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Joe Philbin fired by Miami Dolphins, replaced by Dan Campbell

Philbin out after the Dolphins' loss to the Jets on Sunday.

The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin on Monday after a disappointing 1-3 start to the season, as first reported by Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun Sentinel. Philbin will be replaced by tight ends coach Dan Campbell, who will now serve as the team's interim head coach.

"I want to thank Steve Ross for allowing me the privilege to serve as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins," Philbin said in a statement, via Alain Poupart. "This is a tremendous organization from top to bottom that has a talented and dedicated staff. I want to especially thank the players, coaches and football staff who have worked so unselfishly and represented the team with dignity and class. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the incredible fan base who has supported me and my family unconditionally since day one. It is my hope that the 2015 Miami Dolphins achieve great success both on and off the field."

Campbell, 39, joined the Dolphins as a coach in 2010 after an 11-season career in the NFL with the Giants, Cowboys, Lions and Saints. After one year as an intern, he was named the team's tight ends coach in 2011 where he remained for the next four seasons.

"I have the greatest respect for Joe -- he didn't have to hire me in 2012, because I was part of the old staff, but he gave me a chance," Campbell said. "But this is my sixth season with the Dolphins, and we have, by far, the most talent in that time frame. I just have to change the culture."

Campbell pointed out his experience on both ends of the NFL, having played for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV and the 0-16 Detroit Lions in 2008.

"These guys work hard, but we have to get them to compete," he said in a fiery press conference. "That starts in practice. The best teams I've been on have been the ones that got after each other during the week. If we start there, I know we'll be going in the right direction."

Philbin, 54, was in his fourth season with the Dolphins after first joining the team in 2012. The Dolphins compiled a 24-28 record during his tenure with the team, recording back-to-back 8-8 seasons before a slow start to the 2015 season.

Team owner Stephen Ross also issued a statement, confirming Philbin's ousting.

"This was a tough decision for me to make knowing how tirelessly Joe worked in his four years here to make this a winning team. He is a man of the highest character and integrity that I developed a close personal relationship with. I am extremely disappointed with how we have started the season, but I feel confident that we can improve quickly with the talent we have on our roster."


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After 19 years coaching at the college ranks, Philbin came to the NFL in 2003 and spent nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers, quickly working his way up to offensive coordinator in 2007 where he stayed for five seasons. The Packers never finished outside the top 10 in total offense during Philbin's time as offensive coordinator. He parlayed that success into a head coaching job with the Dolphins where he was immediately paired with 2012 first-round pick, Ryan Tannehill.

While Tannehill's numbers improved in each of his first three seasons with the Dolphins, the team's offensive numbers didn't improve much to match. The team's offense finished near the bottom of the NFL in 2012 and 2013, and despite jumping up to No. 14 in 2014, the team struggled to get anything going on offense in 2015.

The final straw was a poor showing in London against the New York Jets in Week 4, when the offense managed just 226 yards in a 27-14 loss. It came just one day after a report from said the frustrations of Dolphins players had the team "ready to throw in the towel" if things didn't turn around in a hurry.

The Dolphins will now look to regroup from three consecutive losses with a Week 5 bye before traveling to face the Tennessee Titans in Week 6.

"The bye comes at a perfect time for us, because we need to figure some things out," Campbell said. "But I'm going to challenge every player on this team, from the best guy on the field on down, and that starts with practice. I want it to be really intense and really competitive on Wednesday and Thursday and maybe even Friday. If that means we have to break some things up, that's fine."

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