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Dolphins coaching staff not on hand at Senior Bowl


This week’s Senior Bowl practices are usually the place to find NFL coaching staffs getting their first long looks at the top college players in the coming draft.

But the Dolphins have apparently decided to skip it.

According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and his staff aren’t on hand in Mobile, Ala. Philbin was there last year, after missing his first one with the Dolphins since he had just been hired.

They have scouts present, led by assistant General Manager Brian Gaine, but the team’s presence is limited.

The lack of a General Manager is also an issue here, as the Dolphins are the last team with such a personnel opening.

The Dolphins have the 19th overall pick, and there’s a reasonable chance that player’s in Mobile this week. And if he is, perhaps the coaching staff will meet him at some point, provided there’s someone in place to pick him.

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32 Responses to “Dolphins coaching staff not on hand at Senior Bowl”
  1. irkjames says: Jan 21, 2014 4:31 PM

    Looks like the wrong person got fired.

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 21, 2014 4:39 PM

    At least Miami has a staff to make a decision. Houston fired their scouting guys the night before the first practice of the Senior Bowl.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 21, 2014 4:45 PM

    It is curious to ponder why they haven’t made a decision or been unable to find what they are looking for.

  4. brutus9448 says: Jan 21, 2014 4:48 PM

    who cares if they’re at the senior bowl. I remember a few years ago the phins coaches were at the senior bowl. We got the great John Jerry from that excursion. Not being there might be a good thing

  5. xpensivewinos says: Jan 21, 2014 4:54 PM

    It’s a shame Miami has become such a clueless joke of an organization.

    Those early to mid-70’s teams were so dominant and Marino made things fun during his time (even though they didn’t really win all that much), but the garbage that organization has turned into both on the field in the front office is really unbelievable.

    It really all started at the end of Shula’s run and it seems like it’s gotten worse every year since then.

  6. jgedgar70 says: Jan 21, 2014 4:54 PM

    Maybe the coaching staff realzes the top 40 picks are all going to be juniors, so they think the scouts can watch the Senior Bowl while the coaches watch film on the juniors and get ready for the combine.

  7. clownsfan says: Jan 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    Rest easy Dolphin fan! The Browns “Ace” GM Mike Lombardi opted not to go to the Senior Bowl either. The Browns have sent Ray Farmer, a leading candidate for the Dolphins GM job, down there as the team rep. So he can take all his scouting info to MIA w/him when he eventually/undoubtedly bolts.


  8. scmems07 says: Jan 21, 2014 5:01 PM

    lets see,
    rd 1 pick….best LT on the board
    rd 2 pick….best G on the board
    rd 3 pick….best O lineman on the board

    not that hard.

  9. sabatimus says: Jan 21, 2014 5:03 PM

    The acronym “MIA” is so obviously spot-on here.

  10. bassplucker says: Jan 21, 2014 5:10 PM

    Seriously… is this franchise ever gonna get it together? They were one of the best run teams in the league once upon a time.

  11. phinagain says: Jan 21, 2014 5:11 PM

    not a problem. as mentioned earlier, our senior bowl trips have been disastrous. This is why we have John Jerry, Michael Egnew, and Jared Odrick instead of T.Y. Hilton, Jimmy Graham, and Earl Thomas.

    maybe it’s better we stay home for this one.

  12. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 21, 2014 5:21 PM

    It will be the GM who will select the players, not the head coach. All Dolphin GM candidates are at the Senior Bowl.

    Furthermore, the Senior Bowl is not the only venue to evaluate players.

  13. rushbacker says: Jan 21, 2014 5:24 PM

    I can’t decide which organization is embarrassing themselves more this off-season, Cleveland or Miami.

  14. scmems07 says: Jan 21, 2014 5:26 PM

    “not a problem. as mentioned earlier, our senior bowl trips have been disastrous. This is why we have John Jerry, Michael Egnew, and Jared Odrick instead of T.Y. Hilton, Jimmy Graham, and Earl Thomas.

    maybe it’s better we stay home for this one.”

    in all fairness, earl thomas was not a need when miami picked in the first rd, hilton was a no name reciever that was a lucky pick, and nobody knew graham would be that good and im sure having brees throwing the ball has helped his career a little bit. odrick is a solid player, jerry was pretty good once upon a time and egnew was just a flat out miss.

