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A stream of conscientiousness post about ... everything

So everyone wants blood.

After a 1-7 home record in 2010, it is clear the Dolphins not only need significant changes, they will make significant changes. But I wish I could report to you the changes will be the right ones done by the right people.

If today you are in the camp wanting Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland ousted, I am not with you. I still think those guys can get it done, although they make it harder to believe and defend every time Miami plays, particularly at home.

Let me present to you some facts about making a change so high up the organizational ladder:

First, who is owner Stephen Ross turning to for advice so that he makes a sound decision? He is not turning to Bill Parcells. Parcells put Ireland and Sparano in their current jobs and even he understands if you win, you stay employed. If you lose, you're out. Parcells would be a good voice for Ross to listen to. He knows football, the Big Tuna does. Parcells brought Mike Nolan to the Dolphins when the defense was broken. Maybe he can suggest an offensive coordinator to fix the offense. Maybe he can suggest another coach or GM, if that's what Ross absolutely must have. Or maybe Parcells can talk sense to Ross about Sparano and Ireland.

But Parcells and Ross don't typically discuss Ireland and Sparano. Oh, they talk, but usually it's about other topics such as labor issues. That seems such a waste of Parcells to me. But that is the way it currently stands.

So who is in Ross's ear?

Friend and former Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson? How many Super Bowls did he win? Do the Chiefs, who just won the AFC West, miss him?

CEO Mike Dee? He's a marketing genius and something of a baseball guy. If I wanted to fill Fenway Park, I know he'd be the guy to turn to. But that's not the assignment. The assignment is to fill Miami's trophy mantle.

Vice Chairman and Partner Jorge Perez? He's a very good friend of Ross's and has his ear. But Perez is a builder of building not NFL teams. His NFL experience and acumen is approximately zero.

Marc Anthony? Emilio Estefan? Gloria Estefan? Fergie? Serena Williams? Venus Williams? Which one of these brilliant football minds should Ross listen to with a sense that they know what needs to be done going forward?

Look, if the idea is for Ross to do the popular thing, then he should go ahead and simply listen to the fans. They want Jon Gruden. They want Bill Cowher.

Both will sell tickets.

But Gruden has had zero success when he has to build a team. And Cowher only reminds me of a more accomplished Tony Sparano in his football philosophy. Both, of course, would bring their own GM types. Gruden's past GMs have been terrible. Cowher's better, but only after years and years of patience.

Which one of those two guys comes with a franchise quarterback?

Oh, neither one. Well then, the change would be a waste, in my opinion. Simply the Dolphins will continue to struggle under any coach until the team has a star quarterback. It hasn't had one since around 1994ish. And so the Dolphins have been in a relative funk since 1995ish.

Solve the QB issue, you solve myriad issues. Don't solve the QB issue and I say it will not matter who the coach and GM are.

And since you are reading this, Mr. Ross, this is what I would do: Sit Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland down and tell them to find a QB. No excuses. They failed in not drafting Matt Ryan. They failed in picking Chad Henne. They failed in picking Pat White.

They get one more chance this offseason. Find the quarterback or they're done. No excuses.

I assume those marching orders would motivate these two to scour free agency, consider any trade seriously, and be willing to do that which no Dolphins organization had done lately during the draft -- trade up.

All those should be on the table for the sake of adding a franchise quarterback. Without one, it doesn't matter if Ross is able to bring back a cloned 40-year-old Don Shula. No coach can win in today's NFL without a quarterback.

That should be Job One. Forget about firing the head coach. Hire a franchise QB and the head coach will get instantly smarter.

That's my two cents.


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Without a franchise QB Cowher would be making a mistake in coming here, as would most any coach.

Jamaal Charles
Dwayne Bowe
Brandon Flowers

Yup, all crappy players that Peterson brought in. Mando, how would you like Charles and Bowe in this offense?

