To say it’s been a rough year for the Miami Dolphins as a franchise would be a huge understatement. Now a report has surfaced that could make things even worst for the Fins.
The Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins’ players don’t have “great respect for the coaching staff” and that it is a universal feeling throughout the locker room. That is a damming assessment from the roster, especially after the turmoil the team faced in the wake of the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. Things like that either band a team together or tear it apart. It’s pretty clear which direction the Dolphins went in.
Much of the criticism is levied at the team’s position coaches and coordinators, but head coach Joe Philbin doesn’t escape blame.
The Herald’s source had the following to say about the situation:
“Criticism of the coaches is consistent with everyone I talk to on the team. You have some assistants who weren’t experienced or comfortable in their jobs. Some players said they didn’t learn much. It’s pretty disconcerting. There’s not a lot of great teaching there.”
That has to be a horrible quote to read if you’re a member of Miami’s staff.
As for Philbin, one player complained that teams take on the personality of their coach, and said that Philbin is flat and unemotional. Another reportedly claimed Philbin’s personality fits that of a coordinator, not a leader or a head coach.
One source close to the players also claimed that the team doesn’t see Philbin as a really good X’s and O’s guy, but more of an organizer who schedules and plans things out. Basically he seems like a management guy, not a great football coach.
The Dolphins decided to keep Philbin this offseason after dumping general manager Jeff Ireland and forcing Philbin to expel offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. The team has since hired Bill Lazor to replace Sherman.
There is still a chance there are more staff changes, but Philbin will return in 2014. If he doesn’t turn things around quickly, it could be his last season as a head coach in the NFL.