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Sources: Philbin to return to the Dolphins next year

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 28th, 2013 at 11:50 pm EST

Earlier this season, it looked like Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin would be fired.

This was when the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito saga was going on. Since then, Incognito was suspended after Martin left the team, and the Dolphins have a 5-3 record since this all started back on October 30th.

Joe Philbin (Getty Images)

Joe Philbin (Getty Images)

But, according to sources, Philbin will be given another year to keep his job. As a result, he will not be one of the head coaches that will be fired on “Black Monday,” the day after the regular season ends.

Philbin is in his second season with the Dolphins. This season, the Dolphins are present 8-7 overall.

They have an opportunity to finish their season with a 9-7 record should they defeat the New York Jets at home tomorrow at 1 pm on CBS. With a win, it would be their best season since the 2008 season when the Dolphins finished 1st in the AFC East with an 11-5 record.

That year, the Dolphins lost in the Wild Card playoff round to the Baltimore Ravens, 27-9. A win over the Jets would eliminate the Ravens from postseason contention and put the Dolphins into the playoffs.

Last season, Philbin guided the Dolphins to a 7-9 record in his first year as an NFL head coach, which was his first-year ever as a head coach. He was named the Dolphins tenth head coach in January 2012.

While Philbin will return, general manager Jeff Ireland will be handed his pink slip on Monday. Ireland has been the Dolphins general manager since January 2nd, 2008 when he was brought to the Dolphins from the Dallas Cowboys by then-Dolphins executive Bill Parcells.

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