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Nover: Difficult to Back the Dolphins

It's somewhat fitting Miami axed Joe Philbin following a loss in London since the Dolphins have gone through coaches like Henry VIII went through wives.

Miami not only is on its second head coach, but second offensive coordinator. The Dolphins are on their eighth head coach since 2004 - and interim coach Dan Campbell isn't likely to return.

The Dolphins were so glad to get rid of Philbin, they went 2-0 straight-up and against the spread (ATS) in Campbell's first two games destroying Tennessee and Houston. Since then the Dolphins are 2-4 and 1-5 ATS. Motivation can only go so far. Tactics, game management and other coaching skills count, too.

Dolphins Hosting Giants Monday Night

Miami is 1-7 ATS its last eight games at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins host the New York Giants Monday night. The line has gone from pick to Giants minus one.

The Giants have their own coaching issues. Tom Coughlin would be a stronger Hall of Fame candidate if he would have retired after the Giants won their second Super Bowl in five seasons during the 2011 season. Since then the Giants have failed to reach the postseason. New York has blown five fourth-quarter leads in going 5-7.

But Coughlin at least has a record of previous success. He also has a good quarterback, Eli Manning. Coughlin has been the Giants' head man since 2004. During this span the Dolphins have gone through Dave Wannstedt, Jim Bates, Nick Saban, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Philbin and Campbell.

Tannehill Has Been Mediocre for Miami

The Dolphins have heavily invested in Ryan Tannehill believing he could be a franchise quarterback. Tannehill hasn't even been mediocre with the fifth-worst passer rating and completion percentage among starting quarterbacks.

Miami squeaked past decimated Baltimore, 15-13, last week failing to cover as 3.5-point home favorites. Tannehill threw a 38-yard touchdown strike to DeVante Parker. That play came immediately following a turnover. Miami could manage just 181 yards outside of that play. They had nine punts and lost a fumble on their 10 other possessions.

New offensive coordinator Zac Taylor treated Tannehill like a game manager having him throw just 19 times. The Giants are untrustworthy, but it's difficult to back Miami when there's no confidence in the coaching and quarterback.