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The press conference start to finish

The Dolphins turned another page in their team history book Saturday. They hired Joe Philbin. He was there along with his handsome family. General Manager Jeff Ireland was there. Club owner Stephen Ross was there.

This is what they said.

All of it:

Stephen Ross: “Good afternoon. I’m Steve Ross for those of you who don’t know me. I really wish you a good day and happy that you’re here. I am also happy that this search that we had is over and more important I am happier for the person we selected to be the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. As we told you initially that we would have a thorough, incursive, and totally transparent search process and that’s what we have done. I especially want to thank Jeff Ireland and his staff for all the work that they’ve done before we started this search and the research that they’ve done and for the work that they’ve done in the process and the plan that we followed. We interviewed six people in person. Many who will eventually be head coaches in the National Football League. I want to thank all those six individuals. They were all outstanding candidates and with the exception of one, they were all excited about wanting to join and lead the Miami Dolphins. We narrowed the list down to three people. We interviewed those three people in New York. After these interviews, we felt that each one of them would be an outstanding head coach. But in the end, we felt that Joe Philbin was the right person to lead the Miami Dolphins at this time. Joe, I believe, has a lot of the same attributes that the most successful coach that the Miami Dolphins had in the past, Don Shula. As I mentioned to you, those are the types of attributes I was looking for in selecting a head coach for the Dolphins. His intelligence stands out. He has a winning background, which I think is so important. His leadership skills that we found out were unparalleled. He’s a man with integrity. He has a tremendous work ethic. He has a commitment to excellence and he has a tremendous, innovated ideas. In addition, you can’t help but be impressed by Joe’s accomplishments in the past. The track record of the Green Bay Packers is unparalleled. Not only he has a history of developing a productive offense, but he also developing players to work within that system. We appreciate the interest of all our fans and the input that they given us. And I know they are looking forward and we’re looking forward to their continuous support of our fans. I guess I can sum it up is Diane Philbin told me when I first met her today. She said something I took to heart. You hired Joe to win because that is what he’s all about and I think that really sums it up.”

Jeff Ireland Opening Statement:

“I just want to go through the search process. Before I do that, I would like to welcome the Philbin family here and we so glad to have you part of our Dolphin family. Also, I would like to thank Steve (Ross) for making the commitment in finding the right football coach for this franchise. He was involved in every aspect from the interviews, to the evaluations and to making the final decision. We put a plan together and we stuck to the plan. We covered a lot of ground. The plan included a number of head coaching candidates through the NFL, video process, we considered college head coaching candidates as well as those with NFL head coaching backgrounds. It included candidates’ with backgrounds in all phases of the game coaches with different skill sets on offense and defense. We even looked outside the box. We looked at the John Harbaugh model, which has been established and very successful with the Dave Toub interviewed. We did an extensive amount of background search on every candidate. We looked behind the scenes. It was a lot of behind the scenes work that went through this process. A lot of different resources that were used, a lot of different people Steve used and I used, reached out to a lot of people that knew Coach Philbin and the other candidates that were involved. We concluded a thorough search by meeting the three finalists this last week in New York for a second interview. We took time to further evaluate their plan, their vision. And we conclude that each of those guys were going to be a great football coach. We were going to have a good football coach regardless, but we wanted to coupled that with a unquestioned leader of men, an unquestioned amount of high integrity and one that had a plan and a vision that would continue to utilize the foundation of personnel that is here on this football team and one that has a creative mind to take us to new heights. Joe Philbin best fits that description. Joe and I have very similar philosophies regarding on what it takes to be successful in this NFL. He has experience winning a Super Bowl and he did a big part in developing a roster through fundamentals and technique and those, I think, are imperative to building a consistent winner in the National Football League. He’s a leader, a man with high character one that embodies a spirit of a winner. All those intangibles Steve and I thought were important for this football team. So without further ado, I would like to bring up the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Joe Philbin.

Joe Philbin Opening Statement:

“I want to thank Mr. Ross and Jeff Ireland for providing me with the opportunity to be the head football coach of the Miami Dolphins. It’s a privilege to be entrusted with one of the premier franchises in all of professional sports. In our discussions over the last two weeks it became evident to me of Mr. Ross’ desire to build a first-class organization in every respect; one that I am honored to join today. The Dolphins have a rich and storied past as well as a bright, unlimited future. I want to take a moment to thank those who have helped me get to this particular point in my career, specifically my high school coaches, whose example inspired me to enter the coaching profession as well as the 12 head coaches, hundreds of assistant coaches and players whose friendship and wisdom I have benefited from. In the last nine years the Green Bay Packer organization has been like family to me and I want to wish them the best of luck going forward. Most importantly, I want to thank my family -- parents, siblings, and my immediate family, including my wife Diane, and my children Matthew, Michael, John, Kevin, Tim, and Colleen, whose sacrifices have not gone unnoticed to me. Today we are embarking on a journey to return this team back to the top of the NFL; a feat that hasn’t been accomplished here in almost 40 years. We will attack the voyage with passion, energy, and enthusiasm in our quest to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to South Florida. To accomplish this, we must acquire excellent football players who are men of high character that possess an insatiable will to succeed. We then must develop them into a team that performs at an extremely high level on a consistent basis. Our team will consist of men who care more about winning and their teammates than they do about individual statistics. We will incorporate an aggressive, up-tempo attack in all three phases of the game. Our style of play will be built upon the precise execution of fundamentals. Our team will play with discipline, poise, and maximum effort. Our organization will become known for its commitment to provide the resources necessary to allow each player and staff member the ability to reach their full potential. This level of support will enable our team to enjoy unparalleled success on the field while also impacting our city and fan base in a positive manner by our humility and unselfishness off it.”

