With Joe Philbin becoming the Miami Dolphins’ newest Head Coach, the Dolphins organization now has a very clear and direct strategy that will hopefully lead them to be contenders for years to come…. It is just that I have no idea what that strategy is.
Trying to dissect how all of the Dolphin players fit into the west coast offense is somewhat an exercise in futility, mainly because with every branch on the Bill Walsh Tree, every person adds something to the offense, and takes away something else. Mike Shanahan and Andy Reid are both termed West Coast Offense coaches, but the schemes that they actually run look very different from each other, and the players that each looks for tend to be different.
Joe Philbin will have his own slant upon the offense, and his own mental image of what his players should be, or possibly he will adjust his offense to the players that are currently on the roster, and the rub is that, no matter what the talking heads will tell you, we will not find out that slant until many games have been won and lost.
We may be able to see some of what he wants by the staff that he hires to help him in his endeavor. Brian Daboll is probably not going to be retained. Defensive Coordinator current is vacant since Mike Nolan left for the same position in Atlanta. Todd Bowles may or may not get hired as a head coach in the near future, but it is unclear whether he would want to stay on after being interim coach and then not getting the job.
Does Philbin clean house on both sides of the ball? Does he keep Daboll and the Offensive staff? Does he get rid of the Offensive coaches but keep the status quo on Defense, plugging Todd Bowles into the Defensive Coordinator spot? The answers to these questions and many that have not been asked will go a long way towards finding out what direction the Miami Dolphins will take.
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