Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Philbin Could Influence Draft


You made it through April with no NFL Draft.  Now here we are in draft week.  The bad news is that we had to wait two extra weeks.  The good news is that the lull between the Draft and the start of training camp is now two weeks shorter.  Thursday night will kick off the 2014 draft and there is a lot of speculation about what Miami Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey will do with the pick.  A better question might be what kind of influence over that selection will Joe Philbin have?

The Dolphins almost lost their coach this past off-season if the rumors about his disgust around Mike Sherman’s firing are true.  The story goes that he was so upset over being forced to fire his long time mentor that he was willing and ready to walk.  It was Sherman who convinced him to stay by letting him know that other coaches would be out of jobs too.  As part of the management overhaul that started with Jeff Ireland’s firing, it’s understandable that Philbin will have a little more authority over his team.

To what extent is unknown.

Ultimately the final decision rests on the shoulders of Dennis Hickey, a first year GM.  Hickey could use his own desires to make his selections or he could allow Philbin to exercise his input into the matter.  Many fans believe that the Dolphins should wait to draft an offensive lineman while others believe it should be their top priority.  But what if Hickey want’s a new WR?  Or a new linebacker?  What if he views the offensive line as something that can be fixed in later rounds while Philbin wants a lineman early?

The only tangible evidence we have of Philbin regarding these matters is his Hard Knocks appearance where he was asked about players by Jeff Ireland only to respond with, “what do you think?”.  It’s not necessarily a case of Philbin not exerting his opinion.  He was a rookie HC that year and a year later he pulled the power card and got Ireland fired.  He may not be as passive as we sometimes might believe.

For the most part everyone is asking what is Dennis Hickey’s draft day plan but reality could be what is Joe Philbin’s plan and who will have the most input into that plan?  While it’s hard to tell right now, you can believe that it will be a unified front come Thursday night or Friday afternoon when they face the media.  We won’t know who’s selection/s it will be until someone is out of a job.  For all of the Dolphins fans out there, let’s hope whomever makes that selection makes the right one.

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  • tpl

    That was the problem with Ireland, is he refused to work with philbin. I think hickey and philbin will work together on the draft.

    • txmedic5

      That’s actually not true. While the decision to draft Dion Jordan was Irelands completely I can tell you 100% with first hand knowledge that unfortunately I can’t reveal how, that Ireland worked at all turns with Philbin from day one even though Philbin was not Ireland choice for HC. Makes what happened at the end of the year that much worse in terms of how Philbin seemed to turn on him.

  • Bill Stowers

    Philbin scares me…. He calls for the amount of athourity that a don shula would have but yet he has done NOTHING so far to warrant that kind of power

  • DragonFly34

    Philbin scares me too. Any HC who doesn’t know whats going on in his own locker room should never be allowed anywhere near the draft table. Hickey has, how many yrs experience, maybe not making the picks but he was the assistant GM which should count for something,,,having said that Hickey was also the 4th best pick during the GM search,,if search is a good word to describe what happened? It seemed to me, an Easter egg hunt.

  • Dave West

    Philbin, I think I’ve got to go throw-up. Legend in his own mind…!!!

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I’ve read the words “scares” and “scared” associated with Philbin as I read some of the comments. I can share with you guys that as I was reading the 1st paragraph of this post, I had similar concerns, although I’m not sure I’d go as far as being scared by Philbin’s rumored disgust over Sharman’s firing. It could’ve been a convenient rumor to show the level of loyalty the Phins’ head coach had towards his mentor, because I have to think that Philbin had to have seen the same games, the same plays that continuously didn’t work being repeated over and over while the ones that seem to work somehow brushed aside, and seen it all from the same perspective as the rest of the world did and, that he is just a torn man between betraying his team and employer over betraying his mentor… and then of course there’s denial, which often makes the prism through which one is looking at the world, somehow be out of focus in the worst way. I think I just broke the record for the longest run-on sentence that has ever been written.