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Dolphins coaching staff not on hand at Senior Bowl

Joe Philbin

Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin speaks from sidelines in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


This week’s Senior Bowl practices are usually the place to find NFL coaching staffs getting their first long looks at the top college players in the coming draft.

But the Dolphins have apparently decided to skip it.

According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and his staff aren’t on hand in Mobile, Ala. Philbin was there last year, after missing his first one with the Dolphins since he had just been hired.

They have scouts present, led by assistant General Manager Brian Gaine, but the team’s presence is limited.

The lack of a General Manager is also an issue here, as the Dolphins are the last team with such a personnel opening.

The Dolphins have the 19th overall pick, and there’s a reasonable chance that player’s in Mobile this week. And if he is, perhaps the coaching staff will meet him at some point, provided there’s someone in place to pick him.