Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
In Joe Philbin’s first year as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, many described him as aloof, out of touch and distant. However, there were times where he cracked a joke and used his dry sense of humor. In his second year, he changed. He was brash with the media, wouldn’t joke around as much and became stiff and tight. Now, in his third year, he has completely changed and it’s like he’s a brand new person. Some would say that being on the hot seat does that to you. Others would say it’s someone simply settling into their role and finding their true purpose in their position.
"It's a privilege to work here," Philbin said. "It's a wonderful organization. I get to work with a lot great people every single day, not just the players and the coaches, but a lot of the support staff here that make tremendous sacrifices on a daily basis to be a part of this organization. That part is enjoyable. When you do something you love to do and you're doing it with people that you like to be around, that's hard to beat."
The players have noticed the difference too and are appreciative of it.
"For a lot of people, it's tough to kind of come in from a different angle. He's been able to do that," defensive lineman Jared Odrick said. "He's been doing it well. He's been hearing a lot of us out and it's been great. He's doing exactly what a head coach should be doing. I think we all realized that, not just the organization, but as a whole players realized that. I think that's why we were so welcoming to some of the offseason programs and some of the culture shifts that came about this offseason."
I talked to a couple players, and they said that he [Philbin] is completely different from last year,” Louis Delmas said. "He’s a great dude. “One thing that I love about him is, he’s trying to learn, he’s trying to open up, and he’s doing a great job at it. I’m definitely loving what I see, and I definitely appreciate it."
If the Dolphins are successful and make the playoffs, many will point to Philbin’s changed personality and the way he has led the team through the 2014 season.