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Ross to consider many things, including $$$$$

The Miami Dolphins are not a disaster. Let's get that clear right from the top.

The team was a disaster three years ago when Bill Parcells was hired and he, in turn, hired general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano. In the last three years, Miami hasn't won a championship, but neither has is it become a stagnant organization.

The Dolphins are probably four or five starters from being a Super Bowl contender -- a quarterback, a running back, someone in the defensive backfield that is a dynamic playmaker, a speed receiver, and probably a really good interior offensive lineman.

[UPDATE: Some of you are noting that four or five starters is a lot to ask. Really? Miami's defense this year has a new NT, SOLB, MILB, WOLB, and FS. It would be five new starters if first round pick Jared Odrick had not been injured, which would have put him at RDE and Starks a first-time starter at NT. And the defense went from tied for 25th in the NFL in points allowed to tied for No. 9 currently. Miami's offense is 29th in the NFL in points scored now.]

It is against that backdrop that owner Stephen Ross will decide in the next couple of weeks whether to retain Ireland and Sparano or cut ties and search for a "star" head coach. A "star" coach, by the way, almost certainly comes with his own choice for a general manager, which is why Ireland is in play in this scenario, and his own staff.

Ross would fire Sparano only if he believes he can improve the situation with that star coach, I'm told by one person familiar with the owner's thinking.

Why?

Because, at its roots, this decision on a coach is a money decision. Ross hates losing, which is good reason enough, but beyond that, he is bitterly disappointed his grand plan to make Dolphins home games an experience and an event has been spoiled by the fact Miami finished 1-7 at home this year.

It doesn't matter how many concerts, celebrities and face-painters you have at the stadium on game days if the team on the field doesn't win. Fans cannot go home happy without victories. And those that go home frustrated, upset and angry are apt not to come back.

Beyond that, the fans Ross wants to attract who now have reasons to stay away are likely to continue finding other activities to fill their game days.

So Ross is apparently under pressure from within his own circle to make a change.

Those people are telling Ross that a star coach will reinvigorate the fan base, increase season ticket sales, and ultimately help Miami win. Notice the order I just gave you. Some of the business-marketing-partnership people talking to Ross see the business side of changing a coach first and the on-field result as almost secondary.

Money is first in their minds.

So, again, money is a major variable in this coming decision. Well, here's a money matter Ross should weigh before he makes his decision:

If he fires Sparano and brings in a "star" coach who then brings his own general manager type, the cost is going to be exceptional. Ross will be on the hook for paying the final year of Sparano's contract (approximately $3 million), he'll be on the hook for Ireland (approximately $2 million), he'll be on the hook for Bill Parcells ($4 million), he'll be on the hook for assistants (including Mike Nolan), and he hasn't even started paying the folks that will be actually working for him.

Ross will have to pay that "star" coach and that will cost approximately $6-$8 million. He'll have to pay for the new GM, which will be another $2 million or so, and of course, he'll be paying for a new coaching staff while stay paying off the contracts of the assistants still under contract that the new coach does not retain.

Do the math. Changing administrations could cost Ross between $18-$24 million.

No big deal, you say? Really?

Are you aware Ross moved heaven and earth to try to work a $7.9 million relief on his stadium debt payments recently? I'm not saying he's counting his pennies, but I am saying he's not going to dismiss having to possibly pony up $24 million to make a change without some serious thought.

The argument from the business people might be that Ross will make back the money in season-ticket sales. The Dolphins were slightly over 50,000 season tickets this year and believe a new "star" coach could push them another 6,700 to 10,000 more, depending on who it is and what moves the new guy makes in free agency and the draft.

That is, of course, a short-term view of the situation.

It should be noted when Jimmy Johnson took over from Don Shula in 1996, season ticket sales jumped by about 7,000. And the next year they fell back by about 5,000.

When Nick Saban, the hot coach at the time, took over in 2006, season sales actually fell by 2,000. And the hiring of Parcells as the Football Czar didn't help one iota, as sales fell off the table after 2007 from 54,646 to 46,131.