Questions for Joe Philbin:

(On how will you select your offensive and defensive coordinators) - “Well, I told Steve (Ross) and Jeff (Ireland) in the interview process I’m 50 years old. I anticipated this being the last job I ever take. This is my first head coaching opportunity and the most part of phase one of the head coaches’ responsibility is hiring a staff so I’m going to be hiring our offensive, our defensive, our special team coordinator, our offensive line coach, our quality control coaches on down the line. At this point and time, obviously we have some candidates in mind; however, we haven’t made any decisions on who those people are. And as we move forward in the process, we’ll be making those decisions.”

(On running the West Coast offense here similar to the offense ran in Green Bay) -“Well, as I was saying earlier in the day, I’ve been in the West Coast system for nine years and I’m still not exactly sure what that means. With that being said, I think it’s a mistake to just take the Green Bay Packers playbook and plop it out on the table here in South Florida. So one of the things in coaching, one of your responsibilities in coaching is to put your players in the best position to succeed. So we got to learn more about our players and learn what they do well. We got to hide what they don’t do as well, extenuated the positives. Again, as we start to build our staff, as we evaluate the roster, as we look at their unique talents and abilities we’ll start formulating a plan. There are certain characteristics obviously of the offense that’s going to come down here, but I don’t want to say that we’re just going to take the playbook, copy it, and change Green Bay to Miami and move forward like that.”

(On how much did your vision involve around a quarterback) -“We’re going to build a football team, number one. I think obviously the play and performance of a quarterback in the National Football League is obviously very important. One of the things I believe in strongly when you analyze your football team is that you have to look at the quarterback rating differential. So how your guy is performing as oppose to the opposition. So it’s certainly a key component in winning football games. But the focus wasn’t on one individual or one player. I don’t necessarily buy into the one player away mentality in anywhere I’ve ever coached at any level. I think you build a team. In this league, it’s about the 53 players, eight practice squad players, your staff, you’re building a team. Obviously, we got to have good performance out of our quarterback. Any good offense, especially in this league, has to have good quarterback play, which we will. But it wasn’t a necessary over riding thing.”

(On why do you believe you’ll be successful) -“Well, I feel very confident in the preparation. I had Anne (Rodriguez), my secretary, pop up July 5, 1984. And that was the day I began in the coaching profession. It’s been 10,061 days that I’ve been at this. I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of good people. I’ve learned from every 12 different head coaches, 100 assistant coaches I’ve been around. And I figure if you look at the body of work at every different level of football I’ve been fortunate to be around winning programs, places where we develop players. We develop men. We had good teams and I’m just confident we’ll be able to build the same thing here in Miami.”

(On what does the Miami Dolphins need most): “We got to build a team. There’s not one area necessarily. I’m not going to sit here and tell you we got to better at red zone defense or our third down offense conversion rate has to be better. Or we got to operate versus pressure better. We’re just building, I’m just kind of getting my feet wet sort of speak with the roster. I got a lot of work to do in terms of looking at what we do best. What our strengths are what our weaknesses are and together with the personnel, with the coaching come together, collaborate, find out the things we need to improve and get better and start building a team that way.”

(On how do you interact with players and do you model your style after anyone) - “I’ve always had a great relationship with players that wanted to be great players. I think one of the first attributes you look for when you identify prospective players is passion for the game. It’s much easier to coach, to motivate, to develop a player that has a real strong desire to be good. And I’ve always got along well with the guys that are very passionate about the profession that I’m involved in. I love my job. I love working with players helping them reach their potential. And I’ve always had good success matching up those kinds of people. The relationship I’ve had some people say I’m a player’s coach. Our teaching philosophy, our relationship with the players is going to be. We are going to be demanding, not demeaning. So we’re going to coach these guys extremely hard, very detailed oriented. We’re going to be thorough. We’re not going to leave any stone unturned in our quest in helping these guys develop and get better. And at the same time, we want to enjoy the relationships and enjoy the ride while we’re doing it.”

