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Perhaps one in-house candidate for Dolphins' opening

With Mike Dee leaving the Dolphins as their CEO, two questions linger before a nationwide search for his successor begins:

1. Are there any in-house candidates?

2. Are the Dolphins going to continue their wacky way of operating?

Here are the answers ...

If there is an in-house candidate her name is Dawn Aponte. That's it. No one else.

(I do not count Carl Peterson, former President of the KC Chiefs, as in-house despite the fact he is a close Ross friend and has indeed been working for Ross in other ventures. I count him as an outside candidate, albeit not necessarily a leading one.)

Aponte came to the Dolphins when her mentor Bill Parcells hired her in 2010. She came as the Senior Vice President of Football Operations, which was a long way of saying she was the cap specialist. She came well armed with experience, having served in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns and having worked for the NFL's Management Council prior to that.

Despite that vast experience, one of the first times Aponte was in the spotlight was when the Dolphins cut Joey Porter ... twice. The first time was a salary cap misstep that caused the Dolphins to take Porter back, endure his trashing of an organization he knew was cutting him, and then try the do-over when cap regulations actually allowed it.

Since then, Aponte has been something of a star internally. She has steadily increased her footprint on the football side and after participating in the hiring process in 2012, is one of coach Joe Philbin's closest confidants within the organization.

Aponte was promoted last year to Executive Vice President of Football Administration and her presence has become much more noticeable despite a clear desire on her part to remain in the background. She attends every Philbin press conference. She often has lunch with the coach after practice. She attends most practices or has her assistant attend -- I suppose so that he can report to her what happened.

She wants to be a club president and I don't doubt she'll get there some day. I just don't know if she's ready today.

She is, as I said, uncomfortable in the limelight. She prefers the background. And a club president or CEO cannot be in the background. A CEO needs to be in the community. A CEO has to forge media relationships. Aponte needs to improve or change that to be more viable for the job.

If the Dolphins, or any team, hires her as the club president or CEO, it would also need a CFO to run the nitty-gritty business affairs. Aponte, talented and worthy, is seemingly a better overseeer than a marketing person. And despite her credentials in finance, I don't know if counting pennies for the bottom line would be the best use of her talents.

So is she a candidate? Probably. Is she going to get the job? That question remains.

The next issue the Dolphins have regarding the hiring of this person is that the organization is way too divided into different factions.

Yes, most teams are split into business and football ops. But the Dolphins are seriously, tragically split. Unlike the Don Shula days when both sides of the organization lined up under the coach and marched to the same beat, the Dolphins often do not march in unison because, well, the right hand often doesn't know what the left hand is doing or doesn't care.

Bill Parcells liked a clear line of demarcation where it seemed no one could cross and that line hasn't been well erased since his departure.

And so you had football ops declining to help the business side with simple things such as players filming 30-second clips to be played at the stadium on game days.

You had football ops shaking their heads when they found out (through the media) that Jets T-shirts were being sold in the team store. 

You had Tony Sparano and his owner not really talking because the coach saw the owner as part of teh business side and not really a football man.

The interesting thing is that once Parcells was gone, owner Stephen Ross took over as de-facto president of the team. He was to be the unifying figure for the franchise.

Except that by that time, the business operations had been moved from the Davie training facility to Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. So football staff was at Davie and business staff was at Sun Life. And, unfortunately, Ross is in New York.

An absentee owner.

While successful owners such as Jerry Jones, the Rooneys, Robert Kraft, Jim Irsay, Arthur Blank, the Maras and Tischs,  and many others are around their teams day-to-day and thus aware of practically everything that's happening on a daily basis, Ross is busy running his real estate development business.

What does that mean?

He doesn't see things for himself. He relies on the reports of others to tell him what's going on with his $1 billion investment.

That doesn't mean being present as an owner is more likely to bring a winner on the field. But I believe an owner who is fully invested and fully immersed in the day-to-day workings of his team is better equipped to make more sound decisions because his understanding of the various situations is greater.

Despite this, the Dolphins aren't likely to change course, at least that's what a club source said Wednesday. The set-up will remain the same. Football ops and the business side will remain separate and apart with Jeff Ireland and Aponte and Joe Philbin over on that side -- with none really ultimately answerable to the other. And the new CEO will be over on the other side -- with him or her not really answerable to the football ops people.

