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Dolphins need to get off rollercoaster, play to own ability

How does a team that beat Cincinnati on the road lose at Buffalo? How does a team that beat Seattle at home get blown out by Tennessee at home?

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Miami Dolphins.

They are nothing if not inconsistent. About the only thing they do consistently is play to the level of the opposition.

They gave the Patriots and 49ers good games the past two weeks. At no time did they seem totally out-classed.

Yet they lost to Arizona in the fourth week of the season and the Cardinals haven't won a game since.

What does that tell you about the Dolphins? What does it say when a team plays up or down to its competition?

Well, first of all, assume nothing the next couple of weeks when the Dolphins play horrible Jacksonville and terrible Buffalo. And don't discount Miami the final week of the season against elite New England.

Also, it says this:

The Dolphins are the ultimate rudderless team. They have mediocre talent which would suggest they be a mediocre team. But most mediocre teams play well against teams with inferior talent and cannot play well against teams with excellent talent because they're outgunned.

Yet -- again -- the Dolphins can stay with the Pats and 49ers and beat Seattle. But they get dominated at Buffalo and by Tennessee.

Reader Tyson Crowley suggests and I agree, this kind of rollercoaster performance depending on the opponent, speaks to poor leadership on the team. Teams with good leadership do not let down against inferior competition and play like that inferior competition. Teams with good leadership play to a certain level -- be it high or low -- and maintain that level most of the season regardless of the competition.

They don't lose to Buffalo and look terrible doing it one week and beat playoff-bound Seattle and look great doing it the next.

"Obviously, when you’re so up and down, it’s a little tough and obviously we’re all judged, at the end of the day, we’re judged by winning (and) how we win and the amount of games that we win," Reggie Bush said today. "Obviously, it’s not fun when you’re not winning and you’re not achieving the goals that you set out to achieve at the beginning of the season. So it has been a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster."

Oh, and teams with good leadership don't ride emotional rollercoasters. They focus on the process of winning a game week to week without major spikes or letdowns of emotion.

The Dolphins need to focus more on the process and less on the results. If they do that, maybe the results will come in more consistent manner.

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Warmack should b our 1st pick, then wr, then cb....oh yeah,Fireland should also b a priority!!!

A domed stadium will allow them to get future SB's and allow people with skin cancers to attend games. It also wont be so brutally hot and uncomfortable.

Kris, maybe I thought you would attempt to get me banned because you said so. I tried to teach you something. You prefer to stick with your ignorant opinion which are obviously not based on knowledge. If you remember I told you I would be back to show you how permanent banning is not possible due to the nature of how ISP servers operate. You prefer to huff and puff about getting people banned. You might as well huff and puff for the real santa to come down your chimney.

fin4life, I believe Ross is a true sports fan, just not a truly obsessed sports owner. We know he relied on Peterson and Parcells for guidance, maybe not the best two people. Either way, Ross is very rich and will remain very rich no matter what happens with the team.

I want LARRY FITZGERALD in a Dolphins jersey next season!

I'm terrified to depend on a #1 pick like Warmack to improve our O line and then that what happened to De Castro happens to him. It would be a lost Season then.

Kris, you are ridiculous and clueless. If you get this worked up over a blog, it would behoove you to learn something, any tiny thing, about the internet medium. What you whine about is beyond silly. Anyone can too easily impersonate anyone here. The site is totally open, no restrictions. The fact you mention in blue only shows how totally ignorant you are. You should thank me for trying to educate you and punish yourself for choosing to be ignorant.

I've been to both OB and JRS. In JRS, they somehow need to get the People closer to the Field of play or bring the Field to the People. Players are just too far away for an intimate experience of Football. Regarding a Top for JRS(Sun Life)I never felt the heat in the stands at the OB as the stadium was close to the Sea and the Games are played mostly in the Fall and Winter here.

Most of the football fans in South Florida are from NY and NE. The sports bars have more NE and NY shirts than fin shirts. One popular bar near me in Ft. Lauderdale beach has the NE logo lit up by their entrance. They are busier with NE fans than the other bars are with MIA fans.

