New Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin met the media in Miami today and said his coaching philosophy is that the Dolphins are going to employ an up-tempo, attacking style on offense, defense and special teams.
But while Philbin said he’ll draw on his experiences as the Packers’ offensive coordinator, he also downplayed the extent to which he can simply give the Dolphins the same system that the Packers had.
“You can not just take the Green Bay playbook and slap it down in South Florida,” Philbin said.
In comments that seemed to bolster the idea that the Dolphins aren’t counting on signing soon-to-be free agent quarterback Matt Flynn from the Packers, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he doesn’t think his team is about to turn into Green Bay-South.
“We don’t have any Packers on our roster,” Ross said. “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”
Addressing the personnel in Miami, Philbin suggested that the most important thing is that he wants players with a good work ethic and passion for the game.
“I’ve always had great relationships with players who wanted to be great players,” Philbin said.
Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland said Philbin will have complete authority to put together his own coaching staff. And Ireland said he thinks that staff will have a roster that can win right away.
“He’s inheriting a good football team — that’s not reflected in wins and losses, but there are pieces for him to build with,” Ireland said.
Philbin’s job will be making the Dolphins a good football team in a way that is reflected in wins and losses.