(On whether you’ll call offensive plays or will you’re offensive coordinator call plays) - “Again, that’ll be determined as the staff gets filled out. I would like to see happen is let our offensive coordinator the call plays. But that again, that’ll be determined as we move forward based on who that is and how the structure of the staff fills out.”

(On making the transition from assistant to head coach and what needs to happen in order to be successful) - “Well, number one, first I would have to say is the great trust that Mr. (Stephen) Ross and Jeff (Ireland) have placed in me. When I was a young coach starting out, one of my bosses handed me a little sheet, I told this to Mr. Ross and Jeff that every player deserves a coach that believes in him. Every head coach deserves an owner and a general manager that believes in him. You got to have faith in the people you hire and when I stand in front of the Miami Dolphins in 2012, the 53 guys and the 46 that’s going to dress. You better have confidence in those guys. You better believe in those players. And I have a lot of faith in what I’m capable of doing. And I’m very grateful to the faith that Mr. Ross and Jeff have place in me.”

(On who were your biggest influences) - “Well, the biggest influence I probably had was when I went to Worchester Academy in the Fall of 1979 and one of my classmates, my next door neighbor, State Senator (Jack) Hart from South Boston is over here today with my family. But there I was fortunate to be coached by Kirk Ferentz, who some of you guys know the head coach of the University of Iowa. Mike Sherman, who was the head coach at Texas A&M most recently, but was also the man responsible that gave me the opportunity to coach in the National Football League. Ken O’Keefe, the offensive coordinator at the University of Iowa. I worked with all three of those men at different places along the way. I worked with Coach O’Keefe at Allegheny College. We won a National Championship. I worked with Coach Ferentz at the University of Iowa. We were fortunate to win the only time in Iowa history that went undefeated in the Big Ten Conference. And then I worked with Coach Sherman where we won two division championships up in Green Bay. That was probably the most impactful year that I had and those were some of the men that inspired me in the coaching profession. And obviously, my last six years with Coach (Mike) McCarthy in Green Bay have been fantastic. He’s an excellent football coach and a great human being so that’s been a great experience for me as well.”

(On what do you think made you the person for the head coaching position) - “I think they’re better to answer that, but I think I thought we had a good chemistry between us. There was a good fit. When I left the facility I guess it was two weeks ago today. I just felt very comfortable. I felt very good about these guys. I felt very strong about the commitment Mr. (Stephen) Ross, the resources he’s going to commit. The passion that he has to win and felt really good about meeting with Jeff (Ireland) and I thought we were very compatible working together, his work ethic, his professionalism. I felt very good about that when I left. I didn’t know exactly where I fit on the whole top to bottom on the poll. I didn’t really care, but I knew when I was flying home I felt very, very good about our first meeting.”

(On how long will it take to win again) - “Well, we didn’t talk about when the three of us sat down together. What we really talked about I think Mr. (Stephen) Ross use this term in his other businesses is he wants to be best in class. He wants to build championship organizations whether it will be professional football or the other endeavors he’s involved in and so we didn’t sit down and say ok in 2012 we’re going to win six games, in 13(2013) we’re going to win 12, and 14 (2014) we’re going to win seven. Football is not built that way. It’s tough to predict, but what we talked about was building a foundation, building a program, building a football team that could deliver, sustained success over a period of time. And I’ve coached in the National Football League for nine years and college for 19. I don’t know if you ever go into a game where you don’t feel like you have a chance to win. So our focus is going to be that week the focus is going to be on the New York Jets, or the Buffalo Bills, or the Indianapolis Colts or whoever we may be playing in that particular week. We got a lot of work to do. We’re not going to sit around and put raw numbers in February or March or August for that matter with our players. We’re going to be about focusing on the task at hand. We’re going to be a developmental team. We’re going to get better week-to-week and year-to-year.”

(On how did you handle your personal situation) - “Yeah, it was obviously heartbreaking. As you said, I flew home from Miami two weeks ago. It was 30,000 feet in the air. I felt great about things. Obviously, as a family we have endured a heartbreaking loss and to be honest with you we had a beautiful service on Friday, a week ago, about eight days ago, phenomenal. We got 60 immediate family members. Just a tremendous out pouring from the community, former players, former colleagues can’t tell how touch we were as a family. And then I coached in the game on Sunday. And still can’t that believe that Mr. (Stephen) Ross and Jeff (Ireland) called me back after how poorly we played (laughing). But I was dejected. I came home Sunday night and really the TV haven’t been on in our house for a week. The Miami Dolphins maybe have hired a coach, I had no idea. And I walked down and I was talking to my son, Tim, and I saw he was kind of dejected and he asked me, ‘Dad what are the Miami Dolphins doing?’ And I said I have no idea what they’re doing. You’re going to go after the job are you? I said I don’t know what I’m going to do. I was dejected on a lot of different fronts. He looked at me and said, ‘You better go after that job. Your son, Mike, would want you to go after that job.’ And so that was kind of the start of me kind of getting back, get moving again.”