It's an odd situation. Too many foreigners that don't watch football plus too many transplants from the North that are not fin fans.

There is nothing any owner can do about it.

Fire Ireland, win, and the stadium will be packed.

You are not painting the whole picture from here, Wally. Of course there are many recent immigrants in Miami who don't know the Game and/or don't care about it. But there are older immigrants that have followed Football since the 60's and before, mainly Us Cubans and our descendants now. Moreover, there many, many Anglos that live down South to Key West that love the Dolphins. Finally, the Negroes from the center of Miami also love Sports and Football. There are plenty DolFans here, you just have to motivate them.

No true Southerner likes to move North, Wally. Of course you are not going to find them in Broward County but around these Parts. And, Boy, do they love Football!

I got to believe at this point he's more starved for a winner than anyone else the problem is he seems lost in the Sports ownership game and may have to sell.

Posted by: fin4life | December 13, 2012 at 09:26 PM

I believe Ross is "Win Starved".

But forced to sell? I'm not buying it.

I think Ross simply uses the losses as a "Write-off" against earnings he makes in the Real Estate Business. When your working with Hundreds of Millions of Dollars, things aren't always as they seem.

Though I'm sure he hopes things will soon be different, for now The Dolphins are just a Tax Shelter.

Talking about Andrew Luck....."He's got a will to win," Arians says. "All the great ones have that. But you can't measure it. Coaches will tell you that [when scouting him] but there's no test for it. You can see how high they jump or how fast they go but there is no test for the heart muscle."

I believe Ross is like Everybody else when undertaking something New, they will make mistakes before finally being successful or failing. I don't see Ross not having the Tools to be a successful Football Owner unless he doesn't want to be that.

Lots of fans are crying about firing Ireland.

The knee Jerks aside, the problem really is, where do you find NFL Level GM's? Who are you going to hire to replace him?

Up until now, I haven't even had a name worth throwing out there.

I could be wrong, but I believe Mike Holmgren will be unemployed at the end of this season. It would be a demotion for him as well. But you just never know. For the right price and in the right situation, he just might be willing to take the demotion.

Any other opinions? Anybody here think Holmgren will be available? Anybody think he'd be an upgrade over Ireland?

When this "Rumor" starts flying around at the end of the season, REMEMBER: You Heard It HERE FIRST!!!!

It's all about talent. Miami has very little quality talent. Made my pro bowl ballet today. Only phins I selected....Pouncey, Soliai, Reshad Jones, & Brandon Fields. Get some GD talent already Mr.Ireland!!!!!

Heck, Aloco would be an upgrade over Irescum.

I HAVE A KOT OF RESPECT FOR DR OSCAR,

BUT THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH THAT;;;;;;;;


IF YOU RESEARCH ,YOU WILL NEVER FIND A DOCTOR OR EVEN A VET WITH FIRST NAME ,....OSCAR ,,,,,,,,,

Heck, Odindouci would be an upgrade over Irescum.

I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT

There is not a chance in Hell that Ross will fire Ireland now, odin. He has depended totally on JI during his learnng process of being a Football Owner from seeking Jim Harbaugh to getting away from miserable Sparano and hiring Philbin. I don't see Ross cutting ties with Ireland soon.

Is THAT 4 turnovers for the Eagles in the last 4 minutes?

Wow!

oscar,

how many names do you use, troll?

Everybody here(the few we are) knows the Troll here is YG, et al. Only it has not been possible to eradicate him up to now.

It's easy to jump on BandWagons after the fact. It's easy to look BACK and say, this guy is better than that guy.......or this guy has "It" and that guy doesn't.

Despite Luck being the Highest Rated QB prospect to have ever come out, why weren't you making these sweeping claims THEN?

Now Luck does look like the real deal, I won't argue that. But just the same, Luck didn't look this good after having had just 19 collegiate starts.

Having said all that, with Luck being a 4 year starter in a very good college program, I'm just curious as to why you STILL needed the advantages of hindsight to simply compare him to a WR that switched to QB for all of 19 games?

REALLY-LOL?

I did get to YG once on Jon's blog and he went off on a rant and stopped writing there. But he's smart and has learned some self-control(maturity).

