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Dan Campbell says we're about to see the sleeping giant awakened. I'm so ready for that; however, the serious part of me understands that is part of the hyperbole he needs to use to motivate the team. Reasonable expectations for Campbell and company would be a competitve team that plays hard, irrespective of the record at the end of the season. The faithful can hang their hats on watching a new coaching staff and players come together. It would be important for him to start winning more than he's losing at the end of the season if he's going to keep his job. I'm already sick of reading the articles about his replacement. Didn't be send Todd Bowles packing in favor of Philbin? This once-storied franchise is in full ruin. It is like the inner city infrastructure of Detroit..... rubble. It just doesn't need a tweak. It needs a complete engine overhaul. Ross has brought this here. He took us from the slippery slope of decline and plunged us directly in the abyss of horrible football. After the unenthusiastic play against Buffalo, I had already lost interest. I began spending my Sundays doing something productive. At least now, I can enjoy watching again. How long that lasts depends on how hard this team plays for their new coach. 

    At the beginning of the season you would've marked this as an easy win. Now, @Tennessee, I'm not predicting a win. I think its too much to ask an interim HC to pull off given he had to fire his DC as well. If Dan were a defensive coach, i'd be a little more optimistic about short term success. We now have a DB coach who might be over his head as DC. You never know, people surprise but all indications are this is going to be a loss. Here's what my gut is saying. This won't be a close game. Its gonig to be either really good, or really, really bad. This team has the talent to do their jobs and win despite the circumstances; however, that's just it.... on the flight to London there's some clown walking around laughing, joking and other players seemed like they were heading to the beach....not a football game where they're 1-2 coming off one of the most embarrassing losses in a while. I would've expected a somber mood. One of more seriousness. Campbell has his work cut out just with changing the attitudes on this team. If he can get that turned around, he still has to figure out how to turn it into a winner. Imagine walking into a garage with a high end car sitting their in pieces. Completely dismantled, each piece dumped in one big pile. Now imagine you're told you have to be ready to race in two weeks and btw, we just fired the body and frame guy. I think you get it. With that said, If Dan pulls off the unthinkable this season and manages a miracle turnaround..... it might be worthy of Dan the Man status.

 

Go Tannehill!

GD2

Back in August, our friends at the Football Betting Center had the Dolphins at a 35:1 chance of going to the Super Bowl. Maybe they were the smart ones and didn't buy the hype of an upgraded roster. They saw the Joe Philbin/Kevin Coyle effect and had us as the 13th best team in the NFL. They put us as the 8th best AFC team which meant no playoffs anyways. Now, that is interesting, isn't it?

They had Amari Cooper to win Offensive ROY, not our DeVante Parker, and that is turning out to be correct. The New York Jets won the odds for the most player arrests.

Everyone ancknowledges that this is the best roster the Dolphins have had in years. Our new Head Coach, Dan Campbell, was not shy to pump up expectations of what he has inherited.

This is my sixth season with the Miami Dolphins, and this is the most talented roster we have had in those six years. We have plenty of talent. I feel there’s a lot more we can get out of these guys.

No more Mr. Nice Guy

It is no doubt that you've seen the video clips of a new tough head coach. He's not the screamer that Tony Sparano was, and he's not "one of the nicest coaches I've ever met" as SI's Peter King said in his MMQB article last Monday. Campbell is a guy that also played with toughness for the New York Giants at the tight end position. He is someone that the players respect and are excited to play for. How did he start off his first practice? He had them doing the Oklahoma Drill. I wonder who had to face off against Suh.

I get the impression that Campbell is in the mold of a Bill Cowher type of a coach. I like his mindset and personality.

 

What is fair to expect from Dan Campbell this year?

Keep in mind that these Dolphins have been in this offensive and defensive system throughout training camp, preseason, and a month into the season. You do not turn the big ship around immediately. It would be unfair to expect that from anyone. The culture has got to change, and Campbell started the process by adding an assistant head coach to help overseas the offensive playcalling, and by firing Kevin Coyle. He understood the offensive problems, so, he fixed that first. After studying the defense he had no choice but to let Coyle go. Otherwise, it would be the status quo.

