In the Dolphins Coach Changes: Power Struggle in Davie post, phinsider member Phinsatx made an interesting comment that I wanted to expand on.
I don't give the coaches a pass on the personnel. They all sit in the same room during the draft and talk about needs during the off season. Then, they coach the players up and prepare the game plans for the talent they have.
It's like the chicken or the egg.
Why did our 2013 draft class contribute so little?
Ireland made poor draft picks... or Philbin and his staff weren't able to develop them properly. 3rd round pick Dallas Thomas couldn't sniff the field with our TERRIBLE O-line. 2nd round pick Jamar Taylor had 3 tackles and a pass defensed. 3rd overall pick Dion Jordan played less snaps than former UDFA Derrick Shelby
I don't have much love for Ireland, but I tend to place more of the blame on Philbin and Co.
Here's an example why:
Now let's turn to Mike Wallace. He owns a very solid history of production (average 8 TD's/season). He had 5 this year in Miami. That is the lowest total of his career. Now before we blame it all on Tannehil's accuracyl... remember Philbin and Sherman admitted that they don't spend time on the deep ball in practice. How's that saying go... practice makes perfect?
Reshad Jones is another example. Very good last year. Not so much this year. Did he get lazy after signing a big contract or is it possible that the coaches weren't playing to his strengths by putting him in so much 'man' coverage.
Take players with a history of solid production, put them in Miami for a season and they look like bums.
If that isn't a coaching issue, then I don't know what is.
(ps: Admittedly Grimes is the exception. He performed very well. But doesn't Ireland deserve most of that credit? He signed Grimes to a low-risk contract which paid off in the form of a Pro-Bowl CB. Low risk, High reward? That's just smart gambling. And Grimes was just too good for Coyle to make him look bad.)