(On the transition from Green Bay to Miami) -“We’re like the Griswolds. I mean, my son John flew in from Philadelphia. Someone from the Dolphins had to pick him up. Diane’s sister is coming later on a different flight. We were going to put her on the toilet on the plane, but they wouldn’t let us (laughing) so we’re an all in family. We put our heart and soul in what we do. We’re not perfect. We’re excited as we could be in coming to South Florida and getting involved in the community and really anxious. We’re going to get them down here real soon. On a normal year, I would stay here and work until July and the kids would come next year in school, but we’re going to get them down here and immersed in the community as quickly as we possibility can.”

(On which defensive scheme, 3-4 or 4-3) -“Defensively, the vision of the defense would be based on fundamentals and technique. I want to be known for a great tackling team. I want us to have the best pursuit in the National Football League. I want us to take the ball away from our opponent. And I want us to put pressure and disrupt the quarterback. The rhythm and the timing of the quarterback, that’s the vision of our defense. What you’re going to learn from me is that I believe in fundamentals, execution, discipline are primary, schemes are secondary. We’re going to take a look again as I said we’re going to study the roster. We’re going to study what we do well. We’re going to look at possibilities. We’re going to hire the best leader of men, the best teacher, the best communicator, the best motivator that we can find to be our defensive coordinator and it’s going to be a collaborative effort. It’s not going to be one individual’s defense. It’s going to be the Miami Dolphins defense.”

(On what message do you give fans) -“Well, just kind of what I said in my opening statement. I don’t think football is an overly complicated game. As the offensive coordinator in Green Bay, we use to stand up in front of the offense and ask them if they could count to four, because if you could count to four you could play in the Packer offense. Football is a people game still. The objective is obviously we’re all chasing the same prize. Everybody wants to bring the Lombardi trophy back to their particular city or their particular fan base. But I think we have to stay focus on, we have to get excellent football players, high character individuals, and men that have a strong, strong will to succeed. That’s the plan. When you get those kinds of individuals, we get a staff in here that’s going to teach with enthusiasm, with clarity with simplicity and accuracy and we’re going to be able to accomplish some great things together.”

Questions for Stephen Ross:

(On why did you select Joe Philbin) - “Well, I think you just heard Joe (Philbin) and I think you can kind of make your own decision. I think he really impressed me just listening to him, his organization, his plan, how he would execute it and make us a winner as fast as possible. I really believe that people that work in great winning organizations learn how to win and that’s what it’s all about. That’s the primary reason and who he is as a person and what he’ll do for this organization the reasons why Joe Philbin is the coach of the Miami Dolphins.”

(On Joe Philbin bring the Packer mentality to Miami) - “I don’t know. Right now, we don’t have any Packers on our roster. We’re not allowed to talk about that. That wasn’t the reason. We didn’t spend a lot of time about that. We talked about creating a winning football team and it’s not just one person that’s going to make us a winning football team.”

(On how involved was Carl Peterson in the interview process) - “Carl (Peterson) is a friend of mine, been an advisor for a long period of time. He sat in all the meetings with the various candidates and we got his perspective. But the decision was made by myself working with Jeff Ireland.”

(On what were you looking for in the second interview process) - “Well, I mean, I thing I found out, never have been at it before and hopefully wouldn’t have to go through it again, but when you speak to six different candidates and at the end of the day you kind of reflect. It kind of all runs in together how to differentiating who said what. You know who impressed you, but it wasn’t the specifics. So we wanted to really be fresh because usually in those cases the last person you meet with is the guy you’re going to hire. So I wanted to meet them all at one time that in a short period of time and go through some of those questions again, hear them, and have that follow up with them and so you can really make a decision then on what you heard and you really had those thoughts in your mind.”

(On if how Joe Philbin handled his personal situation influence your decision) - “I mean, you certainly have to admire Joe (Philbin) is a very strong person that came out in the first process and my heart goes out to him having gone through what he’s gone through, but I mean I think you find out what a person is all about in times like that and the stress that he went through. So I think he’s still going to have a lot of problems going through that, but I think he’s a strong person. He’s a family person and he has a lot to look forward too. And I think this opportunity and probably this change of scenery is great for him.”

(On how difficult was hiring a head coach compared to your other businesses and what have you learned) - “In football, one thing I found out early on, football is a lot different than business. The differential of winning and losing is so small. And it’s really, business is a question of detail is just as much. But I think the idea of winning and winning in such a define moment is something you really have to know what that’s all about. It was really important to me that one of the aspects is that you’re used to winning and you expect to win and you’ve shown you’ve been a winner. I don’t think any of our candidates showed it like Joe Philbin.”

(On this decision being the most important decision you’ve made) - “Every time I make a decision, that’s the most important decision at that time so this was the most important. But in terms of the Miami Dolphins I know this is probably the most important decision. We spent an awful lot of time talking about the pros and cons of each individual and we really believed at the end of the day nobody was really, really more capable of doing this job and bringing the Miami Dolphins back to being a winning organization than Joe Philbin.”

