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Taylor: Parcells, Ireland step up from past

Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor is still enjoying a final respite before the Dolphins open training camp and practice Aug. 2. It will be the first camp for Taylor under the current triumvirate of Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano.

But according to collegue David Quinones, Taylor already recognizes the current hierarchy is better than previous ones he's played for.

``Obviously," Taylor said during a break at Zo's Summer Groove Classic golf outing Thursday, "[Bill] Parcells and [GM Jeff] Ireland and their front office is a big step up from what was here in the past."

Ya think?

The current Dolphins management team, headed by Parcells, is the sixth Taylor will play under while with the Dolphins.

Taylor was drafted by Jimmy Johnson, then survived played years during which the team's personnel side was headed by Dave Wannstedt, Rick Spielman, Nick Saban, and Randy Mueller.

All of those previous personnel regimes had their good moments (plural) and bad, except of course, for Wannstedt who had perhaps one good personnel moment (Adewale Ogunleye) but probably not two.

But if Taylor ranks Parcells already atop those six regimes, where do the others rank?

I would say Jimmy Johnson was second, Randy Mueller was third, Nick Saban was fourth, Wannstedt was fifth and Spielman was sixth.

Why?

Well, Johnson couldn't find offensive help to save his life (or his career), but he remade the Dolphins defense into a unit that represented the organization well for much of a decade with players such as Patrick Surtain, Taylor, Zach Thomas, Sam Madison, and others.

Mueller got one shot in 2007 and seemingly fired blanks as the team went 1-15. But was it his fault Joey Porter was terrible that year or was the OLB used poorly? You saw what Porter did last year under the right system. Porter was Mueller's signing.

A lot of folks, including me, ripped Mueller for not drafting Brady Quinn and going with Ted Ginn Jr. Except neither player has exactly turned into a star and Ginn seems closer to making an NFL mark than Quinn. The jury is still out on that as well as the John Beck selection. No, Beck couldn't make it in Miami, but what if he turns it around in Baltimore or somewhere else?

Saban blew it on Jason Allen and Manny Wright and took seemingly forever to insert Yeremiah Bell into the starting lineup. He also blew it by trading for Daunte Culpepper instead of signing Drew Brees. That last failure set the franchise back at least two seasons. It's the reason the Dolphins had to draft multiple corners this year and spent 2006, 2007 and the offseason of 2008 looking for a QB.

But Saban connected on Ronnie Brown and Will Allen and Renaldo Hill and Andre' Goodman and Matt Roth and others.

Wannstedt? He drafted Todd Wade so that worked out initially. And he signed Ogunleye as an undrafted free agent. Of course, he had some dismal decisions with Jamar Fletcher and Eddie Moore and a ton of others.

Wannstedt's personnel failures were so great that owner Wayne Huizenga stripped the coach of final say over those decisions and handed them to Spielman. And Spielman repaid the promotion by demonstrating terrible judgment.

He gave up a second-round pick for A.J. Feeley. He traded away a third-round pick for Lamar Gordon, who was injured in his first game with Miami and was placed on injured reserve, never to play for the Dolphins again. He traded Ogunleye, a blue-chip defensive end, for Marty Booker, a possession wide receiver. And don't even get me started on the draft day fiasco in which Spielman traded away a fourth-round draft pick to Minnesota to move up one spot and then bypassed Vince Wilfork to pick Vernon Carey.

Yes, Carey is a good player. But Wilfork is Pro Bowl quality.

Trying to remember a wise move that Spielman made on the Dolphins' behalf ... The Rex Hadnot draft choice is best I can come up with, which ain't saying much.

Anyway, you give me your rankings of the six personnel departments. Let me guess, Parcells will be the consensus No. 1. So give me the rest.

And give me the best and worst moves by each regime.

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"Yes, Carey is a good player. But Wilfork is Pro Bowl quality"...and a scumbag.
I agree with all else and still cringe at trading a 2nd round pick for Culpepper instead of signing the best quarterback in football. I think Beck will be better than Brady Quinn and I still support the Ginn selection because quite frankly I think Quinn stinks. Obviously Patrick Willis would have been a better deciscion but I think Ginn will be a difference maker this year and people will stop laughing at us for picking him. I'm glad we don't give away our 2nd rounders for nothing anymore like we used to under Wanny and co. that's for sure and Saban wasn't much better. Overall I think we need to stop looking at the past and leave it as such and be happy we have smart football personnel now. Very excited for this coming season.

