Dolphins fire OC Sherman; HC Philbin is 'definitely safe'
The Dolphins' offense simply lacked creativity, as they failed to find ways to get the ball out of Tannehill's hands quickly, did not get the ball to Miller enough, and could not often enough find ways to get pricey free agent Wallace the ball in space. As a result, the team has fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
Sherman was given a tough task when general manager Jeff Ireland decided to let left tackle Jake Long leave as a free agent, and then did not address the position. The Dolphins' offensive line was a mess (especially once they lost Richie Incognito), as Tannehill was sacked a league-high 58 times. However, a good offensive coordinator can find ways to mask poor pass blocking (look at what Bruce Arians did in Arizona this year), and Sherman failed to do that.
Head coach Joe Philbin, of course, also comes from an offensive background, so the Dolphins' struggles on that side of the ball had him on the hot seat, as well. Philbin, however, did not call the plays for the Dolphins - Sherman did - and that is part of why Philbin was asked to fire his offensive coordinator. As for Philbin's job security, the Miami Herald has reported that he is "definitely safe," and he will return for a third season after going 15-17 over his first two campaigns.
The Dolphins are already rumored to be interested in Ben McAdoo for their now-vacant offensive coordinator position. McAdoo is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers. Bringing in a creative offensive mind should be at the top of the Dolphins' priority list, and the team probably has enough talent to get the offense turned around in 2014 with improved game planning and play calling.
It is also worth noting that GM Ireland's job security "has yet to be cemented by the team." Ownership is likely upset with a 2013 shopping spree that did not result in a playoff berth.