Henne is the source of the disaster,he is not
a leader,not athletic,no balls,you just wait for his next drastic mistake that loses the
game. I used to enjoy watching Marino because
you always had a shot with his quick release,and his obvious fire. This ahole Henne
seems to know he cannot succeed,that message
comes thru to his team as they carry out the
disaster. As for Henning he is pathetic as the
picks of Ginn, snd white. He and his run out
the clock offense are pathetic.

We can't let Cowher slip through our fingers. Do you really want to give Sporano another season, possibly of mediocirty, while the Giants or Texans make the move to sign Cowher?
Can we afford taking that chance?

Mango I could not agree more with please Mr. Ross I know I'm only a plumber from ny ,but please please don't ask Carl Peterson he had complete control in kc what did he accomplish natta. Leave coach sparano be but GET A FRANCHISE QUARTER BACK so much positive will come from that and A NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATER a new qb won't work with out a new oc .listen I've been a fan for over 30 years I bleed aqua and Orange please please no CARL.

Great plan, let the same folks that failed in choosing Henne and White choose again. Real smart. We have no top ten pick, there is no franchise FA QB available no matter how much you wish for it or demand it. Oh, lets just live in the land of make believe.

I meant mando sorry .

They could have had star quarterbacks, but they chose to pick the wrong one (Culpepper over Brees) and passed on Matt Ryan in the draft. Oops!

I was still in Sparano's corner up until about 3 weeks ago. I didn't think he was great but I thought he had potential. Benching Henne would have gone a long way with me. Atleast I know that he knows he has a QB problem. The Dolphins two minute offense is the worst Ive ever seen (coaching). Sparano also sorrounded himself with terrible coaches. A terrible special team coach was fired, a terrible o-coordinator that needs to be fired, yet in recent weeks in he has put his own head on the line to defend these guys. Lack of judgement is why Sparano needs to be fired. Jeff Ireland discusses me and should be ousted as well. I hate regime change but I hate the regime in place even more. If the Dolphins can get Bill Cohwer im all for it. I have no confidence that Gruden can build a team from scratch.

You don't see any positive players they got. No dwell on all negatives. Nobody could've rebuilt this team faster than this pace we were in shambles . We have a solid foundation we can,afford to go after a top draft pick how do you think other teams move up ? All who are call-in for gruden or cower will be same ones calling for their heads when they dnt get us to promise land . Need more patience what most of instant gratification fan don't hve . Go root for jets they made playoffs .

Feel that New England is gonna go 4 and 0 the next 4 games, Dont see anyone stopping them, Oh yeah BTW they have 7 picks in the first 3 rounds in the upcoming draft.... How does this happen??????also, see the pats sitting most of there players sunday but I doubt that the fins 1st teamers can beat the pats second teamers, especially with the coaches the (Once)Mighty air-breathers will bring to Foxboro... Sad..

Hayden, good point on three whole players Peterson scored. By the way, what did the coaches that Peterson hired do with those players?

They were 2-14 and 4-12 the two years before Peterson got blown out.

And, by the way, I didn't say Peterson never got a player right. I'm just not excited about him picking a coach.

Mando, Your take on the season Finale?????

I see that ESPN is showing there "Love" for New England again....Sicking..

Good article Armando. This team has not had stability for 15 years either. Changing FO every three years doesn't bring a winner. Fans are yelling for Cowher, who I believe will go to his dream job The Giants, yet look how long it took him to bring a SuperBowl to Pittsburg. You think fans down here will give him 15 years? That's why Pittsburg, New England etc have built winners, patience and stability, through winning and losing.

This article shares the bitter truth. But consider the following...

This time last season, perhaps the biggest knock against Henne was his inability to throw touch passes. Yet somehow someway, that issue seemed to go away before this season started. Was it Henne alone that fixed the issue, or did the coaching staff help him?

Now we realize Henne has much more work to do. The 2nd-to-last drive of the Lions game (with ~2:30 to play in the 4th) highlighted many of those issues:

1st Down: Henne's pass is tipped at the line of scrimmage. We've heard other defenses comment on Henne's low point of release. But is this correctable?

