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How's Randy Mueller looking to you now?

Last season, amid the storm of discontent over the Dolphins 1-15 season, fans raged against Cam Cameron and Randy Mueller.

Cameron, the head coach, was clearly over his head. He was the worst head coach I have ever covered and I covered Dave Wannstedt. It is possible Cameron might have learned to be better with more experience and his play-calling was fine. But he came into the job certain he was smarter than everyone else and struggled to figure out he really wasn't.

Mueller, the general manager, was clearly not over his head. I remember him telling me toward the end of 2006 that he believed the Dolphins to be one of the top four or five franchises in the NFL and that, with just a little time and patience, things could become very, very, very good in Miami.

Mueller was afforded neither the time nor patience and was swept out by new Dolphins czar Bill Parcells even before Cameron was.

But while Cameron left a legacy of often curious and sometimes comical mistakes, Mueller leaves behind a pretty good body of work.

Think about this: Two of the three quarterbacks on the Dolphins roster today are here because of Mueller moves. He drafted John Beck. Everyone knows that. But few people recognize the fact he traded Chris Chambers to San Diego and that second-round pick is the one Parcells used to draft Chad Henne this year.

So if either Beck or Henne turn out to be Miami franchise quarterbacks, some of the credit for that has to go to Mueller.

Mueller was ripped for trading Wes Welker for a second and a seventh-round selection. I believe that trade will eventually be seen as a trade that helped both teams and perhaps the Dolphins more than the Pats.

Welker is a great addition to any team. He's a fierce competitor, a great example of work ethic, a solid leader, and when he's got Tom Brady throwing the ball, he's a supremely productive receiver. But Tom Brady doesn't play for Miami so forget what Welker did for the Patriots last year. He didn't and wouldn't have done it for Miami.

I talked to Welker at the last Super Bowl and asked him if he could have tied for the NFL lead in catches (112) for Miami as he did in New England. "No," he said. Why, I asked? "Tom Brady," he answered.

No doubt Welker blossomed in New England. But he also became a better player by being around better players.

So what did Miami get in return for Welker? Samson Satele. He started every game at center as a rookie last year. He is slotted as the starting center again this year and perhaps the next 10 years. Remember that players typically make their greatest leap in performance between their rookie and second years. I believe Satele will be outstanding in 2008.

Mueller once told me he has "Pro Bowl written all over him if he works hard." And Satele will be good regardless of what quarterback the Dolphins have, regardless of whether Miami is a running or throwing team. The point is Miami traded a player that depends on other players to be good, for one that doesn't. That is a good trade.

Remember I wrote around Super Bowl time that a long-time NFL man who often speaks with Parcells told me Parcells was complaining about the lack of talent in Miami? Parcells told that NFL man that he had only three or four players on the roster he could build with for the future.

"I talked to him a week or two ago and he was telling me he has only three or four players down there," the NFL told me a couple of days before the Super Bowl. "He believes he's got a punter [Brandon Fields], he's got a center [Samson Satele], he's got Ted Ginn, and maybe he's got a running back if Ronnie Brown gets back to being the guy he was early last year. But even Brown he's not really counting on."

So at the time, Parcells mentioned four players. Three of them -- Satele, Ginn and Fields -- were drafted by Mueller in the same draft, the one draft he got to run for the Dolphins.

I know the proverbial jury is out on Ted Ginn Jr. And I still wish the Dolphins had picked quarterback Brady Quinn.

But I believe Ginn will be a very good player in the NFL. I think he catches the ball cleanly, I think his speed is a great asset. I think he WANTS to get better. Those are foundational points for a good receiver. Yes, he has to learn to run crisp routes. Yes, he has to learn to find the open areas in a defense as well as learn his own offense better.

But those latter things will come with experience if he applies himself. He has great tools. And again, a player typically makes his greatest leap in production in his second NFL season.

So even without mentioning fullback Reagan Mauia, the Dolphins have a handful of core players that Mueller is responsible for bringing to the team. Yes, Mueller might have missed on a couple of guys such as Paul Soliai. Yes, he might have overpaid for Joey Porter.

But ultimately his one season with the Dolphins will seem a lot more productive than the three or four years that preceded him. And in hindsight, that should be viewed quite favorably.

