Pat Kirwan: Dolphins’ players think they’re running the ship after coach firing

Just four games into the 2015 NFL season, the 1-3 Miami Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin and named Dan Campbell as his interim replacement.

The Dolphins, who haven’t finished a season with a winning record since 2008, expected to have a breakout season and compete for the AFC East. Instead, they’re in last place after a trouncing at the hands of the New York Jets in London.

On SiriusXM NFL Radio, Pat Kirwan explained why the firing could harm the mindset of the team’s players.

“What you just did, in my opinion, is let the players know that they know what’s best for the team,” said Kirwan. “That the players got off the hook for their lack of pursuit — go watch the pass rushers for the Miami Dolphins over the whole four weeks and tell me if you see guys that are playing great football.”

Kirwan continued.

“Dan Campbell is going to go in there and put his arm around everyone and say, ‘You’re all great. Everybody’s good. Now we’re going to play good because uninspiring Joe is gone.’ They’ll do that for a week or two, and then they’ll go right back to who they are. The players now think they’re running the ship.”

Rich Gannon also spoke about the situation in Miami.

“This organization’s a mess,” Gannon said. “Think about the money that this owner has poured into this organization. They fixed the stadium down there, they’ve shelled out big dollars for big contracts, including Ndamukong Suh this off-season, and he wants to see the results. Now they’re 1-3.”

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