The point is the hiring of a big name doesn't come with a guarantee that ticket sales will soar. And when they have soared in the past, they have leveled off the following year.

So the season ticket argument is a short-sighted one, if history is to be believed.

Think about that. Stephen Ross probably will.

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Good riddance 2010. 2011 is the year of the Miami Dolphins!

another reason to keep sparano, despite henne, the dolphins have always been 1 play away. just think of how many interceptions were dropped this year. the cleveland game could have been won bt a pick six and the baltimoe game as well. and don't forget the ref in the pittsburgh game. that should have been a win. this team likes him and plays hard. did you see the video after the jet game in the locker room. it doesnt get better than that.

besides henne, this team has done well in the draft and free agency. look at incognito, nobody wanted him, now he might be that center we are missing. davis, clemmons, smith, misi, ogden, hartline, and turning solia into a very good nose tackle. camerome wake, marshall, dansby, dobbins....

It's not all the coaches, just replace the offensive coordinator and the QB. Same problem as the canes.

You are all full of $hit!! First off everyone can agree that Marshall was the proven WR at the time and the best option!!! They already had Ginn, Hartline, Bess, and turner. They wouldn't draft 2 WR's again. So it was Marshall or Bryant and only Kitna made him look good!!! Not Romo!!
I do agree we could have had one of NE tight ends!! But miami had more pressing needs!! A vet QB and Josh McDaniels as our OC. " even if Nolan hates him" will make Miami a contender!!!! Maybe a new RG! Were more like 3 pieces away from being a super bowl contender!! Who would be shocked if Ronnie Brown goes to NE in the offseason and explodes for 1500 yards!! The kid can do it with a better QB, and OC!!! Bring Ronnie back trade for Carson Palmer. Draft a RG in first round. A TE in third and sign a solid #2 WR. And we win 12 games next year!! Oh. An Cam Newton if he is around!!!
Whos with me????????

Happy New Years Fin Fans from OC!

Cheers!


One way or another the franchise will pull back on the yoke and head for better times. Making good, solid strategic moves will help get it done faster.

In my opinion the MUST DO's are:

Retain Nolan as DC

Retain Solai

Keep Wake happy!

Get an O.C. to craft Offensive plays were the players are schemed open and they are hit in stride on the move.

MUST get two QBs in camp to compete with Henne. If the NEW OC designs these better plays the accuracy has to be had out of our QB position. I hate seeing Brandon Marshall keep getting blasted in his $40 million dollar back by doing these come backs and hooks.

Vet OBs... I would get one of either Orton from Denver, Flynn from GB or Vince Young from Tenn of we have to over pay in picks then go to another option like McNabb or Palmer if gets free from Cincy.

Rookie QB I would add a guy like QB Colin Kaepernick of Nevada 6'6'', fast 4.45 forty, Great TD to INT ratio, a good groomer with great upside.

First round try and slide back and get a 2nd rounder. I would be fine with C/G Mike Pouncey as our first rounder. Win in the trenches first. If they have to stay put C Stefan Wisneiwski or LB Von Miller. Both their talent levels fit the mid first round area.

Cheers,

DOLPHiN FANS UNTiL WE GET RiD DEM iDiOTS n Da FRONT 0FFiCE-EXPECT EXTREME FUTILITY FOR 2011-Da PATRI0TS WILL EXP0SE EVERY D0LPHINS WEAKNESS AGAIN!

To say no Coach has ever won a championship with two different teams, is um wrong. Don Shula, Colts and Dolphins. Although for the rest of the statemant I agree. I think the coaching staff should stay in place..Gruden inherited a team and one a championship. Cowher took nearly 13 years to win one. I say leave the coaching staff in place. replace the OC, and find someone that can realy evaluate talent.

Happy New Year to ALL and Good Morning FIN FANS.......

``I don't think [the relationship] is ruined,'' Henne said when asked about their differences. ``I just deal with it. It is what it is. As long as he shows up on Sundays and does his job, we're good".

-Todays' Miami Herald-

This is not what I want comming out of the mouth of my starting QB of my 100 million plus proffesional football team.....