The Dolphins are 1-3, but keep in mind they are a very bad 1-3. To me, after such a poor start, a successful season would be 8-8 or 9-7. If he gets this then he did a good job and should be considered for the head coaching job.

 

What the heck is wrong with Ross?

My mind could not grasp the fact that Ross told Philbin after the loss to the Jets that they would continue the status quo and hope the team rides it out to success? Are you freaking kidding me?? It wasn't until Tannenbaum came into the picture and wanted Philbin to fire an assistant or two that Philbin was let go because he refused to fire anyone. The structure needs to change, and the General Manager needs to be given the power to fire and hire the head coach.

Don't think that Tannenbaum isn't managing for his job. He spent a lot of money (once again), and the team isn't showing anything for it. Of course, we know that Ross will not fire him, but Tannenbaum believes he made the right decisions for the current roster and his talent has been mismanaged. We've known this for a long time. Who would have thought that Coyle would change Suh's aggressive one-gap technique to a two-gap read and react technique. Who would have thought that Lazor and Philbin would keep our awful guards in the game without working others into their positions. Douglas has been horrible, and Dallas Thomas is his usual ugly self.

Yes, Ross has been the problem with this team as he has refused to fire Philbin because he likes him. That is not good football sense at all. If Ross really loves this team then he needs to be a bigger part of the team by actually showing up during the week of practice. Let his football minds make the correct football decisions.

 

The Next Head Coach Should Be ....

The media will throw out a lot of names right now. Do not pay any attention to them. Hue Jackson? Give me a break. We need to focus on this season right now, and we'll make a decision on the new coach after the season. I would like to give Dan Campbell a shot to win the job. While he has had head coach aspirations, he was not afraid to risk his career on a floundering team .... unlike Jim Schwartz who did not want to tarnish his chances by refusing to run our defense.

If Ross would have listened to me, our head coach should be the one coaching the Bills right now. No matter as what is done is done. It's Campbell time.

 

Miko Grimes and Omar Kelly

Omar Kelly criticized Ryan Tannehill for things that he did not say, and it was based on Miko Grimes slanderous accusations against Tannehill. Can we shut them both up?

 

Go Dolphins!

Big Dave

The Good

 

Really?

 

The Bad

 

Where do I start... oh yeah! Coaching.

 

The offensive playcalling is atrocious. What happened to the Bill Lazor system we saw last season that caused the Dolphins offensive numbers to spike? If there was anyone we believed in on this staff, it was Lazor. But now he has become another predictable Dolphins offensive coordinator. Everything is out of the shotgun, there is no commitment to the run. The Jets blitz and bliz and the Dolphins did nothing to counter that. No max protect, no screens.

 

Kevin Coyle's defense is now dead last in the NFL. DEAD LAST! There are 32 teams! And you are dead last with all this talent? I get that there are holes, but you have so much talent upfront and you have 1 sack and can't stop the run? Your starting four have zero... ZERO sacks! This is unacceptable. Was Kacy Rodgers that good of a defensive line coach? Then maybe he should have been our DC.

 

And of course, Joe Philbin needs to go. And this is the week to do it. Yes, you're going to wind up promoting someone else who isn't doing a good job. Either Lazor or Coyle, because finding a coach from outside the organization will be impossible. Maybe there is a darkhorse on the roster like Rizzi or Duffner with some prior head coaching experience?

 

The Ugly

 

Despite so many poor performances by players, I refuse to single out any players until Joe Philbin is no longer the head coach.

 

Overall

 

The season is basically lost. We don't have any great coaching options to replace Philbin but maybe getting rid of his will lift the cloud or ineptness that surrounds this team and we may see... oh I don't know.. a good effort? The rumor is that Ross will make a decision today. If he is making a decision today, that can't be good for Philbin. My fear is that Kevin Coyle will get promoted. I still prefer Lazor to move to HC and Philbin/Coyle getting fired. One can only hope that Philbin was simply dumbing down Lazor's system?

 

At this point, not really sure what to think anymore other than hoping we hire someone who can coach for the 2016 season.

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