Question to Jeff Ireland:

(On what stood out from the interview with Joe Philbin) – “Well I think after our first meeting, I knew about 15 minutes into the interview this was a guy that we should seriously take a look at, his vision, his core beliefs, his principles that he believes in, a lot of the objectives that were so apart of what Joe Philbin is all about, his passion for it obviously. You do a lot of due diligence going into a coaching search, a lot of phone calls to people around this business. This is a big fraternity of people that know people and that’s the one thing going through this process that I learned about Joe Philbin, there is not one person out there that doesn’t respect this person, not only as a coach but as a person. But it was those core beliefs, the beliefs that I believe in, the fundamentals, the technique, details. Being aggressive. Some of the things he talked about his offense being tempo related. Obviously looking at an offense that he produced very low turnovers, things that were keys to success with the Green Bay Packers, those were all things that were key to making this decision.”

(On if Joe Philbin will have final say on the coordinators) – “100 percent. Joe Philbin has total authority to hire his coaches.”

(On what type of team Joe Philbin is inheriting based on what he built) – “Well, I think he is inheriting a good football team. Doesn’t reflect in the wins and losses, but I think there is some foundation, some pieces here that he can work with. Obviously we are going through a new coach process, so there are some pieces that are missing. That falls on me to help get him get those pieces and I am a scout at heart, I am going to go find players for the head coach. That’s what my job is going to be, that is my ultimate job for this head coach, is to eliminate distractions from him and let him coach the football team and I have to fins football players for him.”

(On how much continuity he is looking for in terms of the coaches) – “That’s Joe Philbin’s job. He’s going to decide on the coaches, I am sure he has a process that he has in mind, were going to discuss that here, we discussed that thoroughly through the process. I am sure that he wants to talk to a few guys on this staff, he’ll probably talk to every coach on this staff. But ultimately its Joe’s decision on what offense he wants to run, what defense he wants to run, but that Joe Philbin’s job.”

(On how much of Joe Philbin’s experience with quarterbacks impact the decision) – “We talked about pretty much, we talked about corners, we talked about outside linebackers, we talked about quarterbacks, we talked a lot about the offensive line. But it was Joe’s vision and his core beliefs and his overall values about and vision for building a football team that was most important with this hire.”

(On if there was ever a moment where you and Mr. Ross didn’t agree during the coaching search process) – “These are tough decisions and Mr. Ross and I we went through plenty of debates in this process. Ultimately we found the right guy and that was a collaborative effort between Steve and I, we had Carl’s help, Dawn Aponte was a part of the process. Like I said, we went through a very thorough process and ultimately it was Steve and I sitting down together and making this decision.”

(On if there will be an open competition for the starting quarterback position) – “That’s Joe Philbin’s job, he’s going to decide who we have as a quarterback, so I can tell you that we are going to try to find players for this man here and give him the best chance to lead this franchise into new heights and a new era.”


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So, you can safely bet on NE today according to LV. Yes? No? Maybe?

No wonder there are "regulars" on this board. New people come in and want to discuss the Dolphins and are turned away by the nonsense, stupidity, and repetitive non-informed opinions. There are a few guys on here interesting to read but many of the usual suspects toss out commentary equivalent to a bunch of butt-slapping monkeys.

Me, I'm different. I always go for the Team in our Division to win it all. Because it makes us look, err, better.

This guy sounds like the real deal. But no matter how good he is, he will be hampered by Jeff Ireland. Maybe if he last long enough, Ross will finally wake up.

The Fins will always be crap until Ireland is fired and they get a REAL HC, GM AND QB.

I can only Judge Ireland on the time he has had here without Parcells, which to me is basically last years FA and Draft. If you guys think he got to make too many decisions prior to that I'm not buying it.

I know he has been here for a while, but I'm sure Parcells over ruled him on many occasions so we will never know

Let's look at last year and see what we got in return

Reggie Bush: RB FA, best player on Offense in 2011
Marvin Mitchell LB FA, decent backup player, good special teams
Kevin Burnett LB FA, terrible first half of year, better second half,
Marc Columbo OT FA, absolutely terrible, maybe Sporano wanted him
Jason Taylor LB FA, not a bad year as a backup
Couple other OL as backups for depth...


1st Round: Mike Pouncey: Excellent first year, solid pick
2nd Round: Daniel Thomas: Not a terrible year, next year will tell
3rd Round: No pick, used to trade up for Thomas....questionable
4th Round: Edmond Gates, good KR year, might do well in Philbin O
6th Round: Charles Clay, better as year went along,
7th Round: Frank Kearse, I think either Practice Squad or cut...
7th Round: Jimmy Wilson, not bad pick, like his hard hitting

Ok, so overall some hit's and misses, by no means terrible, with exception of Columbo, worst pick up EVER, but I am blaming Sporano for that one since he is OL Coach

I would like to see some better action in FA Market this year, maybe go for some sure things and pay the piper

I'm sure Ireland can find us another Pat White or RoboHenne. Or trade 3 picks for a BACKUP RB!! LMAO!!


