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Perception may hurt Dolphins in hunt for Cowher

Sometimes perception is reality. And sometimes that's enough to hurt.

Well, this morning, I'm told the Dolphins may have been hurt in a self inflicted way by the lasting pictures of former Florida coach Urban Meyer sharing time on the sideline with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross at Sun Life Stadium Sunday afternoon.

I wrote in Monday's Herald how Ross and Meyer shared time on the sideline before the game, during the fourth quarter, and during overtime as the Dolphins lost to the Denver Broncos. I made the point that the time the two spent together during the game was coincidental because Ross was headed toward the locker room rather than the field had the Dolphins held their lead.

I also wrote that Meyer isn't a coaching candidate for the team on an interim basis, but if you know Ross and his desire to hire a "star" coach next January, Meyer cannot be discarded longterm from the conversation until either he or Ross says he's not a candidate.

So basically, the time the men spent together wasn't a big deal from a practical standpoint. But apparently from the perspective of football people, the time could be costly to Ross and the Dolphins.

I'm told the sight of Ross laughing and talking with with Meyer while current coach Tony Sparano was busy trying to get his team its first win upset some football folks around the NFL. This morning, I already have three three emails from football people around the league who are livid at the Dolphins owner for "dissing," as one put it, Sparano on his own sideline.

And apparently Bill Cowher could be one of those that might have been left shaking his head. Cowher, by the way, is on Miami's informal list of coaches to approach once the season is over and the Dolphins go searching for a permanent coach replacement. Fact is, Cowher might be the leading candidate for the Dolphins if anyone can be considered that.

But one person who is familiar with Cowher's thinking tells me the former Pittsburgh coach cringes at the idea of working for an owner who would "show up" his current coach as some football folks believe happened Sunday.

Cowher, you see, is keeping close tabs on how the Dolphins are conducting themselves these days because he recognizes Miami is a possible landing spot. But, my source said, Cowher has apparently been disappointed in some of the things he's seen from the Dolphins as to how they treat Sparano, dating back to last year.

It's plausible if you believe Cowher wanted nothing to do with the Dolphins last year when Ross was looking around following a 7-9 season. Cowher was rumored to have told Ross he would not speak about any coaching vacancy while the Dolphins had a coach still on the job.

I cannot say that Cowher actually got that message to the Dolphins or not. But I know people close to him are convinced Cowher doesn't take kindly to other football coaches being mistreated. And, as I just said, a handful of football people who emailed me this morning thought Sparano was disrespected by Ross and Meyer.

So it's quite possible what Ross might see as harmless happenstance time spent with Meyer on Sunday might cost him a chance to land Cowher because the former Pittsburgh coach and other NFL football people have a different opinion what that time meant.

Again, the truth is the Meyer-Ross show on the sideline during the game was coincidental. But that doesn't matter to some people. They perceive that time the owner shared with a potential future coach as disrespect toward his current coach.

And, true or not, perception is reality in their minds.

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Joe, I'm too jaded by the Johnson and saban affairs to go for the well fed coach route once again. I'd take Fisher though.

Does that make me a moron? Depends who your ask, been called worse.

IRELAND SUCKS.
IRELAND SUCKS.
IRELAND SUCKS.

Now that I got that off my chest, I just want to add:

FIRE IRELAND.
FIRE IRELAND.
FIRE IRELAND.

The End.

Did the players just throw the game yesterday? I'm sure they were upset that the opposing QB was being honored at a home game. The last few minutes of the game I saw players missing easy tackles, slowing down instead of attempting a tackle. The bobbled on-side kick? The two-point conversion was too easy. It wouldn't surprise me if they threw it. Who the hell would want to play for Ross? He is a disgrace to the NFL.

I want to be sure i understand...you think

IRELAND SUCKS

and you would like to

FIRE IRELAND?

Your post was a little ambiguous

Cowher will be the same mistake again, same dinosaur football philosophy, "run the ball-tough defense" isn't that what this regime try to do? in this football era u win championships with powerful score quick offense!! Cowher will bring discipline & toughness that much is true, 9-7 or 10-6 per year is possible, but no championship type, not in this era.

You should be coach Mando. Did you see any Tebow jerseys/shirts in the giftshop?

Ok, I'll go way out on a limb here...the fins are not 'throwing' games.