Henne still doesn't get that he is by postion a LEADER....not just a guy who shows up to work...does "his job" and everything is "good"....

That mentality will get you 8-8...7-9 all the time....might get you 5-11 2011.....

More to follow....

``You do what your coaches tell you,'' Henne said. ``Sometimes, [Marshall] might be right. But sometimes, he's completely wrong. If I make that decision and follow what he says, and it's a mistake, who's fault is it? I take all the blame, and I'm OK with that.

-Miami Herald-

That first sentence says it all....ROBOHENNE is in full-up DOG mode.....that is to say....when I say "jump" you say "how high".....If I say "run" you say "how far"....if i say" stay"....you say 'how long"

But.....is Henne telling the truth when he says....``You do what your coaches tell you,'' Henne said.

More to follow.......

Happy New Year Mando! Miami needs to make 5 Moves!
1) Staff changes, OC (young creative and experienced) and experienced Special Teams coordinator
2) Trade their 1st round pick for a late first and high 3rd.
3) Trade their late first for a late 2nd and late 3rd
4) Now you have "2" seconds and "3" thirds with the ability to draft two Speed WR's, a Playmaking S, A Center and a speed RB
5) Round 4 you draft a Right OT
6) A speedy TE in Round 5
7) DO NOT re-sign Ronnie or Ricky

I would like to give Henne the chance to show what he can do with some speed on offense. Right now, with the lone exception of BMarsh, NO ONE is ever open because there is NO SPEED on offense.

Here is to a successful 2011 Year for the Fins, if their is even football at all!

IN THE HEARLD TODAY THERE'S AN ARTICLE IT HEADLINE SAYS .......

(( THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HENNE AND MARSHALL HAS SOURED ))


THE REASON IS MARSHALL WANTS THE SPOT LIGHT OFF HIM FOR BEING NO 3 IN NFL FOR DROPPING BALLS ,,,,,


THE OTHER THING MARSHALL IS VERY OUT SPOKEN VS HENNE EVERY MISTAKES HE MAKES OR HENN DOES ON THE SIDE LINE AND IT'S NOT PROFESSIONAL .

YES KRIS HENNE IS TELLING THE TRUTH,MARSHALL W/HIS 50 MILLION HAS TO ANSWER FOR ALL HIS DROPPED BALLS WHICH COAST US AT LEASE 3 GAMES BESIDE HIS ANTICS IN THE CHI GAME.


HENNE IS DOING WHAT THE COACHES TELL HIM .

PS...I HOPE THIS GUY DENISSE IS READING THIS ARTICLE TODAY .

``I think when you get into the offseason, you develop a little bit more of that kind of chemistry,'' said Sparano, who pointed out they have never had a full year to work together. ``Brandon is such a big-body guy. He's not always covered even when he's covered.

-Miami Herald-
``Brandon is such a big-body guy. He's not always covered even when he's covered".

This kinda blows up the theory that Henne is "coached" to never throw it up to Marshall....it doesn't mean he hasn't been coached to not turn the ball over...all QBs are coached on that......

From Sporano's mouth...``Brandon is such a big-body guy. He's not always covered even when he's covered".....

But Henne says he "does what the coaches tell him"......

Now you really have to question his 2 min offense or lack there of.....

His constant check downs to backs in critical situations

His heart....does he have what it takes to compete in this league or is he just a guy holding on to a job.....I hear he has a rocket arm.....since I have never seen him throw the ball more than 30 yards (2 maybe 3 times this season) can't say wether he does or doesn't........

There was a guy who called himself OLIVER RUBBER and he used to post....

"in my opinion Chad Henne is not an NFL quarterback". just like that...quotes and all....

This was long before it became apperant to the rest of us.....

Old Oliver took his share of snide comments, and I cimed in and LOLed at the funny and sometimes mean things posters said to Oliver....

Gentelemen.....looks like old Oliver was right....and the more Henne talks...and plays...the more right he appears

I wouldnt be surprised if Sparano gets replaced by Jason Garrett since reports are saying Dallas wants to get Jeff Fisher

Aloco....yes...this article proves you were RIGHT...and Dennis can use the words "come to blows" to attempt to prove his point....but it will be a futile attempt....its all in how one "interperts" the information.....and one could certainly come to that interpertaion from this article......IE....Thigpen being told to "GET BACK TO THE BENCH"....this was definetley heated.

