The Miami Dolphins have just announced that Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman has been fired.
Head Coach Joe Philbin made the following statement: “I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Dolphins. Mike has been a mentor to me throughout my coaching career. He is a man of great integrity, dedicated to his family, his team, his players and his profession. On behalf of the entire Miami Dolphins organization I want to wish Mike and his family the very best in the future.”
With the statement from Joe Philbin, it means that he is staying on as the head coach. It also gives the appearance that this move was solely made by Philbin and not by Ross. This will help when it comes time to search for a new Offensive Coordinator. More staff changes are expected within the enxt few hours and days. The status of General Manager Jeff Ireland is still up in the air.
Sherman has had a rocky time in Miami that has seen it’s offense regress from last season. The Dolphins were ranked 27th in total offense under Mike Sherman and 26th in scoring at 19.8 points or game. It was also a vanilla offense with very little movement and wrinkles. As the season progressed, many players expressed their frustration with Sherman and his game plan. Most notably, many players were upset that he abandoned the run so often in close games. Ryan Tannehill also expressed frustration last week, when he told the USA Today that the offense is a progression read offense and not a matchup one, which is what he prefers.
It was widely believed that owner Stephen Ross told Joe Philbin that he needed to make significant changes to his staff. If Philbin had refused, it was very likely that he would have been fired as well.
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