2nd Down: Henne is under pressure and steps-up in middle of the pocket. But now instead of looking down field for an open receiver, Henne tucks the ball and attempts to scramble for yardage. Pressure certainly bothers Henne, and he has yet to show any ability to improvise. But again, is this correctable?

3rd Down: Henne throws the ball into tight coverage. Bess falls down, and the ball is intercepted. Henne's decision to even throw the ball into traffic is questionable at best. Yet again, is this correctable?

Then of course, there was the check-down to R. Brown with only seconds remaining in the game and no time-outs. We've heard all season how the coaching staff told Henne to take what the defense gives him. But considering the scenario at this point in the game, it was clearly the wrong decision to check-down. The RoboQB issue strikes again, but can it be corrected?

Yes, Henne's play this season screams that changes at QB are required. But how much of his play is related to the coaching staff? Can any/all of these issues be fixed during the off-season? If nothing else, perhaps Henne can be retained as the backup QB?

Also, we tend to focus so much on Ireland (acquisition of talent), Sporano (coaching) and Henning (play calling). But where does David Lee (QB coach) fit into this discussion? Does Lee deserve at least partial blame, or is he somehow exempt?

Finally, if Ross gives the staff an ultimatum for next season (play-offs or bust)... Do you really think that trading-up to get a rookie QB is going to be an option? It's more likely that the staff would attempt to acquire a veteran QB to at least compete with Henne for the starting QB position. Yet the pool of available veteran QBs seems rather weak. So this is a critical time for the Dolphins. The decisions they make this off-season will impact their performance for the next 3 to 5 years.

1. Get rid of Henne
2. Trade for a seasoned QB (no rookie)
3. Draft a SPEED back
4. Fire Henning
5. Keep Sparano
6. Get rid of those throwback uniforms
7. Reduce ticket prices
8. Put offense and defense in different locker
rooms to avoid contamination
9. Buy out ownership interest of Venus Williams
10.Put happy face on all Dolphin helmets

Lost to Cleveland,Buffalo,and Detroit... At home in the last 4 games...., Time for a change.......

Think about this---- Sparano was a position coach not a coordinator. Psition coaches coach technique, they do not game plan or design plays. He hsa no experience with game time decisions!!!





Next week I know exactly what to do with Henne!Let him shovel Brady's car out of the snow because that's all he's good for!


Posted by: ALoco | December 27, 2010 at 08:23 AM

Aloco, What's a "Phony Hyena" ????



post 8:23

who is going to take second string players like crowder and fasano in a trade up on draft day? thats a dream. lucky to get a 5th round pick for either of them.


2 COACHES IN 3 YEARS ..................................



Ted(My left foot)Ginn Jr. And his family again gets someone fired... You want to get the unemployement issue under control put Ted and his family down... IMHO...

Fire the waterboy too. He's a little slow getting on and off the field during timeouts.

CHARLES...agree w/you ..i am trying hard to get ready of the crappy players .

CHARLES...agree w/you ..i am trying hard to get ready of the crappy players .

Posted by: ALoco | December 27, 2010 at 08:39 AM

Aloco, What does this mean????, A little confused what your saying.....

I agree Mando. When is everyone gonna understand that without a good/great QB in this league,you're going nowhere fast.

Although they're not a great team,look at the Rams. They're on the brink of reaching the playoffs because Sam Bradford has made them considerably better. Do you think had they had stuck with Marc Bulger they'd still be where they are? No chance.

A quality QB makes everyone better.

".i am trying hard to get ready of the crappy players ." @ 8:39

Where have all the Americans gone? I work in IT and 98% of my colleagues are foreign born people (most nice folks by the way). I rarely ever hear English without an accent. I couldn't not find a dentist without and Indian or Arab last name. I can't even find a Pharmacist that understands English. And now on a football blog where you'd think you'd find Americans, people obviously have a limited command of the language. I've become a foreigner in my own country!

