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Judge the information with a grain of salt

Don't believe everything you read. Don't believe this blog, the websites, the pundits or so-called insiders on ESPN, NFL Network or other networks, either. Take it all in with a grain of salt when it comes to this Dolphins coaching search.

Why?

If you've been paying attention you've noticed a lot of good people have been feeding you a lot of bad information.

At this time last week, the NFL Network had a report up all day that Jeff Fisher was about to take the Dolphins coaching job. How'd that work out? I was told Fisher would decide by last Wednesday, but he didn't come in with a decision until Thursday. (The decision was leaked Friday.) Other local publications have been off the reservation as well, with one reporting Fisher never spoke to the Dolphins once his decision was made.

In truth, he called Jeff Ireland personally and told the Miami general manager he wasn't coming.

And then this: Over the weekend every network reported one candidate or another had a great interview with Miami. ESPN and FOX have said Joe Philbin wowed the Dolphins. NFL Network said Mike Zimmer blew the team away.

If these guys were so awesome, how come the interview process continues, with Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on the interview schedule within the next couple of days? How come the team still wanted to hire Jeff FIsher?

All I'm saying is this so-called inside information comes from one of a couple of sources: the agents representing the coaches -- the ones the Dolphins tell not to speak to the media -- or Jeff Ireland or one of his Dolphins minions. All of them have an agenda. The agents want to drum up good tidings for their clients. Ireland and the Dolphins want to make it seem like this search is going exactly as planned without hiccups and that all the candidates they've indentified are the most incredible leaders since Patton.

The truth is all the candidates the Dolphins have so far interviewed either didn't make the playoffs or got bounced from the playoffs by teams and coaches staff that apparently did better work. No one on any of the NFL's top four teams -- New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots or Baltimore Ravens -- has interviewed for the Miami coaching job.

Think about that: Those four are the NFL's best teams this year as defined by the fact they have reached the furthest point in the season still alive for a Super Bowl title. And not one coach on those most successful teams has been reported to be on Miami's radar. Amazing.

Meanwhile, reports that defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is bound for one place or another have to be met with a grain of salt, too. Nolan is indeed a valuable coach. And he is on the radar in New Orleans and Atlanta. But he's valuable in Miami as well. And he's under contract. And no one is asking to interview him for a head coach vacancy.

So the Dolphins can hold him back until they are certain he will or won't be on their staff. If the Dolphins give the job to an offensive coach such as say, a Philbin or McCoy, the chances are good they'd like to retain Nolan. If Zimmer, a defensive coach who likes the 4-3 and not the 3-4, gets the job, the chances are Nolan will go elsewhere.

The only caveat to Nolan staying is his state of disappointment over not being interviewed for the Dolphins head coaching job. I hear Nolan is not too happy about the apparent snub. And so the Dolphins might be forced to let him go because no one wants an unhappy employee.

But I doubt the Dolphins are so dumb as to allow Nolan to cruise on down the road without them first knowing which direction they're going. So as to the reports Nolan is on the radar in New Orleans and could be hired soon ...

Take the information in but judge it by what you see. Plus, I still believe his more likely landing spot is Atlanta.

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Let's hope that Ireland can identify the best head coach possible for the Miami Dolphins because he certainly is one of the WORST in identifying talent in the NFL Draft!

By the way, New England is 0-2 this year against teams above .500. What does that mean? Well it means NE is beatable against good teams. Not sure Baltimore can get enough offense to beat NE, but they will have a tough test whomever they face if they make it to the the Superbowl.

SEARCH THIS!!!, you are the one living life blindly because of your dislike for Ireland. The Phins had a conviction and followed that conviction. Neither is a bust, specially with no OTA's and a shortened training camp.

The next person that says Thomas only cost two picks should be banned. If you traded a fifth and seventh to move up, then used another pick to select him, that means you used three picks to get him. Some people, man.

And Thomas is a stiff until he proves otherwise. Could have got the same production out of a street free agent.

And Mark Ingram who was a number one pick rushed for less yards than Thomas, is he a bust, or is his production worthy of a 4 or 5 round pick. You can't say that with only a limited window of production.

Posted by: michael

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I would take Ingram ANY DAY over Thomas. In fact, I would take pretty much ANY of New Orleans running backs over Daniel Thomas including Sproles and Pierre Thomas. DANIEL THOMAS CAN NOT PLAY IN THE NFL. He is a BUST! He will go down as another 2nd round BUST by Parcells & Ireland!!

SEARCH THIS!!!, you are the one living life blindly because of your dislike for Ireland. The Phins had a conviction and followed that conviction. Neither is a bust, specially with no OTA's and a shortened training camp.

