Miami Keeping Joe Philbin Is Smart

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Following Sunday's gritty late-game Dolphins victory over the Vikings, Miami owner Stephen Ross announced that Head Coach Joe Philbin would be returning for a fourth season, a decision that should be commended for embracing the wisdom of patience in a complex business and game. The response to the news has been mixed, applauded by the people with the most experience and best perspective (Dolphins player leaders like Ryan Tannehill and Cameron Wake) but panned by some media members for ignoring their own persistent coaching-change cheerleading.

How dare they!

The negative reactions aren't terribly surprising. One of the cornerstone commandments of modern media and the internet is 'thou shalt not ignore outsider wisdom when making complex business or football decisions.' Because nothing prepares you more for cogent administrative and football decision-making in multimillion dollar organizations than a journalism degree or watching football on TV. The School of Imagined Expertise has a huge alumni population.

In all seriousness, all it takes is a perusal of the NFL in 2014 to see that patience has won, and it won in a convincing blowout. Panic and fractional perspective had a terrible year.

If your NFL team has made progress, but now dreams of changing it's middling fortunes, you don't have to look far to find out how to do it. Unfortunately, it takes time. It takes patience. And it takes persistence. These qualities don't play well in the public square. Were conventional wisdom to have had its way, there's no chance Marvin Lewis and Jason Garrett would still be head coaches of the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys respectively. These two were supposedly good (but not great) coaches, and also 'nice guys' like Joe Philbin. But they could never compete with the AFC & NFC powers of the world. Or something.

Now Cincinnati is on the brink of another AFC North title, or at the very least another playoff berth out of a hyper-competitive division. And Dallas has slowly amassed one of the deepest and strongest teams in the NFC field on the heels of dominating the media-darling Colts. Persistence proved prophetic in both of these cases.

And it's not just a 'this year' thing. Tom Coughlin wouldn't have led the NY Giants to two Super Bowl championships if the popular sentiment on his job security were paid any attention by the Maras over the last decade. They didn't. And eventually they won big. And Bill Belichick wouldn't have led one of the most successful organizational stretches in modern football history if conventional wisdom would have had its way.

I was on that 2000 Patriots football team that went 5-11 and then began the 2001 season very unimpressively with an ugly 1-3 start. Bill Belichick was supposedly just a great defensive mind who was over his head as a head coach and talent evaluator. He 'was what he was and would never be anything more.' Or something. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone outside our organization who would have disagreed with that brand of conventional wisdom...some of the worst CW in modern sports history.

...Miami had a similar call to make. But Miami made the difficult (but correct) decision.

Understandably, "you don't know what you don't know" isn't going to be a popular message, but it's the reality that all players learn with absolute clarity inside the game, and have to vigilantly fight to not forget once they leave.

Outside an organization is pretty much the worst seat in the house to determine what needs to be done with it, especially when there are wet towels in the training facility with better perspective and experience. Having all the answers when having only fractions of the information and no experience is a fools game, especially when you don't understand the consequences of a 'sounds right' suggestion.

"Fire the coach!" is only the right answer in situations of absolute certainty. Miami this season (and Cincinnati and Dallas before them) is nowhere near that. The teams that invest in the process with time and sound internal decision-making are the ones that will prevail far more often than not.

For fans of the other teams in the AFC East, it's unfortunate that the Dolphins didn't give into the panicky cluelessness of popular & inexperienced sentiment, the same one that tried to pile dirt on Ryan Tannehill early in the season only to watch him progress into a very good young quarterback by season's end. The idea that switching coaching staffs in that environment after all the progress that's been made is another great example of amateur hour in motion.

The Dolphins are staying the course, looking to build on their mistakes, but not tearing down the structure. That's wise...a real version of NFL wisdom.
http://www.footballbyfootball.com/column/miami-keeping-joe-philbin-is-smart

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Yep, cant wait for another 8-8 season with good ol' average Joe...Oh well maybe we will somehow pull off playoffs.
 

