The day after the Miami Dolphins lost their second consecutive game to miss out on the playoffs, coach Joe Philbin was ready to turn his focus toward 2014 - even though his job status hasn't been solidified.
If the Dolphins had won one of their final two games, Miami would have qualified for the AFC playoffs as the conference's sixth seed. But the Dolphins stumbled to an 8-8 finish while scoring seven combined points in losses to the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.
Team owner Stephen Ross declined to comment on the job status of Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland after Sunday's loss to the Jets. Philbin believes he's still the right man for the job.
"I have a lot of faith and confidence in myself, the staff and in our players that we can make the corrections necessary to lead this team to play up to its potential and consistently compete for championships," Philbin said Monday. "That's what I said the day I got here. I stand by what I said the day I got here, and I'm confident that I can do that."
A major focus has been on the late-season collapse of the offense, including the struggled of second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill during the fateful pair of losses to end the season.
Miami finished 27th in the league in offense (312.9 yards per game), 26th in rushing (90.0), 20th in passing yards (222.9) and 26th in scoring (19.8). Assuming Philbin gets a third year at the helm, there's no certainty offensive coordinator Mike Sherman will be retained. Sherman was Tannehill's head coach at Texas A&M, but has come under intense scrutiny due to the Dolphins' low offensive production across the board.
"I have a lot of confidence in our staff, our offensive staff with Mike Sherman. He's an excellent football coach, and that's what I think," Philbin said. Again I've just begun...I haven't gotten to any discussions with any coaches. I'm going to (talk) to every single player. I'm going to talk to every single player, every single coach. We'll decide and determine 2014 at a later point in time."
Tannehill finished with an 81.7 passer rating, but was unable to move the offense when the Dolphins most needed him to the past two weeks. He was also hamstrung by an offensive line that was shaky to begin the season, then lost two starters due to the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito saga.
Tannehill was sacked 58 times, while the running game rarely was able to produce yards with any consistency.
"I think there's development, but it's the beginning of the evaluation process," Sherman said of Tannehill's progression. "I'm throwing out a number, how many throws did he have, 550? 600? There's a lot of throws on tape to evaluate. Obviously, we look at it week-to-week-to-week-to-week, but now in the offseason there is more time to evaluate, 'OK, let's cut up all the third down plays. Let's cut up all the red zone plays,' and really sit down and study them and evaluate. So that's part of the process we will undertake."
Philbin, who was hired after serving as the Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator, declined to say whether he would be an option to oversee the offense should Sherman not return. First, he needs a vote of confidence from Ross, and the two have yet to meet.
"I'm proceeding, working and beginning my evaluation of the 2013 season," Philbin said. "I'm going to work every single day. We haven't even talked about any of that stuff."