1. Parcells/Ireland. It's too early to tell on some decisions, but this team appears well stocked at QB, DE and DB among others, and just making QB a priority is a big plus not shown by any of the other regimes.

2. Johnson. It really isn't saying much, though, to put him above the rest. His best moves were Taylor, Thomas, Madison and maybe Surtain in the draft. I say "maybe", because stupid Wanny seeing success at trading a future first for a current second caused him to do it over and over again in the future with dismal results. Johnson built a great defense, but made lousy decisions on the offensive side, the worst of which was cutting his only NFL quality RB in 1999 (Wheatley) without giving him a chance, and foolishly counting on Cecil Collins after doing so. The other costly Johnson decision, one that set us back almost 10 years, was letting him essentially choose his successor. If Don Shula didn't get to, then Jimmy the short termer certainly shouldn't have.

3. Saban. A solid 2005 draft, with NFL players chosen with each of his first 4 picks. An incredibly inept 2006 draft.

4. Mueller. Was only allowed one year's worth of damage, but it was costly, because he reached for every single draft pick he made the first day including Ginn. Drafting a QB 4 years older than every other QB in the draft who was no more ready to play than the others? Terrible. Joey Porter was a good move for the next regime, but that was it. He didn't get the top value available out of a single pick, which Saban at least did a time or two.

Tie for last, Wannstedt and Spielman. It is impossible to seperate one from the other. For starters, there was no real difference between Huard and Fiedler as NFL-quality QB's as it turns out---either was a David Woodley/Jeff Blake style stopgap that the whole league would catch on to after 30 starts. Annointing Fiedler as your long-term starter and refusing to consider upgrades, either long term (Brees) or short term (Brad Johnson, Trent Green)? Sheer stupidity. Ricky Williams? Why would you trade two first round picks for a RB, any RB? Dick Vermeil got Marshall Faulk for a 2nd and a 5th in HIS prime, then nabbed Priest Holmes without having to give up a pick.

Wannstedt was without question the most myopic personnel man in NFL history with the possible exception of Matt Millen. He placed no value on draft picks, and consistently allowed Philadelphia and New England to pick us clean in trades. Good moves? I can think of exactly two: Yeremiah Bell and O-Gun. Maybe McMichael, but like Chambers, he was overrated.

As for Spielman's one year extension, you nailed it. Even less regard for the value of draft picks than Wanny, though he was a little better at using them. But then again you could blindfold a monkey and let him throw darts at your draft board and he'd do a better job than either one of them.

What is up with Pat Whites voice??!! Check it out on Miami Dolphins.com. I mean he whispers like the late Michael Jackson for Pete's sake! Heeeee-heeeee!!
Memo to Pat...if your gonna play in the big leagues you gotta grow a pair and talk like a man. Maybe try a little testosterone or something but pleeease...lose the voice! Because if thats the way your gonna call signals behind center we're in a world of trouble dude!!

The Wanstedt/Spielman regime's personnel decisions were horrific beyond words. I think even a die hard fan like me with no front office experience (except in John Madden football for PS3) could have done a better job than Wanny did picking players/signing free agents. Wanstedd is dead last on this list, thats not even up for discussion. The only question is how to slot the other regimes.

PS:

Pat White's 3 word responses in the aformentioned sites interview with him doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the intelligence department!

Dear Mr. Salguero


Good to here from you, I was getting worried because word on the street is you started dateing some waitress from Dave and Busters.(Too soon?)

1-Don Shula
Good-Just about everything
Bad-Tom Olivadotti

2-Bill Parcells
Good-Makeing the Dolphins respectable again.
Bad-Releaseing Zack Thomas.

3-Jimmy Johnson
Great-Hair
Good-Defences
Bad-Temper and couldn't play nice with Dan Marino.

The years between Mueller,Saban,The Mustache and Spielman were years of shame for me.
I filled them with nights of hard drugs and liquoured up woman in 5 star trailor parks.

Anyhoo thats my story and Im stickin to it.

Soiled :)

The jury is obviously still out on Ginn, but it looks like he will be, at worst, an average starting receiver in the NFL (a 60 catch, 900 yard guy). At best he'll be a pro bowler.
But whatever he turns into, it looks like he will have a productive, 10 year career in the NFL. While that doesnt justify being picked 9th overall, you cant kill anyone over that selection considering how many 1st round picks are out of the league after 5 years (a lot of them).

