For the second straight year, one NFL coach went all the way to London to lay their last stinker and got fired.

The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin, a day after losing to the New York Jets in London 27-14. That score is misleading, as Miami couldn’t move the ball except for penalty yardage, and the defensive line was a no-show.

Last year it was Philbin and the Dolphins mauling the Raiders in London, leading to the firing of Oakland coach Dennis Allen.  Oh, how things can change in the National Football League.  Philbin was 24-28 in his time as the Dolphins’ coach.

There are reports that Philbin has trouble relating to his players in the locker room, and he also had to make it through the Richie Incognito bullying scandal of a couple years ago.

But will this work for Miami?  One quarter of the season in, each team’s ownership, management, and coaches realize that these players are what they have, and there are no drafts or free agent signing periods on the horizon.

So there is only one thing to change, and that’s the head coach.

But will it matter? From the year 2000 until 2014, when Dennis Allen was fired by the Raiders, there were 24 mid-season coaching changes.  None of those teams made the play-offs and only 2 ended the season at .500 or above. (Washington and Detroit in 2000)

Tight End coach Dan Campbell is expected to be named interim coach.

Luke Straub

Spark Sports NFL Analyst