The Dolphins didn’t show up for the second half in New England on Sunday, dashing any remaining playoff hopes and leading to renewed speculation about a coaching change when the year comes to an end.
On Monday, coach Joe Philbin said that he was one of the members of the team’s hierarchy that spoke to owner Stephen Ross after Sunday’s loss and he confirmed that Ross is “disappointed” in his 7-7 team. Philbin said that he anticipated more conversations with Ross this week, but he’s otherwise borrowing a page from the coach who beat him in Week 15 and moving on to Minnesota.
“What my focus, and the team and the staff, is this week,” Philbin said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “What’s happened in the past at some point in time is relevant, but right now what’s relevant is getting our team to play up to their potential for 60 minutes against the Minnesota Vikings. That’s really all that’s important to me right now.”
Philbin doesn’t think he’ll have a problem motivating his players, something that should be true since they have future jobs to think about while playing the Vikings and Jets before Ross makes his call on Philbin’s future. After 46 games and a 22-24 record, though, it may be more relevant that Philbin hasn’t been able to summon consistent winning performances from his team over the past three years.