebow and say the Dolphins would be sorry they didn't grab him? When are you going to stop acting like an expert and realize you know as much or even less than the rest of us which means you know nothing. Good luck hitting that bulls eye, you might want to take the blinders off.

Home is always wrong is right. He is always wrong yet he acts like he knows something. Insanely annoying. Can't wait to see Manziel crash and burn.

Seriously home you should be embarrassed. You fall in love with whomever the national media puts in front of you. Use your own judgment and stop crushing on dudes because espn tells you to. Your guesses aren't even educated.

We don't even have the best QB to come out of Texas a&m, the browns do

If Tannehill is so bad how come PFF ranks him 6th among QBs is 2013?

PFF looks at every plat and assigns the blame and credit where it belongs.

Beyond the issues of the OL, lack of running game you have the fact that the Dolphins paid 60 million for a WR that simply does not belong in a West Coast offense. To get results from their star receiver they changed the basic nature of the offense.

I think this was the main issue that prevented the Dolphins from winning one more game and going to the Playoffs.

Understand that Wallace was wide open (50-60 yds down the field) and that Tannehill could not hit him in stride.

But that is not the main success factor when you are running a West Coast offense.

Joe Montana never hit anyone in stride 50 yds down the field and he still won four Super Bowls. Tom Brady's lack of deep ball accuracy is also well known.

I do not think that Tannehill is as good as Montana and I doubt whether he will be able to hit Wallace in stride with a 60 yds. pass.

However I am convinced that Tannehill will take an NFL team to the playoffs. Whether that team is the Dolphins is a 50-50 guess.

Vick > Bridgewater > Tannehill.

White boy trying to run like the true athletes. Except Johnny is a true athlete. He's a right handed Vick

Dolphin's next NFL draft 2015:
First Round....New Owner
Second Round...Real General Manager
Third Round....Real Head Coach.

LOL it looks like almost everyone except for Phins78 and a few others go from one extreme to another.

Either the team his horrible and Philbin gets fired mid-season or the playoffs are a lock.

The fact is this team is mediocre and could go either way. Actually worst to first has happened before and first to worst has probably happened.

I think the reality is we either barely miss the post season or squeak in.

Like many have said a lot is on Tannehill but there are plenty of other ifs as well.

Will the new o-lineman pan out? Can Benton bring them together as a unit? Can Lazor improve the running game, get the offense to sustain more drives, and score more TDs?

Will Moreno be the veteran RB we need in the running game and in pass protection? Can the WR's stay healthy and if not will Landry be the depth we needed?

Ok I'm done but there are still more questions on defense with personnel and Kevin Coyle.

Then of course can Philbin bring it all together? Be a leader of men and get guys to buy in?

All the questions don't have to answered with an emphatic yes but most of them do.

It's not impossible but will it happen? We will see. That's why they play the games.

Dolphin's next NFL draft 2015:
First Round....New Owner
Second Round...Real General Manager
Third Round....Real Head Coach.

Posted by: Leen | May 20, 2014 at 06:11 PM

Now you are talking! New QB too!

Johnny Football is another Fran Tarkenton only better.

How many different names can one poster have, it's one guy who's all over the place.

Geno Smith > Ryan Tannehill

All these different names you've never seen before and they all have the same opinion. Some of the names have been around for awhile. Imagine how much effort it takes to maintain all those different names and personalities.

Only a complete FOOL would call for the Fins to get rid of their Pro Bowl center. Oh, that's right, Homey says it all the time. Just goes to show his complete lack of common sense and total knowledge of anything football. What a tool

Maybe this is a bit off the path thinking, but consider that Philbin would have made around 2 million a year counting a few perks. That's more money than most (other than Government officials) make in a life time. Consider he average $250k on 7-8 years as an assistant.
So, he
's fired at the end of this upcoming season. Unless he's a meth freak, he's squirreled away maybe 7 million bucks somewhere.

The NFL, being the club that it is, some team will hire him in the same capacity as he was with the Packers, at another $400k per for 3-4 years.

No tears here for Philbin, nor if I were he, would I feel myself on a so-called "hot seat."
My future should be so unclear.

KELVIN BENJAMIN IS THE FAVORITE AT BOVADA TO WIN ROY

If we had drafted him he would be a bust.

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | May 20, 2014 at 03:53 PM
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That's because Philbin would move Benjamin to DE where he would sit behind Jordan, Wake, and Co.

Posted by: MassDolphan | May 20, 2014 at 03:58 PM
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+1 for you both, very funny, yet sadly all too true.

If joe wants to be true to his word of cleaning miamis locker room up. He will get rid of pouncey. The guys is troub

Wasnt Pouncey doin drugs(ecstasy) at the strip clubs?

Is Brock Jensen the starting QB yet?


Geno Smith > Ryan Tannehill

Posted by: Just Sayin | May 20, 2014 at 06:36 PM

I agree with one aspect of what you said and think I have a solution!

Geno Smith throws the deep ball very well (ranked 3rd by PFF). Tannehill was ranked 17th.

If you look at over all PFF or QB rating it is a completely different story but never mind.

Since our star receiver can only catch deep passes it makes sense to get a QB that can only throw deep. This will be a marriage made in heaven.

So if the Dolphins want to insist on a passing game based on throwing deep to Mike Wallace, let them propose a trade of RT for GS.

GS should be happy, Wallace will be happier and I believe RT would do OK with the new team.

Excellent move by the Hickey + OL coach to give Brenner first team SNAPS at Centre eH?,Pouncey is gone for 4 games, all of Sept. Eh?.TRADE THE jackarse NOW if you can FOR SOMETHING Eh?

Mando,

How is Don Jones back on the team so quickly? In 8 days his homophobia is cured?

Exactly, home. Manziel is as right handed Vick. And Vick sucks


Exactly, home. Manziel is as right handed Vick. And Vick sucks

Posted by: The Coach | May 20, 2014 at 07:26 PM

What really sucks is Ryan Tannehill.

I see Homey The Tool is chiming in with different names trying to convince us that he isn't the only deficient mental midget who believes we should get rid of our Pro Bowl Center. You are pathetic Homey

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