Most fans see head coach Joe Philbin as a very stoic individual who can't relate to his players and gives incredibly boring interviews whenever he talks to the media. But as time goes on, it's being made clear that the man who is mocked through jokes of picking up gum wrappers on the practice field, is not the man Philbin really is.
This past offseason, the Dolphins moved certain players who were taking up cap space and arguably keeping things tense in the locker room. Now, the head coach of the team suddenly appears to be a changed man, but is this really the case?
The Dolphins have been talking a lot over the past several weeks about how the feel of the organization is different than it has been in previous years, and speculation is abound that Philbin's recent change of behavior has reflected that change of atmosphere.
He's become more open, more relatable, and overall a more likable individual. Recently, Philbin allowed the team to skip a walkthrough practice in favor of a team building time where they went to see a movie, and now on the team's extended trip to South Carolina, Philbin was seen taking place in some rather surprising jocularity, as shown by linebacker Koa Misi's Instagram post.
Philbin and the rest of his coaching staff put on a show for his players, doing a rap while dressed in a white tuxedo, something that you would never imagine the seemingly stoic coach.
Linebacker Spencer Paysinger also had some footage recorded, and he put it on his own Instagram. This time, we see Joe Philbin dancing of all things.
Could this sudden emergence of sociability be the result of him finally getting over the loss of his son? Could it be that his level of comfortability is merely raised now that the likes of Mike Wallace are no longer causing issues in the locker room?
Whatever the reason, it's clear that Philbin now has the support of his players, and they have made it a point to say they appreciate the change in Philbin's behavior.
Philbin has said over and over again this offseason that he wants to make himself more relatable to his players, it appears that he's succeeded. Now, he has to find a way to translate his new relationship with the players into wins for the 2015 season, or he may not be around much longer to relate.
This story was written by Carlos A. Hernandez. Follow him on Twitter: @LosDez
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