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Those are good points, but he doesn't deserve that much credit. If you take Ted Ginn at #9 and pass on a great QB prospect when QB is a big need, then Ginn better be a pro-bowler to make up for that. I'm not saying he won't be, but that's the level he would need to reach for me to consider that a good pick. Also, I don't think you can tie Henne to Mueller. If we didn't have that pick we still probably would have taken Henne in the 3rd or traded back into the 2nd to get him. Finally, a few nice moves doesn't make up for a boat load of bad moves. In school you can get an A on one test but if you get D's and F's on the rest you will still fail.

I agree Armando. Randy does not get the credit he deserves.

Mueller is a good GM, it's just that he and Parcells are on completely different sides of the team building spectrem. Mueller likes speed, no matter the size of the player, and likes to pick from the smaller schools in the west and mid west. Parcells like size over speed, with the point of trying to get both and likes to draft players from big schools with proven programs, at least in the first 3-4 rounds.

What "boat load" of bad moves is the first poster talking about? Please tell me what bad moves specifically is he talking about?

I thought Mueller was fine. As Mando pointed out, he was better in one draft than Rick Speilman and Nick Saban were in the previous four or five drafts.

mueller had an ok draft. ginn will be a good player but was a reach at 9. beck is not going to be on the team past this year and armando makes a great point about trading chambers for henne. mueller should be blamed for the stupid joey porter contract and getting rid of the defensive depth. cam is a moron. he has been a failure everywhere he has been when he can't hide behind tomlinson, brees, rivers and gates.

I have no problem with what Mueller was doing. He was getting us draft picks & trading older players or players who didn't fit, into nice draft picks. He was the opposite of Spielman & Wanny. There brillant idea was to trade away a 2nd round pick next year for a 3rd pick this year, because the 3rd round pick this year will have a year of experience & will be better than that 2nd round pick next. What the H*ll? Horrible. Randy knows what he is doing. I would have loved to have him for a couple of more drafts. Maybe Ginn wasn't the best selection, but we still don't know how Quinn will turn out. Randy felt Beck would be the better player eventually, & there is no proof yet that that will not be the case. Ginn too, may turn out to be a very good receiver. People forget that the learning curve for wide outs into the NFL is almost the hardest position to bridge.

Armando, you only address the draft - Which is only part of a GM's duties. He has a good eye early in the draft (not so much in the later rounds). He was horrible in free agency and ignored special teams. Ignoring special teams killed the Dolphins.

Not a fan of Quinn and a huge fan of Beck, so I'm ok with that move. But Cameron and Mueller both figured Special Teams was not important, and cut all the special team stars, and it killed them.

Parcells came in and the first thing he did was shore up ST. His philosophy is the fastest and easiest way to improve a team is through ST.

Great piece Armando. How would you rank the picks of Mueller vs. the picks of Ireland up to this point in their respective dolphin tenures? Mueller at this point last year was taking heat like asphalt. but Ireland seems to have made only a modest splash where controversy is concerned. I know that it would take some time to sort this out (eg players need to play) But I really do think alot of the anger over the quinn - ginn issue was fueled by Poor packaging. Cam Cameron didn't do much in the way of selling the pick to the public successfully.

Mueller did a nice job with the trades overall. He got good value for Mare and Chambers considering the circumstances.

Much better than Wannspiel, no doubt.

His fatal flaw was that he didn't tell Cameron "no" like a good GM should.

NO, we're not giving up a draft pick for a 37 year old concussed QB that K.C. is going to cut anyway when we already have a QB under contract that Green isn't an upgrade over;

NO, we're not reaching for Ginn at number 9, if you're insistent on him being the pick, we're going to trade down and get him at a better value.

NO, if all things are equal, we're taking the 23 year old QB over the 26 year old in the draft.

This post made me think about the moves Mueller made with the special teams and it seems to me he was pretty much a victim of circumstance.

The Dolphins signed Cameron Worrell to play special teams but he was forced to start at safety. They kept Derrick Pope to play special teams but he was forced to start at LB. They signed Greg Camarillo to play special teams but he had to catch the winning touchdown in the only game we won. Jim Maxwell and Robert McCune, two guys who were special teams specialists for Nick Saban, got hurt and were waived. Yeremiah Bell, who played special teams all his life, got hurt in the first game.

