Miami Dolphins: In Joe Philbin We Trust, the Beginning of a New Era

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IOctober 18, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 07:  Head coach Joe Philbin of the Miami Dolphins talks to the officials against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The coaching position has always been one surrounded by speculation for the Miami Dolphins. From Cam Cameron to Tony Sparano, there have always been ups and downs in the organization. Sparano had an unbelievably poor start to his last season as a coach. Cameron had a 1-15 season and drafted Ted Ginn Jr.

But none of this matters anymore. We have begun the Joe Philbin era, and at this point in the season, it has already looked promising.

While the Dolphins sit comfortably at 3-3 and a shared lead in the AFC East, they have responded well to a blowout loss in Week 1 at the hands of the Houston Texans. Miami is currently on a two-game winning streak, but two of their losses came in overtime, leaving fans wondering what if. What if the Miami Dolphins were 5-1?

Joe Philbin would definitely be receiving his fair share of credit if that were the case. Even at 3-3, Philbin should receive some well-deserved credit, especially considering the situation he inherited.

Imagine you were a new head coach. You are given a situation where you have a rookie quarterback under center, who many scouts have penned as merely just pre-draft hype. You have a young receiving corps for this rookie quarterback that is completely unproven. You have a secondary that has the potential to be roasted by opposing passing games. Yet, you are blessed with a solid running game and an impeccable defensive line.

Now look at Ryan Tannehill's success, the emergence of Brian Hartline and the type of consistency the Dolphins are playing at. Yes, the players have mostly been fantastic up until this point. But who else calls a fake punt on fourth down on your own 40 with 4:05 left in a 17-14 game and succeeds?

But really, Joe Philbin should be given credit where it is due. I look forward to a healthy and promising future with him as head coach.