Posted by: michael

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DANIEL THOMAS IS A BUST!! HE IS WORTHLESS!! If he wasn't a second round pick he WOULD NOT HAVE MADE THE TEAM! He is a HUGE disappointment! Thomas is going to cost us additional draft picks as we now need to replace him! He is a MAJOR, MAJOR DISASTER!!

We'll have to see won't we. And the TRADE was for only 2 picks.

Michael, how many picks did we use to select Jake long? 1

If we used a fifth, third, and seventh to move up to select Thomas in the second, that is three picks.

The next person that says Thomas only cost two picks should be banned. If you traded a fifth and seventh to move up, then used another pick to select him, that means you used three picks to get him. Some people, man.

And Thomas is a stiff until he proves otherwise. Could have got the same production out of a street free agent.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto |

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Mark agree with you 100%!! By the way, Daniel Thomas will now cost us MORE then 3 picks cause Miami now has to use another high pick in this draft to find a young RB. The pick also cost us drafting a STUD TE and a chance to take MALLET. This is one of the WORST 2ND ROUND PICKS in DOLPHINS HISTORY up there with PAT WHITE. Oh and throw in Patrick Turner too. A player which most people had projected as NOT BEING DRAFTED and Miami uses a high draft pick on him!!

I have no faith in IRELAND in how to draft players. For those of you who think he is any more then mediocre must enjoy having a crappy team for pretty much the last decade!!

SEARCH THIS!!!, you are the one living life blindly because of your dislike for Ireland. The Phins had a conviction and followed that conviction. Neither is a bust, specially with no OTA's and a shortened training camp.
Posted by: michael | January 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Ummm I didn't call him a bust. I even posted that. Please, keep up. You need to get over your Ireland man crush because you officially look clueless:

Ingram - 47 ypg 5 tds Cost 1 draft pick
Mcgahee - 80 ypg 4 TD cost 0 draft picks
Murray - 69 ypg 2 td cost 1 draft pick
Thomas - 45 ypg, 0 tds cost 3 draft picks.

Yes, three. Odin is right. 2 were given away & 1 used to select him. Listen man, it isn't rocket science. Either you see it or you don't. Or you come up with any excuse to keep protecting this lousy GM.

It's quite clear what you're doing. So, whatever floats your boat.

581 yards rushing huh, and a disaster, are you a moron or what.

Daniel Thomas is more interested in playing video games then being an NFL RB.

SEARCH THIS!!! the TRADE cost 2 picks, what is it you don't understand.

Jesus, its been one year and ppl are calling Thomas a bust already. What would of qualified him not to be called a bust this year 500 yards 3 TD? If he's a bust so is Odrick, Sean Smith, Vontae Davis, Koa Misi for sure etc etc...

Bush/Thomas combo will be nasty next year. So long as they stay healthy.

Yes Daniel Thomas is a disaster. The guy sucks for a 2nd round pick. He can't play. Let Ireland try to shove the guy down our throats the next 2 years to prove he didn't waste the pick. Just like he did with Henne.

Bush/Thomas combo will be nasty next year. So long as they stay healthy.

Posted by: ESPNsucks

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Bush will be good IF he stays healthy. Thomas sucks so bad they had to start using Bush more. Dolphins had no choice.

Jesus, its been one year and ppl are calling Thomas a bust already. What would of qualified him not to be called a bust this year 500 yards 3 TD?

Posted by: Spiderman

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Thomas was drafted to be the starting RB for the Miami Dolphins. He failed.

I love people that root against the team that they say they like. And you're a moron if you call Thomas a bust, shows you know very little.

Irelandsucks, dude would you please try to post like you actually have some sense. You are you entitled to your opinion as we all are but none of them really mean anything. All of your ALL CAPS and !!!!! Just really makes you look like a jerk.

Micahel, give it up man! Please! The ONLY one not understanding is you. You're looking very silly right now & I'm not the only 1 telling you. So, take it for what that's worth.

You refuse to accept FA's & draftees outproduced Thomas. This isn't opinion, it's fact. You won't come to grips with it, that's your problem.

I never called him a bust but, if you can't see he was a lousy draft choice, well, nothing else needs to be said.

FYI, we traded away 2 picks plus used 1 to select him. That's 3 picks.

He was drafted to be the change up back. When we got Bush he was promised that he would be the feature back. That statement prove you know nothing.

Micahel, give it up man! Please! The ONLY one not understanding is you. You're looking very silly right now & I'm not the only 1 telling you. So, take it for what that's worth.

You refuse to accept FA's & draftees outproduced Thomas. This isn't opinion, it's fact. You won't come to grips with it, that's your problem.

I never called him a bust but, if you can't see he was a lousy draft choice, well, nothing else needs to be said.

FYI, we traded away 2 picks plus used 1 to select him. That's 3 picks.

Posted by: SEARCH THIS!!!

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agree 100% (posting in lowercase for espnsucks so he can read this more easily).