That's like six players that were not on Miami's special teams because of circumstances. That wasn't Mueller's fault.

Am I the only one who remembers that we really didn't have a chioce to trade Welker? He was a restricted free agent. The Patriots offered him INSANE money for a slot guy. Looks like a good deal for them now, but like the article said Welker wouldn't have come close to that level of productivity in Miami. Mueller did a great job of getting an ADDITIONAL 7th round pick for WELKER. Don't know that pick is even still on the team, but at least the Patriots didn't get to use their 2nd and 7th last year, we got a starting BAD MAMA center, and we didn't have to franchise the team to pay a slot receiver (who Parcells probably would have cut anyway because he isn't big or fast. :) )

I disagree with you. Randy was terrible. Let's forget that he did nothing with Saban around. We can excuse him and say he had no power and Saban did not listen to him. However, the one year where he controlled everything, he blew it. He whiffed on all free agent acquisitions except the kicker, and even he can't kick off; I'm not sure Parcells considers him a long term keeper. He eliminated all depth on the team; miscalculated the longevity of the nose tackle; did not acquire players suitable for the 3-4 defense that we ran; drafted a receiver in the first round (let's not rehash the much described folly of such a move).

How much worse can you get as a personnel man than to completely miscalculate the talent on your team????!!!!! He told Huizenga we'd win 10 games. . . . Yes, we had injuries and bad coaching, but even at the beginning of the season we weren't very good. He completely misjudged the talent on the offensive line and did nothing to replenish (except Satele).

Even Satele. He's gotten good reviews, but all concur that he is not strong enough and doesn't hold up well at the point of attack. AND TWO OF THREE TEAMS IN OUR DIVISION RUN A 3-4!!!! with a nose tackle directly on the center that does not hold up on the point of attack.

He totally did not get it. Yes, Wes Welker would not have caught as many balls here than as in New England. But, players provide more than just field skills in a team game. He was smart, tough and disciplined!!! OH MY GOODNESS, EVERYTHING THAT THE NEW REGIME VALUES IN A PLAYER!!!! He makes the players around him better. Like Sparano says, "we won't have the best 53 players, we'll have the right 53 players.

O.K., so the only thing that the guy has going for him was his draft. Already Wright is gone and Lorenzo Booker is gone. Solai and Mauia are next. Beck is not looking so good evidenced by the drafting of Henne. We didn't have a 5th round pick for Trent Green (yeah, that panned out). So, out of this marvelous draft that you are panting about, we got a #2 receiver and an o.k. center whose strengths are not suited for this division. That's it!!!! Obviously, if Beck pans out, that is a different story. But, if not, that's it!!!!

The only clever move he made was trading Chambers, who sucks, for a 2nd round pick, when it's rare for anyone to give up a 2nd round pick in today's nfl.

The Truth says it was Cam who predicted to Wayne Huizenga the Dolphins would be in the playoffs, not Randy Mulluer.

And he did not pick Trent Green. Cam Cameron specifically ordered his GM to bring him Trent Green. That's on Cameron.

Too many people can't get beyond the draft when it comes to being an NFL General Manager. Yes, Randy Mueller can draft. I wholeheartedly believe that. Give him an array of picks and he'll nail a pro bowler every now and then, and generally nail starters at a higher-than-random clip.

But, that's about it.

Unfortunately, there's a lot more to being an NFL General Manager than just drafting. The very FIRST thing you have to be able to do is evaluate your own team, what you already have in the arsenal, and in this area Randy Mueller was CLEARLY deficient.

Riddle me this. How do you go into a season evaluating your defensive personnel, become convinced that you have a top 5 defense that can get you into the playoffs, and find out that you literally have the WORST defense in the NFL?

Only one answer. Bad evaluation.

Here are some of the moves that were responsible for our 1-15 season:

1. He cut Kevin Carter, and relied on Matt Roth to take over his role. Big mistake.

2. He let David Bowens walk, and somehow came away believing that Joey Porter could replace him in four-man pass rush sets. Those four-man pass rush sets became the weakest link in the defense all year long.

