Joe Philbin, Jeff Ireland not safe

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins collapsed at the end of the season with embarrassing losses to two division rivals in the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, and there is little doubt that the 2013 season has been a disappointment for this squad. They were supposed to make the playoffs as a Wild Card, but they fell short of those goals. The ball was on their court, as they controlled their playoff destiny against two teams they should have beaten. However, they looked under-prepared and poorly coached in both losses, and they managed to score just seven combined points against the Bills and Jets.

Big changes could be coming in South Beach, and the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero reported as much earlier this morning. This report was followed up with a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Ryan Tannehill no longer likes offensive coordinator Mike Sherman as much, and that’s significant since the main reason why Sherman got the Dolphins OC gig is because the Dolphins wanted Ryan Tannehill. Sherman is Tannehill’s former head coach at Texas A&M, so the fact that there is reported friction between them isn’t a good sign.

Rapoport was asked by a follower on Twitter if Joe Philbin is “safe” with the Dolphins, and Rapoport replied, “no one in Miami is safe.”

It’s a statement that rings true and is most likely backed up by a wealth of inside knowledge. Following two horrendous, must-win games in which the Dolphins looked like deadbeats, Philbin is far from safe. While I am leaning towards thinking that he will stay, he is definitely not a lock. And despite his contract extension early in the season and the apparent bond that he has with owner Stephen Ross, Jeff Ireland definitely isn’t safe either after an offseason that included a whole lot of money spent and questionable returns.

Topics: Jeff Ireland, Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins

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  • arnie

    Philbin was offensive guy in Greenbay correct, is this the same Greenbay the allowed Rodgers to be sacked 51times? See any simalarities?

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I wouldn’t pin it on Philbin at all. In both cases, the offensive lines fielded by both teams were/are horrendous.

      • arnie

        No I wouldn’t pin ALL on Phibin either. Just making an observation. As a long time Charger fan I noticed some similarities that followed Norv Turner. The excuses were, it wasn’t his fault, my case was at what point does he get held responsible? Even before the loses of the two linemen, they still had trouble protecting Tannehill, and running the football. Playoff teams have some similarities, Protecting the QB and running the football.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          In the Chargers case, I would put the blame on A.J. Smith for not building that OL. Smith was a horrendous, overly stubborn GM, and I have no idea how he lasted as long as he did. In all honesty, he deserved more blame than Norv did for the Chargers lack of success, and Smith always seemed like a bit of a jerk (ie the way he handled LT situation).

  • gofins60

    Philbin was OC in name only at Green Bay; he didn’t call plays. I really don’t know what he did. He smooth-talked Ross into believing that he had a perfect “system”. So, how did he go about implementing his perfect system over the course of 2 years? He took over a decent running game that just needed some o-line upgrading. Philbin, with the help of Ireland, got rid of Lousaka “Mr. Automatic 1st Down” Polite because he didn’t need a FB in his system. They neglected to upgrade the o-line; the only additions were bums or cheap Free Agents. Philbin ignored the running game, because his offense uses short timing passes to replace the run. The results of Philbin and Ireland’s changes? An o-line that gave up a record number of sacks and is poor at run blocking. An offense that can’t run the ball and convert on 3rd and inches. An offense that struggles to score points because of too many stalled drives. The only improvement over the last regime? when they do get inside the red zone they can now score a few TDs rather than all FGs. The problem is that they have trouble reaching the red zone.

    How about defense? Philbin inherited a Top 5 run defense. He brought in Coyle, and together they switched schemes. By the end of their first season the run defense had dropped to middle-of-the-pack. For season two, Philbin and Ireland swap LB, and end up with a Bottom 5 run defense.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Philbin came in and dismantled the strengths of this team, probably thinking that his plan was superior. Wrong! There is no way that Philbin, his staff, or Ireland deserve to be back next season!