Joe Philbin vs Jeff Fisher
A few months ago, Fisher had his choice between the Miami Dolphins or the St. Louis Rams. The word was that St. Louis had significantly more control over personnel to offer Fisher as Miami owner Stephen Ross (for some reason) has faith in GM Jeff Ireland to make the personnel decisions.
Fisher has a history of being a good head coach. He has a career record of 144-122. He has the Rams at 3-2 despite a decent-at-best roster.
Philbin is in his first ever head coaching gig. I loved the way he ran training camp. His in-game play calling has come under fire, but that is true for just about every rookie head coach ever.
What I love from Philbin is attitude/approach. He has been crystal clear from day 1 that he expects his players to put out an effort that Dolfans can be proud of. Following wins-turned-into-losses vs the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals he did not give any “we are competing and we are exceeding expectations…keep it up” speeches. Instead he was clear that the losses were flat out unacceptable and the team may be impressing some, but the losses were not impressing Philbin.
In Tennessee it was time for a new voice. Fisher was the Tennessee Titans there from 1994 to 2010. Wow. We know coaches are hired to be fired, so for such a run from Fisher was impressive.
Can we attribute the Green Bay Packers struggles to the fact that Miami hired Philbin away? I would think there is a certain percentage of truth to that. Not 100%, but we see this Packers offense is unrecognizable these days.
One of these coaches will be drawing praise following this game. Either Fisher will have his Rams at an impressive 4-2, or Philbin will have his team at 3-3 with 2 straight wins. The winner will be in a position to be a surprise playoff contender in 2012.
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