TS is better suited for NFC West. He would be a star there. He does not have a vision of offense. Ironically, TS 'checks down' the entire offense to Henning. Ross 'checks down' the entire team to Parcels. If money is the driver for the success formula then NE, GB, NO, demonstrates it is *coaching* that wins. Wins solves the equation of money output vs. input. Wins come from coaching. NE demonstrates wins can come from no name players (sans QB with same vision as coach but I give you Ravens and Ray Lewis willing--leading--his team to SB victory). Heck Dolphins were the first to demonstrate coaching + no-names = wins. The real goal is finding the coach with the confidence in himself such as our Shula or Belichick to get the most out of his players. TS is NOT that guy (1-7 at home this year is clearly players not buying what the coach is throwing down). 'That guy' may be already on the Dolphins coaching staff. I do not think he is in a TV network booth (with the exception of Marino). 'That guy' is the mystic part of an otherwise data driven decision. TS might be that guy but his confidence and record does not show it. In the end, NFL is a game and entertainment; watching the 'drama' of internal machinations is going to be better than watching this years team perform.

Mr. Dennis,

As adament as you were about Aloco being wrong yesterday,(about 3 pages worth of accusations) you should be equally as forcefull about getting your concillitory statement out there today.....

and before we start playing word smith and scurtinizing the "content and context" of every word....even you would have to agree that the gist of this was a confrontation that even the HC feels he needs to address publicly

MARSHALL DID SOME THING VERY BAD SINCE BEFORE CHAD.P TOOK OVER FOR HIS 2 MINUTES COME BACK......HE LOBBYED FOR BENCHING HENNE SINCE THE SEASON BEGAN AND THAT AFFECTED HENNE'S PLAY KNOWING YOUR WR DOING THIS BEHIND YOUR BACK .


IN THE DETROIT GAME ,HE CLEARLY CAME TO the SIDELINE YeLLING AT HENNE IN THE FRONT OF CAMERA AND ASKING FOR THIGGY TO START .
YOU CAN'T DO THAT IN FRONT OF EVERY ONE MR MARSHALL .

The coaches agreed with Marshall and they benched Henne.....the message may have been delivered in the wrong manner...but it was the right message regardless......

Besides....why woudn't this coaching staff not go to Thigpen....we have 24 games or so on Chad Henne.....thats plenty of film to watch in the off-season...if 24 games isn't enough to judge Henne on,,,,the 12 games can't be enough to judge thigpwn on either....give him some first team reps...WTH....is he gonna cost a shot at the playoffs???

For Stephen Ross and his business asscociates, the math is simple: wins=revenue, losses=deficits. Simple math. Wins bring excitement, ancillary sales and a loyal fanbase who will spend money on the franchise. It's not a matter of having a star coach, but a matter of a coach who builds a winning francise - something we haven't had in over a decade. Tony Sparano is a good, decent and extremly boring coach. I would much rather have a John Gruden or a Jeff Fisher on the sidelines.

agree kris about going to thigpen.
now we have a dilemma ;

in any other team you would get ready of one of these two but;;;;;;


1- you can't give up on henne without a new OC and seeing if the qb you r going to sign will work out,so getting ready of heene isn't an option .


2-you can't get ready of marshall when he's clearly the best player you have w/ that crappy OL we have PLUS his contract w/25 million guaranteed ...........


they better get them together and worked IT out unless WE GET GARRET AS HEAD COACH TO SOLVE THE OL ISSUES AND FIRE SPARANO .