As hard as it is to accept, this team really is just plain old bad, bad, bad.

Joe,

I don't have the energy to type a list of ALL the personnel that should be dismissed. It might be easier to list those that should remain (there's probably not more than 10).

Also, you guys fight amongst yourselves over WHO the next Coach should be. I'm happy as a clam as long as he/(she?)'s the NEXT coach.

My top pick is Andy Reid. Anyone after that is probably gonna be acceptable to me (as long as it's not Sparano's brother or something).

After yesterday's loss to Denver, things are looking good on the "Suck for Luck" front. Of the 3 winless teams, Miami has the best chance at going winless for the remainder of the season. Here is a great artical in the Indystar that details each team and the rest of their season:

http://www.indystar.com/article/20111024/SPORTS03/111024021/Will-Colts-end-season-NFL-s-worst-team-

I would hope after watching the Parcells Coaching tree flame out (Miami, KC, Giants), Cowher would reconsider his run-first approach and adapt his philosophy to what works now.

But that's why I'm suggesting we get an offensive-minded HC, since we've historically had pretty good defenses in Miami, but haven't had a true offensive juggernaut since the Marino-era. I would not mind watching 49-42 games for a couple years until we matched our defense with a lightning offense.

Mark, if you feel jaded about our past, that's not what I referred to. Saban wasn't an NFL coach. Johnson was 18 years ago when he took over. I mentioned those fans that talked about the lack of passion because Cowher won already.

Is it not possible he has the desire to be the 1st coach to win with 2 different teams? A remote possibility?

Should we discount Mccarthy, Belli if they came available next year? I mean, they won already, why bother? Fire isn't there!

I don't care how anyone tries to explain it, it's moronic.

Cowher inherited a sub .500 team, made it a divison winner in 1 year & a Superbowl team in 4. Eventually got a good enough team to win it all.

For these accomplishments they call him the product of a great franchise & no passion to win again. Afterall, every pitt coach wins!

Tomlin inherits a superbowl team Cowher left him, wins with that & that somehow makes him a better coach? Less scrutiny? Why is Tomlin better than Cowher?

Only on this blog can the illogical seem logical. So if you take the context about what I was referring to, then I didn't call you a moron.

We don't want Cohwer. No coach who won a SB ever went on to win it with a subsequent team. Never. There is a reason. Building a SB team is years of 100 hour weeks. Intense effort. People who already made it are just not up for the effort to do it again. Think Jimmy Johnson. We do not want a Cohwer. We want a brilliant OC or DC, a coach whose players consistently play above their ability level. We want a brilliant talent hunter/negotiator, the next Bobby Beathard. We want them incentivized so they become rich if they succeed but not if they fail. We want them to have an unlimited budget to do it (limited only by the cap).

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Its easier to field a defense of good players vs offensive players. Since its harder to master the offense side of football, we need to draft nothing but offensive players.

But that's why I'm suggesting we get an offensive-minded HC, since we've historically had pretty good defenses in Miami, but haven't had a true offensive juggernaut since the Marino-era. I would not mind watching 49-42 games for a couple years until we matched our defense with a lightning offense.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | October 24, 2011 at 04:29 PM

That makes sense. It's logical. It's alot different than the "fire isn't there" crowd.

sparano claims he knew tebow was going to "run" for the 2 pt conversion. i don't buy it; he didnt have the run stoppers(big body's) in the game at the time. he didnt know it;just covering up as usual. another line he uses is "we practiced for that all week but we didnt execute".

Joe,

I'm hearing if we got Cowher, he might as for total control (a la Shanahan here in DC). I don't remember, who was GM when Cowher was in Pitt? Everything you said about Cowher being a hard-nosed guy, disciplined, good organization, I'm fine with all of that. Again, I'm not against Cowher, you see my preference above, but I don't think Cowher doesn't have "the fire."

Whether it's Cowher or Reid or ANYBODY, what's a key to their success IMO is good talent acquisition.

My question did Cowher have a say on talent acquisition in Pitt? If so, that's a good thing, he acquired good players. If not, I hope he knows somebody good, or else we might end up exactly where we are now in 4 years.

By the way, I'd ask the exact same question about Reid and any other HC we're interviewing. Who's picking the talent Mr. Ross? That's equally if not more important than the HC.

