Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Much has been made about Joe Philbin and the way he has changed quite a few things this season. In addition, many have commented on the way his personality has changed and the way he has really opened up to his players. In fact, he’s changed so much that many of them are saying he’s a completely new person.
“It’s like night and day,” quarterback Matt Moore told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “It’s not like it’s necessarily talking to the boss all the time. It’s a lighter friendship. He’s always around now. If it’s lifting, meetings, he’s always there. I love it. You just didn’t have that kind of relationship the previous years I’ve been around here. Tony Sparano was nothing like that. The last two years [with Philbin] were not like that, not anything close to where it is this year. He has done a really good job.”
While Mike Wallace still might joke that Philbin is boring, the message from him is clear that they have a much better relationship now than they did last year.
“Just the entire year there’s a whole new vibe. I feel a lot more confident in him. Just the way he’s acting around the team, the way he’s interacting with the players; that’s going to take us to the top. I’m not going to say he’s the most entertaining guy. He’s still pretty boring. He’s just showing a lot more intensity with the players. He’s out of his comfort zone.”
Jackson writes that Philbin now allows cell phones in the lunch room, music is played during practice and players no longer have to wear suits home on road trips. In addition, he meets often with several veterans and seeks their input.
“He’s letting us have more fun,” said defensive tackle Earl Mitchell. “His dance move broke us up.”
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