All will be answerable to Ross, of course. But Ross will remain in New York except on game days and other visits.  


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Some of you seem to have reading comprehension problems. Go back and read the article s-l-o-w-l-y. Maybe it'll sink in this time. Sheesh.

No offer for Leach at this point. Maybe we don't sign him.

Darkoak is as dumb as Kris. I thought he was above the fray, but now I see he is an ignorant idiot determined to stay that way.

OK. Let's begin to try to reassemble this. Where are Redsky, DD, other mature and sometimes very funny Bloggers that were here?

Just because Oscar paints toes at the mall doesn't mean he don't know football.

And those mini footballs he paints on the big toe are beautiful.

That's just your Anti-Social Personality Disorder talking YG. What's "Sad" is you don't realize I'm trying to help you.

Boring! Who cares? Football operations is not the one that wins games. How bout something a tad bit more important like when the f--k is Vontae Leach gonna become a Dolphin?

Darkoak has provided a possible solution to the YG problem. Never did any of Us mature posters call anybody idiot without known cause. C'mon, Armando, let us reunite again.

Philbin wanted Leach signed a month ago but Ross is too cheap to do it?

What's the hold that YG has on you, Armando? We know he is an Internet hacker. Pay him no attention. Does he have anything else on you? Tell Us, we'll help you out.

My son is an IDIOT!

Why you People afraid of YG here? Darkoak, Armando?

Ross doesn't negotiate the deals and the team spent millions on free agents. Give it a rest.

There, YG, they told you to give it a rest. Or they probably are going to drive your asss outta here. Right?

Even Amazon is on the trail of YG et al.

Does anyone know where to get the new logo hat in khaki color.. I been looking everywhere..

I think I saw a picture of Ireland wearing it but now I am stating to think it's the off white one I can find..

If any one could let me know I would appreciate that.. Go FinNation!!!

We would all like to see YG get some help for his issues. It's impossible to do over the Internet. It would take someone that knows him to forcibly remove him from his mother's basement.

Very interesting.

Kris still in hiding.

I think people just ignore YG and his mental difficulties but I'm trying to help him get well and lead a more meaningful life. If someone is so sick that the only way they can cry for help is to troll a football forum, I can't just look away and let them flail away insanely without trying to help.

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woodshidiot and darkidiot still don't realize who the trolls are.

Go ahead and vent buddy, let it all out.

hI aLl. i hOPe thIS seaSOn ROcks!

p.s. i'M nOt a tRoLL


Seriously dude. You are naive. You don't see what is going on here. Wake the fk up. Or continue making a fool of yourself by supporting the trolls that make a fool out of you.

I doubt his mom lets him out of her sight. I've noticed the posting ranges from elderly to juvenile. Maybe setting him up in front of this blog is like virtual babysitting. I don't know I've never had to be a primary care giver for someone with ASPD. I talked to a friend of mine that worked with at risk mental patients and she mentioned that this looks like a full blown case of it.

On rotoworld they quoted Armando as saying the Fins were moving on without Leach, saying that they wanted to see what we had at the position first before coming back to him (if he is still available at that time).

good news.............he should be signed with us by the weekend!

PHILLIE Chirino = twice used condom

I'm all for signing Leach, he's a beast. He would help Miller a lot, and a vet on offense with his pedigree would be great.

YG, it's okay. I accept you as you are. I'm hopeful you will mature and change in time.

The 'trick' to being friends with benefits, without all the drama, is to be superb at oral stimulation. Like me. Please them well and you own them. You can then juggle a few at your will. They are happy to visit when you have a time slot open. Women crave oralstimuli even more than men.


Get well soon! All the best!

Dashi,where are you? Please post some more. I am waiting for you, the goddess of all bloggers. I've learned so much from you I don't know how to thank you. Maybe you can suggest something?

Woodshed he needs professional help but if we support him then he can maybe learn to interact normally with people, maybe for the first time.

Thanks Tailor!

Wow it seems like he projecting onto me now. I've read that people with ASPD will often mimic the people trying to help them. He must see me as someone worth emulating, maybe I'm a hero image to him?

odin...the blog is dying without you! Please come back and give us some bwaaaaahaaahaaahaaaaaahaaahaaaaahaaaas when you are done with your super fine hottie.