I'm liking your post....balance is rare on this blog....

We just cant attract a good HC with Ireland as our GM. So we'll continue to stink until that changes.

Point is everyone, we won't know until we see him in action. He seems pretty intelligent, so no comparison to our 1-15 Coach.....

Seems we did our homework, Packers gave him great reviews, former Packers gave him great reviews, Iowa Coach gave him great reviews, and apparently he was very impressive in his interviews. Carl Peterson said best interview he has ever been a part of

It's all a crapshoot until we see some action

Let's give the guy a chance, he has been coaching for 25 Years, that's probably longer then most of the people on this board have been alive.....

Joe Pa died. Very sad!

Right now I'm happy with the hire. He has plenty of experience and credentials. What more can you want at this point.

We all need to stop with the glass half empty and knit picking!!

This guy isn't here about money, but is about the challenge and being successful. That is what I got.

Just pick a good staff Joe. That is the next step!

So, what gives, yous gonna bet NE or not?

I was going to try to eat a normal breakfast this morning but instead I decided to mix scrambled eggs, yogurt, and hot sauce in a blender...drank it down...and then vomited it all over the kitchen floor.

Then, I got down on my hands and knees and scooped up the chunky, gooey vomit and licked it off my hands.

I'm sure Ross is great at real estate but he's a moron as an NFL owner. I'm sure he's sorry he bought the Dolphins as the franchise value has plunged along with the empty stadium.

Also, let's remember that last year we had 2nd best rated QB in our division, when was last time that happened:

Brady: Rating of 105.6
Moore: Rating of 87.1
Fitzpatrick: Rating of 79.1
Sanchez: Rating of 78.7

Not saying Moore is the answer, because we all agree he is not

Last year our D killed us the first 7 weeks, period, they were not ready to play, and that falls on Nolan, which is why they let him leave...

Fresh Start, all around

Stephen Ross is planning on honoring Mark Sanchez at the stadium next year. Like the Tim Tebow day. LOL

NO, Baltimore plus 7, think it will be a close game, but NE will win by 4...

SF I think will also end the Giants run.

West Coast trip may be too much for Giants after big win last week

Stephen Ross is planning on honoring Mark Sanchez at the stadium next year. Like the Tim Tebow day. LOL


Anything that will sell a few tickets. Even if its the opposition fans.

Craig, you are my special princess. I love you, my darling.


The #1 job of any NFL GM is to get an elite QB. Ireland has failed miserably.

If you feel the need to add "LOL" after your own comment, it's a sure sign your words are neither funny or clever. Are you trying to convince YOURSELF??

All of you clowns who are recommending that the Dolphins take an OL in the 1st, don't live down here and don't attend the games. The local fans, the fans that the team needs to fill up the stadium, will go completely nuts if the team drafts an OL in the 1st.
The season ticket sales were off by 30% last year. 5 of the 8 games would have been blacked out if Ross and the television station had not bought up the remaining tickets, reportedly 30,000 - 40,000 tickets per game.
The local fans have had enough of the same ole same ole and they are showing their displeasure by not showing up.
You cannot keep grabbing another teams leftovers in the most important position and expect the fans to be happy, especially a QB who has only played in two professional games. There is no price to high for a franchise QB. you take them, no matter the cost. The front office had better be aggressive about this.

The local fans are looking for more than just a 13-7 victory. We want excitement, we want entertainment worth our time and money. Keeping the same QB situation or bringing in four year player from a different team, won't help.

Kris, in the spirit of remembrance to JoePa, I say we silence our dispute and rally around...my position.

On the Mallett thing, his career will tell if you're right about him or not. But, unless he's available via trade or FA or Brady goes down and he comes in, it's not a topic relevant to my ultimate desire to see this offense improve dramatically.

Ireland is hit and miss (and I suspect his hits are not as bright as they could be) but for the foreseeable future, this is the guy that's gonna be resposible for talent acquisition. You may not trust him, but maybe Philbin can direct him in a better direction. I don't know, I'm just throwing that out there. It's something that a new HC might be able to do to change the trajectory of this team.

But, obviously, things must change. And, IMO, in the past, the wrong things changed, or, more precisely, the same things DID NOT change from year to year, FO to FO. And, I'm not a football analyst, but, Altanta drafts a franchise QB, they have a string of winning Seasons unparalleled in their franchise. Detriot drafts a franchise QB, and they turn around decades of irrelevance. Cincinnati drafts a franchise QB, and go from "rebuilding, worst team in the league" year to Playoffs.

Ever looked for something in the pantry, can't find it, then realize you're looking right at it?

