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Recap of Dolphins day 1TB

Today was Day One of the Todd Bowles era.

Why do I have this strange feeling of deja vu? Oh, yeah, Jim Bates!

Anyway, Bowles learned that he was taking over the team from Tony Sparano. Bowles said Sparano called him in and said he'd been fired and that Bowles was taking over on an interim basis. That's how Bowles found out.

Seems odd, no?

You'd think Stephen Ross might have broken the news to Bowles. Or general manager Jeff Ireland.

Anyway, for a a couple of hours Bowles says he felt a bit overwhelmed until he got his head around the notion that every great coach in NFL history had a first meeting, a first week of preparation, a first game. "Once I settled that, it all kind of slowed down for me," Bowles said.

And once it slowed down, it was tiime to hit the ground running. In his first meeting in front of the entire team Bowles told the players to give Sparano and call or text and encourage the former coach. He told players "everyone is being evaluated."

How true. Bowles is being evaluated by everyone in the NFL, not just the Dolphins. "I'm not trying to be Don Shula," Bowles said. "I'm trying to win football games."

And the players better get comfortable with the idea that a new sherrif is coming to town next season so they better ride straight the final three games this year if they plan to be around.

The Dolphins travel to Buffalo and it is quite possible J.P. Losman will be starting against his old team because Matt Moore missed practice with a head/neck injury. Bowles said Moore does not have a concussion but added that more tests are pending.

Jake Long (back) and Koa Misi (shoulder) also missed practice today. John Jerry worked in at starting left tackle in Long's absence. What of Nate Garner, you ask? He played for Long last week and yielded three sacks. Enough said.

Garner is a fine swing player. He's a natural guard whom the Dolphins can force in there at right tackle in a  pinch. But he's not a left tackle. Just isn't. I'm not certain Jerry is a left tackle, either. But not too many of those are on the market right now.

I've advocated the Dolphins move Vernon Carey back to left tackle but Carey is still hobbled by an ankle injury, which kept him limited in practice. So there goes that idea. Yeremiah Bell (foot) and Anthony Fasano (ribs) were also limited in today's practice.

Losman said he and Pat Devlin shared first-team snaps today.

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This blog is far more interesting for me the NOW...

That is strange and disappointing Bowles found out from Sparano after he was fired, and not from Ross or Ireland BEFORE the firing took place. Very odd.

To me that reeks of a dysfunctional and disorganized FO. Very disappointing really. No foresight, piss poor planning, no thinking ahead. These guys are great at creating more doubt than assurance.

Just loose the last 3 and we will be happy.

4-12

First pick of any QB not named Luck.

RgIII!!!!!

our beloved dolphins are in very bad hands; how can we possibly support these idiots? both ross and ireland have trouble conveying a single thought with any sort of credibility or believibility! retaining ireland kills our chances of a good coach coming here.

Are there any WR worth getting high in 2nd round to compliment rg3? I'd rather throw delving in there than losman but at this point I'm more interested in my fantasy team

...wait does this year's 2nd go towards Marshall as well or are we done with that trade?

at least they didn't fire sparano with a post it.

Armando why don't you apply for the coachinng job of the Dolphins? You are never short on answers huh? When did you become a football guru?

Youu start writing about football for a few years and all of a sudden you believe you are a football expert.

Get a life and a clue, most of your writings are dumb and clueless. Spennd more time thinking before writing. I am sick and tired of the garbage you write, it's more like one of those TMZ sites.

We need you to start reporting and quit trying to evaluate it makes you sound ignorant.

Oh no! Stephen didn't tell Todd Himself?

What will Jeff do next? Will Stephen ever find his "Man"?

Sheesh, you guys will blow anything into a Soap Opera.

Did you ever stop to think that SpOrano would be the best guy to inform Bowles? Maybe brief him on preparations for the quickly approaching game? Maybe give him a heads up on specifics?

SpOrano's a classy guy and knows Bowles well. He probably considered it a favor to him and the team.

I mean what were Ross' options? I wouldn't send Ireland to brief a Hooker on a Sex Addicts Convention!

GET A GRIP!!!!

Anyway, Bowles learned that he was taking over the team from Tony Sparano. Bowles said Sparano called him in and said he'd been fired and that Bowles was taking over on an interim basis. That's how Bowles found out.
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LOL....I love this guy Ross.....making Sporano call and congratulate his successor (for the moment).....

No mercy.....

