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February 19, 2014

Thursday p.m.: Do you support Dolphins coach Joe Philbin? Poll. Vote now!; plus bringing Marino back, 'Melo-to-Heat scenario, Nevin & more

I'll be on ESPN's Outside The Lines (via phone) today some time between 3-3:30 p.m. to discuss the Dolphins.

1) It is THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20. Dolphins late last night fired offensive line coach Jim "Blowup Doll" Turner, as expected, a fallout of the Bullygate scandal. Longtime trainer Kevin O'Neill also was let go. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): D-Wade's cool gift, SI swimsuit issue, FIU's baseball error, Heat trade rumor, NBA All-Star Game, Mavis Staples & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

The Marino column: Today's latest column by me -- click Bring Marino Home to read -- makes the case why the Dolphins should explore bringing Dan Marino into the front office in a "frontman" role similar to what John Elway plays in Denver. 

THE GREAT DIVIDE ON JOE PHILBIN: There are two great disconnects in this whole Dolphins Bullygate issue. One is that the NFL/Ted Wells report found Jonathan Martin (and two others) to be the victim of 1aa1ajoepharrassment, and yet Dolphins players -- the men in that lockerroom -- side instead with Richie Incognito (and two others) who did the harrassing. The second big disconnect is that the Wells report essentially found coach Joe Philbin not guilty here, and if anything praised his forthright response to the scandal. And yet many in the media would hold Philbin responsible and figuratively lynch the man. Mostly these are national media folk who have never set foot in the Miami lockerroom, but some of the wanna-be-GMs are local, too. What's funny here is that Philbin, even with the Bullygate matter, would have gotten coach of the year votes and universal media praise had Miami made the playoffs, which seemed likely until the final two games. Instead, it's an hysterical piling on. I wonder how you feel? How fans feel? Do you support Philbin at least for now either because you think he's a the right coach or because he's being unfairly savaged for Bullygate? Or do you not support him because of either factor? Take a dip in our poll and say why.

THE 'MELO-TO-HEAT SCENARIO: I cannot take the credit for this if it interests you, or the blame if you find it too ludicrous to even consider. Credit or blame Steve Kyler, of basketballinsiders.com, who 1aa1ameloheatcrunched salary-cap numbers and concluded this week that the Heat could re-sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh this coming summer and add Knicks free agent Carmelo Anthony to form a fearsome BIg 4 ... if all four agreed to accept significant pay cuts to $14 million each. Likely to happen? Of course not! Plausible? Well ... perhaps. Remember that James, Wade and Bosh each sacrificed financially to make the whole Big 3 thing happen in 2010, although this would require an even greater hit. It is tantalizing to consider even as everything in your gut says, "no way." A scarier possibility for Heat fans: Miami targets 'Melo to replace LeBron if James leaves.

OOPS. NEVIN DROPPED ME AGAIN: My email inbox yesterday -- daily a weird, varied thing that I mean to share with y'all in a future blogpost -- includes this from the federal prison system: "The above-named inmate [Nevin Shapiro] has chosen to remove your email address from his/her approved contact list and, therefore, can not receive or send messages to your email address." Nevin and I have developed an on/off/on/off penpalship. Not sure why he has dropped me again, or why now, but you came imagine how crestfallen I am! Updates as needed.

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