Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk confirms the previous reports that if the Dolphins end up losing to the Jets in a blowout, HC Joe Philbin’s job could be in danger.
- Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald first reported Saturday that a blowout loss could cost Philbin his job.
However, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Florio that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ high regard for Philbin could still give him the benefit of the doubt. Although, Florio mentions that another embarrassing loss could lead to a change in leadership.
If Dolphins manage to come away with a win tomorrow morning, the possibility still exists that Philbin could finish out the season as their head coach.
Another factor in favor of Philbin retaining his job is the fact that there are no clear in-house candidates to take over for him on an interim basis. Florio adds that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle are “arguably are as much a part of the problem as Philbin.”
Rand Getlin of NFL Media reports that the Miami Dolphins are considering the possibility of making changes to their coaching staff in the event they lose to the Jets on Sunday.
A well-placed source tells Getlin: “If the team loses three in a row, don’t be shocked if someone on that coaching staff gets fired.”
Multiple sources inside and around the Dolphins have indicated to Getlin that there’s “widespread frustration” among the players with certain members of the coaching staff.
According to Getlin, some players believe the team’s offensive and defensive play-calling are “flawed,” and a team source added that “everyone understands” the coaches are the issue and aren’t putting the team in a position to win.
Getlin believes Miami’s coaching staff could be in danger of losing the locker room if they lose on Sunday.
Some were surprised that the Dolphins elected to bring back Joe Philbin as their head coach last year. However, Getlin mentions that Philbin is “revered by those who know him well.”
As things stand right now, Philbin has led Miami to a record of 24-27 record in over three seasons with the team.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been very loyal to Philbin, despite the obvious criticism of the team’s performance.
“(Ross) is a remarkably loyal person,” said one source who knows the Dolphins’ owner. “But I don’t think that loyalty is limitless.”
Beyond that, Dolphins vice president Mike Tannebaum didn’t hire Philbin and could be much more willing to cut their losses and move forward with an interim option should the team’s struggles continue.
We’ll have more regarding the Dolphins and possible changes to their coaching staff as the news is available.