Joe Philbin is an experiment. Just like Saban, Cameron, and Sparano......never been an NFL HC. Not getting Fisher was another huge blow to this fragile franchise.

And losing Nolan?? GEEZ!!

Ross now has a cheap HC, a cheap GM, and cheap QB's. He must be happy! LOL

all this crap about how Ireland is going to ruin Philbin's ability to coach is immature.

We all know that Ireland was part of a packaged deal with Parcels & Sparano.

Now that Parcels & Tony are gone, Jeff is his own man now.

Philbin is going to tell Ireland: I need a starting caliber OLB, and I'd like to draft player X from college X for reasons X.

Ireland and his scouts will do their job and compile a report...and in most instances the coach will get the player he wants.

...problem was, Tony only wanted big OL because he's a Parcels disciple.

Philbin will bring a new perspective & voice to the process and that is a GOOD THING!

Barrett, I agree.

The other thing is, you'll NEVER beat the Patriots scoring 13 points (with Brady). No, he won't be there forever, but I bet he can play another 4-5 years at pretty much this rate (he hardly gets touched).

Yeah, teams can win without efficient offenses in this day and age, but they have the best defenses in the league. Our defense is good at times, they're never THAT elite. Brady proves you can go far with elite offenses even if you have suspect defenses. San Fran is proving defense can get you to the game, but when the time comes, you need to fight firepower with firepower. That was the lesson of beating the Saints. Mostly thanks to the improved QB play.

..I'm sure this will be a topic all off season. So lets get it going now. The Philbin-Flynn relationship cannot be ignored. The Packers would be insane to franchise Flynn when they can tender him for a first round pick. If indeed they do this, and a first rounder is the price. How agressive should the Phins be in aquring him?

We all want a quarterback..It won't come easy or cheap. This could be an opportunity. Should we gamble if this scenario presents itself?


But is not as when Shula came here that he had to cut 50% of the Team because they did not belong in the NFL. Still, I'm tired of this also, and, under the present circumstances, they should win more than they lose next Season. If not, they will be under the gun. One year.

So, this is the 4th straight HC the Dolphins have hired with ZERO NFL HC experience! After the first 3 failed misearably, isnt this the definition of insanity??

Shula was a great coach before the Dolphins hired him. And Bobby Beathard was a great talent evaluator. Joe Robbie hired the proven best and paid them well. The opposite of Ross's destruction...


Some RAINBOW FERRY people already here. Its not even 6:30pm FERRYS. You guys are PATHETIC. This is not a GAY BLOG its a MIAMI DOLPHINS BLOG. Why do we allow them to spew sickness here?


yes gamble and sign flynn

What really happened here is Ross chose Jeff Ireland over Jeff Fisher. YIKES!



Anyone who takes a moment for Joe PA is sick in the head, this guy knew his buddy was molesting children and did nothing about it, take a moment for the victims not the scumbag paterno who just looked the other way, now back to the dolphins sorry everybody

Kevin Coyle, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach, is under consideration for the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator position, according to a league source.




This has cam cameron part 2 written all over it.


Double check your facts on Flynn. My understanding is he's an UFA under the new CBA come the end of this season. I believe the only options the Pack will have is to franchise him or put the transition tag on him, both of which will be very expensive. I don't see them doing either but we'll have to watch...

"(On what message do you give fans) -“Well, just kind of what I said in my opening statement. I don’t think football is an overly complicated game."
Interesting, in that's EXACTLY..nearly word for word what Todd Bowles said, and he was criticized as a Sparano clone.

I love Philbin's take that if you block, tackle, and play with discipline, it matters NOT what the system is. Great fundamentals. trumps all.

Did I miss it, or were there NO Matt Flynn questions?
Not that I care, as i also believe it could be AJ Feeley part II.
Or not.

Fortunately, Ross's wallet is full, so paying 1st rate assistants/Coordinators will not be an issue.

Stephen Ross is planning on honoring Mark Sanchez at the stadium next year. Like the Tim Tebow day. LOL

Posted by: Hollywood Dave | January 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Free hot dogs and Justin Bieber posters for everyone!



Craig M..I wasn't aware of that..I should be factually correct before I try and make a point. If he is a UFA..I do not expect the Packers to franchise him..The economics of it do not make any sense. To pay a backup(in the Packers scenario) that much money is not good buisness. I suppose the argument could be made if he was to sign elsewhere, and turned into a top tier QB is bad buisness too. This is a choice they will have to make.

I'm not familiar with the transition tag. Can someone explain please.

The Indianapolis Colts are a cautionary tale for teams who are deciding on what to do with their backup QBs.
Teams will need to decide if the back-up to their back-up can carry the team.
How did Curtis Painter do? How did Caleb Hainey do? How did TJ Yates do? Teams will have to decide if allowing a back-up QB to leave is worth the risk of only winning one game that year.

