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Dolphins Win First Game Since Bullying Story Broke

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The Miami Dolphins won their first game since the Jonathan Martin story broke three weeks ago. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.
The Miami Dolphins won their first game since the Jonathan Martin story broke three weeks ago. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

Just recently I was at a high school football game and I was sitting in the stands and the only thing I heard out of the parents were complaints about the coach. Whether it was him not yelling enough or choosing to punt instead of going for it, they were simply putting it all on the coach rather then remembering the fact that it is the players out there who are the ones playing. It was baffling to me to hear some of the things they were saying and after watching the Dolphins game this Sunday against the Chargers I think that the same happens in the NFL.

The Dolphins are 5-5 at this point in the season and tied with the Jets for the last wild card spot in the AFC. Despite the fact that they are in that position a lot of people believe that the Dolphins should have a better record than that. It can easily be argued that they should, but whatever people may think, the fact of the matter is they're still 5-5.

So, my question is "Why do people always run to blame the coaches first?" I have heard over the weeks that the younger players aren't playing enough and that they might be able to help win games or that the play calling isn't what it should be. The funny thing about these comments is that they only come when the Dolphins are losing games and very rarely came out when they were winning so much early in the season.

What it comes down to is the fact that the players are the ones playing on the field. In the Dolphins case this season, it has shown that when they execute what the coaches are calling it usually results in a win, as we saw early on in the season. Opposite of that, when they don't they usually don't win. This is a game played by the players. With the way the NFL has changed in terms of the players having more control of what's going in the game, for example the quarterbacks calling the plays at the line of scrimmage, there really becomes no one you can blame other than the players because the coaches are more just there as a manager rather than a coach.

Now, this isn't to say that all coaches are great and should always keep their jobs, but fans seem to be very quick to jump the gun on getting rid of the coach before they remember that maybe it was the players' fault for what happened. If a player isn't playing maybe it's because they aren't performing up to the coach's standards and not just because they don't want to play them.

Ultimately what people need to realize is that when it really comes down to it, the players should be held accountable for their actions on the field. If they aren't playing well it has nothing to do with the coaching staff because the coaches aren't out there making them throw a pass a certain way or tackle one way or another. It's the player doing that and in a league where the fans always look for reasons why their team isn't winning, they seem to simply overlook the number one reason why their team isn't succeeding and that just might be because the players that are playing aren't very good.