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You'll notice I change the title of my blog up a bit.
I am not putting the blame on the players of this team. That is why the score does not read "Dolphins 14". This is officially now becoming the Fire Joe Philbin Blog. Because it needs to happen.
I am as patient as anyone. I was never a supporter of hiring Joe Philbin. An offensive coordinator who never really called plays in Green Bay and who was praised by his former boss for helping out with the gameplan during the week... that didn't really inspire a lot of confidence in me back in 2012. He seemed like a "safe" hire. A guy who wasn't too "hip hop" or wouldn't be a controversial loudmouth with a foot fetish. So while many on the Phinfever forums were hoping he would be the guy, because he helped develop Aaron Rodgers and that Green Bay offense, even though he barely had anything to do with developing Aaron Rodgers and that Green Bay offense... I was hoping we went in a different direction. I was actually hoping for Mike McCoy, who has actually led his team to the playoffs and won a game despite being "too young" to be a head coach.
So yes, I have never been a Philbin supporter and now I am publicly calling for his firing. Since he has been the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, here are his lists of accomplishments:
1. During his tenure, this team has for the most part played uninspired, dispassionate football. They start slow, they crumble late. Its a bunch of guys with their heads down and their hands on their hips. Remember these three words - ATTITUDE REFLECTS LEADERSHIP
2. He hesitates to fire his assistant coaches because he hires hid buddies, not necessarily the best guy for the job. Mike Sherman was a terrible offensive coordinator. Kevin Coyle has taken what was once a top 10 defense and turned it into a unit that can't refuses to stop someone. Even when they win on third down, they make sure they get a penalty out of sympathy for the other team. Or out of sheer stupidity. Or maybe that's saying the same thing. Regardless, Kevin Coyle should have been jettisoned a long time ago.
3. He brings a girly man brand of football to Miami. The basics still work. Power running games still win games in December. Stopping the run is still priority number 1. A power running game creates play action opportunities to attack downfield. This has always worked in football. This will always work in football because those are the fundamentals of the game. Instead, Philbin prefers a shotgun offense and has no commitment to the run. Or at the very least, he does not hold his offensive coordinator accountable for continuing to run the ball to protect his most valuable asset.
4. He fixes things that ain't broken. The Dolphins had great success running a 3-4 base defense for many years. Here comes Philbin and decides to hire a guy that will implement a 4-3. But they didn't just implement a 4-3, they implemented a read and react 4-3 with a ton of zone concepts that strangely enough involve leaving opposing players wide open. Like I said earlier, Kevin Coyle needed to be fired before this season. Philbin saved his job and got him one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the game and the result is that somehow our defense got worse!
5. This goes back to #1, he is dispassionate, therefore his team is dispassionate. This is a man that cannot motivate or lead men. There is all types of leadership. Rex Ryan is a vocal, animated coach. Bill Bellicheck is a cerebral coach who doesn't express a lot of emotion. Then you have the nice guy like Tony Dungy. There is more than one way to skin a cat. None of these ways involves lacking passion or fire or the ability to connect with players and get them to buy into you and your system. Players love Rex Ryan because he brings swagger to a team. Players love Bellicheck because he is no nonsense and you can see that all those players and former players believe in the Patriot way. Players saw Tony Dungy as a father figure. What do they see Joe Philbin as? A man who knows how to organize a schedule. We need a head coach, not a secretary!
So, no good, bad or ugly today guys. There was nothing good to speak of in that game. It was all bad. So now you know where I stand on everyone's performance.
The bottom line is this team is too talented to get blown out like that. I know there are holes at certain positions, but the overall talent is the best we've had in a longtime at key positions. It's not the talent. It is the coaching.
As if losing to the bottom dwelling Jaguars was not bad enough, losing to the hated Bills in such embarassing fashion should be the end of Joe Philbin.
The countdown has begun.