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Dolphins’ players seem happy with changes on offense, not on defense

Joe Philbin speaks to the media after he was named head coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins in Davie Reuters

As new head coach Joe Philbin re-shapes the Dolphins, the reviews from the players are reportedly positive on offense but negative on defense.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins’ offensive players are happy that Philbin has replaced offensive coordinator Brian Daboll with Mike Sherman. Jackson cites one “prominent offensive player” as saying that Daboll would tell a player one thing about his role and playing time, then do something different on game day. So Sherman is viewed as a welcome change.

However, Jackson reports that some of the Dolphins’ defensive players are upset about switching from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3 base defense. Those comments apparently come from players who believe they’re better suited to a 3-4, which would suggest that those players are worried their own jobs are on the line. So it’s not exactly surprising that they wouldn’t want to switch base defenses.

The good news for those players, then, is that the Dolphins might not be changing their base defense anyway. But if Philbin is going to turn things around in Miami, he may need to jettison some unhappy campers no matter what defense new coordinator Kevin Coyle plans to run.

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13 Responses to “Dolphins’ players seem happy with changes on offense, not on defense”
  1. hedleykow says: Feb 8, 2012 1:44 PM

    How did the Chiefs manage to select an OC that players don’t respect? Not a great start for the Chiefs, it doesn’t sound like. Everyone has worked for someone like that — a two faced a$$ clown whose main purpose is in self promotion — and it sucks!

  2. cornersss says: Feb 8, 2012 2:00 PM

    Dabol made Reggie bush a 1000 yard rusher,marshal a pro bowl,moore a servicable qb,hartline 15.1 ypc,underrated fasano 14.1 and 5td’s,and thats with having to play TE and RT simultaneously.

    The dolphins were also one of the top teams in the nfl in plays over 25 yards. If anyone said we would achieve these with dabol, they would call it a success.

    Because it took this team 7 games to get going is what got people fired.

  3. fordraptorforum says: Feb 8, 2012 2:07 PM

    I’m guessing the bulk of the aforementioned defensive complaints are coming from the defensive lineman. Most of Miami’s backers already have 4-3 experience in their careers and the secondary isn’t as affected by the changeover as the front seven is. If people are complaining about this, my guess is that those people have last names like Langford, Soliai, and maybe Starks. Just a hunch.

  4. wez99 says: Feb 8, 2012 2:26 PM

    Um this is a miami article buddy, but Miami prolly will stay in 3-4, too many players suited and understand the 3-4, and they have proven to be successful in it

  5. dutchmaster91 says: Feb 8, 2012 2:42 PM

    The Dolphins have ran a hybrid the past few years anyway. That’s not changing. They ran something like 40% of the defensive plays with a four man front. The only difference is they might let Soliai walk, which would be the smart move.

  6. FinFan68 says: Feb 8, 2012 3:42 PM

    offensive players are happy that Philbin has replaced offensive coordinator Brian Daboll with Mike Sherman. Jackson cites one “prominent offensive player” as saying that Daboll would tell a player one thing about his role and playing time, then do something different on game day.
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    This is why they don’t win. They have the talent. They lack leadership and teamwork. It is not about who gets stats…it’s about wins. Until all 53 players find that attitude and stick with it, it does not matter who the coach is or what scheme is being used.

  7. cavemanna says: Feb 8, 2012 3:42 PM

    Umm this is a Miami article Bud, but its been mentioned in the article about Daboll and he is the current Chief OC, hence the comment above you didnt understand

  8. raiders757 says: Feb 8, 2012 5:55 PM

    These guys make too much money for what they do to be complaining. Shut up, enjoy the off-season, and go to work when called upon to do so. Don’t like it? Someone else will take your place.

  9. cantonbound13 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:43 PM

    One problem with this story, Miami does not have a prominent offensive player.

  10. noahbird says: Feb 8, 2012 7:02 PM

    Not a big deal. The 3-4 to 4-3 is a matter of putting Wake down. Soliai and Starks will do awesome. A wildcard, at least, will be on lock even if Moore is starting, as long as Taylor comes outta retirement. The last sentence is a joke, kinda.

  11. 42lyleblackwood says: Feb 9, 2012 10:40 AM

    There is a reason why Miami went 6-10 and were 22nd in offence……Brian Daboll-ocks.Daboll by name and Daboll-ocks by results. If he has gone to Kansas…they have my sympathies.

  12. ruggerlad says: Feb 9, 2012 3:12 PM

    I’m guessing the bulk of the aforementioned defensive complaints are coming from the defensive lineman. Most of Miami’s backers already have 4-3 experience in their careers and the secondary isn’t as affected by the changeover as the front seven is. If people are complaining about this, my guess is that those people have last names like Langford, Soliai, and maybe Starks. Just a hunch.
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    Starks has played DT, Langford can stay at LDE or play DT and Solai well yes Solai would not like the switch. I love the 3-4 and don’t like fixing what aint broke. I do see the benefits of the 4-3 with the TE becoming more dangerous in the passing game he can get a chip on him before Dansby or Burnett pick them up in coverage from OLB.

  13. ruggerlad says: Feb 9, 2012 3:19 PM

    Solai could’t get a deal done b4 and he could balloon past 450lbs once he gets a long deal. Regardless of the front we play we will show both looks and Langford can be used in both. In short yardage Starks, Odrick and Langford can all play inside or outside with McDaniels inside also. On passing downs Odrick could still play LDE with Kendall and Randy inside. The versatility creates a problem for opposing o-lines who have to study each of them because they could have all 3 line up in front of them at some point during the game.

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