If Cowher DID have TA experience, then that might jump him to the top of the list for that alone.

DC, My keepers would be:

Davis, Long, Bess, Marshall(if only to prevent another void on the roster), Pouncey, Wake, Dansby, Thomas, Starks, Wilson(potential)

As far as I'm concerned, everyone else is replacable. And I'm really stretching it to include Starks & Davis.

Joe, I'm sure most here are making those opinions on cowher based on what they can see from afar. We don't know him, don't known if the fire still burns. But we've been burnt and don't want the same thing again. Sure there's a chance he can come here and re write history. Who knows???

i'd say no to cowher. the game has passed him by. once they get the cushy t.v. gigs they arent the same(no fire/passion);look at parcells or any other analyst. we need to look at a young guy who is on the rise(ie harbaugh) who has that drive to succeed. the old guys will just take ross's $$$$ and will insist on full control.

DC, Rooney fired Tom Donahoe(GM) in 99 because of a pwoer struggle with Cowher to get more say in personnel. Rooney sided with Cowher. They hired someone else as official GM for title sake.

It is true that Cowher had major say in the team he won with & eventually was handed down to Tomlin. Which is why Cowhers my guy.

If he wants say, give it to him. If he wants to hire his own GM, let him. He has a proven track record of success.

Don't forget Fields. He's a keeper.

"Again, the truth is the Meyer-Ross show on the sideline during the game was coincidental. But that doesn't matter to some people. They perceive that time the owner shared with a potential future coach as disrespect toward his current coach.

And, true or not, perception is reality in their minds."

More pure speculation. Do writers get paid for speculation? Who is "they", and "some people"?

So Cowher has TA experience. Interesting. Definitely bumps him up in my book. WE MUST HAVE GOOD TALENT ACQUISITION.

Also I agree with the list, along with Chris' addition, and adding John Denney the long snapper.

Ok, time for the gym. This team might be getting soft, doesn't mean I need to as well, lol.

Talk to you guys later.

Forgot Fields, good call Chris!

new motto Why wait?!

Don't care about Cowher. Just get Andrew Luck!

If Ireland stays it won't matter who the coach is he must go to!!

Dolphins laughing stock of the NFL. Ahhheeeemmmm let me clear my throat for this one...


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YOU SUCK!

So your point is that three football friends of yours told you something, and because they are football people just like Cowher, he should be thinking the same way, and take decisions about his future based on it. Is this real journalism?

To those that are saying the game passed Cowher by and Cowher's style wont play in today's NFL...

(Shakes head)

You can't come up with anything factual? Seriously? No wonder you all take Armando's bs blog so seriously...because all he does is speculate and use "sources" when he doesn't have any fact to base his writing on.

Cowher or Fisher, both have major respect, talent in the draft, and most of all WIN.

Stop with the fabricated stuff would you? Geez...

I really don't care what Cowher or his cohorts think.....I am not a big fan of his and would take Jeff Fisher over him anyday, especially because Fisher yearns more to win cause' he once came so close....and I am sure Cowher would really want to get cozy with Ross if Miami is assured of landing Luck.....

draft a quality QB in the second round. Miami needs to find a way to draft 10-11 quality players in next year's draft. Bring on Jimmy Johnson as a consultant for 2 years to help them draft quality draft picks.

Posted by: Sanford | October 24, 2011 at 06:38 AM

WRONG, NO MORE 2ND ROUND QB OR BACK UPS STARTING FOR US. WE NEED A STUD 1 ST ROUND PICK.

I think the Dolphins have 8 potential picks in next years draft.

DRAFT 8 QUARTERBACKS

SOONER OR LATER, WE WILL GET ONE!

BEST IS, NO ONE COULD BLAME YOU!

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8236f97d/comments/colts-55point-loss-casts-doubt-on-caldwells-future-as-coach


They say Misery loves company -- Sparano's got some friends on the "hot seat" who also happen to be in the SFL sweepstakes

Let's hope Caldwell will want to win a couple to save his job!!!

i think it's finally devine intervention that we are finding ways to lose.

God or fate is dealing us the #1 pick next year. let's hope this kid will wantr to come here.

Suck for Luck

Sad part is, The Dolphins front office is going to sit on their hands and compete with all these other teams as they search for a Head Coach and end up with another mystery coach at the helm...