SOme of you will consider Ross's decision "tasteless"...and "without class"....

but I like it.....I like that the head of the Dolphins....has a little SHARK in him.....

We will need some of that SHARK to get us back to respectability.....

Ross showed true SHARK....when he tried to hire Harbaugh...last season....

IMO...Ross has earned the nickname...

BIG BAWLS ROSS......

^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Sound it out till it rhymes......

odinseye

No soap opera here. Not even close. But the guy that was just fired and told he is no longer welcome on the premises, no longer part of the organization, should not be informing anybody of anything at that point.

I'd have thought Ross or Ireland should have given Bowles a heads up, see how he felt about it. It's disrespectful to Bowles for him to hear about it not from them but from an ex employee. Those two do not look prepared or act prepared. Ireland is a scout, not a GM.

Sparano wasn't asked to brief Bowles either. He just happened to call him after the fact to give him a heads up.

DA...

Bowles is an appetizer.......not a main course....

Hence the reason he wasn't at the presser....

in 30 days...Bowles will be an after thought...he should be glad for the opportunity....it doesn't matter how he found out....just that he got the audition (for another team).....

Ross and Ireland have sent a clear message....

YOU...MR.BOWLES,,,YOU HAVE NO SHOT AT A HC JOB HERE.....

In the grand scheme of things, its petty. But..its just one more glimpse into their ineptness.

Well now that the Miami Dolphins have done what the writers in this town said would not happen before the end of the season. (fire Sparano) What's next? So much for writer prognostications.I think we all know that writers are nothing more than Monday morning quarterbacks offering some entertainment value.

If the Dolphins were looking to hire from within....the NOLAN probably gets the HC job...or at least BOWLES gets to be at the presser....

The no no-nonsense...no pipe dream approach works best....

and its clear which direction the FINS are moving as far as a higher...and that direction is outside of the Parcells staff.....


Those two do not look prepared or act prepared. Ireland is a scout, not a GM.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | December 14, 2011 at 08:05 PM


First off, the Soap Opera comment wasn't at aimed at you. Somebody else sounded like they were just about coming unglued over this(I won't mention any names-THIS TIME-LOL).

Second, I think you have a valid point. The way I understood it though, SpOrano called in Bowles BEFORE he left the premises for his final time.

That notwithstanding I agree with you in that it APPEARS to be a Class-less course of action. However, I ask you to read your comment above that I copy/pasted and again, my question: What were Ross' options?

I don't care if Ireland turns out to be the best GM that ever lived, I wouldn't trust the guy to feed my RATS!

GO BAWLS ROSS!!!!

Sure Kris. They could have at least showed him one ounce of respect and gave him a heads up, common courtesy. Those two are ugly.

odinseye

The way I see it, they could have spoke to Bowles before firing Sparano, right before, and say look we'd like you to be the interim coach, are you good with that (or tough sht you are doing it anyway).


Sparano wasn't asked to brief Bowles either. He just happened to call him after the fact to give him a heads up.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | December 14, 2011 at 08:09 PM


Come on now :)

This is conjecture at best on your part(as it was on mine). Still, I'd bet on my conjecture FIRST!

You cannot possibly know this.

This past draft....many have commented on here was a pretty good one.....

and we saw something from this draft that we haven't seen consistently from this FO in a long time....Rookie picks...getting playing time....significant playing time......

This draft was not the typical PARCELLS draft....and Ireland said he had the NEED FOR SPEED....and while gates hasn't set the NFL on fire....i submit to you...that Deshaun Jackson didn't either his rookie season.....most rookies don't...especially @ the WR position....

but we can see potential....

odinseye

I know everything. Nobody told you?

I got that from Armandos comment:
"Anyway, Bowles learned that he was taking over the team from Tony Sparano. Bowles said Sparano called him in and said he'd been fired and that Bowles was taking over on an interim basis. That's how Bowles found out."

So at that point he was fired and told he is not welcome on the premises. My conjecture is that he was not asked to brief Bowles.

We'll never know.


odinseye

The way I see it, they could have spoke to Bowles before firing Sparano, right before, and say look we'd like you to be the interim coach, are you good with that (or tough sht you are doing it anyway).

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | December 14, 2011 at 08:18 PM


I think this was absolutely out of the question!

You see Ross is learning on the job. If he did this and Bowles told a friend, that told a friend, that told a journalist?

It's the Harbaugh fiasco all over again.