HENNE vs MARSHALL
Henne is the on-field boss and if Marshall has a problem with him, it should be Sporano who mediates/decides who to support! It has to be Henne! The anticipated winning effect of Marshall's being added to the roster, in my humble opinion, has never materialized. Marshall has made too many mistakes by dropping balls, running bad routes and causing big penalties by childish behaviors.
The Fins do need the five or so OFFENSIVE big guns to be found this off-season but I remain steadfast in my believe that Tuna, Sporano and his coaches, less Nolan, need to go. Marshall wouldn't be missed that much, either! Ross needs to do what he can with whatever resources he has to rebuild this organization. Improvements realized next year whould help the franchise and its fan base to reconnect to it!
Overall, these past 3 years have REALLY been a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT AND EMBARASSMENT!

ROMPER HAS SPOKEN

Romper...........you r 100 percent right ........ the way it's now ,we die and live by mr marshall and this is an old football thinking .

all that antics is for marshall to take off the spot light of his mistakes and antics .

fire this mediocre staff monday please. carolina, denver, minnesota all already have head starts on us

Aloco,

I'm not saying Thigpen is the long term answer...i'm simply saying you don't know what you don't know..and since he was NEVER GIVEN A QUALITY START...you can't know..

just like P. White, Turner, Moore, Wallace, took WAKE 2 YEARS to see the feild minus some passing situations...Amaya....riding the pine while Dobbins gets all the reps...can Amaya play....we don't know because he hasn't played....we don't know what we don't know...and this staff doesn't seem to know how to get them on the feild.

KRIS,

I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO MARSHALL IF HE GOT ON THE FACE OF DANSPY B/C HE DIDN'T GET A TACKLE ?

Can you imagine going trough the season without an NFL quarterback and still come out even? Thiscoachingstaffhastobegreatthiscoachingstaffhastobegreat....

Aloco,

Marshall is passionate about his job...he LOVES playing football...he LOVES making plays...some of that could rub off on our ROBOHENNE...

He just wants an oppertunity to do what he has done his whole carreer...MAKE PLAYS....he was starting the path for a HOF kind of carreer...now he is a POSSESION RECIEVER who runs 7 yard outs and 10 yard come-backs.....always cathes the ball with his back to the Defense, and has no chance for YAH.....WTH is up with that?

thigpen thankfully is gone after season and will never wear a fins uniform again. our new staff will bring some real qbs in here

glad ronnie brown is gone. but they better do everything it takes to resign solari, that guy is a beast now and is gonna get a ton of cash. mcdaniels also.

Oscar....most NFL teams don't have what you would call a "legit QB"....thats why IT IS THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER POSTION....there are probably 6-8 STAR QB...and 6 more servicable QBs.....that makes 12-14 good to great QBs.....that means half the league staffs don'r believe they have an NFL QB....

Don't believe me...check out the tunover of starting QBs from years past....just wait a few months and check out the turnover from this year....I say minimum of 10 teams.....

BILL, WE GOT TO GET AWAY FROM ONE GUY MENTALITY ,HE'S ACTING LIKE MOSS NOW AND WORST ...WE GOT TO TELL EVERY ONE TO SHUT THE HELL UP AND BUILD A TEAM ,A REAL TEAM NOT JUST WORDS ,WE NEED A TEAM NOT ONE GUY WE LIVE AND DIE BY.

WHAT IS IRELAND DOING IN HIS OFFICE TOADY ?

Disagree, kris. He never should have been brought up to any kind of professional football. By the way, Marshall can catch slants, too.

ireland is gone also.

I can believe that Cam Cameron helped to select John Beck, but I find it very difficult to believe that Parcells helped to select Henne and Pat White. Ireland is nowhere to be found.

Oscar...not to beat a dead horse but...lets look at the playoff teams..shall we

AFC
PIT=Rapistburger**
BAL-Flaco*
NE-Brady**
Jets-sanchez
KC-Cassel*
IND-Manning**

NFC
Chi-Cutler*
GB-Rodgers**
Eagles-Vick**this year
NO-Brees-**
ATL-Ryan**
STL-Bradford

possible team
Giants-Manning*
Buc-Freeman
Seattle-Hasselbeck

* means good QB
** means Awsome QB
no mark means servicable

See any correlation Oscar....Now name some Good to great...or even servicable QBs whose team aren't in the playoffss

I'll start you off...Phillip Rivers....

