Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin prior to a game against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Who Can The Dolphins Blame Now?


Who can Miami Dolphin fans blame now?

After six long years Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland “mutually agreed” to part ways. In short, the man that drafted Pat White, Patrick Turner, Clyde Gates, Daniel Thomas, traded Brandon Marshall, and let Jake Long and Reggie Bush walk in free agency is gone!

Yes, he also found Cameron Wake, Brian Hartline, Mike Pouncey, Davone Bess, Brandon Fields, and Reshad Jones (amongst others), but the verdict had already been decided amongst Dolphin fans, Ireland had to go.

So he’s gone and Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman is now gone too, so what’s next? Who do we blame now when the offense can’t move the ball or when the receivers and quarterback Ryan Tannehill fail to connect on the deep ball? Who do we concentrate or frustration and disappointment on when the offensive line lets up a league-leading (and franchise record) 58 sacks in a season?

As much as we may have hated Ireland or detested Sherman’s play calling they were the scapegoats for everything the Dolphins did wrong this season. So what now?

Regardless who Miami hires as the new offensive coordinator and general manager, the two will have a year (at least) to get acclimated. Especially, if the new coordinator implements a difference system that head coach Joe Philbin is comfortable with. From there it will be expected that Tannehill will (continue) to have growing pains as he adapts to a new offensive scheme.

So does this mean the Dolphins are starting over? If it is, Ross and Philbin will do everything in their power to make the fan base see otherwise and that still leaves fans with a conundrum: who to blame.

If Miami does “start” over with a new scheme is Ross to blame for not just cleaning house and finding a new head coach and defensive coordinator? Typically general managers like to be apart of the process of picking a new coach, but Ross is using the 2013 New York Jets blueprint and keeping the coach.

What happens if the Dolphins don’t start over, but instead fail to fight of mediocrity? This isn’t a team that went 4-12 last year. There are pieces in place, perhaps enough pieces (minus the offensive line), that a good GM and offensive coordinator can turn things around after just one draft. If not is Philbin to blame?

It’s hard to blame Philbin if the offense sputters again. He had success in Green Bay and he isn’t calling the plays. Last season, the play calling was often the problem, but it was also a strength when Miami played up to its competition and beat the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and San Diego Chargers (to name a few). That being said, the play calling wasn’t the only problem.

During the last two games of the season, the Dolphins looked thoroughly out-hearted. They didn’t have the intensity they held the first time they played the New York Jets or even when they beat a lowly Cleveland Brown team to kick-off the season.

A lack-of-heart can be attributed to the head coach. Do these guys not like playing for Philbin? Or did all of Miami’s flaws catch up to them? It’s hard to tell when judgment is clouded by the overwhelming annoyance of the play calling, patchwork offensive line, and questionable draft picks.

Another season and Philbin’s place in the organization will become clearer and he’ll either emerge as the newest scapegoat in a long line of excuses or he’ll become the hero that picked up the pieces of a lost season and FINALLY turned the organization around.

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  • marty

    you reporters amaze me None of u have a clue how to run a franchise are u are into is selling your pathetic article. GO SUCK AN EGG OK

  • B-Rave

    I think getting rid of Ireland was a mistake at this point. He brought in talented players minus the O-line and one more off season of talent acquisition would have righted that flaw. Sherman had to go he was not helping the team. A new OC should make a difference and set thisoffense straight. Now there is a possibility the new GM wants his own people which means more rebuilding instead of continuity and stability. I agree the intensity level is way to low and needs amped up keep this team playing at a high level. That I’d Philbin’s job or he needs to find a coach that is a great motivator to stoke the fire in the players each week while he manages the game. They can win now with this regime they just need intensity.

  • DragonFly34

    Every lost games are on Philbin, he is the head coach and runs the show and that includes Shermans lack of a good game plan and play calling. I believe your wrong about Philbin calling plays in GreenBay. Philbin from what Ive read only suggested plays to the Packers HC who called plays. If you watch GB you will see him calling every play. I don’t see Philbin having any Head coaching experience and it shows on the players. Ireland was like most GMs, its either hit or miss and would guess Ireland was about .500 on his draft picks. Its not Irelands fault if Philbin doesn’t play his draft picks and that was the case with Dion Jordan. jordan didn’t get enough playing time to wear out a pair of socks….Good luck with Ms Aponte,,,,,

  • gofins60

    Ross should have cleaned house. Ireland found a FEW talented players, but the rest of them are mostly back-up material. Hiring Philbin (and his offense) was a mistake, but Ross won’t admit that so Philbin is staying. Don’t forget, in two years Philbin and Ireland turned a 3rd ranked rushing defense into a 24th ranked rushing defense. And, they turned an offense that easily passed and ran between the 20s but had trouble in the red zone into a team that can’t sustain drives and rarely sees the red zone.

    Ross should have fired Ireland along with Sparano and brought in a new GM and HC who could add some needed playmakers and figure out how to score TDs rather than keep Ireland and hire Philbin (who felt no need to keep a strong running game).

  • althotos

    Philbin is as inspiring as Zoloft. However, he should only get another year, in my opinion. Whatever he did in Green Bay was under the helm of Mike McCarthy, so we don’t know if Philbin was the play calling genius or if it was McCarthy. So, we’re off into the great unknown for the 13th year after the Dan Marino era. Is this ship fixable or is it doomed like the Titanic? Personally, I think we should begin a campaign to recruit Jon Gruden to come to Miami next year. Let’s get a head start since his younger brother just became the head coach for the Redskins. Imagine a Gruden bowl. Talk about intensity. Lights out. Go Phins.