The Miami Dolphins have fired head coach Joe Philbin and replaced him with tight ends coach Dan Campbell on an interim basis. Multiple sources including ESPN reported Philbin’s firing.
No word has been given on the status of defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, who is apparently unpopular in Miami’s locker room. Needless to say, Miami has officially hit bottom with Philbin’s firing and can only move up from this point.
Philbin was the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers before being hired by Miami in 2012. His teams were ones that had potential, but never fully blossomed thanks to late season collapses. During his tenure, Philbin was 24-28 and did not make the playoffs once. He also had to weather a storm of controversy during the infamous “Bullygate” scandal, when it was discovered that offensive lineman Richie Incognito had allegedly sent harassing texts to teammate Jonathan Martin, who had left the team as a result. It was later determined that Martin had also sent similar texts in response, and the entire thing became one big dramatic mess.
And it also does not help that Miami has vastly underperformed this year after spending a lot of money to revamp the defense, namely in giving defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh a $114 million contract, $60 million of which is guaranteed. The team has just one sack in 2015 and stands 1-3 on the season, the offense looking anemic in almost every single game. In the season opener, Miami could barely beat a Washington Redskins team that lost DeSean Jackson on the first series.
But change is coming and while how the team performs with Philbin out of the picture remains to be seen, it’s like I said before. The Dolphins can only go up from here.