Agree with Mark, Without a QB your stuck in purgatory(Also known as 8 and 8).....

Jesus, Im 48 years old am i gonna die of old age before this team wins a title. this is like ground hogs day.

..and worse, now I am starting to speak like them with that unintentional double negative -> "couldn't not find a dentist without and Indian or Arab last name"

Chaz, Welcome to America........ We're all Foreigners in this country.....


I wouldn't mind that as a start, because I don't like the idea of starting totally over after 3 years, but here's what still irks me.

The biggest 2 problems this year (BESIDES Henne) have been the offensive coordinator and the offensive line. And both of those things are directly attributed to the head coach. He should have known Henning was done LAST year, and gotten a new OC for this year. And the oline was his baby. He's tinkered for 3 years with it, making it the highest paid group on the team, and they were absolutely HORRIBLE except for Jake Long.

That doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy feeling to keep the coach. Ireland, ok, maybe he gets a pass since this was his first year with full control, and he did bring in Dansby and Marshall. But he should be on a tight leash.

I agree though that Miami needs a franchise QB ONCE AND FOR ALL. NOT a 2nd rounder, NOT somebody else's back, a bonefied, tried and true FRANCHISE QB. If Ireland can bring that, then he'll be a hero. If he can't, then the whole team will be blown up eventually cause they'll never amount to anything!

Happy FRIGGIN' New Year!

CHARLES, most people who have kids in school they use indian people for MATH tutoring.

Very sensible, Armando.

CHARLES, most people who have kids in school they use indian people for MATH tutoring.

Posted by: ALoco | December 27, 2010 at 08:53 AM

Aloco, What country are you presently in????????

How many of you looking at our schedule back in Septmenber would have imagined that we'd go 1-7 at home, losing to Buffalo and Cleveland pathetically with out even competing, and then ending with the Detroit fiasco. 3rd and goal from the 14 and you run? Two things have become painfully obvious on numerous occasions now:

1. The coaching staff has NO confidence in Henne
2. The head coach is absolutely clueless. If he was let go, certainly no other team would select him for a HC position, so why would we want to stick with him? Nice guy but a pea for a brain.

The thing that bothers me most is that this Team is full of potential and they are only two or three good players away from being annual contenders for the playoffs.

Henna and Henning are the problem. Henna attacks the line of scrimmage as if completing a 5yd pass is some sort of accomplishment worthy of the HOF. Henning is an old man set in his ways. He tried fitting a square peg into a round whole.

Armando- You've correctly pointed out that the QB situation is the fundamental problem. But Parcells picked Henne in the first place. And arguably poorly handled Henne. You don't know if Miami picked Ryan, the same thing could have also occurred: a scared, lacking of confidence QB. You personally like Sparano and that's clouding your judgement.

Once again I need to set the record straight concerning Parcells and the Pat White(wasted)pick.In an interview following his retirement Parcells said he was totally against Pat White,but ultimately allowed Ireland and Sparano to waste another draft pick. Look it up.

In a Parallel universe Miami picked Matt Ryan, He was good but he suffered multiple concussions due to the fact that there was no protection to his blindside where he took numerous head shots, Also Long was drafted by the Bills where there QB (Ferguson) Made the play-offs where they lost to the New Engkand Patriotrs 38 to 14...... Just saying Hindsight is'nt everthing...

Ryan would have had plenty of protection. Carey was the LT before Long and Sporano was a line coach. Protection wouldn't have been an issue. We spent 3 yes drafting lineman, some have worked out.

The thing that bothers me most is that this Team is full of potential and they are only two or three good players away from being annual contenders for the playoffs.

Posted by: oscar canosa | December 27, 2010 at 09:00 AM

Oscar, Welcome o the "Matrix", BTW Take the blue pill..........


Sparano was an OL coach...our OL sucks. If he can't get the OL right, how in the world can he coach the entire team?

Jets again back into the playoffs.......