Luck throws to Reggie Wayne on 3rd down not Marlon Moore. That'll help anyone's stats. He does look good though, deserving of the #1 pick.

These are the super-Athletes of now that we have been talking about.

from seeking Jim Harbaugh to getting away from miserable Sparano and hiring Philbin. I don't see Ross cutting ties with Ireland soon.

Posted by: oscar canosa | December 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

You might be 100% right Oscar.

But if I were Ross, I would not be just SICK of Ireland, I would be livid with him and the Harbaugh fiasco would be a Prime Reason.

Here I am an inexperienced owner. I want to hire the guy whom I think is the best up and coming Head Coach in Harbaugh. Depending heavily on Ireland, I begin my quest to land the "Big Fish".

Yet Ireland doesn't even have the brains to advise me on the way to do business in the NFL?

Ireland ALREADY embarrassed Ross multiple times in his short tenure. The least of which was NOT the Harbaugh Idiocy! I mean, you or I oscar, we would know to fire our current Head Coach BEFORE chasing across the country after Harbaugh. But yet Ireland didn't even have the Nads to lead Ross in this endeavor. He was APPARENTLY a major twit in earnestly trying to win Ross over by being a "YES" Man!

Regardless if I think Ireland should stay or go, if I were Ross, I would have ample reason to dislike Ireland. Multiple reasons for not trusting this guy as a matter of fact.

I don't know if Holmgren will be available. I don't even know if it's a possibility. But I do know I would fire Ireland in a Heartbeat in favor of Holmgren.

Turd,

Cam Wake didn't make your Pro Bowl list. He's got something like 12.5 sacks on the season. Geez....

Well, talk to Ross about it. I'm going to watch a Movie then go to sleep. GN

In other words................

Ireland should have informed Ross as to the proper procedures for hiring an NFL Head Coach.

Ireland's ineptitude and a ss kissing ignorance caused Ross a TON of embarrassment. Not to mention the position it put the TEAM in.

Because of Ireland(IMO), we are the ONLY NFL team to have ever **STARTED** a season with a Lame Duck Head Coach.

The Dez Bryant "Affair" wasn't anything to me, if not HILARIOUS! It was hard to tell who was more ignorant. Ireland or Bryant?

But the Harbaugh debacle was unforgivable and if I'm Ross, I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of my right hand Man! Jeff "The Yes Man" Ireland".

This of course is just my own personal opinion.

Odin,

Your not making much sense brother. Ross owns the team. You know that right? He was the one who was leading the Harbaugh charge. So if you're the GM and you want to keep your job, what should you do? I don't get this 'he's not advising Ross' stuff. Ross will do whatever he wants. Who knows what Ireland is telling him. But it's hard to blame Ireland for any of the stuff that happened with Harbaugh. Owner decides he wants to fly his private jet out to talk to Harbaugh you say 'YES SIR', or run the risl of losing your job. That's life in the business world, my friend.

The biggest mistake Ross made was not cleaning house when Sparano was fired. The second biggest mistake was no firing Sparano the spring he was courting Harbaugh.

Some GM possibilities for me would be:

Omar Khan - Steelers
Bob Quinn - Patriots

Turd,
Cam Wake didn't make your Pro Bowl list. He's got something like 12.5 sacks on the season. Geez....

Posted by: Craig M | December 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Are you sure you're the "Real" Craig M?

Cam Wake has 14 QB sacks. He's tied for an **NFL** personal best. 14 is the reason I'm hoping Wake sacks Henne 6 times! 14 + 6 = **20**.

Other than that though, I totally agree. With 14 sacks, Wake should garner some type of considerations-lol. I'm sure it was just an over-sight.

Can Wake was over looked for much of his career.

Go dolphins

Odin,

I thought he had 9.5 coming into the SF game and got 3 in the game.

You been drinking tonight?

NFL.com says 14

Yep you guys are right. I'm a game behind. All the more reasom he should be on the Pro Bowl.

I wonder if the Fire Ireland plane will be making a few passes this season?

OK, it is the "Real Craig" - LOL!

