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Joe Philbin is Dolphins' new head coach: Your reaction is... (with poll); plus Joe Pa, R.I.P.

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1aa1joepaJoe Paterno dies at 85: Longtime Penn State football coach and tarnished legend Joe Paterno has died at 85. Paterno was beloved in Happy Valley as a coach and icon but unfortunately his career ended badly and not of his choosing in the wake of his inaction in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. I hope time will allow the profoundly good of his life to vastly overshadow the controversy and sorrow at the end. Rest in peace, Joe Pa.

1aa1dwadeOn Dwyane Wade: A post I wrote -- "Is Heat better off without Wade?" -- was immediately overshadowed by the Dolphins' coach hiring. The Wade post is still there right below this but is lonely. Won't you support America by voting in our Wade poll?

Click on A Man And a Franchise In Need of Healing for my column on the Dolphins' hiring of Joe Philbin as head coach, now online after appearing on page 1A of the pulp editions.

DOLPHINS CHOOSE PHILBIN: ESPN first reported and then everybody did that Green Bay Packers offensive 1aa1joepcoordinator Joe Philbin, 50, is the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins -- the eighth in the franchise's 46-year history (10 if you count interim guys). Philbin was chosen over two other finalists: Broncos OC Mike McCoy (who seemed the frontrunner earlier in the day) and Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles. Philbin game-planned but did not call plays for one of the NFL's elite offenses, helped immeasurably of course by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Negative in the hire is that Philbin has no head-coaching experience and Miami is rolling dice and offering itself as a proving ground for an inexperienced guy who'll have on training wheels for the task at hand. The Dolphins sought the opposite (experience and a proven head-coaching record) in Jeff Fisher but were rebuffed, and now settle for their second choice. But enough of my rambling. What is your gut reaction to the Philbin hiring?