By your writing style I can tell you have a good IQ. You shade it with a lot of warped package posts etc but it's there no doubt.
How in the H E L L can you talk about franchising Henne? You and I both know we have a new Sheriff in town. Generally speaking, they don't want to run off and get right into salary cap purgatory by franchising a QB of so little repute.
Manning's, Brees's and Rodgers's are the only types that get franchised as they have earned the right to drop a ton of cash on them.
Henne is from Michigan? Ross is a Michigan guy...so Henne got a longer trial than many QBs with lil or no competition to sweat out. Sorry but Henne already used up his get out of jail free cards. The New Sheriff will absolutely punch his ticket outta town.
Just like you make the connection from Ross to Henne to Michigan... I wonder what your connection is to Henne? I mean are you related or does he have any crazy pics of you that you don't want to get out? I kid, I kid...kinda. I just am surprised that you still hold Henne in such high regard.
PS The new Sheriff Coach Philbin will assure Ireland and Ross that Henne can walk with nothing lost. He will be a journeyman backup type wherever he goes.

Posted by: Rob in OC | January 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Rob I disagree.
I'll tell you what: all of us have made our opinions known in here.
According to Mando Irelenad reads this blog.
If Henne walks you and everyone else can take the credit.
If Henne gets franchised I get the credit.

Posted by: Moore Is Less | January 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Wonder why Moore Is Less is answering for Pricemaster?

It doesn't take Soiled Bottom's to figure out "SOMEONE" forgot to change their sign in name.

You folks need to look at what actually took place here the past couple of years.
-Year end 2010 stats list Henne as 16th in NFL, dedspite being pulled 30 times in redzone for BACKDOOR wildcat this can all be verified quickly at nfl.com
-Year end 2010 stats showed our running game was worst in the league, look it up
-Stephen Ross got rid of Parcells, Henning, Lee, Williams, Brown, Thigpen, NoodleArm and Soprano.
-Everyone connected with the BACKDOOR wildcat has been fired from the organization
-The offense was turned over to Henne without qualification
-Henne didn't fail to perform; we had the lead in all of the first 3 games
-Henne didn't get benched; he had season ending surgery on his non-throwing shoulder


TheSMF = PriceMaster too. Obviously.

Why regular bloggers continue to address or respond to the toilet bowl gang is beyond me.

The good bloggers who continue to feed the toilet bowl gang with responses inadvertently drag the blog down the drain by doing so.

Philbin did say that he likes his QBs to be mobile outside of the pocket and that I agree with. Accuracy , Velocity , Mobility.

I doubt that Ireland could find that kind of talent if it was hanging from his buttocks. Even if Ireland could, he wouldn't have the nads to act on it. Ultra-Conservative.

Philbin does make us odds on favorites to land Matt Flynn's talents in offseason free agency. From GB hc McCarthy himself, it seems GB wont be franchising Flynn, giving chance to write his starting qb chapter in nfl annuls.

The greatest problem? AJ Feeley, and latest, Kevin Kolb. Both these seemed to be the next great starting qb's who sat behind great starting qb's. We can even go a little further and add Matt Cassell to this infamous list.

These types seems to be total crap shoots over a 16 game starting season. What would be more phenominol is if Flynn's signed to a 460 million contract and is beaten out for the 2012-13 strating qb job by Matt Moore.

This seems to be "MORE" of how things have panned out for the Miami Dolphins over the last past decade. Expect nothing and hope for the best!

This team is not going to the playoffs next season.
This team is not 1 or 2 players away from being an upper-echelon team.
I believe we finally have a real talent evaluator on board now with Philbin but he has to work with the talent first to decide who stays and who goes and that takes a season.
Someone is going to take the fall for how s hitty we are next season: HENNE

What up "PHINLAND"?????, Another year of watching another AFC Championship game and still No Phins, How long has it been?

WOW, we're still looking like idiots for cutting Rob Ninkovich@! LOL


Not a problem, man...no harm in a slip up here or there. I may have it wrong but I thought under the new CBA that Flynn is now a UFA (or a least will be once the season is over). My understanding of the transition tag is that a team can use it on a player, end up paying him less than what it would cost to franchise a player but it would mean they wouldn't be able to franchise a player the following season. Let's say for arguments sake it would cost a team $12-14 million to franchise a player (I don't have the exact figure but it's the average of the top 5 players at the position. Let's also say for arguments sake the transition tag would cost around $8 mil. So the team can save some money by only transitioning but it will cause them not to have a franchise option on anyone the following season.

That's kind of a crude explanation of it and guys will correct me if I explained it wrong. Regardless, I'd be surprised if the Pack decided to pay Flynn anything close to $8 mil a year to back-up Rodgers. They are smart and astute and make good use of their dollars. They'll have to do something with Finley also, and maybe that is where they will chose to use the franchise tag. We'll have to see.

No one in their right mind expects more then 5-6 wins next year. Nolan's gone, Dabolls gone, new offense, new defense and Jake Long is probably done.

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