Way to go Joe!!
He just stood up there and he told us, ‘Look, they're saying this about me, but I don't care,’ ” cornerback Nolan Carroll recalled last week. “He's telling us, ‘Stick with me; we all have to stay together as a team. They're all going to individually try to separate us, have us all pointing fingers at each other. We can't do that. We have to stick together.’ ”
Philbin, Carroll said, continued: “ ‘We're going to have downs. We're going to have a lot of downs. The key is, in those downs, stick together even more. Be supportive of everybody.’ That's what we did. When I heard that, it made me believe that, ‘Hey, we can get through this.’ ”We had to take on an us-against-the-world mentality, because it really was,” receiver Mike Wallace said. “People were really trying to destroy us. They wanted our coaches gone. They wanted our [general manager] gone before letting things play out.
“That's why they're on the outside. We know what we go through when we're together. We know the time everyone puts in, how hard everyone works. Coach Philbin, he's a great coach. We're going to fight for him. I love Coach Philbin as a man. I think he's a stand-up guy, a great guy. We're going to always fight to the end for our coach.”
How is this possible? Because, as Dolphins players will uniformly testify, their coach never changed who he was. Steady Philbin stayed steady Philbin, and his locker room followed his lead