LOL@soiled bottom. " hard drugs and liquored up women in 5 star trailor parks ".

Aqua 1. Who gives a sh*t what Pat white sounds like. If he can play football like the way Michael Jackson can sing and dance , then miami is going to be alright.

what up with Pat White's voice ? i
am sure it's better and nicer than all the trailers fans we have here.

soiled.....ZACK .T never been a good player .

Where's Juan Huron , to weigh in his vast knowledge , on all things dolphins regarding pat white's voice.

nj phin, micheal jackson selling his music now like his best dayes ever.....very sad .the word is that he will be out of debt in a matter of month, amazing ,how powerful music is and how much people really loved that guy's music , voice and dancing .

Dear Mr. Aloco

"ZACK .T never been a good player "

I am talking about Zack Thomas the Football player not Zack From "The Suite life of Zack and Cody" on Nicklelodian.(That just sounds creepy)

Soiled :)

P.S. In honor of Micheal Jackson I hung around an Elementary school just stareing and stareing.

Soiled :)

Soiled. Maybe you should of hung around the elementary school a little more often. This way you could've learned how to spell " STARING " not stareing. LOL. Just kidding with you.

should've.

Dear Mr. NJ Phin Fan

No offence taken :)

I never said I was an english major but I did stay at a Holiday Inn express.

Soiled :)

LOL.OK !

Armando,

You need to watch more Court TV because the verdict has been back for a while.

BECK SUCKS!!!!

I don't know what is funnier: These posts or you trailer trash trying to spell.

It has been very nice not to hear the rants of you know who? I think uncle sam know who I am talking about.

someone had don shula 1, while i agree the man was a legendary coach, his drafts in the mid 80's were pretty much awful. he traded a 2nd round pick for pete johnson in 1984. that move is almost as bad as the aj feely trade. those drafts were the reason danny boy never got his ring.

ACE. SHHHHHHH ! I know . Isn't it nice. I think i scared him off , when i told him , i know where he lives.

soiled, are you having fun yet b/c M.jackson did for this world way more than you will ever do w/ your soiled bottom.
go learn how to write english first before you talk bad about your master
M.jackson.

Michael Jackson was a Child Molester.

mama say mama say ma ma ku sa

good night people, every time i try to come enjoy it here , it turns dirty in hurry.

Dear Mr. Gopats

"soiled, are you having fun yet"

Yes

"M.jackson did for this world way more than you will ever do w/ your soiled bottom."

He also did more Harm than any Catholic priest could have.(Ouch)

Soiled :)

no one did it more than the catholic priests , they did w/love.

Good night gopats, go back to your Patriots blog site then. You do better when you post with other names.

nadf is piece of sh.....t

Hey soiled gopats told you to learn English before you talk. This coming from him the resident alien

nafd needs a sleep over with soiled bottom the priest.

Michael jackson did more to kids with love and wine ( does anybody remember what jackson called the wine ? ) It was " something " juice

Dear Mr. Gopats

Is there any trueth to the rumor I am starting that Nambla (National man boy love association) turned down Micheal Jackson as a spokesperson because they thought it would promote a bad image for them ?

Soiled :)

Armando, thanks for the trip down memory lane!!

I basically agree with your rankings. But I would put Saban ahead of the Cam-Mueller regime.

Parcells didn't hit on all of his free agent signings--Wilford was the big one, and he overpaid significantly for roster-filler types like Reggie Torbor, but they have the big-picture stuff down. They know what they want and how to go about it. That's something that none of the regimes of the recent past (including JJ) had down.

Johnson--Rebuilt the defense into a dominating unit, but his failures to draft/sign quality offensive help really set back the team. He should have drafted someone to be the future at QB as well. He would have been criticized at the time, but you got to think long term. Marino wasn't getting any younger, and it was obvious, especially after '98 that he was going downhill quick. It was this decision to ignore the QB position, and not the failures of Y. Green, John Avery, Cecil, etc.. that has damaged JJ's legacy in MIA. By not having a qualified successor in place for Marino he set the franchise back years. 14 QB's in 8 years!! I don't know too many successful teams with such a record.

Saban--Started out promising. Brown, Roth, and Crowder were all solid pickups. Travis Daniels had a decent first season before slowing down due to injury. Always fielded solid defenses. Biggest mistake was believing the propaganda that they were Super Bowl contenders in 2006. However his biggest error was trading for Culpepper, which cost the team a valuable 2nd round pick. Should have kept Frerotte as insurance, who I felt did a good job in 2005 as QB. They would have likely had a 10-6 type of mark had they gone with him instead of Harrington, which proved to be a bad pickup. He really only had one good game against Detroit '06 draft was worse than anything Wannstedt ever fielded. Allen and Hagan are busts, Toledo is out of the league. Wright is still with the team, but for how long??

