Written by Matthew Cannata at 8:15 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins will head overseas to London for the second consecutive year but this year, it's taken on more importance as they will square off against the New York Jets, a division rival. The Dolphins will be the home team, which means they'll be giving up the home field advantage that they enjoy at Sun Life Stadium.
Joe Philbin was asked about it earlier this week and was very short and direct with his answers. Does that mean he's not happy or are we reading too much into it?
“All I really have to say about that is we had a great experience over there four or five weeks ago. That’s that and that’s the 2015 season, and we’ll deal with all of the ramifications when we get there.”
When asked whether or not Owner Stephen Ross talked to him about moving the game against the New York Jets overseas, he was again very direct and short with his answer.
“Again, that’s all I’m going to say about the London game. That’s a year away and I’m not really even thinking about that.”
However, he did soften up a bit when asked about the experience and admitted they did play really well. He said if it's anything like this year, it will be a good thing.
“If we play like we did this year over there, I’m ecstatic about it. It was a very positive experience, but at that point in time it’s 2015 and we have a huge game against an excellent Detroit team, so that’s really where the focus is.”
It could simply be that Philbin is trying to keep all of the focus on Detroit so he doesn't disturb the locker room with the outside distractions or he could genuinely be annoyed by the fact that they are giving up a home game to the New York Jets. Regardless of what anyone thinks though, this game is happening no matter how much one might hate it and it's time to accept it as fact and move on.
As Philbin said, it's not until 2015 so let's focus on this season and rooting on the Dolphins to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.