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Perspective always a good thing this time of year

Let's pause from the news that is almost certain to break out later on Friday (Joe Philbin in town, the Jeff Fisher watch) to take account of what is going on right now.

I know the narrative in covering the Dolphins is often that the entire organization is comprised of bumbling, driveling dumb-dumbs. Anytiome I write anything even remotely positive, many of you call me a homer. You say anyone that works for the Dolphins is not as good as the guy working for the Patriots, Packers, Giants, Saints or Ravens because, well, those teams are better than the Dolphins.

So their people are obviously better than Miami's people.

Well, that is sometimes the case. It's undeniable.

But not always.

I knew long ago when the Dolphins got rid of Wes Welker and he turned out to be quite special in New England that mediocre results here don't mean a player or coach or front office man is mediocre. I learned the lesson when the Dolphins fired Mike Westhoff and he is still one of the better special teams coaches in the NFL. I learned it when year after year Miami would blow out assistants like Mike Mularkey, Joel Collier, Dom Capers, Clarence Brooks, Paul Boudreau, or Keith Armstrong, and they'd land somewhere else and do great work.

Same with the upper management.

People we don't appreciate much here leave or are fired and they end up being great for other teams. Browns President Bryan Weidermeier and former Dolphins marketing man Jim Ross come to mind.

I'm reminded of this because the Dolphins were a disasterous 6-10 this season. And someone has to be responsible. So we think everyone in the organization thus sucks.

Not true.

Too simplistic to think that way.

There are quality people working for the Miami Dolphins today. There are fewer, than years ago, I grant you, but still there are quality professionals around.

In coaching, you can tell quality beyond player production in how quickly folks get hired. I assure you men such as Mike Nolan, Bryan Cox, Todd Bowles and Brian Daboll will not be unemployed long if they are not retained in Miami.

And it says something when Brian Gaine out of the personnel department is mentioned as a candidate for the Rams general manager job. (I don't know Gaine that well, have heard some things about him I didn't love, but still am open enough to believe he brings certain gifts to his job.)

It says something when Bowles is considered a candidate to interview for head coach jobs elsewhere. Bowles, by the way, reportedly is on the Rams radar to interview for their open job. The NFL Network reported the Dolphins denied the interview request but that is inaccurate. The Dolphins had not even received the consent request form as of late Thursday.

But I digress ...

The point here is we have to take a step back and breathe sometimes during these hectic times following a terrible season. No, the club is definitely not producing. One playoff appearance in a decade is completely unacceptable and I understand the frustration that has caused.

But does that mean everyone working for the Dolphins is awful?

No.

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New Coach Wanted,

If Blackmon is still available I think the Dolphins should definitely take him but I can't see him getting past Jacksonville. If the Rams don't take the LT or if the Browns stick with McCoy either could take him ahead of the Dolpins. We could try Trading down for an OLB (I'm not sure who's available) and get another 2nd to address some of the holes including WR.

I wouldn't trade up for Blackmon - would you?

I would be hesitant to trade up to get anyone unless it came cheap. Very cheap. After seeing the combine results, however, my perception of cheap could change. At 8, the Dolphins should get 3 starters between the 1st and 3rd rounds. I don't see how any one player could offset that gain and I doubt the Dolphins can trade up for less. I wouldn't give up three picks for Aaron Rodgers and I would love to see that guy in a Miami uniform.


New Coach wanted,

Agreed. I thought the Falcons were mad trading all those picks for Jones last year, even if they draft late. If they don't win a Championship this year or next year they will regret the trade.

Having said that I'd probably give up a 1st and 2nd for Luck.

New Coach, the blow hard seemed to exemplify your objective, but, why? I agreed with Mando in that many of these posts are exactly that, just blow hard. I, for once, was hoping for hope, and not more negativity. And, you started off well, but, now, more negativity. The point is, we, the Dolphins, seem to cast off influential personal to help other teams. We need to be careful and more stable. This, I believe, would produce a Super Bowl. Honestly, chances are, we will not get a great QB this year, nor will we attain a great coach. Moore will most likely have to do, as well as Philbin or Fisher, but, I would not throw the bank at any of those now.

Oh by the way, Kellen Moore, Nick Foles and Ryan Tannehill are upgrades. In the second round. And adding Jonathan Martin, or Riley Reiff to the line would be great. I still have doubts about the safety position. Anyway, Keep in mind, things can only get better, softer schedule heading our way. As well as more experience. JT your the greatest.

Does anyone copyedit this blog?

- Bebo

And since no one is paying attention, only Ireland, I say, just hold your picks and money and get me Peyton. Everything solved. So there!!!

Most of you genius's (fans and media) applauded the hiring of Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcels, Nick Saban, Cam Cameron. Now you all sit here and say how dumb Management is. I guess you were just as dumb! If anyone of these people had a franchise QB (Sorry Dan Marino on his last leg is not it) you all would be singing a different tune. What seperates the greats from the not so greats is whether they hit or miss with the talent they acquire, mainly a QB). If Indy drafts Andrew Luck and he's a bust, all their fans will be calling them stupid.

The problem with this team is Tony never got them ready for the first half of the season. A Fisher or Shottenheimer would get this team ready for the first half.

Depending on the hire, this team is poised for a playoff run next year. But if Ross hires some kind of cheap knockoff coach, then we be in the dog house again next year. And a few years after that because Ross won't fire a new coach after a year.

Prediction, depending on the hire, watch for a Miami/Philly superbowl next year.

All you Wednesday night QB's claiming owners aren't part of the problem are the real idiots.

Just look around the league! All the good teams have owners who have owned the team for over a decade. Furthermore, they have coaches that have been there for 5 or more years.

Attitude reflects leadership. The owner is the LEADER of the team.

First, if I were an owner of a football team I think I would know a little about football.

Second, I would be at all the practices to make my presence known.

Third, I would be evaluating everyone on a daily basis.

Fourth, I would not let some scrub like Ireland run the show.

Fifth, I would never ever put money before winning championships. I would want to be a football team owner. Not a business owner.

If you have no respect for the owner then you won't play hard. Its like working a job in which the boss is afraid to fire anyone.

They fear Jerry Jones but they play hard because they don't want to get fired. Dallas been good for years.

They love Bob Kraft and they play hard because he's a good owner. Patriots been good for years.

They fear the People in Green Bay and they play hard because its the peoples money. Green Bay been good for years.

Same with the Steelers. Same with Chicago. Same with the Eagles. Same with all the teams who have owners that have been there for quite some time.

If the owner is WEAK the team will be WEAK.

Chuck Norris, Dolphins owner, Chuck Norris will kick the NFL's butt

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