Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Will the Dolphins make more moves?
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins made their first firing of the offseason Monday when they let go of embattled offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. The move was expected after Miami’s offense was ranked 27th and averaged just 19.8 points per game.
But are the Dolphins finished for the offseason or just getting started?
All indications are head coach Joe Philbin is safe. He’s 15-17 in two seasons, which is not good enough. But Philbin will get an important third year to implement his program. Firing Sherman, a mentor and friend, was a strong sign that Philbin will return now that he’s willing to make changes to his coaching staff.
Is the rest of Philbin’s staff out of the woods? Position coaches such as offensive line coach Jim Turner still have to be nervous. Miami’s offensive line allowed a franchise-record 58 sacks last season. The Dolphins’ running game also was ranked 26th due to poor blocking up front.
Finally, there is Miami general manager Jeff Ireland. His future in Miami is harder to predict. Ireland has been a favorite of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross for a long time. Ross even signed Ireland to a contract extension quietly last offseason. But Ireland spent more than $200 million in contracts in 2013 and it resulted in an 8-8 record. If Ireland makes it through the next couple of weeks, that is a strong indication that he weathered the storm.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross visited the team's facility last week demanding answers. It's clear that Ross determined the offense needed an overhaul. We will find out soon whether Ross has additional moves planned?