3. He re-upped a 57 year old Nose Tackle, counting on a rookie fourth rounder with a reputation for being lazy to back him up and fill in the gaps.

4. Randy Mueller traded away Chris Chambers mid-season, and in so doing signed his own pink slip. He had incorrect perspective on the matter. We all get the idea behind the move. Get worse now to get better in the future. The problem is, he's been around the league long enough to know that if you're losing a whole lot right now, you might not be around to collect on the future rewards. Trading Chris Chambers was probably the difference between a 1-15 record and a 3-13 or even 4-12 record. And, if the Dolphins had achieved 3 or 4 wins last year, Randy Mueller and Cam Cameron would probably both still have their jobs. Way to go, Randy.

5. He gutted the special teams unit of traditional stalwarts like the already-mentioned Bowens, Travis Minor, and Sammy Morris...and he replaced them with guys who, in the end, were NOT good special teams players. No excuses there.

6. $20 million signing bonus to a player that ALREADY had a pre-existing knee injury that caused him to miss most of camp. This has to be my favorite, easily. People talk about the injuries of the defense, and they say hey, Joey Porter hurt his knee and had to miss camp so he started out slower than Mueller could have expected. Well, uhh, guess what. That knee injury was not a new knee injury. He already had it while he was with the Steelers. The Dolphins found out how bad it was when he tried to practice on the thing and it was apparent he'd need surgery on it before he was able to play full speed.

7. Here is a list of players he CLEARLY overestimated: Channing Crowder, Matt Roth, Cameron Worrell, Paul Soliai, Travis Daniels, Andre Goodman, Keith Traylor, Vonnie Holliday, Joey Porter, Marty Booker, Chase Page and David Martin.

Whether he's your boy or not, Armando...Mueller clearly did a poor job in Miami and I didn't see any team out there itching to hand him a GM title. I don't know if Jeff Ireland is any better yet, we'll have to see the results before we say for sure.

Only real beef I have with Mueller is that we waited until once the L's started piling on last year before going into rebuilding mode. We should have hit restart long before that, probably at the end of the previous season.

Overall, he did a pretty good job. Definitely a step up from the previous regimes. Don't forget that most of that money the Tuna has been playing around with this off season was freed up by Mueller.

I have to crack up when people act like David Bowens, Travis Minor and, who's the other guy, oh yeah Sammy Morris were big difference makers.

Bowens went to the Jets. Yeah, they won four games.

Minor and Randy McWifebeater went to the RAms. They draft right behind the Dolphins.

Sammy Morris did what Sammy Morris always did -- he missed the most crucial part of his team season.

And Chris Chambers? Mueller got a second round pick for a guy with no balls. Get real. Mueller dumped a bunch of bad players off a bad team. Keeping those players wouldn't have made the Dolphins any better.

I will agree that signing David Martin was a waste. And as Mando said, giving Joey Bigmouth $20 million guaranteed was not wise. He was a solid get, but not for $20 million guaranteed.

CK, you are absolutely right!!! Armando has neglected to consider that he was not our college personnel evaluator, he was our general manager. And, he failed miserably on just about every front except the draft (and that is still subject to debate). I mean, he failed miserably. He was completely unable to evaluate talent on our existing team (and he had been with the team for the previous two years!). Armando, bro, you really blew it on this one. Cameron was a better coach than Randy was general manager; and Cameron stunk.

Why does everyone making reference about Brady Quinn being such a great QB? He has shown nothing. If he is so good, why did Cleveland give Anderson a 3 year contract? We will get more production from Ginn and Beck this year that the Browns will ever get from Quinn. Last year draft will be remember as one of the Dolphins best.

I have always stuck up for Mueller and I thought he was a fine GM. If he had more time he would have built this team into a winner just like he did in Seattle and New Orleans. His track record speaks for itself including an executive of the year award. Oh well.