Craig, you might be right. I wasn't there and I don't know how it all went down. But I do know that of all the people that were on the plane, Ireland was the one that should have had a firm grasp of what was taking place.

In my defense though, think about it like this. If it were **YOU** or **I** and Ross had informed us that he wanted Harbaugh, **WE** would have told him that this isn't exactly how you go about it. Wouldn't we?

I mean I'm SURE I would have had a certain amount of "Self-Preservation" guiding my every move-lol! But still, I think I would have advised him that through one camp or the other(ours or theirs)that the story would be broke. I also would have made him aware of the possibilty that Sporano(and others as it turned out) would catch wind and that it could lead us into a very "Sticky" situation.

After having said all that, I admit, I wasn't there, I don't know the story. For all I know, Ireland could have advised him of as much and Ross decided to proceed.

From my perspective, I just assumed that Ross was the inexperienced one and that the "SNAFU" could most probably be attributed to Ireland.

My assumption could be wrong, but my scenario and line of reasoning does make sense.

Egnew, another Ireland bust

Owner decides he wants to fly his private jet out to talk to Harbaugh you say 'YES SIR', or run the risl of losing your job. That's life in the business world, my friend.

Craig M | December 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM

In the business World there is also something called integrity. Ireland lost a ton of it when he didn't have the foresight to tell Ross that this action had the potential to backfire in an industry were your selling your Executives on the notion you wont let a frantic fanbase sell you on shortsightedness but the bigger picture and were most know before hand when there time is up. I have seen alot but never nothing as stupid and poorly thought out as this move on their part, trust me the NFL views these 2 differently for it and it affects our FA process.

Ireland had up until that point built a reputation as a solid Scouting Director in NFL circles and had his boss fired him for not following his advise to dismiss one Coaching staff before making a cross Country trip to sway another one in the most popular Sports League in America then he would have been seen as a MAN OF CONVICTION in a Macho Sports League were that carries a great deal of weight and at the very least would have had a new job sooner than later, I disliked Sparano the H.C. BUT FOUND HIS TREATMENT AT THE HANDS OF HIS G.M. AND OWNER A BLACK EYE ON THE FRANCHISE THAT WOULD NOT SOON BE FORGOTTEN.

His actions were that of a weasel and I bet my bottom $ alot in the NFL see him this way now. Go ask Pennington why he turned down any opportunity to stay in this org. to go back to N.Y. because I remember him saying that Ireland burned any good will he might have had among players and Coaches in League circles with his less than straight forward actions as the head of the Football operations.

odinseye | December 14, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Self preservation is what he should have been first and foremost on his mind, did they really think they were going to interview the man and nobody on the Stanford Campus were there home was would leak it?

I **LOVE** Roller Coasters!

But ah..........anyways. I don't care what you guys say about Craig M. Right, wrong or whatever, he has the courage of his convictions and posts as much.

Craig and I have butted heads more than once and have always managed to keep it somewhat civil. For the most part. Well, kind of..........(OK, just kidding).

But seriously, Craig is a good poster and has some pretty Kool Insights. Then, add to that, he's been here and sticking up for Ireland when alot of people were/are calling for his head. I know alot of others would have kept it to themselves or took the cowards way out by Trolling the Matter.

Nope! Craig and I don't ALWAYS agree, but just for the fact that he has some good football knowledge and the Courage Of His Convictions, he's one of the Better Posters here in my humble opinion.
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Now Craig, having said all that, I am most curious as to your opinion about Holmgren as a possibility. You being one of his most staunchest supporters, I feel you would be the guy to ask.

Also, I realize Holmgren is just about a "Legend" in his own right. But that was many.......many........**MANY** years ago. So it might be unfair to make any comparisons, I realize that. But still, if we could Can Ireland after the last game of the season and hire Holmgren(As the GM ONLY), what would you do?

This question is not just for Craig either. I would welcome anyone caring to weigh in on this as I personally believe that Holmgren just might be a realistic option come seasons end.

Anybody....................?

Though I'm sure he hopes things will soon be different, for now The Dolphins are just a Tax Shelter.