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dave hyde said it all when he wrote it, the oragnization, players, media and a lot of fans are perfectly fine with this joke of a team, they see 8 or 9 wins as progress and a good season. its ashame that this franchise has come to this. we were very fortunate that the jags and jets have really bad qb's or we would be 6-9 right now. next year will be another wasted year and then magoo will fire the worthless coach when he couldve done it tomorrow night!
 

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yeah us critics shouldnt be critiquing a team thats missed the playoffs 13 of the last 14 years and hasnt made the playoffs for 6 straight years. good job all around, and congrats to ross for having the vision and foresight to bring back his coach. football is so complex and us idiot fans just dont understand that the dolphins have indeed made progress this past decade and are well on their way to winning 10 games sometime before 2025.
 

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yeah us critics shouldnt be critiquing a team thats missed the playoffs 13 of the last 14 years and hasnt made the playoffs for 6 straight years. good job all around, and congrats to ross for having the vision and foresight to bring back his coach. football is so complex and us idiot fans just dont understand that the dolphins have indeed made progress this past decade and are well on their way to winning 10 games sometime before 2025.
Commendable and admirable. It's hard to admit when you're wrong. :up:
 

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Barf to the title. Guess this proves everything tho, **** free thinking amirite?!

Ya...Jason Garrett and Marvin Lewis are GREAT examples. The Bengals who can't show up on primetime, and arguably have one of the most talented rosters in the league, pretty much fall flat on their face whenever it matters and hasn't won a playoff game in ELEVEN FREAKING YEARS. Come on man. Or Jason Garrett, who has now been surrounded with solid football minds and great personnel. He hasn't had some growth as a coach, he just gets neutered more by the year and his deficiencies get masked. This is why I say it isn't impossible to win with Philbin if we surround himself with the right minds and win inspite of him.
 

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One opinion of a random guy on the internet won't set you free.
You would think that a 3x SB champion would have some insight and hold some respect to the average beat writer.

This is why I say it isn't impossible to win with Philbin if we surround himself with the right minds and win inspite of him.
No head coach wins anything without surrounding himself with the right coaches and talent. No one. And no team in the NFL wins inspite of their head coach. None.
 

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No head coach wins anything without surrounding himself with the right coaches and talent. No one. And no team in the NFL wins inspite of their head coach. None.
Then we're hooped and you've made it pretty clear why I am unhappy with the decision. Don't act like you're enlightening the masses when you're just being a homer.

I pray Philbin doesn't become a Marvin Lewis and we're stuck with him for 11 seasons.

Oh ya Matt Chatman former Pat and Jet, sure he just loves watching us squirm every year.

You would think that a 3x SB champion would have some insight and hold some respect to the average beat writer. .
You would think with all of Ray Lewis' experience he would have more insight than talking about god for an entire segment, but I digress.
 
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"it's unfortunate that the Dolphins didn't give into the panicky cluelessness of popular & inexperienced sentiment, the same one that tried to pile dirt on Ryan Tannehill early in the season only to watch him progress into a very good young quarterback by season's end. The idea that switching coaching staffs in that environment after all the progress that's been made is another great example of amateur hour in motion"

this franchise is trending up, the culture is changing. Anyone who says this team needs a complete rebuild doesnt know football and firing joe means a complete rebuild.
 

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"it's unfortunate that the Dolphins didn't give into the panicky cluelessness of popular & inexperienced sentiment, the same one that tried to pile dirt on Ryan Tannehill early in the season only to watch him progress into a very good young quarterback by season's end. The idea that switching coaching staffs in that environment after all the progress that's been made is another great example of amateur hour in motion"

this franchise is trending up, the culture is changing. Anyone who says this team needs a complete rebuild doesnt know football and firing joe means a complete rebuild.
I am a firm supporter of continuity. Continuity of incompetence is simply incompetence tho.
 
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