Joe Philbin was asked if the Miami Dolphins had “swagger” gong into this week's game in Buffalo. His response was that he didn’t know what that word meant. Of course he didn’t. He also doesn’t know the definition of the word “coach."
However, he’ll have next season to figure out how to best coach this teamt. Sure, there will be changes in the coaching staff and Philbin himself will be on a short leash in 2014, but with an 8 win season he deserves another season. With owner Stephen Ross giving a foolish vote of confidence to Jeff Ireland, and the drama that surrounded the locker room, he’ll have other battles to face. Is Ross still standing by Ireland? Will he have a change of heart? What will be the fallout when the Incognito/Martin investigation is announced? Changing the head coach won’t be a high priority this offseason. Of course if the Dolphins look terrible vs the Jets on Sunday--all bets are off. As bad as the coaching staff has looked this season, it’s not ALL Philbin’s fault.