Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
A lot of rage was created over the final offensive drive the Miami Dolphins attempted against the Green Bay Packers, and people began wondering what on earth offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was thinking. Well, the answer is quite simple. The call wasn't Lazor's to make. Head coach Joe Philbin came out and took responsibility for what happened on the last drive.
"I think there was 3:05 left. We threw the ball on second-and-9. I told Bill (Lazor) to throw the ball. Don’t blame Bill. I was the one orchestrating the whole thing and I said throw it." Joe Philbin said. "We had some guys running free, our quarterback was running for his life and I decided on third-and-9, I told Bill to run the ball."
That brought up some very disturbing theories among the fanbase, as questions arose to exactly how much control Lazor has over the offense. At the very least, Philbin has admitted that he may have made the wrong decision regarding those plays; but he also seems rather defensive over it.
"I don’t want to sit here and say I was right or anything, but that’s what I did." Philbin said. "That was the logic that I used. It didn’t work. I have to take responsibility for that.”
People are still questioning exactly how often Philbin decides to override Lazor's decisions. Earlier in the season we saw Lazor and Philbin having somewhat of a disagreement in the middle of a game on the sideline, and these quotes only add fuel to that fire as it appears that Philbin is micro-managing and doing the jobs of his coordinators.
It's possible that there's a method to Philbin's madness, but until we get to see it firsthand, it will continue to look like Philbin needs to step back and let his coordinators do their jobs. It's impossible to know for sure what's happening, but on the outside looking in, that's the impression that's given.