The primary question that looms this offseason about the Dolphins has not changed at all from last season: Will Bill Parcells return as the team's football czar next year?
Owner Stephen Ross believes he will be. I asked him after today's 30-24 Dolphins loss to Pittsburgh if he is certain Parcells will be back?
"You can never be certain," Ross said. "I mean, I can't speak for him. I'm certainly hopeful and all signs from my conversations with him would indicate to me he will be. So I'm optimistic. I believe he will be. But I can't speak for him."
Parcells, in the third year of a four-year contract next year, is free to walk away from his deal and still be paid.
Aside from Ross's optimism, you can infer Parcells will be back because he's been spending a lot of time studying the Dolphins current players on tape (suggesting he was to reach his own evaluation on them) and he's been studying college talent (suggesting he's going to add to the Dolphins in the offseason).
Despite the obvious satisfaction with Parcells and the expectation he will be back, Sunday marked the second season in a row former Kansas City president Carl Peterson is on hand for the Dolphins' season-finale. I don't know what it all means, but he was definitely at LandShark on Sunday.
As an aside, Ross told me he was told by the team doctors and trainers that Pat White will be fine.