I don't think what happened to the defense last year was due to a misevaluation of personnel on Randy's part. We went from being one of the top defenses in the league (4th?) to the worst. I don't think anyone could have seen a collapse that colossal coming. Just about every person I ever heard discuss the dolphins thought that the offense was the problem in 06, which is where Randy clearly did the majority of his work. He was wrong about he defense, sure, but the issues were clearly hidden enough (and compounded by Saban's absence and Cam's idiocy) that missing them doesn't make him a bad evaluator, or, at least, no worse than everyone else (journalists, bloggers, and rabid fans included).
And loosing L Booker was the Trifecta's first mistake. Not a big one, and I'm still more optimistic than ever, but I think my Eagles friends will be taunting me about stealing that one.

This gets back to th core issue with Mando and Mueller, is that Mueller was Mando's source. Mueller was news leaker to the media--remember that story about the team mad at Zach for not coming back from a concussion from the car wreck while his girlfriend recovered quicker? who do you think planted this? Way to be objective Armando

"The only reason Armando blah blah blah,, Armando sucks blah blah blah". I am so sick of you people constantly bashing Armando. Not because I think he is always right (I have disagreed with him plenty) but because it is annoying, old, and boring. Please stop reading his blogs if you think he is so incompetent. It's possible to disagree with someone without calling them names. It's called an adult discussion and most of them are based on opinions. If his opinion is that the sky is purple but you think the sky is green, than just say you disagree and give your reasons why. You think you're sticking it to Armando but in reality you just come off looking like complete imbeciles who live in their mothers basement playing warcraft until four AM. We're here to discuss the Dolphins not Armandos credentials,experience or sources. And the funny thing about this recent blog is people are mad because he thought Mueller did a decent job. It's called an opinion! If yours is different SO BE IT, but it doesn't make Armandos opinion wrong. We're trying to have a society here and you mouth breathers keep messing it up. Some of you (and you know who you are) are completely obsessed with Armando and that is truly frightening. Please get a life. I'm not sticking up for Armando, he does just fine on his own. I am sticking up for me and the rest of the fans who are tired of your crap.

good post. can you give a specific example of how cam was the worst coach ever? I mean besides the obvious we fans can see on the field--I'd be interested to know a behind the scenes example.

NY Scott and Armando got married last weekend

I really wish I cidn't have to come to Armando's blog to find out things. Maybe then I would stop getting frustrated and stop posting as different people saying mean things about him.

1-15. Do we have to say anymore? The team sucked. I am surprised that Parcells kept anyone. They sure learned how to lose. When the team was this bad, it starts at the top and works its way down. Poor judgment in personnel from the ownership to the water boy. The only good players were exposed to the bad attitudes and ethics of the rest of the team. Chambers, McMicheals, and others sucked before Mueller got here.

Not a bad post Armando. I agree with several here that Mueller is a pretty good talent evaluator and not so good at other tasks a good GM should be on top of, but Armando's estimation of the Welker/Satele situation is spot-on. As far as the value to each team.

That Mueller made a brilliant deal is debatable as his hands were tied via the poison- pill, but he made the right pick in Satele. And Armando pointing out that Miami traded a player that depends on other players to be good, for one that doesn't is spot-on.

Kudos.

(Giving credit where it's due.)

I usually slam you for your posts but this was a really excellent one. I agree that Mueller made some smart moves while he was here.

Antonio, Unfortunately we could not have traded down for Ginn later. The Texans have said they were planning on taking him at 10. Ginn was going 10th regardless. A sprained foot ligament doesn't make a top 10 player undraftable.

Eric/Dredd!!! Stop TROLLING.

Truth:

Not as clear cut as you make it seem...

"1. He cut Kevin Carter, and relied on Matt Roth to take over his role. Big mistake."

Mistake yes, but we were in Salary cap trouble

"2. He let David Bowens walk, and somehow came away believing that Joey Porter could replace him in four-man pass rush sets. Those four-man pass rush sets became the weakest link in the defense all year long."

Yes again but Bowens was UFA and he really didn't want to stay. Porter was smaller cap hit and Capers misused him until the end of the season. Still overpaid though.

"3. He re-upped a 57 year old Nose Tackle, counting on a rookie fourth rounder with a reputation for being lazy to back him up and fill in the gaps."

Traylor wasn't reupped nor was he 57. He may have gotten a year extension but that was essentially a one-year contract for a guy who had been doing well. We didn't have a lot of depth there but keeping Traylor was good when we thought we were competitive.


