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Dolphins will likely move on without Joe Philbin; Expect them to monitor Harbaugh closely

harbaughThe Miami Dolphins were blown out yesterday by the New England Patriots and that loss could have been the final nail in the coffin for Joe Philbin.  According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that Joe Philbin’s days as a coach in Miami are numbered. A matter of fact, Salguero caught the Miami bosses talking about the Dolphins future.

After Miami’s disappointment on Sunday, Ross was seen talking intently with both Marino and Tannenbaum. And although the entirety of the conversation could not be properly picked up, it is clear the men were discussing, at least in part, the Dolphins situation and future.

The scene was not typical of what happens after a game.

Afterward, Marino and Tannenbaum were seen at Ross’s helicopter — again, not a usual occurrence. Tannenbaum got on the copter and flew back to New York with Ross. The Dolphins say Marino did not get on the helicopter but instead went back with the team on the team charter.

Marino is a Dolphins special advisor to the owner. But he went to great lengths in his interview with me a couple of months ago to say he has never been asked to evaluate Philbin. That’s not what he was hired to do, Marino said.

Yet it’s obvious if boss Ross asks the former star quarterback his opinion about Philbin, Marino will use the knowledge he’s gained in attending practices, sitting in on offensive and defensive meetings, attending games and talking to players to share his thoughts with the owner.

Tannenbaum is the former general manager of the New York Jets. He was originally interested in being considered for the Miami GM post when Jeff Ireland and Ross split. That obviously didn’t happen, but Tannenbaum was then hired as a “consultant” to help the Dolphins on a variety of projects involving innovation, analytics and sports science.

Stephen Ross is a huge fan of Jim Harbaugh, so remember to keep that name in your hopes Dolphins fans. Only one problem though….

Omar Kelly    @OmarKelly
Keep in mind coaching isn’t magic formula either. Joe Philbin & Jim Harbaugh have the exact same record this year & 49ers have more talent

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