Joe Philbin In As Miami Dolphins Coach, Matt Flynn next?

Joseph BeguiristainContributor IIJanuary 20, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - 2007:  Joe Philbin of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Getty Images)
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Well, I figured this was going to happen. Actually, to be honest, I really didn't think this could go down. I just thought of Joe Philbin as the best possible coach out there for the Miami Dolphins. When have the Miami Dolphins brass ever done something that people thought was a solid move?

According to sources, Joe Philbin will be the eighth coach of the Miami Dolphins, and the fourth in seven years (not including interim head coaches). This once-proud franchise was known for its stability at the head coaching position, headlined by legendary Don Shula's 25 years with the team.

Enough about the past though, this is about the future. And the future looks a bit brighter. With the addition of Joe Philbin, the West Coast Offense isn't too far behind. The West Coast Offense is what Brandon Marshall was brought up in and what Reggie Bush's skill set is made for.

What? An offensive scheme that actually maximizes the current talent on the Dolphin's roster? Yes.

The potential of this offense looks brighter when you consider players like Charles Clay at tight end and Davone Bess at the slot, who needs to get back on track after a sub-par 2011 season.

All of this hinges on one big move that most expect to happen. Matt Flynn becoming a Miami Dolphin. In the NFL, head coaches often attach themselves to their quarterback. Enter Joe Philbin and Matt Flynn. The two have worked together since Flynn was drafted in 2008.


This move also might show how owner Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland feel about current quarterback Matt Moore. The other finalist for the Dolphins' coaching spot was Mike McCoy, offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.

McCoy worked with Matt Moore in his days with the Carolina Panthers. If the Dolphins hired McCoy, all indications point to Moore starting in 2012. Perhaps Ross and Ireland think that they have already seen Matt Moore's ceiling and realize that he is just a solid back-up or stop-gap quarterback.

All in all, this move shows the Dolphins are ready to be offensive...and not offensive in the way we are accustomed to seeing.