As far as seeing how Bowles feels about it? C'mon man! You take the appointment or resign, never expecting to work in the NFL again.

For Bowles, this is probably the best thing to ever happen to his career. If he loses, everything gets blamed on SpOrano, if he wins, he just leap frogs up the Coaching Chain.

It's a no-Brainer, Bowles can't lose in this scenario ;)

DA....

you get no argument on me on how it looks......its not pretty @ all...

But business can be ugly.....and who knows how much money Sporano has cost Ross....in season tickets....advertising....marketing....and who knows what else.....

Maybe Sporano didn't cost Ross a dime...and Ross is just a dik.....

In either case....Ross gets the benifit of the doubt with me....

odinseye

I don't know what your background is, but in my experience in the professional world, that is how its done. They run it by you first as a courtesy, even if you have no choice. If anything, THEY want to be the ones to tell you, and not the pissed off ex-employee. It's standard protocol. It was a no class move, that is all I got to say about it.

Business is ugly for sure. Few got rich and successful by being pretty and proper. You have to be shrewd and crude.

Actually, if I got shyt canned from such a prestegious and glamourous job and one of my own assistants was getting the job, I'd WANT to tell him.

I mean, provided it's an assitant that I liked and got along with. I would want to be the first one to tell him, don't worry about it man, this is a great oppurtunity for you. I'd give him any helpful advice I could and tell him to GO FOR IT!

I mean, if the situation was the same or similar, in that EVERYBODY and their Brothers new I was about to get the axe.

I guess my main point is, is that it could have played out any number of ways. So, like DA said, we'll never know. And like Kris said, I'm giving the benefit of the doubt on this one.

-Feeling Very Diplomatic-

Odin!

Now if they win the next three games 38-3, are we going to hear hire Bowles talk?

I think we are going to get slaughtered though.

It's standard protocol. It was a no class move, that is all I got to say about it.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | December 14, 2011 at 08:28 PM

My background? I don't really have any professional experience. I made money playing Music and doing Construction work. Neither had any protocol, you kicked a ss and did your job. That was it.

I'll stipulate to your proffesional experiences and agree with you. I even posted as much. It does APPEAR to be a class-less move.

If I were Tony, I MYSELF, would have wanted to be the one(I'm sure others would feel different)

Conversely, If I were Ross, I would have handled it MYSELF. So basically, I agree with you. Still though, like Kris and I said earlier, I'm extending the benefit of the doubt until otherwise informed.

(Damn proffessionals-I should have been a Diplomat)

A few thoughts regarding this post by Mando:

1) J.Jerry played RT at the Univ. of Miss. were he had to contend with SEC speed rushers and while I know he's been a disapointment as a Pro I for one am curious to see him out on an Island again. I felt when drafted Miami would give him a shot to eventually compete for a Tackle spot and feel if he ever commits fully could be a serviceable Pro.

2) Mando again is giving us FLUFF instead of substance in his daily post. It doesn't take a Rocket scientist to figure out the Dolphins are getting a head start on all the other teams in need of a Coach by quickly circumnavigating the Rooney rule.

They can conceivably conduct their official interview of Bowles an hour after the Jets game and then their actual target for the Dolphins H.C. position the next morning given Bowles would have had a three week audition by then.

I know, I know the League would see right through something so blatant but I remind everyone that the Redskins did it in 2000 when they fired Norv Turner and made Terry Robiskie they're Interim H.C. only to fire him the day after the Season, signing Marty Shottenheimer almost imediatly as their 2001 H.C.


Now if they win the next three games 38-3, are we going to hear hire Bowles talk?

I think we are going to get slaughtered though.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | December 14, 2011 at 08:38 PM
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Thief! LOL! You beat me too it. I logged on with the intentions of bringing this up. That is, before you so craftily sidetracked me!

You Sly Devil!!!!

Whatever is done... Please employ Dan Marino as a QB consultant for the upcoming draft.. Can go wrong.. Draft QB, QB, QB,

Coaching search? Head start?

Me thinks this coaching search started 11 months ago and well, lets just say is finished. Yeah they will interview some people, go through the motions, but as I stated (guessed) earlier, I'll bet they have it down to maybe two individuals and it will be a done deal within a week after the regular season.


2) Mando again is giving us FLUFF instead of substance in his daily post. It doesn't take a Rocket scientist to figure out the Dolphins are getting a head start on all the other teams in need of a Coach by quickly circumnavigating the Rooney rule.

