Monday, October 26, 2015

How many wins for Campbell to keep his job?

Three weeks ago when Dan Campbell was promoted from tight ends coach to head coach little was known about him and it was seen as a long shot that he would retain the coaching job. Fast forward to today and the Dolphins have blown out the Titans and Texans and Dan Campbell has been put on the map nationally. He has turned a 1-3 football team which was closer to the number one pick and playoffs were not even in the realm of possibility. However just a 1/2 game back of a wildcard spot and a schedule that does not look as bad as it once did, this season is far from over and we can play meaningful games now. He has made players play to their full potential and seems to have support all throughout the locker room. 

Now looking ahead to the schedule the Dolphins play the following teams:
  • @ New England (6-0)
  • @ Buffalo (3-4)
  • @ Philadelphia (3-4)
  • vs Dallas (2-4)
  • @ New York Jets (4-2) 
  • vs Baltimore (1-5)
  • vs New York Giants (4-3)
  • @ San Diego (2-5)
  • vs Indianapolis (3-4)
  • vs New England (6-0)
As of right now 4 of the final 10 games are against teams above .500 and 6 games against a team with a worse record than Miami. So this brings up the question, how many wins would it take Campbell to stay another year? With two wins already under his belt, I believe Campbell will stay on if he wins 4 games from here on out. That would put the Dolphins at 7-9 and 6-6 under Campbell. That is pretty impressive if you looked at this team after the New York game, as we were on pace to finish 4-12 losing to the Jaguars and being blown out by both the Jets and the Bills. 

3 wins I believe would be a judgement call and it would depend how we are losing the other 7 games. If we are competitive and losing by narrow margins then I believe he will be given another chance. Anything less than that then I believe we should look elsewhere. Now the caveat to this would be if we suffered a major injury that sets us back a lot, then we would have to evaluate it all again. 

As of right now, its Campbell's job to lose and so far he has made a giant statement on keeping it. The Dolphins are playing with a passion I have not seen in many years and we have returned being a tough team and it is not a coincidence this happened when Campbell was promoted. I can't recall the last time we blew out and dominated teams but now this is the second week in a roll we have. Now on to New England, where this will show us just how good the Dolphins are. If only we could have an Oklahoma drill of Belichick and Campbell. 

On another note if Campbell were to take us to the playoffs, there is no doubt he should win coach of the year. He would have completely turned this team around after being handicapped to a 1-3 start. 
 
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I don't think it will be based off of just wins. I think it will be a combination of success, team chemistry, fan excitement/attendance, players opinion. That's just my take.

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I want to see at least 5 more wins: Pats, Bills, Jets, Pats again, and the Eagles (because I'm surrounded by Philly fans).

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I want Campbell to keep the job! He has proven that he is smart, by doing some of the unique things he has done to build up the team. The players are responding well to him and doing a great job. If a new coach were to come in all the coaches would get fired as well as half the team, I am sick and tired of watching the coach turn over constantly in Miami and deconstruction of the team. The nice thing about Philbin was that he could pick talent, players developed under him and he was here long enough to start a solid foundation. I would love to see Campbell build on that foundation and take it to another level!!! Go Fins!

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With Al Golden looking for work, Campbell may have to win 9 or 10

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Cool Article...! Time for Phinfans to have some 'SOUP', some 'NE Chow-dah' on Thurs. It won't be easy, for sure with Belicheat thinking up some plans and stunts in his evil lair. However, the only way to beat these guys is to hit Brady, and hit him again. They cannot run, and the JETS took that away, but Brady threw like 60 balls to win. If he tries that against the Phins, Wake, Suh and the bunch need to smack the smile off his face and make him wish he was suspended !

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I believe there are at least 6 wins in the remaining schedule.

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If he has a winning record in the division I think he stays. If he figures out a way to sweep New England the rest of the games won't matter!

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@Donald a we are currently 0-2 in our division for Campbell to have a winning record in our division he would have to win every division game.
@Javana Buehler, I think he is awesome as the heart of this team he motivates the guys and gets them emotionally ready. His relative inexperience in the technicalities of coaching have me worried.
His "tough practices" are awesome right now. But the first time a big time starter has a season ending injury playing musical chairs, I think the fans will turn on him. Matt Moore broke his nose in practice and he's the backup QB, no one's supposed to hit the QB in practice.

I'm a Campbell believer, let's see how he finishes the season.
Does it make me a bad person if I wouldn't mind Brady incurring a season ending injury?

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He must win 6 more games to stay.

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He will win at least 7...

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Winning Thursday night would go a long way.

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I like Campbell already. Philbins fins wouldn't have beaten the Titans at home and the game vs. the Texans would've been a low-scoring affair and probably a close game to the end. I mean...we couldn't even beat the Jags with Philbin as the coach. Now we are blowing out bottom-feeders and that is what playoff teams do.

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Campbell may not have all the nuances that experienced head coaches have but he does have passion and that goes a long way.

He may ask few things he'll wish he hadn't but as long as the team plays hard for him, I will forgive him for those moments.

Campbell comes from the same mold as Shula. Tough ex-player who turned coach while playing and learning from a successful head coach: Paul Brown and Bill Parcells. Both young as head coaches who can relate to players. Both tough as nails. Boyhood expect more from their players than they do. And both get that extra effort.

If we beat NE on Thursday night in NE, we are going 12-4, maybe losing to the Jets. They always spoil us.

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Campbell may not have all the nuances that experienced head coaches have but he does have passion and that goes a long way.

He may ask few things he'll wish he hadn't but as long as the team plays hard for him, I will forgive him for those moments.

Campbell comes from the same mold as Shula. Tough ex-player who turned coach while playing and learning from a successful head coach: Paul Brown and Bill Parcells. Both young as head coaches who can relate to players. Both tough as nails. Boyhood expect more from their players than they do. And both get that extra effort.

If we beat NE on Thursday night in NE, we are going 12-4, maybe losing to the Jets. They always spoil us.