Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin should be worried about his job status, which could be determined Monday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports.
The 1-3 Dolphins are amid a three-game losing streak that started in Week 2 against the lowly Jaguars. They’ve lost back-to-back games at the hands of two AFC East rivals – the Bills and Jets, respectively – by a combined score of 68-28. At 0-3 against AFC opponents, the Dolphins’ once-high playoff hopes now appear bleak.
The Dolphins are going into a bye week, which means now would be as good a time as any to make a coaching change. The problem, Florio writes, is that they’re lacking an obvious in-house replacement. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, like Philbin, are under fire. That could open the door for special teams coach Darren Rizzi to take over on an interim basis, per Albert Breer of NFL.com (Twitter link).
If team owner Stephen Ross does jettison Philbin in favor of Rizzi or anyone else, he won’t suffer a significant blow financially: Philbin is only signed through 2016, so a buyout wouldn’t serve as much of an obstacle for Ross.