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08:32 AM ET 01.19 | So why is Dolphins owner Stephen Ross keeping Joe Philbin after ditching Jeff Ireland and Mike Sherman, rather than letting the new general manager pick the coach? Ross respects Philbin's integrity, his organizational skills, the way he carries himself. And some of Ross' closest associates, including Carl Peterson, have told him that Philbin is not the problem. And there's this: Ireland had the larger body of underwhelming work; Philbin --- who has multiple years left on his contract --- has had four fewer years to fail. But if Ross polled a wide range of players and others for feedback about Philbin and this coaching staff, he would get mixed reviews. He also would be confronted with this question: What special skill does Philbin bring to the job? "There's not great respect for the coaching staff there," said a close associate of several Dolphins players. "Criticism of the coaches is consistent with everyone I talk to on the team," said another associate. "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." And... "There's not a lot of great teaching there," said another person who speaks regularly with several Dolphins.

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January 19, 2014  08:46 AM ET

WOW!!!

January 19, 2014  08:55 AM ET

From the team that brought us the Richie Incognito drama.

January 19, 2014  09:23 AM ET

OK, but I give it zero credence. .."a close associate of several Dolphins players."...What the heck is that for a source?

Get any group of players from any team or business and ask them what they think about their bosses and you will get the same stuff. Complaints.

January 19, 2014  09:27 AM ET

Bottom line is winning football games cures everything and the coaches are on the sidelines not in between the lines, playing defense or offense.

January 19, 2014  09:29 AM ET

With free agency and the draft coming up there will be a minimum of 300 new players in the NFL . I suspect some of this " associates" circle will have something else to complain about. As in " I need a job."

January 19, 2014  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Bottom line is winning football games cures everything and the coaches are on the sidelines not in between the lines, playing defense or offense.

Billy Martin always said " The secret to managing is to keep the 12 guys who hate your guts away from the 12 who have not made up their mind about you yet."

January 19, 2014  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

OK, but I give it zero credence. .."a close associate of several Dolphins players."...What the heck is that for a source?Get any group of players from any team or business and ask them what they think about their bosses and you will get the same stuff. Complaints.

This sounds more like a few disgruntled player's agents unhappy with their client's contracts....

January 19, 2014  09:38 AM ET

"Criticism of the coaches is consistent with everyone I talk to on the team,"

Clearly there are no mirrors in the Dolphins locker room. Time to make some space on the roster.

January 19, 2014  09:40 AM ET
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"Criticism of the coaches is consistent with everyone I talk to on the team,"Clearly there are no mirrors in the Dolphins locker room. Time to make some space on the roster.

Only the playoff teams have happy players....

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January 19, 2014  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Nice quote from Billy, but I have a hard time believing that anyone didn't make up their mind about him in about 10 minutes.

Maybe it was the 1st day of spring training?

January 19, 2014  10:19 AM ET

put the Dolphins on Hard Knocks, that should be comical, and give the players a chance to air their opinions

January 19, 2014  10:40 AM ET

I really miss the days when the inmates didn't run the asylum.

January 19, 2014  11:28 AM ET

Let the Dolphins play a game in Japan. We know what the Japanese do to Dolphins, problem solved.

January 19, 2014  01:12 PM ET
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I really miss the days when the inmates didn't run the asylum.

Ya have to love it when the players try to tell ownership how to run the team. How many players can even run their own lives?
Ross needs to take control of this Phish soap opera soon or it will continue to be a laughing stock.
Time to fire some players/malcontents.

January 19, 2014  01:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Let the Dolphins play a game in Japan. We know what the Japanese do to Dolphins, problem solved.

Nice..

January 19, 2014  02:01 PM ET

I think just a little more structure in the lockerroom is what's needed.

January 19, 2014  04:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

From the team that brought us the Richie Incognito drama.

BTW, what's the status with Richie and his pet lately?

 
January 19, 2014  11:00 PM ET

this has been going on for a while in Miami hasn't it?

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