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Dolphins Fire Head Coach Joe Philbin

The Miami Dolphins came into the 2015 season with the expectation of not only making the playoffs, but contending in the AFC East.

But after starting the season with a win at the Washington Redskins, the Dolphins have been in a downward spiral, dropping three contests in a row by a combined 43 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. The team’s once promising season came to a new low in their Week 4 matchup, as the team lost to their division rival New York, 27-14, in a neutral site contest in London, England.

Following the loss and return back to South Florida, Miami announced that Head Coach Joe Philbin had been relieved of his duties. Philbin ended his 3+ year tenure with the Dolphins with a record of 24-28.

The head coaching responsibilities now lie on 39-year-old Dan Campbell, now the youngest head coach in the NFL. Campbell, a former 10-year tight end in the NFL, has been the tight ends coach for the Fins since 2011 after being promoted from the position of coaching intern in 2010.

Owner Stephen Ross made the decision to name Campbell the head man because, in his own words, he hadn’t seen a lot of improvement in this team so far this season, and he thought this was the best opportunity the team had to still make the playoffs. He also said that while Campbell has the interim title for now, he is “absolutely” a candidate for the full-time position once the 2015 campaign comes to a close. Essentially, this means that Campbell has a 12-week interview, which begins on Oct. 18 in Nashville, Tenn. when the team travels to face the Titans.

There’s never a good time for a coaching change, but if there ever was, this was it. Miami is coming into a Bye Week in Week 5, allowing them an additional week to adjust to Campbell and the coaching change. Campbell has seen success in his position over the tight ends in the previous four years, producing big-time players like Charles Clay and Jordan Cameron. He also has a tie to current quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as both played at Texas A&M. He is highly respected among not only the Fins’ roster, but also around the league, and he had emerged as the leading candidate when rumors of Philbin’s imminent departure started circulating.

Campbell has the opportunity and authority to fire any existing coaches, but those decisions haven’t been decided at this time. Stay tuned to for more information on the coaching change and the latest news on the Miami Dolphins.