Ireland and Sparano were hired together. Worked together for 4 years. Ross fired Sparano, kept Ireland.
Ireland and Philbin work together for 1 year. Ireland here for 5 years. Suddenly Ireland fired=Philbin fired?
Ross had a personal hand in hiring the new head coach of the Dolphins. He choose Philbin. He choose Philbin over Ireland's reported favorite Mike McCoy. Is it possible that if this season goes to hell and back that Ross could pull the plug on the entire operation? Sure, its possible. But its more probable that Ross will keep his handpicked head coach and hire a GM willing to work with Philbin.