Dolphins coach Joe Philbin reportedly saves his job by firing offensive coordinator Mike Sherman

Anwar S Richardson
January 6, 2014

Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin apparently found a way to save his job.

Fire offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.

According to Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who previously said nobody in his organization was safe, wanted Sherman fired after a disappointing 8-8 season. Usually when an owner wants an assistant coach fired, the head coach either agrees with the decision or declines and loses his job.

Instead of fighting back, Philbin agreed to terminate Sherman, which saved his job.

This is not the first time a coach has recently been asked to make personnel changes.

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak was reportedly fired because he refused to part ways with his assistant coaches. One of the reasons former Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was reportedly fired is because he refused to release a player the front office wanted off the team.

However, Philbin is very fortunate to still have a job after Jonathan Martin’s harassment allegations against teammate Richie Incognito, plus his team missed the playoffs due to an embarrassing 20-7 loss at home against the New York Jets in Week 17. Ross had plenty of reasons to dismiss Philbin, but apparently is willing to give his coach one more year.

Sherman, however, is not that fortunate.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!