I think I would bring someone in right now and let them evaluate things while being a consultant until the conclusion of the season...

Jeff Fisher or Gruden for HC???

You cant be serious...

Exactly what has Fisher and/or Gruden ever accomplished? Here is a comparison of Fisher, Gruden and a REAL PROVEN WINNER, STAR Coach and his name is COWHER aka THE JAW.

FISHER record below.

Career record

142-120-0 (Regular season)
5-6 (Postseason)
147-126-0 (Overall)

Championships won
1999 AFC Championship

GRUDEN aka Chucky Record below:

95–81–0 (Regular Season)
5–4 (Postseason)
100–85–0 (Overall)


BILL COWHER aka THE JAW record below:

Super Bowl XL victory (2005)

2 AFC Championship victories (1995, 2005)

AP NFL Coach of the Year (1992)

2× Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year (1992, 2004)

149–90–1 (regular season record)

12–9 (playoff record)

161–99–1 (overall record)


In Cowher’s 15 seasons, the Steelers captured eight division titles, earned ten postseason playoff berths, played in 21 playoff games, advanced to six AFC Championship games and made two Super Bowl appearances.

He is one of only six coaches in NFL history to claim at least seven division titles.

At the conclusion of the 2005 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers had the best record of any team in the National Football League since Cowher was hired as head coach.

Now folks... If you don't like COWHER that's fine BUT you can NOT argue that COWHER IS the best choice for the Dolphin's as he has a proven record and TODAY, Mike Tomlin reps from what COWHER built with the Rooney family backing him up.

This is a no brainier.. COWHER IS the first choice. Give him the tools and guaranteed the Fins will be turned around as one of the best Teams in the NFL since Shula.

Fisher and Gruden or whoever else is out there that you want to throu in and is available cant hold the apron strings for Cowher as there is just no comparison whatsoever..

The numbers don't lie.

PS.. to all you that keep calling Cowher a dinosaur coach, exactly what do you call all the Collage experiments the Dolphins had? I call them just that... Experiments who SUCKED like Sabin who screwed the Dolphins and Cam Cameron.

Experiments are meant to take place in a lab, not on a BILLION dollar NFL Football franchise.

Get real people...


Posted by: NICK M

I think the Dolphins have 8 potential picks in next years draft.

DRAFT 8 QUARTERBACKS

SOONER OR LATER, WE WILL GET ONE!

BEST IS, NO ONE COULD BLAME YOU!

Nice post... Problem is that hopefully we get a Proven HC and GM that can pick the right one and use the other picks on FIXING what Sparano and Acorn Ireland screwed up. lol

Cowher is my first choice, Fisher my second...

DONT WANT GRUDEN AT ALL (He just signed a 5 yr deal with ESPN anyway)

But remember with Fisher his winning may be skewed by a cheap owner that would not pay talent when they were due to see a pay day.

That takes a lot away from Fishers winning pct.

Either of the two I would be happy with though

Let's get settled in Dolphin fans. Here goes the ride in mediocrity for the next five years. All the bad drafts, lousy trades, bad coaching and indifferent ownership has come home to roost. With the current ownership and its questionable methods, we can expect Andrew Luck to refuse to play for the Dolphins, much as John Elway refused to play for the Baltimore Colts almost 29 years ago. Sources say that if the Dolphins can't land a big name coach, they will re-sign Ireland and Sparano to long term deals in further cost cutting moves. The game of chicken may backfire with Ross. The Joe will be filled with opposing team's fans and Dolphin ownership will match that loss in revenue with more cost cutting. The Dolphin franchise has become the LA Clippers.

When I saw the photos of Ross with Urban Meyer, I thought the same exact thing. The top shelf coaching candidates are looking at this in a negative light. Combined with the courting of Jim Harbaugh, it just doesn't look so good.

Money talks many times--but if Ross keeps it up, we may just dig ourselves in a deeper hole and for a long time. Yes, kids, he's one of THOSE owners.

Who ever comes here must get total control of everything. That way there is no one to blame but themselves.

Heck, Tony's post game interview sounded like he was throwing the players under the bus instead of himself. And Ireland is probably sitting back throwing Tony under the bus instead of himself. And Ross is throwing everyone under the bus except himself.

