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Philbin Refuses To Address Whether He Could Fire Sherman

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DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins players are cleaning out their lockers and the staff is beginning to dissect just where the season went so wrong after a season-ending thumping at the hands of the hated New York Jets.

“I thought the Jets deserved to win the game,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “They played better than we did.”

The Jets loss left the Dolphins with an 8-8 record for the season, one win better than last year, but stil far from where the team hoped to be in year two under Philbin.

“I’m just beginning the process of evaluating the 2013 season,” Philbin said. “I’m meeting with players today (Monday) and tomorrow. 8-8 is not where the franchise wants, needs, or should be.”

Philbin said no game or loss stood out as worse than the others and that he has just started to go through the roughly 2,500 snaps the team dealt with in 2013. Philbin said the changes have to start with him and go down.

“I’m confident there will be (changes), but right now, there won’t be any made…We’ll decided 2014 at a later time.”

Fans hope the first change will be with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. The oft-maligned coordinator oversaw an offense in the bottom of the league in most statistical categories. Philbin called Sherman “an excellent football coach” and said the game isn’t played on the stat sheet.

Sherman and Philbin have been long-time friends and worked together for multiple teams in the NFL. That friendship could be tested if a change needs to be made. When asked directly whether he could fire Sherman if need-be, Philbin dodged and refused to address the question.

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