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ESPN's Herm Edwards yesterday released a list of his top five up-and-coming coaches in the NFL, and yes, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin made the cut.

"I am on the bus!"
"I am on the bus!"
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Well, we know Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is on the bus.

ESPN analyst Herm Edwards yesterday posted an article naming his top five up-and-coming coaches in the NFL, and yes, Joe Philbin's name is on there. In fact, he's the second coach mentioned in the article (Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is first; Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton round out the list).

"I really was impressed with the job that Philbin did in his first year in Miami," Edwards wrote. "After nine season in Green Bay, including five as offensive coordinator, he did a terrific job bringing along rookie QB Ryan Tannehill. Philbin stayed true to his philosophy and got rid of some veterans early on, bringing on players that fit his system. And players that would represent the Dolphins well on and off the field.

Edwards also noted that Philbin had to deal with the bright lights of "Hard Knocks" on top of the challenges of competing in the difficult AFC East.

"After a 7-9 season, and getting some more defensive and offensive talent (including Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Dion Jordan and others), I expect big things from Philbin this year and in years to come," Edwards wrote. "Now that he has earned the players' respect, look for him to be able to lighten the mood more in practice occasionally and be more in touch with both sides of the ball. The future is bright in Miami."

Amen to that.

Those of you who subscribe to ESPN Insider can check out the full write-up here.

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