"4. Randy Mueller traded away Chris Chambers mid-season, and in so doing signed his own pink slip. He had incorrect perspective on the matter. We all get the idea behind the move. Get worse now to get better in the future. The problem is, he's been around the league long enough to know that if you're losing a whole lot right now, you might not be around to collect on the future rewards. Trading Chris Chambers was probably the difference between a 1-15 record and a 3-13 or even 4-12 record. And, if the Dolphins had achieved 3 or 4 wins last year, Randy Mueller and Cam Cameron would probably both still have their jobs. Way to go, Randy."

Truth, this couldn't be further form the truth. Chambers sucks. Period. He is one of the worst receivers metrics-wise in the league. He was not reliable and did not help us. He only made great catches when they didn't matter and had lost his ability to seperate. We have discussed on these boards in depth his horrendous metrics. Finally this team admitted it was rebuilding and if Randy Moss could only garner a 4th Rounder we were LUCKY to get a Second from a team who was desperate. And CHambers would have had to restructure or be cut soon anyway. He wasn't getting a raise for his poor performance. He is no more than a number two and Wilford will do fine on that role. Also, Randy had Huizengas full support to rebuild and get it done. But when Parcells came along Wayne bit. Randy never could have expected that because that was not expected. Cam or no Cam Randy would have been around for a while. Chambers would never have single-handedly won us two or three games.

"5. He gutted the special teams unit of traditional stalwarts like the already-mentioned Bowens, Travis Minor, and Sammy Morris...and he replaced them with guys who, in the end, were NOT good special teams players. No excuses there."

I will give you that one without argument.

"6. $20 million signing bonus to a player that ALREADY had a pre-existing knee injury that caused him to miss most of camp. This has to be my favorite, easily. People talk about the injuries of the defense, and they say hey, Joey Porter hurt his knee and had to miss camp so he started out slower than Mueller could have expected. Well, uhh, guess what. That knee injury was not a new knee injury. He already had it while he was with the Steelers. The Dolphins found out how bad it was when he tried to practice on the thing and it was apparent he'd need surgery on it before he was able to play full speed."

Already discussed that one but I will reiterate that Porter was misused until the end of the year. He is rusher not a drop back LB.

"7. Here is a list of players he CLEARLY overestimated: Channing Crowder, Matt Roth, Cameron Worrell, Paul Soliai, Travis Daniels, Andre Goodman, Keith Traylor, Vonnie Holliday, Joey Porter, Marty Booker, Chase Page and David Martin."

He only brought in 3 or four of those guys. You have to get younger and cheaper. We were in real cap trouble.

The real truth is that until we solidify the lines, settle on a franchise QB, and beef up special teams, we will go nowhere. I believe Randy would have done it in the end and Parcells is fortunate that Randy got him a center, WR, and a QB.

If Beck ends up our QB and Ginn is a number one, it will be one of the best drafts in 25 years.

I agree with you Armando that Mueller has made some good picks and some of his picks are still yet to be determined. I don't think Parcells fired him based on his performance though.
The fact is Parcells was hired to turn this team around, make the Dolphins a contender again. That is a tall order that very few people would even consider doing. This has been done quite often and effectively in the business world. A new CEO comes in with the task of turning a near bankrupt company around. The method used is to bring in their own people. People who are already on the same page as the CEO (or in this case Vice-Preident of Operations). How many seasons would it take Parcells to get Mueller on the same page? Probably 1 too many. How can you expect improvement among the players when the coaches and front office are still trying figure what each other are doing? Parcells has a vision and the way to reach that in the quickest manner is with people who already have that same exact vision.
We can already see the changes taking place in the Doplhins. I believe these changes are positive. Yes, still a lot more work but so far so good. I also see that the changes are taking place at a faster pace than I could have imagined and that is the reason why Mueller is gone.