Publicado por: odinseye | December 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM

To what extent and are any of his real estate holdings leveraged beyond original purchase value ect....

Yes, no leadership. Blame Ireland. The staff is new, the QB is new, etc. Most of the vets picked by Ireland are busts. If you want to turn around this situation, fire the GM and hire an alumni like Denver did with Elway, or at least hire someone who knows about football.

Why in the world would the Dolphins not resign Reggie Bush? He's the only offense on the team. He is it. There is nothing else.

Ross and Ireland are both incompetent jackasses. Cowher put Ross in his place too when Ross wanted him while Sparano was under contract.

Fin4,

You asked where I'd been the other day.

It's been hunting season up here in the Great White North(White Meaning SNOW of course-LOL). That and sometimes the idea of facing Mando's dumb trolls has been enough lately to keep me incomunicado my Friend!

Anyways, I'm glad you brought up the points of Ireland and Integrity above. Ireland might have learned with Parcells while working for Jerry Jones. And for Jerry Jones having "YES" men around was enough(See how thats working out for Jones lately?).

But I tend to agree with your position. At the very least Ireland should have laid it out for Ross. I still don't understand how EITHER(whether were talking an inexperienced Ross or newly promoted GM Jeff Ireland)could have expected this type of move to stay on the "Down Low". Especially in this day and age.

ULTIMATELY, and in addition to the good points you've made, Ultimately lets put YOU, ME or Craig M in Harbaughs position. How would you have handled these two flying into town straddling the SpOrano/Harbaugh fence?

Right off the bat I would be wondering how serious these two were while Tony SpOrano was still under contract. Secondly I would wonder about working for two guys that operate in this manner. I would figure they were either kind of "Slimy", maybe slightly "Ignorant" and very possibly "Both" - LOL!

Like I told Craig, I don't know all the details. But if I were Harbaugh, neither would I need too. Since the NFL's inception, you just don't go out and make offers to prospective Head Coaches when you ALREADY(still)have one under contract.

Having read your post and given it more thought, I just don't buy Craig's conclusions on how it's done in the business world. Maybe regular businesses and businessmen, but not the NFL.

In my opinion, Ireland should have made Ross aware of the protocal and let the chips fall where they may. I agree with you on this particular part. Ross would have ended up respecting Ireland even moreso most likely. Moreso than how it turned out I'll bet. And had he been fired, public opinion, and more importantly, those in the know(NFL-Wise)would have surely sided with Ireland and his situation. In this scenario, Ross ends up looking like a Pariah. And like you said, Good Luck finding others to work for you(whether it be other Coaches, players or executives).

If you're still out there, Holler Back, I'll be on for just a little longer. If not, it was good talking to the both of you!

ValHalla!!!!

odin,

I say a BIG FAT NO TO HOLGREM! He was a good H.C. in G.B. but thta team was built by Ron Wolf and his Scout man Ted Thompson.

He leaves for Seattle as G.M./H.C. in 98 and was terminated in 02, I remember at the time thinking he would quit based on poor performance in the draft. He did trade for Hasselbeck and drafted Alexander I believe but apparently the misses mounted.

His time in Cleveland were he set up the structure top to bottom with Heckert was a disaster.

What gives you the imprerssion that would change here and how is it different than stop gaps of early memory like JJ and the Tuna.

Terrible Article by Armando!

The problem isn't a total lack of talent or a lack of leadership. TURNOVERS!!! You create them and you usually have a short field to score on. If you make them often, your offense never gets in a rythem and your defense comes back on the field right after they worked so hard to get off, leaving them demoralized.

This team turns the ball over way too often and they rarely ever create them. This has crushed this team. Tannehill is part of the problem but that should be expected of a rookie QB. Reggie Bush, Hartline, Thigpen and many more guys give the ball up at bad times and we have nobody on the defensive side besides Reshad Jones who can get us the ball back in good field position.

Having read your post and given it more thought, I just don't buy Craig's conclusions on how it's done in the business world. Maybe regular businesses and businessmen, but not the NFL.

