Jimmy Johnson famously said he didn't treat all his players the same.
If Emmitt Smith or Michael Irvin made a mistake, it would be dealt with differently than if a rookie committed the same gaffe.
Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin obviously doesn't agree.
I say this because when I cited JJ's oft-stated philosophy this afternoon and asked how Philbin viewed that issue, he made a small joke and quickly moved on.
"I think Pat Devlin is a teacher’s pet," Philbin said of his third-string quarterback, "but other than Pat, everybody else is the same."
That's a potentially dangerous approach in the modern NFL for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is locker-room dynamics. But Philbin has made it clear since taking over that he's a no-nonsense kind of guy, a "zero-tolerance" dude, to borrow the phrase he offered up Monday.
While Philbin never specifically called Bush's six-series absence a "benching," he made it clear he's not a big fan of turnovers in general and fumbling in particular. At the same time, he admitted Bush has been a pleasure to coach.
"He’s professional," Philbin said. "He’s a pro. The guy shows up, works hard, practices hard, is competitive. He’s very, very professional."
Philbin also brushed aside a question about putting Bush in his "doghouse."
"I don’t know if he’s in any doghouse," Philbin said. "Not in any doghouse that I know of."
Just one of 53.
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