The Miami Dolphins' newest head coach started his tenure with a 38-10 steel-toed, roundhouse kick square in the face of the Tennessee Titans. From beginning to end, it was apparent that all the pump-you-up shenanigans Dan Campbell had been using over the past two weeks had lit a fire under the collective ass of his reeling 1-3 team.
Absolutely no one enjoyed seeing a unrecognizable Dolphins team more on Sunday than the fans. Most fans figured 2015 was already a lost season. But the team that whooped the Titans Sunday is the same team that was advertised to Dolphins fans prior to the year. Everything Campbell preached since the Dolphins appointed him interim head coach came to fruition Sunday. The team ran the ball in a much more physical manner, the defensive front got to the QB, players "toed the line" between dirty and competitive, and players, as a whole, cared.
After the Dolphins finished running the Titans out of their own house, Campbell and the team celebrated his first head-coaching win with the traditional Gatorade bath. Just a few days ago, Joe Philbin was coaching the Dolphins to a miserable, slow-motion death, and now the team has reason to celebrate. What a difference a few weeks can make in the NFL.
Gatorade bath for your first victory. Congrats, Coach. pic.twitter.com/HXf3u0WDPm— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 18, 2015
Dolphins fans have no idea what they witnessed Sunday, but they'd like more of it. For one week, at least, Campbell seems to have injected his own personal 5-Hour Energy directly into the forehead of the entire Miami Dolphins organization — and fans took to social media during the game to express their giddiness.
@Rizzmigizz after this game, Dan Campbell will decide whether or not to give Steve Ross a contract extension.— Pete Owers (@Pete_Owers) October 18, 2015
When you text "You up?" and you see those three dots https://t.co/ytnjEGbFun— Fill Werrell (@FillWerrell) October 18, 2015
Is football supposed to be this much fun? pic.twitter.com/BjlVPzk5j8— Matty I (@TheMattyI) October 18, 2015
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"I miss Joe Philbin" - No one...Evaaar— PhinNation.com (@PhinNation) October 18, 2015
Philbin just threw his unsalted peanuts across the room.— Matt Vice (@MrStrongStyle) October 18, 2015
Remember to tell Cam he's soft before every game pic.twitter.com/Lbbin4c6gw— Josh Baumgard (@joshbaumgard) October 18, 2015