For the NY Jets, how does the firing of Joe Philbin by the Miami Dolphins affect the team?
The Jets (3-1) beat the Dolphins (1-3) across the pond in London in Week 4 of the NFL. The Dolphins came into the 2015 season with a lot of hype and after the first quarter of the season, the hype train crashed and didn’t make it to Week 5 as Joe Philbin was given the boot.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 6, 2015
Man, the Jets beat the Dolphins so bad they fired their head coach; as sad as losing a job is, I can’t help but bask in the fact the Jets were the final dagger. The Jets over the last several years have had the kryptonite for the Dolphins and that trend continued with Philbin’s firing.
The Jets delivered the kill shot to the Dolphins season the previous two years and now put the hammer strike down on Joe Philbin yesterday. — Jake Asman (@JakeAsman) October 5, 2015
So how does this Philbin firing affect the Jets? Well firstly it deals a major blow to the Dolphins chances this season. They were already a dysfunctional mess and now with their head coach fired it seems like the team could continue to spiral out of control. Dan Campbell, former tight end’s coach for the Dolphins, assumes Philbin’s seat on the throne.
Nov 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Miami Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
It’s funny sometimes an interim head coach can spark a football team; we’ve seen it in the past with guys like Jason Garrett and Tony Sparano in spurts. Though the last time an interim head coach led his team to the playoffs was back in 1961 when the Houston Oilers did it in the AFL.
So it’s fair to say the cards are stacked against the Dolphins to still “accomplish all the goals they have in front of them” as former Jets’ general manager Mike Tannenbaum and current Dolphins Vice President of Football Operations puts it.
Regardless, it’ll be an interesting story line to pay attention to as the Dolphins carry on through the rest of their season. The Jets next play the Dolphins on November 29th at MetLife Stadium in Week 12 of the NFL. It’ll be the Jets 4th AFC East divisional match-up on the season.