They can conceivably conduct their official interview of Bowles an hour after the Jets game and then their actual target for the Dolphins H.C. position the next morning given Bowles would have had a three week audition by then.


Posted by: fin4life | December 14, 2011 at 08:45 PM


Fin4, you must be mistaken or something. Ross could NOT have made a smart, shrewed move like this. According to most here, Ross is an idiot that needs to sell the team!
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Ok, on a serious note, EXCELLENT point! That's how you cut through the garbage and put it out there. I can just see Armando reading your post and mumbling: DOOH!

You get the Skippy Scoop Award of the Day!!!!


I know, I know the League would see right through something so blatant but I remind everyone that the Redskins did it in 2000 when they fired Norv Turner and made Terry Robiskie they're Interim H.C. only to fire him the day after the Season, signing Marty Shottenheimer almost imediatly as their 2001 H.C.

Posted by: fin4life | December 14, 2011 at 08:45 PM


If only this situation played out last year at this time, Harbough might have accepted the HC job in Miami, rather than SF...

I hope Ross and Ireland have not sunk this team so deep, they must dredge the Hudson River for a replacement at seasons end.

I wouldn't let Marino ANYWHERE NEAR my young QB's. I definitely wouldn't let him try to coach any of them.

Besides the intimidation factor, he'd talk them right into trying to make plays and throws that only he could make.

I think letting Marino near your young QB could be almost as bad as letting Dan Henning near your young QB. For totally different reasons........OF COURSE!

DA,

Do you have any theories on whom these two individuals might be?

Just curious..........................

DA....

That is my MAIN concern.....

The players come out with something to prove....."win one for the Giper"...if you will......

They sucked all season.....and even tho most on here saw the wins agains weaker teams as a farce....the close game against Dallas swayed some to believe this team was better than it was....taking solace in a MORAL victory.......thats how far WE as FIN NATION have fallen....and while it was NOT all on Sporano's watch.....he has done little to right the ship.....and for his inability to grab his NUTS and stand up to PARCELLS and Henning.....he must GO...and is GONE......

I'm on a tangent.......forgot what I was talking about....

Oh yeah.....team needs continue doing what they have been all season.....

Dear Mr. Salguero

"Bowles said Sparano called him in and said he'd been fired and that Bowles was taking over on an interim basis."

Tony Sparano then handed Todd Bowles his sun glass's with the rear view mirrors so not to be stabbed in the back by Jeff Ireland or Stephen Ross.

Then with a defiant middle finger directed at Jeff Ireland Tony Sparano walked off into the sunset.

Soiled :)

odinseye

I really don't. Won't surprise me if its one of the popular choices or someone nobody has mentioned. They knew they wanted to replace Tony last year though. I don't think they've been spinning their wheels waiting to figure out who they want. I'm guessing they already know. May be even a done deal in principle.

Whatever is done... Please employ Dan Marino as a QB consultant for the upcoming draft.. Can go wrong.. Draft QB, QB, QB,

Quaye | December 14, 2011 at 08:49 PM

They tried that after the 04 Season and it lasted all of three days. By then Marino already had the sickness (Cushy T.V. Job Syndrome) while Elway seems to be thriving at the challenge Marino wanted no part of it really.

Fib4Life.....

Elway is thriving INSPITE of himself.....about a month and a half ago....he wanted the world to see how bad Tebow really was......

Kinda back fired...and somehow he still comes out looking like a rose.....

Talk about WIN...WIN.....

Fin4Life...

I know I'm in the minority, and I'll probably get kicked in the groin for saying it, but I don't think that Ireland has done that bad of a job with the draft. Yes... there were some misses, but even Ted Thompson has had some misses.

He picked Brian Brohm with his 56th pick... one pick before Miami took Henne, and he's gone. He also took Justin Harrell 16th overall pick, only played 14 games. It's easy to look back 3 years later and say who you should have picked.

I think there is a solid foundation here. Rush defence is third in the league, overall defence is around 11th. Offence needs some work, but I think the biggest problems are QB and coaching. Hopefully both of those are fixed this year.

Also, (getting ready for another kick to the groin), I think that Fisher is the right man for the job. He has always got the most out of his players, without having pro bowl players. Look at his QB's... Chandler, McNair, Volek, Young, Collins??? A top QB makes a coach look good... an average QB makes a coach look average.

It is vitally important that we get a top tier QB this year. Don't know who, that's up to Ireland.

and for the record....

I think Tebow is a Terrible QB...with a CAPITOL T.......

