Hey everybody, I hope your Sunday has been as pleasant as mine (and when the Phins break the Hienz field jink how can it not be) This week I've been reading some of the post here on our Phinsider blog and noticed some people are calling for head coach Joe Philbin to be fired. I'm not claiming to be the most football savvy fan in the world, but as someone who has been with the team since the tail-end of Marino's days as a player I felt I should present the argument to keep good ol' Joe.
I became a Dolphin fan when I was six years old (I'm twenty five now so you know I'm devote) since then I've seen my favorite players not only on the team, but in the league, come in, get traded/injured, and retire, I've seen numerous changes at QB, HB, LB, DE and really noticeably head coach. I watched Jimmy Johnson blame Marino for the teams failures (which wasn't easy as my father is a cowboys fan) I watch Dave Winsted coach us to a few play off births, but with the Brady era beginning in New England we never went far. Even today I can't help but think of the word SUCKS whenever I hear Nick Sabin's name mentioned. Then came Tony Sparano and the wild cat offence (and a season ending injury for Tom Brady) which gave us a wild card birth just one season after winning only one game. I was happy with the team that year, we had a winning record, and our first post season in what felt like forever.
However as the seasons went by Miami again drifted to being in the hunt, but missing the playoffs. Sparano's defense played well but ultimately we lacked any type of threat down field (So much so that I would dread us having the ball with less then two minutes) Two years ago Tony was let go and Joe Philbin was brought in (Which my best friend who's a packers fan hated) Last season under a new coach with a rookie quarterback, we didn't reach the playoffs again
before this season Miami went on a spending spree, acquiring a few big free agents and looking like a guarantee to at least get a wild card spot. This year we had our first 3-0 start in years, as well as one of the biggest scandals in the organization's history all under Philbin's watch.
are we the top in the AFC east? no. do we have a spot in the playoffs? not yet. are we a top five offence/defence? no. But after watching the game today against the Steelers, and taking into account the Injuries and absents, I have to say I liked what I saw. An offensive line missing two starters coming together to play better then they have for most of the year, both in protecting the passer and opening up some running lanes, a second year QB missing some of the key targets brought in for this year recording 300 yard games, a defense coming up with big plays and keeping us in games. all of these were also under Philbin's watch.
even though this has been a far from perfect season, I still see a lot of good that has come from it and if nothing else then at least we stand something of a chance when driving down field.