Cam-Mueller--Porter was a good signing, although the draft was fairly bad. P. Willis would have been the best pick at #9, although Ginn wasn't nearly as bad of a choice. I think he'll develop into a good player. Soliai and Fields might also develop into good players. The biggest mistake they made was gutting the depth along the D-Line. Losing players like D. Bowens, K. Carter, and J. Zgonina killed their run D, which was one of the key contributing factors for 1-15. Lack of conditioning also probably contributed to their troubles on defense, which included chronic instability in the defensive backfield. We went through 9 safeties in one year alone!! The teams offense was good for the first 7 games of the season, but with Lemon and Beck at QB and R. Brown lost for the season, it was paired back significantly. Luckily they only gave up a 5th rounder for Green.

Wannstedt--He did have some successes outside of Todd Wade and Ogunleye. Chris Chambers and Randy McMichael were solid pickups, and the Ricky Williams trade, despite it's costly nature, yielded immediate returns. Biggest failure, like all the other past regimes, was not addressing the QB question in the draft. Also Dave wasted away too many picks on bad players like J. Fletcher, E. Moore, etc...

Spielman--Still wondering who in their right mind would trade for AJ Feeley for a 2nd round pick. The guy was/is a 3rd string QB. I don't second guess so much the Wilfork/Carey deal, as Carey filled a more immediate need, and then there was the question of where Wilfork would have fit in this defense. Sure, in the 3-4 that Parcells, Capers and Saban ran, he would have been a perfect fit, but in the 4-3, with the personnel that we already had? Context is key here. Panicked when R. Williams retired and gave up a 3rd rounder for L. Gordon was a waste. Should have re-signed Ogunleye and should have passed on David Boston. There was no real strategy here, no vision. Decisions were scattershot and reactionary, hence the lowest ranking. The others at least somewhat knew what they wanted.

Notice how gopats had to tell everyone good night so we would think he is gone. You say one negative thing about him and you get a mad comment by loernzo or should we say gopats. Good job gopats!!!! Noboday really cares when someone has to tell everyone " I am leaving now" Poor gopats

Right On nafd. Keep it going.

let's play hide and seek nafd ,also let's tr to find the plumber nj.

Dear Mr. Loernzo

"a sleep over with soiled bottom the priest"

Yes a sleep over would be fun. We could wear one white sequined glove and play slappin the clown or polishing the pope while moon walking to Beat it.

Soiled :)

soled bottom = nathaniel dodsworth=my azzzzzz

aloco=gopats=one giant jackazzzzz

Dear Mr. Aloco

"soled bottom = nathaniel dodsworth=my azzzzzz"

Your azzzzzz must be very handsome and smart.

Soiled :)

Soiled I AM SO MAD I WANT TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE

Meesa like this Meesa like that

Dear Mr. Aloco

"Soiled I AM SO MAD I WANT TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE"

You sound just just like my mom.
She's always saying things like that or things like the wrong twin died at birth or grow up and get the hell out of my house.

Anyhoo lets start over and be friends ok ?

Lets shake hands(Weak grip clammy palms)

Being friends is fun

Soiled :)

Some observations:

1) While "The Little Rascals" is often accused of having playing into racial stereotypes, let us acknowledge that it was also way ahead of it's time in giving equal opportunities to Blacks. How can any of us ever forget the scene in which Buckwheat admonishes Darla for two-timing Alfalfa with Waldo?

BUCKWHEAT: Why you be mean to Albalfa? He beels terrible!

DARLA: I don't care if he does!

Show me another film/film short of the mid-1930s in which a black male spoke to a white female as an equal!

2)I've had it with the MLB Network's "Cathedrals of the Game." Sure, it's hosted by an attractive woman, but the program is HORRIBLE! She knows nothing about baseball and nothing about the majesty of those ballparks that she's supposed to be profiling!

3) No large professional wrestler ever moved with the quickness and nimbleness of King Kong Bundy.

4) In "The Wizard Of Oz," the mayor of the Munchkin City was a pompous ass. The guy came out raising his hands to acknowledge the supposed applause of the crowd, yet I did not hear or see even ONE person applauding him!

