The bye week was used by the Miami Dolphins to reset the franchise after a dismal start to the year. The team fired their head coach, promoted the tight ends coach to the interim head coach position, and made several other staff changes. The team got more physical in practice and talked about changing the culture of a franchise that was supposed to be threatening for the AFC East division title this year, but instead has found itself 1-3 through the first quarter of the year.As the team comes out of their Week 5 bye, looking toward facing the Tennessee Titans in Week 6, we take a tour around the internet to see what others are saying about the team, and how they are ranking them, in the Week 6 edition of NFL Power Rankings.
Mile High Report
I wonder if two weeks of Oklahoma Drills can bring back the Dolphins to a time when they were relevant as a football team? Things are screwed in Miami and not getting unscrewed soon.
Dan Campbell has a favorable schedule to start his head coaching career. The Dolphins take on the Titans and Texans the next two weeks, who are a combined 2-7.
Love Dan Campbell getting the interim-coaching assignment. Loved him as a player, too, especially with the Giants and Cowboys. In Dallas, Campbell was a gritty guy who could block and catch a key pass and, quite simply, played the game the right way. In 11 years as an NFL tight end, Campbell caught 91 balls -- or roughly a Jimmy Graham season's worth in his New Orleans days. But rather than griping about not getting the ball -- ahem ... like Graham in Seattle -- he was the kind of player who did all the little things to win. This part of his football personality is what this Dolphin squad needs, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
The team changed up the layout of the locker room. The lockers were rearranged so position groups are sitting with each other now. Call me cyinical but I don't think this stuff works on grown men.
They come out of the bye with new coach Dan Campbell instilling a supposedly new attitude. Talk is one thing, but action is another.
The Dolphins had the week off, so at least they didn’t embarrass themselves. They could even get themselves a win next week against the Titans, but don’t hold your breath.
Pro Football Talk
From Oklahoma drills to trying to drill Tennessee. Fail, and it’s over.
The Dolphins were on bye this past week and they changed coaches and their defensive coordinator. They head on the road this week to see if it can jump start this team versus the Titans.
What's Good?: That the Miami Dolphins already fired their head coach, Joe Philbin, after four games and aren't the 32nd-ranked team here should be seen as a positive. Interim head coach Dan Campbell vowed in his initial press conference to change the Dolphins' culture. Don't believe this is possible? The interim coach forced his team to participate in Oklahoma and full-contact drills during his first practice, per ESPN.com's James Walker.
What's Bad?: Campbell might provide a shot in the arm with his new attitude, but the Dolphins need to find ways to scheme around the talent on the roster, particularly the offensive skill positions. Rishard Matthews and Jarvis Landry lead the team in receiving, but Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker need to have bigger roles after the bye week.
What's Next?: Rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans await the new-look Dolphins. The Titans are a young and talented team, but they haven't been able to put away sure victories in recent weeks. Tennessee is a team still learning how to win, which means a Dolphins squad with a new attitude can compete and get back in the win column.
Interim coach Dan Campbell showed he meant business by ordering up an “Oklahoma drill” in his first full-padded practice. Whether such no-nonsense tactics will work with this team, under these circumstances remains to be seen. History says that in-season NFL coaching changes don’t produce dramatic turnarounds.
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