So while I am sitting in a parking lot some two hours away from my computer, word breaks that the Miami Dolphins have finally made a decision. Tonight they fired both Oline coach Jim Turner and head trainer Kevin O’Neill. Tomorrow, for the first time since the season ended, Joe Philbin will take a podium and answer questions about the entire ordeal. Whether he likes it or not.
Somewhere Armando Salguero is smiling after his open letter to Philbin asked for him to do so. You have to wonder though who’s choice meeting with the media actually was. My money is Stephen Ross.
O’Neill has been with the Dolphins for 18 years. An original hire by Jimmy Johnson who brought O’Neill with him from Dallas. In a statement by Ross, it was made clear that while both members of the staff were good people, their decisions were not. Ross has vowed to clean up the teams image but that has been going on for a while.
Many still believe that Philbin also should have been released of his duties considering his lack of knowledge and control over his team. It will be interesting to see what happens after the upcoming season. Ironically, despite the fact that both Turner and O’Neill have been fired, both should have an easier time finding a lateral move in the NFL that Philbin will if he is fired after the 2014 season.
The Dolphins will likely promote John Benton who was recently signed. Benton was formerly with the Houston Texans. This off-season for Miami has not been a good one for Joe Philbin who has been forced to fire his personal mentor and friend Mike Sherman and now his Oline coach Jim Turner.