The players are the only ones accepting any blame for this nightmare of a season.

Does anybody now doubt that the colts are going to get luck? Seriously? We will not get him. The colts will not win a game. Their schedule is so much harder. And we will probably win three, which is two too many for colts as well as rams.

One lucky pass and catch by Tebow and Nolan thinks he's gonna beat Miami with his arm? Dude was like 6 of 29 with 40 yards.

Come on man!

Why didn't they stack the box and make him throw the ball?

Why no shadow on Tebow? The dude walked in untouched! Or barely touched.

WHERE WAS THE BLITZ ON THE ROOKIE QB? That always works!

Why play soft when you're watching another Tebow miracle unfolding?

This team can't be this bad can it? This is beyond bad if you ask me. This is rotten.

I SEE THAT ALL THREE GANGS ARE HER GANG OF DEFEAT,MARINATED ACORN GROUP, DONKY BREIGADE,IF YOU ALL LOOKED FORT WORK LIKE YOU WORK THIS BLOG UNEMPLOYEMENT WOULD DIP,ANY DONKY THAT WANTS CHINA MAN COWER NEED FIRST GO TO APE ILAND AND ASK OPRAH PERMISSION FIRST.,OIAM SURE THE GREAT MA ROSS WILL REPLACE THE PIZZA MAN SPORONO AND PICK A QUILITY COACH LIKE WE HAVE HJERE IN BOSTON.

Inimounts. Landry Jones is a better qb anyway.

The only way we win any games this year is if they stop the games after the 3rd quarter.

Basically, the fins are victims of the self-inflicted, reverse rope-a-dope.

Aloco: Please write in caps, I'm having trouble reading/hearing you.

Thanks

BLOG FODDER, WHY YOU HATE DLOPINS,YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR TRAILER AND FEED YOUR CAT.
(BUFFET
OF
KNOWLEDGE)

to the people saying Ross was just being hospitable with Urban Meyer

That may be true, but the problem is that Ross doesn't even realize that "just being hospitable" risks ruining his credibility down the line.

Don't business folk know about credibility and risk? isn't that half of how they make their money?

ALoco,

ME NOT HATE DOLPINS, ME JUST MAD ON THEM.

Oh, and...

YOUR MOM CLEANS MY TRAILER AND FEEDS MY CAT.

I believe that of all the teams in contension for the first overall pick, Miami would be the best place for Luck to land. We are eager for a star QB and he will be the starter day one. That is not true with other teams. The Rams have Bradford and Manning in Indy wants to play a few more seasons.

No team is more desperate for a star QB than this team. Also, it has been enough years since the Marino era that Luck will not have any demands to perform day one. He can follow the same path as an Elway or Akman and learn the ropes for a year or 2. Just show us some signs of greatness and give us something to look forward to.

ONLY DONKY I HAVENT SEEN YET IS DRUNK ODEN,ANYONE SEE IF HE GAT ARRESTED LAST NIGHT.
BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE.

Ok, its safe for me to leave now, ALoco and his buffet of knowledge has got it from this point...

I leave you all in good hands...

CIAO

Bill Cowher is an over-emotional oaf. Brian Bellick's football IQ dwarfs Cowher's.

YEAH BRAIN,HIS IQ IS SO HIGH HE HASNT COACHED FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS.
YOU SIR HAVENT EVEN BROKE INTO THE MARINATED ACORN GROUP>
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ALoco is the champ!!!

More classic Craig M. below:


How are people ready to draw so many conclusions about players and teams after ONE week of football? I mean seriously??...talk about knee-jerk.

Posted by: Craig M | September 11, 2011 at 08:48 PM

------- Then only 45 minutes later -----------

Both these QBs suck....the teams win DESPITE these two guys not because of them. Shows it can be done if there's enough talent on the team.

Posted by: Craig M | September 11, 2011 at 09:31 PM

THIS JUST IN, GRAIG M. IS NONE OTHER THEN DYING FLIPPER BREED, IF HE"S NOT HE'S A COUSIN OR SOMEONE RELATED TO HIM.
BUFFET
OF
KNOWLEDGE.

Mando, was that Ross's first sideline appearance? He should have done his meet & greet privately, even if it was all but certain (emphasis on but) the Phins had won the game. And someone thinks we will win 3 games, really?

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