In my opinion, Ireland should have made Ross aware of the protocal and let the chips fall where they may. I agree with you on this particular part. Ross would have ended up respecting Ireland even moreso most likely. Moreso than how it turned out I'll bet. And had he been fired, public opinion, and more importantly, those in the know(NFL-Wise)would have surely sided with Ireland and his situation. In this scenario, Ross ends up looking like a Pariah. And like you said, Good Luck finding others to work for you(whether it be other Coaches, players or executives )

odinseye | December 14, 2012 at 01:26 AM


The NFL is a business based on a fraternity and your 100% right. If your Harbaugh (X-Player) these types would come of as slimy for sure and would you want to hang your reputation on them. This must have weighed into his decision it's not like he went to a Juggernaut in S.F. were the Team Owner is Eddie Debartolo's sister's 30 Yr. old son Jared York who fired Nolan mid-season and went with Singletary whose Coaches couldn't even relay in the plays before burning the Clock. It collaterally probably weighed on Fisher as well. He was left with an inexperienced Coach with potential but all we really know up until now is he can assemble a game plan even if he didn't call the plays, it's in my book the reason the more experienced Sherman was a must hire at that point.

To what extent and are any of his real estate holdings leveraged beyond original purchase value ect....

Posted by: fin4life | December 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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Fin4,

I'll tell you honestly! I'll tell you the way it is!

The FACT of the Matter is this: I JUST DON'T REALLY KNOW - LOL ;)

I was just making an educated guess based on the assumption that Ross has some of the BEST accountants on the planet.

I know that these Multi-Millionaire/Billionaires usually have many different businesses/investments/Holdings. Generally speaking, these are divided into profitables and losses. They usually claim the profitable ones and use any losses as "Write Offs" against Taxes owed on profits.

I really have no idea about Ross' finances. It's just that this "Procedure" is a pretty common one among business owners.

odin,

In my post regarding HOLGREM I meant to say he was terminated as G.M. but kept as H.C. in 02, always a GREAT H.C. but in a couple of stops suspect F.O. BOSS.

I really have no idea about Ross' finances. It's just that this "Procedure" is a pretty common one among business owners.
Publicado por: odinseye | December 14, 2012 at 01:41 AM

No doubt a very solid point! Hey before I forget how about the public spanking Tagliabue gives the heavy handed Goodell in the whole Saints bounty saga?

Good night partner and catch you later! By the way Mando mentions someone names Tyson Crowley as being the inspiration for the post from the blog, you ever read anything by Crowley?

What gives you the imprerssion that would change here and how is it different than stop gaps of early memory like JJ and the Tuna.

Posted by: fin4life | December 14, 2012 at 01:28 AM

Heckert? Man - O - Man the memory and attention to detail you have!

I personally don't see Holmgren as a savior. I think he was(possibly would be)a Very Good Coach and I like **SOME** of his fundamental philosophies(like drafting a QB EVERY YEAR). But like you pointed out, he was at his best when he had Wolf and Thompson making the personel decisions.

Holmgren as a GM was just a thought that occured to me when I realized he might be available this off season. Everybody and their Brother it seems won't hesitate to call for Ireland's Head. But yet, NO ONE offers up anyone as a possible replacement. Thats the "Troll Strategy" and it amounts to change for "Changes Sake". I just can't buy into it. Holmgren is basically the only name that I think bears any consideration(So Far)when the talk centers around "FireLand".

Thanks for playing along, I knew I could count on a "Real Poster"(like you)to give an honest and intelligent reply. I think Ireland gets at least one more year. Actually and Honestly, I think Ireland just about EARNED one more year. The way he got the cap under control and stockpiled some picks makes me feel this way. In addition to picking the right rookies, the salary cap and the number of picks each year are BIG among GM's Job Duties! At least they are in my opinion.

Now, having said all that, I also have to admit: If it came down to a choice between Ireland and Holmgren, my knee jerk reaction is to go with Holmgren. Right or wrong, thats my initial reaction. THANKFULLY I have guys like you that remind of the details and help me keep things in perspective.

It's easy for a Troll to post Fire Ireland. But, before we do, I'd like to know who they expect us to replace him with.

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