For Miami Dolphins fans, the wait is over; after Sunday’s 27-14 loss to the Jets, Joe Philbin has officially been fired. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement “This was a tough decision form me to make knowing how tirelessly Joe worked in his four years here to make this a winning tea. He is a man of the highest character and integrity that I developed a close personal relationship with. I am extremely disappointed with how we have started the season, but I feel confident that we can improve quickly with the talent we have on our roster.” The Dolphins later announced that the interim coach will be former tight ends coach Dan Campbell. Campbell is determined to make some immediate changes as he wasn’t happy with team’s practices per Judy Battista of NFL.com.
Joe Philbin was hired in 2012 to be the 10th head coach of the Miami Dolphins. While his Dolphins teams showed potential throughout the years, they were never able to get over the hump and make the playoffs. In December, the team under Philbin compiled an 7-8 record. Philbin overall has a 24-28 record as head coach of the Dolphins.
One of the main reasons why Philbin was hired was to develop Miami’s young quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Philbin was previously the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers and helped develop Aaron Rodgers. But Philbin’s success with Rodgers has simply not rubbed off on Tannehill. While Tannehill has shown flashes of being the Dolphin’s franchise quarterback, he has played poorly overall this season. And according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, there seemed to be tension with Tannehill and the Dolphin’s defense before Sunday’s game.
Entering the 2015 season, the Dolphins were a pick by many to make the playoffs after signing their quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a multi-year extension, and paying a lucrative amount of money to grab free-agency’s top defensive player Ndamukong Suh. On top of that, the Dolphins traded for Saints deep-threat receiver Kenny Still, and drafted wide receiver DaVante Parker in the 2015 NFL draft. However, a non-existent running game, poor pass protection, ineffective play from Tannehill, mediocre defensive play, and of course, poor coaching have led the Dolphins to a disappointing record of 1-3.