You ready for some smash mouth football? That's what Parcells is bringing. Almost all the picks where on big linemen on both sides of the ball. Miami is going to run the ball down team's throats. If they put 8 in the box throw some passes. Running and Defense wins championships.

are you on drugs? passing on a franchise quarterback for a wide receiver is a horrible, terrible, get you fired type of decision. it cost us two 2nd round picks. he doesn't get credit for henne. we only drafted henne because beck looked so lost last year. if we drafted quinn, we would have been able to pick someone else with our second this year. also, picking a wr in the top 10 for a team with so many problems up front and at the QB position is just plain dumb. you build the team up front. it is as simple as that. he couldn't judge the talent on the team and came to the wrong conclusion. we didn't need a speedy wr. we needed to block and tackle and a field general.

i do agree with one thing you said, which is that Cam was completely lost and in over his head. he had no clue how to coach in the nfl. he is an X and O guy and should stay as an offensive cordinator.

it was painfull listening to the poor logic of cam and meuler. this regime is doing it right. starting over from the line, out.

Does anyone know who the GM was when we had a shot at drafting Drew Brees out of college ? I think it might have been Mueller ?? I think Mueller signed his own pink slip - with slip ups. I never really approved of how Mueller traded or drafted. He's an idiot, Cameron just wasn't ready to be an NFL head coach. I think if we just relax and let this regime do its job will be just fine ( it won't happen over night )
but it wil happen.

Remember when Welker was talked about being too small and that his NFL career would be short lived? No one ever thought he would amount to what he did in NE but Armando we traded him to a division rival. These days all we have is hope for the future and hope for NE's downfall.

You give Mueller way too much credit. He let the defensive line and SpecTeams go bad on his watch. Remember this was his second year in Miami (year one Saban had the authority). The second year he grossly mismanged Kevin Carter, Sammy Morris, Wes Welker. He was building a team with WR speed rather than fundamentals. We got the better franchise builder in the Tuna, period.

Hey Mando. I like this post man. I agree with you that Meuller has possibly left us some long term solutions for the benefit of this team. I also think that we were starting to come out of some financial difficulties that started just before Saban. Saban didn't help himself by not gutting this team a lot sooner. He allowed himself to be hypnotized by that 9-7 run his first season. Randy obviously doesn't build that way Parcells likes to go, with BP rigid formulas of size and speed. So he had to go. I think Meuller is a 'good' GM but not necessarily 'great'. So I'm okay with him being gone because it looks like BP and Co. and moving in a good direction.

Randy Meuller was a sports commentator for years when he was let go by New Orleans and his past record their and with Seattle is best. If you look at his entire career as a personnel man, scout, and evaluator of skills and talent he is average at best. The reason that picks mentioned in your story are of any value is because of the dolphins losing record and the ability to take higher draft picks. Your assessment and analysis of Randy Meuller based on one draft he controlled and his envolvement in others under Nick Saban reveal his lack of ability to disern true value and talnet of players. However, it was a nice posting to read regardless of facts.

"Does anyone know who the GM was when we had a shot at drafting Drew Brees out of college ?"

That was Dave Wannstedt. He not only had a shot at Brees, but Todd Heap, Reggie Wayne and Chad Johnson were all on the board at that time and Wanny chose to draft a 5'8" CB who didn't even fit the system.

Mueller had his faults, but Wannspiel made him look like George Young. Hell, Wannspiel made Matt Millen look decent.

I thought Mueller was good, the problem was with Huizenga and the lack of confidence he had in him. I don't think Mueller would have hired Cameron to be the HC.

Gees, Armando, seems to me that I remember you panning RM all year last year. Now I understand 20-20 hindsight and all, but when are you going to start reporting on CURRENT news instead of griping about how you're treated by the Dolphins, furthering the next-to-latest rumors, or pushing whatever your agenda for the week is?

Armando, you're a complete ass and obviously know nothing about talent being the prerequisite to success in the NFL and that's exactly what the Fins were missing last year. Mueller's 1-2 rnd picks were questionable and risky and his 3-7th round sucked. He let talented, low paid special teams players go and brought no impact players via free agency. Just because you and the other arrogant, "know it all but in reality know only what you see on ESPN" reporters didn't like Cam (probably because it felt like you all were looking in the mirror at another geek who happen to make it to coach), his coaching calls were not lacking. Your perspective is not that of a journalist but of an Ent Tonight reporter which yields very little credibility with fans who have played and know the game.

Hey, Armando, another one bites the dust. Yeah, that draft is looking real good!

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