by Tom Morgan
After a 1-3 start to the season the Miami Dolphins have fired head coach Joe Philbin.
The move came Monday, one day after the Dolphins fell to the New York Jets 27-14 in London on Sunday. The previous week, they were humbled 41-14 by another divisional opponent, Buffalo.
Tight ends coach Dan Campbell is taking over on an interim basis.
Campbell, who's been with the Dolphins since 2008, says the team's struggles aren't talent related.
Miami has lost three straight since a season-opening win at Washington, getting outscored 91-to-48 in those losses.
Philbin was 24-and-28 after taking over in 2012. Miami went 8-and-8 each of the last two years.
Philbin was also at the helm during the team's bullying scandal in 2013 involving linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.
The Dolphins are on their bye this week.
In other state sports news...
- The Tampa Bay Bucs are in search of a new kicker after cutting rookie Kyle Brindza yesterday. Brindza missed two field goals and an extra point in Sunday's 37-23 loss to Carolina.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars will place right guard Brandon Linder on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The team says Linder will have surgery later this week to repair atorn labrum in his left shoulder.
- Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Head coach Jimbo Fisher says Cook's hamstring pull isn't serious, but it's unclear if he will be able to play this Saturday against Miami. Fisher says safety Nate Andrews with miss from 2 to 3 weeks with a bruised leg. The 12th-ranked Seminoles have a five-game win streak against this week's opponent, Miami.
- Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was named Monday the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week. Morrison recorded 16 tackles, three and 1/2 for loss, in the 11th ranked Gators' 38-10 mauling of the Ole Miss Rebels.
- Freshman quarterback Drew Lock will make his second career start Saturday when Missouri hosts No. 11 Florida. Starting QB Maty Mauk was suspended indefinitely last Tuesday for violation of team policies. Coach Gary Pinkel said the timetable for Mauk's return is unknown. Lock made his debut start in a 24-10 victory against South Carolina last Saturday.
- One of the greatest basketball players in University of Florida history, Neal Walk, has died at age 67. Walk, who had a great career with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, had health problems over the years and his condition deteriorated in recent weeks. Walk was the No. 8 scorer and all-time leading rebounder in UF history.