Deepening into our sorry situation is the fact that franchise QB's and HOF Coaches are not a dime a dozen. We are going to have to be very, very lucky to land either one. hmmm....


You and I totally agree on this. I believe Tony Sparano is a good coach and he can turn this around. At least publicly, his players all support him and seem to play hard for him. If there's something different in private, then someone who really knows will have to spill the beans.

The OC is definitely gone after this year. Is that going to fix everything, I don't think so. However, it will make a MUCH needed change. I was just as floored as everyone else when the defense for this offensive offense is that it worked way back in 1958. I know that isn't exactly what was said, but I just can't get past that date even being used. This offense needed to be altered to better put the players in a position to succeed. It seemed that the same plan was brought every week and every defense we've played has said that they were ready for what was coming. It's sad and that needs to change.

Henne. Henne, Henne, Henne. Wow. I've been pulling for him and quietly thinking to myself how Favre, Young, and Aikman weren't all that great when they first started and thinking he could turn it around. I just don't see it. I need to see a little bit of a rebel. You get told to throw a 5 yard out 15 yards from the goal line with no time outs left? CHANGE THE PLAY!!!! He needs to want the game in his hands with the game on the line and to fight for it no matter what. Instead, it's the same old "you have to do what the coaches tell you" crap that I'm tired of hearing. Who is going to come in and make it better? I have no idea.

Kolb is a west coast QB from a team that has fleeced us in the past. I just don't see this regime trading for him and giving up draft picks when this is slated and should be an offense heavy draft unless there is a defensive monster out there you just can't get past.

We are in desperate need of a speedy TE and RB. OLine needs major upheaval. Long (LT) and Icongnito (C) should stay where they are. Carey moved to guard at a discount or gone. That's it. Maybe some backups in there but everyone else needs to be fighting for a spot.

Look, I know we're all frustrated and morose and sad and agitated. However, Cowher and Gruden are NOT the answer. Cowher didn't really win anything until he got Rothlisberger. That's the truth. I know he consistently got his team in the playoffs but where did they go from there? Dan Marino and Don Shula were always in contention but didn't win the big one. I've seen them dragged through the mud here. How patient is this fan base ready to be? Yeah....that's what I thought. Gruden can't build a team and he's proven that. He was a decent coach for the Raiders but didn't architect the team that he then defeated with the Buccaneers (who Tony Dungy built to a perennial contender). How good was TB after the SB season? Again, yeah....that's what I thought.

As fans we need to be somewhat patient. It took Cowher 15 years to win a SB. In that time, his teams won 8 playoff games before the Super Bowl season and lost 9. Yes I like Cowher and the whole chin thing. But realistically, we'd all have to learn to be patient again.

Long was the safe, smart pick coming off 1-15 and entering rebuild mode. Too many 1st round QB's have been busts and many of the pundits had doubts whether Ryan was worthy of a #1. I don't fault the Long pick, they took a sure thing instead of a big gamble. The problem is the FO is in perpetual avoidance mode....banking on injury prone players (Smiley, Grove), not recognizing their Pascaloni wasn't fit for the task, not recognizing Henning not fit for the task, not recognizing Turner and White should have been cut the first year, not recognizing Penne had no chance of coming back and not even recognizing he was not fit to be 2nd string (two plays and he is done after receiving a love tap), so in reality, not realizing they were going into the season without a bonafind 2nd string QB. Whew...and some of you think this HC has earned another year???

Armando, you're flip flopping!
Mid-season you posted NOT to get rid of Henne, then, of course you had to change your opinion about this losing pin head! It's not his fault... it's the fault of the person who brought him to this team.

Ok, so now you're posting that Ireland and Sparano stay??

We'll give you some time to change your tune!

I think that what Armando is saying is that if Ross does not have a good football mind around(and in my opinion he does not have Parcell's anymore) how is he going to make the football decisions?

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You sir, are a moron. Henne was brainwashed to play the way he does, and came DOWN from Sparano. I do not believe Henne was ever going to be great, but his play definitely reflects that of the coaching

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