Osar not sure watch your reading but we are agreeing.....and i know Marshall can catch slants....i'm saying we don't see him run a lot of slants....when he catches the ball over the middle it looks to me like those are "sqaure in" patterns.....get to 8 yards and sqare it off and run across the field

In the past Marshall's bread and butter was the slant and the fade (not just in the endzone....here he doesn't get those oppertunities....

kris, to be more explicit, I believe most of our losses this year have been due to the deficiencies of the QB's and not of the coaching staff.

I got it now Oscar.....I think i mis-interperted your first post....we are saying the same thing.....my bad.....

but at the same time in never hurts to reiterate the old adage...find me a winning coach and I will SHOW you a GREAT QB

cowher won a ton of games with average qbs at best. gruden won a sb with brad johnson. balt with dilfer. on and on

Bill...to go on and on..is conjecture..you can't go on ans on,,,those are anomolies...they happen every so often....consitent winners have consistent QB......and on and on

henne could be the only nfl qb that cant run a 2 minute offense, cant throw a fade, is not comfortable in the shotgun, cant slide in the pocket, cant look a receiver open, cant connect on a fly or deep post etc. he hasnt improved since i began watching him 3(years) training camps ago. thats probably why marshall is venting his frustrations.

wrong. every year teams win alot of games with avg qbs. u dont have to have manning or brady. won the div with pennington and fiedler before.

cowher won year after year with qbs that werent anything special. a great defense and a solid running game will do that

no worries greg. henne and the coach and gm are all gone

There are so many Good to great QBs that have one SBs over those who haven't that I would get writers cramp and crash Armando's blog trying to recall them all....that argument is Ludicrious.....


BTW....isn nor about winning "a ton of games"...its about winning SBs......since you are a COWHER-OLIGIST...who did Cowher win his first SB with? I can't remember...answer that and make my point for me.....

Yep, kris. After the exit of Parcells there was so much turmoil here that I think nobody knew who was in charge. That ended with the firing of Bonamego, benching Henne, cutting Jason Alllen, etc, etc. Those were strictly a Head Coach's decision. The Air has been filtered, will be more breathable.

it isn't about ....this argument was so easy I got over excited....

kris he won with a qb who had the worst super bowl ever played by a qb. lucky his defense played awesome and randel el stepped in and threw a td pass that ben couldnt. and miami hasnt even wo n a playoff game in 10 years. cower won almost every year and each time he made the playoffs they won at least one game other than maybe his first year

And you reporters saw how badly Henne sucked at training camp and you didn't write about it!!

so yes thanks for making my point for me

9 div titles in 15 years. 149 wins. 12 playoff wins. 2 afc titles. 1 sb win. thats one hell of a resume

Yes, bill connors, we all know you want Bill Cowher here. Please talk about Miami.

The point Bill is that his QB played well enought to get them there...Its true...BIG BEN has the worst QB rating of all time in a SB...want to know who has the 2nd worst...John Elway...NOT IN ANY OF HIS 3 BLOW-OUT LOSSES....but in that magical victory aginst Green Bay......want to make a case aginst John Elway too?

The bottom line is that Ben is a proven commodity, and has gone on to win another SB WITHOUT COWHER,,,and they have had ZERO drop in production.....so is it the COACH...the SYSTEM or the QB....All i know is the one constant in all of those things is the QB...i'll let you come to your own conclusion

There is no way that Ross should fire Sparano in favor of a big name coach. What did Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons owner do; he hired a no name coach. The Falcons are now one of the best teams in the NFL...and so it goes. The Dolphins need the four or five starters you mentioned Armando. They may even consider picking up a big name tight end. Chad Henne needs to be replaced and paying Kevin Kolb of the Eagles big money instead of paying huge money to replace this regime would be a better option. Parcells and his insistance on big slow players and not getting more skill offensive players was the problem. Parcells and his old school methods are gone.

yes davis ran wild. like i said defense and a strong running game will lead u there. thats why the greatest qb ever never got a ring sadly enough

One more thing Bill...He was 23 years old when he played on the biggest stage in the world...SBXLIII.....Youngest QB in NFL History to win a SB.....I'll chalk that game up to nerves

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