Odin, any chance you can share just one of your super fine hotties? I've been going rosey for years now. Set me up!

I asked those guys not to engage with a conversation with you while I try to intervene. Is this really how you want to spend your time? Give your head a shake, you need to stop posting here and go do something meaningful with your life. Stop the deceptions, taunts, and sociopathic behavior. Go find some friends or spend some time with your family.

darkoak taking the bait like kristina. so gullible, such total naive idiots here. LOL

Darkoak...Jump! Now sit! Now jump!


YG Is A Sociopath. Look It Up. He Fits It To A Tee.

He Thinks He Is Superior To Everyone.

He Is Never Wrong.

He Thinks What He Says Go.

He Is Delusional.

He Is Incapable Of Feeling Shame And Remorse.

He Invents Outrageous Lies.

He Never Apologizes.

And In His Mind He Wins Every Argument.

ASPD Is Another Name For Sociopath.

Now That Is 2 People That Claim YG Is A Sociopath.

Again, Please Google Sociopath And You Will See That Is What YG Is.

YG is a dipshyt that hasnt gotten laid since the last time he was around his labrador with a jar of peanut butter.

Poor dog!

*Than Milk In Your Mouth.

Posted by: Dashi | July 14, 2013 at 08:35 PM

dashe does have an obsession with jizzle and swallowing. Most likely latent fantasies trying to emerge. It is a matter of him struggling to come out of the closet.

There's no baiting going on here just someone trying to help you out. It's obvious that you are sick and very troubled. I'm not playing into your name calling and name changing, I see through you, a sad mentally ill person with obsessive impulses. I wonder if you could actually voluntarily leave the blog for more than a day or so.

What you think you are doing is being somehow superior to everyone here, but the reality is you have become an object of pity.


Thanks For The Insight. And The History Lesson. To Me You Are One Of The Most Knowledgeable Posters Here.

Agreed. Cover 2 Is Only When Both Safeties Play 1/2 The Field.

The Fins Implement A Form Of Cover 2 Under Coyle. Sometimes.

You Can Even Play Cover 2 In A 3-4. Not Just A 4-3.

I Was Talking More About JJ Creating The Prototype For The Players That Fit What Everyone Likes To Call Cover 2. Pass Rushing DT's, Fast LBs That Can Cover, And Interchangeable Safeties.

Darkoak...Learn to take a hint. Dashe may be available, if not beckoning you.

I want you to know I genuinely tried to reach out to you as one human being to another. Please seek the help you need, all the best.

Darkoak, bring some qtips and lotion.

Notice You Post More About Man Juice Than Dashi.

Dashi Only Posts Those Comments To You. To No One Else. That Is Why You Are Obsessed With Trying To Say Dashi Does This Dashi Does That.

But Again Keep Proving Your Sociopathic Ways.

We Live In Your World. You Are The Master YG.

YG hasn't posted in two days.

You all are just way too fking stupid to realize what is going on.

I give you hints....but you are all dumber than snail dung.

Labradores have smoother tongues than the Cocker Spaniel, but I've got to give the edge to the Cocker on overall performance!


He Is A Sociopath. He Doesn't Think He Needs Help. He Thinks We Need Help. Just Look At His Post.

Even Mando Feels Sorry For YG.

The vast majority of you are dumber than a ghetto teenager. It's freaking sad.

Dashi was either a tormented child or is crippled in some way. This is obvious to anyone who has studied psychology. He was ridiculed most of his live and comes to the blog in hopes of being respected...in hopes of creating some illusion.

It worked for darkie and woodie, but the rest of us see sad desperation for attention.

He Also Has Multiple Personality Disorder.

Even For A Sociopath YG Is One Sick Puppy.

He Is A Cut Below Serial Killer. And The Only Reason Is Because He Is To Dumb To Get Away With Murder.

Dashi, what is it? A hair lip? A limp? You were obviously teased throughout your childhood. Let it out, it's therapy. Either you are physically crippled or were tormented as a child. Open up. Free yourself of the demons.

I Speak The Truth. That Is Why My Words Hurt And Yours Don't.

Just Cause You've Been Analysed, Doesn't Mean You Study Psychology.

Don't worry. Darkie and Woodie will still be your friends.

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