Of course others outproduced him, I'm not saying they didn't. I'm saying it's too soon to call him a bust, and whom ever does that really doesn't know football.

IrelandSucks, Moron we were talking about the trade.

Interesting, as Patrick Turner was catching balls in NY I was thinking to myself why did we let the kid go...

Micahel, tell us which of the following is untrue:

A. Demarco Murray outperformed Daniel Thomas
B. W. Mcgahee outpefroemd Daniel Thomas
C. M. Ingran averaged more yards per game & more TD's than Daniel Thomas
D. All of the players above cost much less than D. Thomas.

I look forward to your answer.

Ease of reading aside, thanks for using your indoor blog voice, my "ears" were starting to ring.

Quit with the D Thomas being a bust he wont be the reason we will make the playoffs anyways, its a damn QB. So start debating future QB!!!!!!

SEARCH THIS!!! Did you read my 11:46 post.

The article started off well but what was all that nonsense about the best coaching candidates being on the staffs of the teams playing because they made it further than the other teams. Therefore they must be better coaches? Is that a joke? Does that mean Joe Flacco is better than Drew Brees because his team is still in the playoffs? Just silly.

And its hilarious that in an article about the medias inaccurate stories another piece of info is now in question. The Herald writes that Ireland was called directly by Fisher for the let down and the Sentinel says Fishers agent called Petersen. I wonder if either one is the truth.

Oh I misread, he's saying the Sentinel is wrong. But he told us not to believe anyone, I'm so confused.

You guys can debate D Thomas all you want. Personally I loved the kid this year. I never saw any of Armandos "reports" that he wasn't running hard in TC. All I saw was the kid run hard, break taclkes and make positive yard plays. Debat his draft status, debate his numbers this year if you want. Me? I like him!

Of course others outproduced him, I'm not saying they didn't. I'm saying it's too soon to call him a bust, and whom ever does that really doesn't know football.

Posted by: michael | January 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

He doesn't have to be a bust to be a lousy draft pick. Compared to other teams & their sucesses, at the very same position & in the same year, he was a very bad draft pick.

That's just how it is. If you look at the facts, you'd acknowledge that.

Yea, hinsight is 20/20 but that's how we find out who is good & who isn't at w3hat they do.

Me being honest about it doesn't make me less of a fan. I just refuse to ignore all the wrongs to focus on 1 or 2 rights just to be a rah rah guy.

Quit with the D Thomas being a bust he wont be the reason we will make the playoffs anyways, its a damn QB. So start debating future QB!!!!!!

Posted by: Clue

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Clue,
Maybe if Miami doesn't waste the pick(s) for Daniel Thomas, they draft Mallet or another QB and we find out we actually have a franchise QB to build the team around? Ever think of that? Miami has wasted pretty much every 2nd round choice the last decade... You can't find a franchise QB unless you try and draft one.

By the way, I don't think Parcells was ever a Henne fan. Miami didn't use their "higher" 2nd round pick to select him. He then slip to them at the lower 2nd round pick and Parcells took him cause he was probably good value there. I wonder what Parcells' plan was considering Henne shouldn't have slip to him in the lower 2nd. Whom was he targeting to QB this team?

Mark in Toronto and everyone else that is confused by this maybe I can clear it up. Yes we spent three picks on Thomas as camp A contends. Yes we spent two picks to move up and then used a pick on Thomas which would have been used anyway as camp B contends. You are both right eventhough you all keep arguing.

Dolphins offseason priority.

Trade whatever it takes to get Luck or RG3. Or offer Dree Brees the largest contract ever for a QB.

Get Chudinski as the HC

Since the owner pockets are fat. Sign Deshawn Jackson cut Hartline.

We still need a TE, FS, LB dont know from where though especially if we have no draft picks..

Wishful thinking :)

Search this you're right about how many picks the phins used but unless you have a crystal ball you don't know what Thomas' future will bring. Your guessing and calling it fact. Lots of NFL people think highly of Thomas and what he did in limited time. Miami fans are defeatist and believe every player we have is garbage. Others who actually evaluate for q living do not. But your certainly entitled to your OPINION, we all have them.

If Daniel Thomas is a Bust then Drew Brees was a bust.

He did nothing his 1st few years in the league. With a passer rating of 76 and 67 and throwing 15 and 16 interceptions in both 2002 and 2003

You guys overreact way too fast....it's understandable because we do suck and bad decisions have been made, but very subjective comments have been hitting this blog lately without much thought put into it

I think by rule you can't call a guy a bust his rookie year no matter what......otherwise Fisher wouldn't have gone to Rams with Bradford

If Daniel Thomas is a Bust then Drew Brees was a bust.

Posted by: Ohio Dolfan | January 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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QBs take time to develop. Running backs shouldn't. This is a ridiculous comment.

