Dol­phins sack head coach Joe Philbin af­ter dis­ap­point­ing game

The China Post - - SPORTS -

The Mi­ami Dol­phins sacked head coach Joe Philbin on Mon­day, a day af­ter a 27-14 NFL loss to the New York Jets in Lon­don.

Dan Camp­bell, the as­sis­tant coach in charge of tight ends, will take over head coach­ing du­ties for the re­main­der of the sea­son, the club said.

Sun­day’s de­feat at Wem­b­ley dropped the Dol­phins to 1-3 for the sea­son. Mi­ami have a bye this week, and next visit the Ten­nessee Ti­tans on Oct. 18.

In an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion, team owner Stephen Ross said the team was not liv­ing up to its po­ten­tial.

“We have to change the cul­ture,” Ross said. “This is the most tal­ented team we’ve had.”

Camp­bell, 39, is a dis­ci­plinar­ian who played with four NFL teams from 1999-2009, win­ning a Su­per Bowl ti­tle with the New Or­leans Saints in his fi­nal sea­son.

“I’m some­body that un­der­stands them,” he said of the cur­rent crop of play­ers. “I’ve been at the top, I’ve been at the bot­tom. I un­der­stand what it’s like when things start go­ing ... not the way you want them to.

Camp­bell said he will fo­cus on chal­leng­ing his play­ers to per­form in ev­ery stage of train­ing as well as in games.

“You can’t just go through the mo­tions through the week and turn it on (on Sun­day),” he said.

“They have to be chal­lenged. That’s the first thing I’m chang­ing. I want them to be chal­lenged. I want them to have to com­pete.”

Club pres­i­dent Mike Tan­nen­baum said the tim­ing was right if the Dol­phins were se­ri­ous about mak­ing a change and try­ing to com­pete this year.

“We weren’t happy the di­rec­tion the team was go­ing. We felt like this was the best op­por­tu­nity to make a change and make an im­pact this sea­son,” he said. “The record was what it was. The tim­ing was right, with the bye week, with 12 games left this sea­son.”

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