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Dolphins Announce Hiring Of Packers Offensive Coordinator Philbin As Head Coach
Published January 23, 2012
RIGHT MAN FOR THE GIG? In Miami, Armando Salguero wrote Philbin “won the news conference on Saturday,” as he was “energetic, he was enthusiastic, he was prepared, pleasant and even-keeled.” Still, Philbin’s success “will be determined, like every Dolphins coach, by how much talent he has at his disposal and specifically how large his quarterback’s exploits become the next half-decade or so” (MIAMI HERALD, 1/22). Also in Miami, Greg Cote wrote Philbin “has become the man in charge of hope for a fan base so desperate for that.” Cote: “He must win. Now.” The hire “qualifies as a big gamble” for the Dolphins front office and it is a “justifiable hire if only based on that shiny title Philbin brings here.” But the Dolphins again “have rolled dice and offered themselves up as a proving ground for a man who arrives with his training wheels still on in terms of the job he has been asked to take on.” Cote: “That makes Philbin, good as he might prove to be, the second choice. The guy the Dolphins ultimately settled for” (MIAMI HERALD, 1/22). In West Palm Beach, Dave George wrote, “The hope is that he's no ordinary Joe. Ordinary is the most odious of fates for an NFL franchise” (PALM BEACH POST, 1/21). But FOXSPORTSFLORIDA.com’s Chris Perkins wrote Philbin “seems to be a man of substance and reality, not the quick fix.” But the hiring is still “a major disappointment” and will make a “tough sell to a dwindling fan base” (FOXSPORTSFLORIDA.com, 1/21).