Dolphins first quarter grades are not good

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The Miami Dolphins have  bye week this week and a new head coach after the firing of Joe Philbin on Monday. Dan Campbell the teams former tight ends coach has his hands full with turning the team around. At 1-3 the Dolphins are not out of any playoff chase but they are squarely behind the proverbial eight ball.

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On Monday, Mike Tannenbaum introduced Campbell and said that one of the reasons they chose Campbell is because they believe he can turn it around and save the season. A sentiment echoed by owner Stephen Ross via conference call. Fans are not so sure and the media is even more skeptical. However things in football can change on a dime.

The firing of Joe Philbin however does not eliminate the first four weeks and the grades for the Dolphins are not very good. Nor should they be. The Dolphins have played very poorly in all of their games. Whether a result of schemes, Philbin, a two-gap read and react defensive system, or because the players were in revolt to get rid of coaches, the Dolphins have not looked good.

Miami faces their toughest schedule ahead with New England in three game weeks and then bouncing between teams like Dallas, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Baltimore, San Diego, and a second visit to all three division rivals. It’s not going to be easy to turn a season around that only a month ago held so much anticipation and promise. The only thing Miami has done thus far is sap the excitement out of the fan base.

As the Dolphins entered the 2015 season they began celebrations of their 50th anniversary with the hopes of challenging the AFC for a birth in the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl. Oh but if only. Instead we see a coaching change in week four with more shuffling of coaches likely to come in the next day or two. Perhaps Dan Campbell can succeed in getting this team the attitude it lacks. It won’t be for a lacking of trying if doesn’t.

In another month we will revisit the grades and see what exactly Campbell has accomplished but for now, we solemnly give you the first quarter of the season grades.

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