Wednesday Morning QB (Week 4)

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The NFL season is four weeks old and already teams are fed up with their performances and are making changes.

The Miami Dolphins entered Week 4 with a 1-2 record and were far from out of the hunt in the AFC East.

They had a chance to make a statement when they travelled to London to take on the New York Jets.

Winning the game would have given them a win over a division rival and would have moved them to .500.

The Dolphins didn’t play great especially on defence where they let Chris Ivory run all over them for 166 yards and a touchdown.

The offence couldn’t get going until the second quarter when they scored one of only two touchdowns on the day.

The loss for the Dolphins was a bad one but still wasn’t the worst thing to happen as they were still a few more losses away from truly being in trouble.

That didn’t matter to the ownership though as the Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin after just over three years at the head of the Dolphins.

Philbin came from Green Bay were he led one of the best offences in football to the Super Bowl and the Dolphins believed that he could do the same in Miami.

The first year showed some promise finishing 7-9 but finishing second in the division while the next two years led to .500 records and third place finishes.

The 1-3 start did not show a lot of promise for a great finish and so the Dolphins let their head coach go as they try to fix things before it’s too late.

The problem with that thought is that firing a coach a midseason is rarely the best idea with most not making much of a difference when the season ends.

The system that the head coach established before the season is something that can’ or at least shouldn’t, be changed in the midst of a season.

That system took an entire off-season to establish and whether it is working or not creating a new one between games just doesn’t make a lot of sense.

That system will need to be in place for the rest of the year and if it already hasn’t been successful to the point of the firing then there is likely no fixing it until the off-season.football-sidebar

Therefore, all that firing a coach does is remove the head coach from the occasion while throwing the team into the media rumour mill.

For the Dolphins the replacement says that not much is going to change with Dan Campbell moving from Tight Ends coach to head coach.

Unless Campbell is somehow a master motivator or Philbin was making all of the wrong choices the coaching change is not going to change a lot for this team.

Campbell will not change the system but will be the decision maker now as the Dolphins officially begin a coach search for the off-season.

Campbell could be a part of the search if he changes things but there are far more issues with the Dolphins than just the head coach.

If any Dolphins fans are hoping for a big change on the field stop holding your breath.

The Dolphins are a team that has not drafted well and made poor personnel decisions which need to be fixed before the coach.

Although Philbin likely needed to go it is strange that the Dolphins made the change this early in the season as there was still time for him to figure things out.

Whether he was going to or not remains a mystery but the fact is there are bigger problems than just at head coach.

This week starting quarterback called out practice squad players who reportedly earned an interception in practice and rubbed him the wrong way.

It is not the biggest news to come out of Miami but it should be an indication of the type of group that is in that building.

Without Philbin the Dolphins might get better and still have a shot at the playoffs.

If they make it the move to fire their head coach early will be genius and the management will be seen as great minds.

If they don’t it is another mismanaged situation in Miami that is starting to make headlines for all of the wrong reasons more often.

Fifth Quarter:
(Thoughts on Week 4 in the NFL)

Controversy in Seattle
When K.J. Wright batted the ball out of the endzone to preserve Seattle’s lead on Monday night it only built on the controversy of Monday nights in Seattle as the move was illegal and the ball should have gone back to Detroit in a play that had shades of the Fail Mary

Struggling Kickers
Something weird is happening in football as the most underappreciated players on the team are making headlines their usual way, the bad way, after a number of kickers missed key kicks that should have been easy for NFL level kickers

Comeback falls short
Trent Richardson was once considered the best young running back during his draft year but this week he was just looking for a job when the Bills invited him for a tryout after being cut in training camp by Oakland but the tryout didn’t go well enough as the Bills went another direction

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Key Scores:
Baltimore Ravens 23 – 20 Pittsburgh Steelers (OT)
– The rivalry continued as the winless Baltimore Ravens got their first win of the season against the Steelers who went into the game without their starting quarterback and Michael Vick didn’t do enough to get the win

New York Jets 27 – 14 Miami Dolphins
– The Jets and Dolphins travelled to London for the annual overseas game but what came after made more headlines as the Jets took a fairly easy win and the Dolphins lost the game and their head coach which wasn’t the first time a coach came back to the USA without a job

New Orleans Saints 26 – 20 Dallas Cowboys (OT)
– Drew Brees returned to the Saints after a week off with an injury and led them to the first win with the fastest overtime game ever when he threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime to beat the Cowboys

Seattle Seahawks 13 – 10 Detroit Lions
– It was another controversial night when K.J. Wright batted the ball out of the endzone on a Detroit fumble but that play should have been flagged and the ball should have gone back to Detroit but the referees blew the call and the Seahawks got the win

Next Week:
Seattle Seahawks vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday October 11th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Seahawks are coming off of a controversial win but they will look to move on and try to continue their comeback after a tough 0-2 start when they take on the undefeated Bengals who hope to show that they are for real

Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens (Sunday October 11th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Browns have been a better team this year but they don’t have much to show for it as stupid mistakes have sunk their season so far and they will get a test as a determined Ravens team tries to climb out of their 0-3 home with their second win

New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday October 11th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Saints are finally on track after losing three in a row and now they take on the Eagles who continue to struggle to get their offence going and could be the next team to lose their coach if things don’t turn around soon

St. Louis Rams vs. Green Bay Packers (Sunday October 11th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Packers are on a roll as the revenge tour continued in San Francisco but if they sleep on the Rams they will get a big surprise as the Rams have already proven to be a much tougher out than they have been in recent years

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