One of the first rules of coaching searches has always been that if the last guy was fat, the next guy will be skinny.
So it’s no surprise that the Dolphins are warming to the more personal approach of new coach Joe Philbin and his staff.
“I was really impressed that he came in and obviously set the expectations for the team, but then he set the expectations of the coaching staff, too, and what we can expect from them,” guard Richie Incognito said, per Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. “So it’s kind of a reciprocal thing. And any time you’re in a situation like that, like, ‘We’re in this together,’ it really garners respect. So I was really impressed by that.”
It’s easy for Philbin to come off as charming, especially since Tony Sparano’s relationship with his team grew so sour. Linebacker Kevin Burnett recalled that when the Dolphins started the year 0-6, Sparano told the team: “‘You know what? If you guys want to lose and be 0-16 and get me out of here, no problem. But guess what? I’m not going to be the only one gone, and that’s just the reality of this business.’”
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross talked a lot about transparency during his conference call with season ticket holders earlier this week, and that philosophy seems to be extending to the coaching staff as well.