5) I'm going to ignore Aloco's ad hominem remarks. My religion tells me that I should forgive my inferiors.

Soiled, I want to stick my foot up your azzz so that I can tie my shoe laces in your mouth.

Nathaniel,

Why did you have to mention blacks? AFC EAST IS GONNA FINNA BEAT YO AZZZZZ. Making fun of his speech and stuff. Would you say he had a mushmouth.

Why do you also sign as soiled bottom?

Nathaniel, what do you mean by add homicide? What is that mean?

I rather look at the present and future. and it looks bright. TAYLOR will not only get the starting job but will have a 15+ sack season.
PORTER will add 15 to that and ROTH will add 10 to that with WAKE adding another 15.

MERLING and LANGFORD will have 8 apiece and FERGIE will have 6

CROWDER will put 7 on the board and ADOYOLE will get 5

WITH all this going on ALLEN will pick off 10 passes and WILSON 9, BELL 8 SMITH 8 DAVIS 7and in the dime package JONES gets 5.

P.S I DON't CARE IF YOU KNOW WHERE I LIVE I KNOW YOUR NOT MAN ENOUGH TO COME OVER HERE.

And IF YOU FEEL THAT STRONG DON'T THINK WE CAN'T MEET.

I WOULD EVEN GIVE YOUR PUNK @ss THE FIRST HIT.

THEN I WOULD CLEAN RT 95 FROM FLORIDA UP TO MASS with your @ss.

DOn't play yourself BOY.

I'm NEVER SCARED.

Dear Mr. Aloco and Mr. Sensei

"Soiled, I want to stick my foot up your azzz"

Your resent request to insert your foot in my azzz has been denied.

Although flattered by your advances I dont wish to lead you on.

Mr. Dodsworth does not post as me nor do I post as him.

Soiled :)

AFC EAST You are the boy....punk. Do you feel lucky...we knew you would break down sooner or later...gutless toad.

WITH ALL THAT's SAID I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW YOU DON'T WANT TO ACT TOUGH.I'm IN JERSEY. IN JERSEY CITY ON BERGEN AVE SO REALLY HOW TOUGH ARE YOU. NOW I DOUBLE DARE YOU.

MUSHMOUTH OOOOOOOOOH ! I'm trembling in my boots. Tell me a place and time punkazzzzz. daba duba daba duba daba duba. How about in front of madison's or anywhere on washington st or willow. you'll be spitting your teeth out like chicklet's and sipping out of a straw for months. You're nothing but a big mouth , P*SSY. Daba duba daba duba got crack dabab duba.

I WILL LET YOU ALL KNOW MY THOUGHTS and for the ones who will like to KNOW. ALL I EVER SAID WAS THAT LIFE IS BIGGER THAN WHAT you SEE. YOUR REALITY MIGHT NOT BE THE NEXT PERSONS REALITY.THAT's why I don't follow a GANG CALLED A "PARTY".I CAN'T FOLLOW THE LEADER LIKE SOME BECAUSE OF WHERE I CAME FROM AND THE THINGS I SAW.6:30 pm IF I'm home from work I will let you in my life.LIKE I SAID I'm REAL NO BULLSH-+ no GAMES.

YOU CAN HATE BUT THAT MAKES YOU NARROW MINDED TO JUDGE THE WORLD BY your REALITY.

THAT's the PROBLEM WITH FOLLOW THE LEADERS.

sorry, but you're wrong that Lamar Gordon never played a regular season game for the fins. He broke his arm playing in the hurricane Jeanne fiasco in September 2004 at home against the Steelers.

rt, Bellingham, WA

Dear Mr.s and Ms.s everyone on the blog

Dam people its late I gotta go, early day tommorow I gotta cash my unemployment,welfare,disability checks then head to the foodstamp office on my way home from the methadone clinic.

see ya's next time

Soiled :)

Afc east chump/mushmouth. ADOYOLE ? LMAO. Who's that ? you mean ayodele . and you just predicted almost 81 sacks from the lb's alone. what an idiot. You ar an embarressment to all dolphin fans.

OOOOOH ! you DOUBLE DARE me ? LMAO !. Now i'm real scared. Do you want to meet me on bergen ave ? how about summit ave or Kennedy blvd ? journel square or montgomery by st peter's college. Tell the place and time because i want to rip your head off.

How about the jersey city heights , new york ave ? and don't tell me the duncan projects , so you can get your fellow crackhead brotha's to come help you out.

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