What's a guy got to do to win over an NFL owner? Dan Campbell might be asking himself the same question.
After two convincing wins, which make the Miami Dolphins a contender for the playoffs (yes, this is the AFC after all), Campbell has proven a change will do an NFL franchise good as his Miami Dolphins beat Houston on Sunday.
After firing Joe Philbin three weeks ago, it appears everything in south Florida is back to normal.
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Well, at least it's livable. There are still some things that need to be worked out. This is not a Picasso of a football team and Campbell, who is only filling in for whoever takes the position after the 2015 season, may not get a sniff of a chance to make this a full-time gig. But he should.
There is something to be said for continuity and wins in the NFL. Philbin could not do either with a franchise that wasn't barren and wasn't stout. The new regime, per say, mixed with Bill Lazor's offensive game plan, looks impressive. This could be the prescription Miami has needed.
But Campbell, who was thrust into this position, may not get to lead the charges after the holidays.
Haley in the Mix
Read any online source or fish wrap and you see the usual suspects: Adam Gase in Chicago, Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta and possibly Mark Trestman in Baltimore. Now, you can add Todd Haley, the Pittsburgh offensive coordinator to that mix as he has become the new "flavor of the day" down south.
CBS Sports is reporting, "Haley has managed to forge a positive relationship with Ben Roethlisberger after a rocky start. He has transformed Pittsburgh's offense and would be up for the project of trying to finally develop Ryan Tannehill."
"It would not surprise some in the Steelers' organization if Haley is indeed pursued by Miami after the season, and chatter about Haley's attractiveness to the Dolphins has grown in the coaching community."
He has already had one coaching chance in Kansas City. We all saw how successful that was.
What happened to loyalty for a job well done? It's hard to imagine - and here is where I stir the pot a bit - that the Dolphins get nine wins (which is still possible) and the team looks at other coaching candidates. Yes, the NFL is a what have you done for me lately league and big names attract big media mess and hope.
Hope is such a dangerous thing in football. It's right up there with the word potential - which is the sin of all that is good.
Campbell the Man
The media can spin any good yarn over who should be the next success story in Miami, but if Campbell continues to win and win over the players in the locker room, the decision should already be made. Why tempt fate with changing a good thing? This is the NFL, after all.
Yep, there is that sarcasm again. Team owners with big dreams and even bigger wallets tend to bring that out every once in a while. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross doesn't need a high-profile coach to win games. Just one who is respected by his roster. That goes a long way toward fixing the issues down in Miami - not the name associated with the fix.
Campbell is the right man for the job. Ross just needs to figure that out.