We are in year 4 of the Joe Philbin/Ryan Tannehill era in Miami, one that has been defined by a season of scandal surrounded by a constant stream of mediocrity. The Dolphins went 7-9, 8-8, and 8-8 during the last three seasons, but entered 2015 with higher expectations. Then, after an ugly opening week win against Washington, Miami lost to Jacksonville before getting embarrassed by the Bills last weekend. So with the Dolphins at 1-2 and underdogs on Sunday against the Jets in London, rumors are swirling that it won’t take much to cause Miami to move on from Philbin — perhaps as soon as after the Jets game, if it’s a repeat of last Sunday for Miami.
Let’s say that doesn’t happen, but that Miami finishes the year with another 7-9 or 8-8 record. How rare would it be if Philbin and Tannehill stay in Miami and the team fails to post a winning record for the fourth season in a row?
Incredibly rare, as it turns out. In fact, just once1 in NFL history has:
- A quarterback led his team in passing yards in four straight years, and failed to post a winning record in any of those four seasons; and
- The same man was the head coach for the majority of the games in each of those four seasons
The only team to meet those criteria were the 2005 Texans. Houston entered the NFL in 2002 as an expansion team, with Dom Capers as head coach. The team used the first overall pick on David Carr, and as you can imagine, those two were given a very long leash. The Texans went 4-12, 5-11, and 7-9 in their first three seasons, before collapsing back to 2-14 in 2005. That was it for Capers, although Carr was given one more year as a starter.
Anyway, that’s just some trivia. What do you think the Dolphins should do?
- Although if you want to count the 1942-1945 Rams, I won’t hold that against you. Parker Hall wasn’t a quarterback in name, but led the team in passing yards each year, while Dutch Clark was the head coach each season. The Rams went 5-5-1, 4-6-1, 2-9, and 5-6 during Clark’s four seasons in Cleveland. [↩]