The problem now is that he has won enough games to take Elway down with him in the coming years.....

Elway has to give him a shot....and Tebow will end up shooting him in the back.....

I wouldn't let Marino ANYWHERE NEAR my young QB's. I definitely wouldn't let him try to coach any of them.

Besides the intimidation factor, he'd talk them right into trying to make plays and throws that only he could make.

I think letting Marino near your young QB could be almost as bad as letting Dan Henning near your young QB. For totally different reasons........OF COURSE!

odinseye | December 14, 2011 at 08:59 PM

odin,

Great point! Do you by chance remember the story Scott Mitchell told about picking Marino's brain regarding were to throw the Football?? He said that at a practice before the Season sometime in the early 90's Marino told him you aim for the ear hole and let it rip. I never forgot it because I always wondered about it given that apparently that's were Marino aimed his passes.


May be even a done deal in principle.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | December 14, 2011 at 09:07 PM


DA,

I have no IDEA myself either.

I do think you're right though. I think they have a definite lock on. On who? Anybody's guess at this point!

nris nfl network said denver wants to draft a qb for next season, elway isnt a moron. he knows tebow sucks

Just when I thought you were losing your edge.

Shoot, dang oh man, talk about ships and navy's. Dang ole marianna cuba man. Come on out, dang ole crazy MAN.................

Rear View Mirrors?

ROTFLMAO!!!!

Dusty.....thanks........I thought all that QB talk in Denver was dead.....

Looks like they will be looking for the 2nd tier QBS.....and as long as Jebow is on the team.....the Denver fans will not give another QB a shot......

new QB + slow start + Jebow traded in off season= a very nervous Elway....

I can't bring myself to say a fired Elway....As popular a Jebow is....Elway has to be 20 times as popular......

has farrell and kellen moore going in 5th rd or later. has miami taking barkley , would love that

Of course neither Ross nor Ireland spoke to Bowles- he's gone after three games and, no, he can't have his old assistant's job back! Ciao!

good riddens ralph, replace the whole staff hopefully


He said that at a practice before the Season sometime in the early 90's Marino told him you aim for the ear hole and let it rip. I never forgot it because I always wondered about it given that apparently that's were Marino aimed his passes.

Posted by: fin4life | December 14, 2011 at 09:20 PM


Do I remember? I'll never forget that one. It's one of my all time favorites.

They said everyone just sat there looking at Marino waiting to see if he was joking around. He wasn't!


Of course neither Ross nor Ireland spoke to Bowles- he's gone after three games and, no, he can't have his old assistant's job back! Ciao!

Posted by: ralph ortega | December 14, 2011 at 09:43 PM

good riddens ralph, replace the whole staff hopefully

Posted by: dusty bottoms | December 14, 2011 at 09:45 PM


Look at Bill! Look at Bill! Look at Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiill!

Sets up a comment and knocks er down!

Nice!

Whats wrong with Bowles? What do you even know about him other than his name? Quick, before you Google it................

What's your knock on Bowles? I never heard any complaints before...........well..........before you started talking to yourself about him tonight!

ROTFLMAO!!!!

Todd Bowles Becomes Another Name To Place In Chiefs Coaching Candidate List
by Matt Conner • Dec 13, 2011 6:01 AM CST

Bill Williamson of ESPN has thrown in another late name to consider in the midst of the Chiefs coaching search as they try to replace Todd Haley with a successful head coach who can take the team to the level of "consistency" and "progress" that Scott Pioli and Clark Hunt kept referencing in yesterday's press conference where they took questions from the media. Todd Bowles is the new name and Williamson says he has the right pedigree. It also doesn't hurt that he married well.

"Another name to consider to replace Haley is new Miami interim coach Todd Bowles. He has Bill Parcells ties and that is important to Pioli.
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I'm not advocating Bowles as anything permanent. But, it seems some others are. The one thing I can say, Bowles has paid his dues and worked his way up the ranks.

But, yeah, let's just fire him already, I mean what has he ever won?

Right Bill?

Press Conference

Coach Todd Bowles

(On how he moves forward from now after being named the head coach under these circumstances)- “I don’t think you can get a head job on a 14-2 team

This guy is MY KIND of Coach. He's been on the job for less than a day and how does he try and deal with the pressure?

He's looking for a "Head Job".

His leadership abilities are impressive. He reminds me of President Clinton!

Giggity-Giggity-GOO!!!!

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