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Joe Philbin says everyone starts with a blank slate

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Dolphins coach Joe Philbin had a conference call with season ticket holders on Tuesday and he used it to outline how things will work when he gets his first chance to put his players through their paces next week.

Philbin and his staff will be installing new offensive and defensive schemes — he called his offense “easy to learn” — during the offseason training periods. With the draft still to come, there will still be a lot of change to the roster between now and the start of the season but Philbin said that his first priority is getting the most out of the players already on hand.

“Your job as a coach is to get the maximum out of the players you have,” Philbin said, via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We have a broader perspective at this point in time. We’re excited about getting started. We think we have a lot of character. The key is how quickly we can forge this group into playing like a team.”

Philbin went on to say that all of the holdover players will be starting with a blank slate and that the entire team is starting from square one. Those phrases, as well as the broader perspective Philbin mentioned in the quote above, make it sound like the Dolphins are setting a low bar for themselves in terms of expectations for this season. It’s not a bad idea, although it would be a lot easier to pull off if they had totally cleaned house during the offseason.

Even though Philbin had nothing to do with previous teams, Jeff Ireland’s continued presence in the general manager’s office makes it hard to separate this year’s results from what went down the last few seasons. The players might get a blank slate, but the same probably isn’t true for the franchise.

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26 Responses to “Joe Philbin says everyone starts with a blank slate”
  1. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 4, 2012 10:05 AM

    Smart way to begin his tenure.

  2. annes22 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:13 AM

    Just re-sign Yeramiah Bell for a start. He saves the day, when the others “mess up”!! He may be older, but so what??

  3. noahbird says: Apr 4, 2012 10:14 AM

    No clean slate for Ireland.

  4. mungman69 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:22 AM

    Miami should start over. Not a lot of talent there.

  5. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 4, 2012 10:35 AM

    Joe Philbin looks like that actor who played the father in the movie Step Brothers.

  6. agelardi says: Apr 4, 2012 10:36 AM

    Worst decision was taking Jake Long with the first overall pick. Don’t care how great he is on the OL, we don’t have a QB or RB to warrent (or warrant) an O-Lineman that high.

    Should have traded the pick and stocked up.

  7. getsome99 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:40 AM

    Jeff Ireland for President!

  8. kane337 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:45 AM

    Joe Philbin is going to be a great head coach. Watch and see.

  9. wannstache says: Apr 4, 2012 10:48 AM

    There is no grace period. Ross & Ireland fired Sparano because they said all the pieces are in place. Anything other than the playoffs is UNACCEPTABLE. I’m tired of them saying one thing but doing another. Win now or make drastic changes to the front office. Or sell the team.

  10. edgarh21 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:57 AM

    But some organizations making having to start with a blank slate a rare ocurance. It’s become a norm for the Dolphins.

  11. rwmilli says: Apr 4, 2012 11:06 AM

    Miami has talent…vante Davis is excellent in the secondary, and Jake long is a beast ! Reggie bush isn’t bad, just not an all down back, I wish the best to phin fans, but in all honesty, until Ireland is gone i don’t see this team getting any better, Philbin was an awesome addition!

  12. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 4, 2012 11:25 AM

    That kind of langugage – “starting with a clean slate” – is a good way to reset the timer on Jeff Ireland. It’s also a good way to completely destroy him if it doesn’t work out.

  13. broncobeta says: Apr 4, 2012 11:33 AM

    rwmilli says:
    Apr 4, 2012 11:06 AM
    Miami has talent…vante Davis is excellent in the secondary, and Jake long is a beast ! Reggie bush isn’t bad, just not an all down back, I wish the best to phin fans, but in all honesty, until Ireland is gone i don’t see this team getting any better, Philbin was an awesome addition!
    —————————————

    Can you even do addition?

  14. capslockkey says: Apr 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    “Joe Philbin looks like that actor who played the father in the movie Step Brothers.”

    He does, but I was thinking more like the dad in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He’s a doppelganger for either one.

  15. jmoneysm says: Apr 4, 2012 12:22 PM

    Tony Sparano over achieved as a HEAD COACH with the fins. Jeff Ireland has done a respectable job Drafting and in free agency. With some more talent through the draft and a better coaching staff in the philbin era, the dolphins will be back on track in no time.

  16. hooterdawg says: Apr 4, 2012 12:59 PM

    Have there been many successful bald head coaches? Nothing against the follicle challenged, but they just don’t seem to exude the confidence of a leader.

  17. thesportgenius says: Apr 4, 2012 1:02 PM

    Clean Slate could also mean that nobody gets a pass and it is an open competition at all positions.

  18. ronrob69 says: Apr 4, 2012 2:05 PM

    I am a lifetime ‘Fins fan, I wish Philbin nothing but the best. But with Ireland still there, not getting my hopes up.

  19. cantonbound13 says: Apr 4, 2012 3:04 PM

    I like Joe, Ireland & Ross not so much!

  20. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 4, 2012 3:39 PM

    From the look on Joe’s face, I think everyone starts with a blank stare.

  21. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 4, 2012 4:28 PM

    Philbin has a blank slate, as do the players. Not the GM or owner- their slate is a muddled mess.

  22. nremi85 says: Apr 4, 2012 5:53 PM

    Miami is a playoff team watch n see…, I wish the nfl was as easy as madden in free agency and the draft…..I got miles austin, brandon marshall, and a.johnson, oh and this rookie running back that is sick, mike vick, n romo behind him, t , suggs, marreweither, harris, wake, dansby, seymore and donte hall, like come on and use free agent and the draft. I did it lol

  23. nremi85 says: Apr 4, 2012 5:56 PM

    Goooooooooo dolphiins, afc east champs maybe not but playoff birth, fact ……n if they don’t make it ireland is gone …he knows _this …watch n c

  24. nremi85 says: Apr 4, 2012 5:58 PM

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  26. nremi85 says: Apr 5, 2012 12:54 PM

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