Get Chudinski as the HC

Posted by: Spiderman

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It was reported the Fins have no interest in Chudinski cause they think he is too inexperienced. This is not going to happen...

Search this you're right about how many picks Miami fans are defeatist and believe every player we have is garbage.

Posted by: Phins78

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Phins78, that is because most of the players we do have are not studs especially at the skilled positions. We aren't defeatists, we are realists.

Alright Ireland Sucks,

Steven Jackson (Stud NFL running back)

rookie year: 673 years / 4 TD's

Not mind blowing stats there.

I'm not saying I like Ireland, I'm just saying to call a guy a bust after his rookie season on a team that sucks is a bit premature.

3 picks for D Thomas was ABSURD!

MJ, again, we traded 2 picks, and we used a pick to select him. The traded picks were a 5 and a 7.

Okay Ohio Dolfan, Daniel Thomas may not be a bust. He had an average season for a rookie running back. I personally don't see him as starting caliber and certainly not Pro-bowl caliber, but that is my opinion. That being said, Miami did give up 3 picks to acquire him. That is a huge cost. When you give up that many picks, you are expecting a lot more from the guy then what he produced. This was an epic fail for Ireland considering it was way too much to give up to try and find an acorn.

Again it was 2 picks plus the pic to select him. We would have used the pick we selected him with for another player.

Walter Payton, now I'm not comparing the 2, but by your standards Payton would have been a bust. 179 carries, 680 yards, 3.5 per carry.

Please wake me up when you fools stop talking about Daniel F'in Thomas...

People whom are happy with the Daniel Thomas pick are likely Democrats whom are happy with the way President Obama is performing and will likely vote for his reelection. They are probably also happy with the way Jeff Ireland is performing and want to give him more time.

People whom are unhappy with the Daniel Thomas pick are likely Rebublicans whom are unhappy with the way President Obama is performing and likely will vote for ANY Republican to replace him. They are probably also very unhappy with the way Jeff Ireland is performing and want to see a major change in philosophy and want to see him gone immediately.

As MadDog Jim Mandich used to say:
"TRUE OR UNTRUE?"

Phins78, I don't know what is so hard to understand, a team typically enters the draft with 7 picks. One pick equals one player, if you move three picks to move up to the second round (3,5,7) then that one player was selected using 3 picks. There is no debate or alternative way to look at the scenario. Thomas was selected using 3 picks.

That's horrible value for a runningback unless his name is Ray Rice, Chris Johnson, or Adrian Peterson which Thomas certainly is not.

(#3) Daniel Thomas is a BUST considering where he was drafted and Miami's expectations for him. He will never be more then a career back-up. He is such a bust Miami had to bring in multiple retired players during the season to try to add depth. If he wasn't Miami's second round pick, he probably would have been cut. HE IS A BUST!
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How does having an early nagging injury qualify him as a bust? Despite those injuries, he managed I think two 100 yard rushing games; which is what Reggie I think had career total before this season. Labeling him a bust at this point is really premature.

Jesus!!!You cant said ªdraft bustª after just one year.... The most finfans said Solai was bust, he just neeed more time.
Not all the player develope fast.

What amazes me more is Stephen Ross is a Republican yet is happy with the way Jeff Ireland is performing.

So maybe what I said is COMPLETELY UNTRUE!

LOL!

Terrific. So, we're down to Don Zimmer and Regis Philbin? Dolphins - CLOWN franchise.

Why do I have the feeling the next coach will be Mike Zimmer?? Maybe because of our infatuation with Dallas rejects??

It's ridiculous to argue whether Daniel Thomas is a bust. Let's instead argue whether the picks given up for him was a mistake. They were by any account. The picks were more valuable then Daniel Thomas' production. Period.

Posted by: Phins78 | January 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Ummmmmmmmm, where did I say that he's a bust, doomed to fail or won't amount to anything? What are you talking about? Convo's will go much nicer here if people talked about things said, versus not said.

I never questioned his talent. I don't know enough to do that. But, I know other teams addressed the same position in the same year & did better than we did. I laid out the case & gave proof. It's a fact. Debate it if ya want, that's your battle to lose.

Sensitivity to the truth doesn't alter it nor does it make me a defeatist.

Alot of Miami fans are defeatists, we agree. But, they have good reason to be. Results don't tell them otherwise. A decade of imcompetence is reason to be optimistic?

If the roster was even remotely good, don't you think we'd have done something by now? Anything? It's like some fans live in a bubble. This is & has been a bad team.

If I was stating opinions it would be open for debate.

Paul Solai is not worth the money we are paying him. We can't afford to pay a DT the franchise tag when we lack studs at the skilled positions. If we want to keep Solai we need to sign him to a long-term deal.

Michael, if we only used two picks to trade up for Thomas then what happened to our 3rd round pick?

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