By nature, coaches are process-driven, and Joe Philbin is no different.
No wonder he gets along so well with Greg Jennings.
The Dolphins coach is surely pleased to be reunited with his once and future wide receiver, as Jennings formally signed his two-year contract (worth a reported $8 million) on Thursday.
Jennings’ decision to rejoin Philbin, his offensive coordinator for six years in Green Bay, wasn’t on a lark. It was deliberate ‒ and came weeks after he visited Dolphins camp.
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“In every visit, every place that we went, my wife and I went in letting them know that we wanted to go through the entire process, so there was no expectation of signing, coming to terms on a deal while we were on our visits, because we wanted to experience the entire process and we wanted to weigh all options,” Jennings said. “That was the case. So yesterday, talking with Mike Tannenbaum and Joe and coming to terms on the deal that everyone was excited about and satisfied with. It really didn’t take a whole lot.”
Throughout his free agency tour ‒ Jennings also drew interest from the Jaguars, Panthers and Saints ‒ the two-time Pro Bowl selection stayed in constant communication with Philbin via text and phone.
That suggests that Philbin will have a dependable ally in a locker room that has at times viewed him with skepticism. Furthermore, Jennings’ mindset draws a sharp contrast to the man he replaces, Mike Wallace.
Wallace was famously unhappy with the way he was used last year, and it bubbled over in the regular-season finale, when he was benched for the second half after an exchange with Philbin.
Meanwhile, Jennings said his number of targets this year is “going to be what it’s going to be.”
Added Jennings, who has 552 catches in his nine-year career: “My job is to come down there with the expectation to work, to compete [and] ... to better who I am as a player. That’s always been my focal point. ... When it comes to targets and opportunities that will all come. I just want to make sure that I’m doing my job to help the team win.”