  15. oldbyrd says: Jan 21, 2014 5:30 PM

    Miami needs a Doctor!!!!

  16. toonloonboon says: Jan 21, 2014 5:41 PM

    the dolphins should hire dan marino as team president like denver did with john elway

  17. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 21, 2014 5:45 PM

    lol @ Dolphins. Quickly moving toward Cleveland status in the NFL.

  18. kevinhatesyou says: Jan 21, 2014 5:55 PM

    The Dolphins have a coaching staff?

  19. floratiotime says: Jan 21, 2014 5:57 PM

    Why bother. Come draft time they’ll just use their Ouija Board and Magic 8 Ball as usual.

  20. chapmanb2014 says: Jan 21, 2014 6:01 PM

    Non issue….. Miami’s new GM is there but he is just working for another team. Once he is hired he will compare notes with the scouts that he decides to keep in Miami and they will be fine. To be honest it makes me feel better knowing Philbin hopefully will not have alot of input regarding the draft because he will not be there next season.

  21. phinfan527 says: Jan 21, 2014 6:05 PM

    Team needs a GM and Ross isn’t even in the country. Very few staff at senior bowl? Why would anybody want that GM job?!! This franchise is a joke. They just don’t want yo get better. They suck, and I am a fan!!!

  22. officialgame says: Jan 21, 2014 6:17 PM

    Hey when your a great team like the Dolphins you don’t need to outwork others.

  23. ariani1985 says: Jan 21, 2014 6:36 PM

    Philbins off the green Bay tree, are we surprised? Turd Thompson missed the past few due to golf.

  24. chargrz says: Jan 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    Dolphins management needs to do their homework and make sure that that whoever they may select does not yell at Johnathon Martin or say any bad words around him.

  25. realitypolice says: Jan 21, 2014 6:44 PM


    The Senior Bowl is over rated. Do seniors even get drafted any more? Any senior with a first round rating won’t play in it, and none of the underclassmen who make up the majority of the top of the draft are allowed to play in it.

    What are you going to learn from watching mid-level prospects practice with players they’ve never played with before and then play an exhibition game?

    You know who else’s coaches aren’t there? The Seahawks and Broncos. Somehow I think they’ll survive.

    I think coaches go to the Senior Bowl for the same reason Shriners go to conventions. It’s warm and there’s beer.

  26. kona8190 says: Jan 21, 2014 6:44 PM

    Looks like they may be looking to offer someone from Denver or Seahawks the job.

    I see no other reason to wait a few weeks but with Ross this is normal.

  27. djphin says: Jan 21, 2014 6:52 PM

    Why would you send a coaching staff to evaluate talent when they do not have a clue if what their looking at. As a fan I believe we have a much better eye for talent than anyone presently on this staff. Really, ask yourself this; Do you really want Joe Philbin picking your players for the future? It might just be a blessing that the Dolphin coaching staff is not there. It just fits in with all the other crap they put out! We as fans should start a Dolphin Revolution!!!

  28. thereyougo2 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:21 PM

    The Dolphins have changed their name to The Miami Snoopy Dogs. The owner Stephen Ross feels insulted and has left for Europe and Asia.

    As a fan has commented Dan Marino was hired as the GM but quit after several hours on the job.

    It’s been rumored Richard Incognito has been all but signed as the new GM.

  29. thereyougo2 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:27 PM

    Stephen ‘Snoopy Dog’ Ross has worked out an agreement to sell the team to Ophara Winfrey with a move to LA. Ms. Winfrey will become the GM.

  30. broncostevenp says: Jan 21, 2014 8:47 PM

    Why do I have visions of the band playing on board the Titanic when I hears stories about the Dolphins now?

  31. bsizemore68 says: Jan 22, 2014 12:22 AM

    Just think, if all of the fools who say they are leaving the dolphins would leave then we real long suffering fans will get a break from there crying and bitching, please just go away. Bill

  32. dolfan72 says: Jan 22, 2014 7:40 AM

    When the Raiders were a great team, there slogan was “Commitment to Excellence.” The DON’T PHINS have turned their slogan to “COMMITMENT TO MEDIOCRITY!”

    I have boycotted the playoffs since the season ended and have no plans to see the SB.

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