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Joe Philbin on solid ground in Miami?

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08:24 AM ET 11.03 | This will be a decision for owner Stephen Ross only if Miami flops. And even then, associates expect him to stand by coach Joe Philbin. One friend of Ross reiterated that the owner loves Philbin, and the people who have Ross' ear like Philbin, too. But not everyone is impressed. One NFL front office official said people are still waiting for Philbin to come up with something creative, some solution that genuinely makes a meaningful difference. A prominent network analyst who asked not to be named reminded me that Philbin isn't the quarterback/offensive guru that some people thought they were getting. "His background was an offensive line coach -- that's his expertise," the analyst said. Just like Tony Sparano's. And Miami's line remains among the NFL's worst in pass protection. Players respect Philbin's organizational skills and appreciate that he didn't rip into them during the losing streak. He hasn't lost the locker-room by any means. But he hardly inspires passion and hasn't corrected the Dolphins' shortcomings.

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November 3, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Beware Of Swamps, Bro.

November 3, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Maybe he needs better players, Mr. GM.

November 3, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe he needs better players, Mr. GM.

Better than Mike Wallace or Incognito?

November 3, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Better than Mike Wallace or Incognito?

He said better, not bitter.

November 3, 2013  09:58 AM ET

Anyone see that Auburn game yesterday? I was flipping between games and got to see Swain's 'nosedive'. I don't care if he did leave the field in a brace, that was clearly a faked injury. One of the alternate replays showed him standing there watch the official in the middle of the field. Once the official turned so he couldn't be seen, Swain laid down on the ground and clasped his knee.

On the other hand, Hollywood hasn't seen that good an actor in years.

November 3, 2013  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe he needs better players, Mr. GM.

You are right Otis, Philbin has done a decent job when you consider the type of players on that team.

November 3, 2013  10:18 AM ET

You will not mistake Philbin, for Vince Lombardi!

November 3, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You will not mistake Philbin, for Vince Lombardi!

I wouldn't mistake any current NFL coach for Vince Lombardi.

November 3, 2013  11:53 AM ET

8 more ice berg melts and all solid ground in Miami will be under water.

November 3, 2013  01:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

8 more ice berg melts and all solid ground in Miami will be under water.

You might want to include the ENTIRE Atlantic coast with your hypothesis.

November 3, 2013  02:15 PM ET

I think Philbin is doing decent things in Miami. He's at least bought himself another season.

 
November 3, 2013  08:25 PM ET

I think a team takes on a coach's personality, and Philbin is bland.

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