The Miami Dolphins flat out collapsed at the end of the season. When teams collapse, someone has to pay, and that person is Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman who was fired today after 2 season with the team.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin released a statement on the firing:
“I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins. Mike has been a mentor to me throughout my coaching career, dating back to 1979. He is a man of great integrity, dedicated to his family, his team, his players and his profession. On behalf of the entire Miami Dolphins organization, I want to wish Mike and his family the very best in the future.”
Miami was in a prime position to make the playoffs entering week 16. A win over the Bills or the Jets would have gotten the job done. The Dolphins offense fell apart though, scoring just 7 points over the teams final 2 games. Miami lost both games and missed the playoffs.
It was reported at the end of the regular season that several Dolphins, including quarterback Ryan Tannehill, had lost faith in Sherman.
As everyone knows, the NFL is a quarterback driven league, and the Dolphins not surprisingly picked the side of the guy who they think can be a franchise quarterback in Miami.
Tannehill and Sherman had been together since their days at Texas A&M. Sherman coached Tannehill for 3 seasons in College Station before both left following the 2011 season.
After Joe Philbin was named coach of the Dolphins prior to the 2012 season, he brought Sherman aboard as his offensive coordinator.
In Philbin and Sherman’s first draft together, they selected Tannehill with the 8th overall pick in the draft which seemed at the time like a perfect fit.
For whatever reason, it didn’t work out, and a change was made. The fact that Sherman is gone means Joe Philbin’s job is safe for now.