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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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Dashi is dumber than dog poop


Projecting Your Life On Me. To Try And Feel Superior.

Keep Projecting.

I killed the little chihuahua i had before the Labrador because i "over-analyzed her."

Fiesty lil thing.

R.I.P. Nibbles

Dashi, tell us what it is. You are obviously trying to compensate for something you are missing. Speak up, like in alchoholics anonymous, you wioo feel better. Were you teased as a child? Do pretty girls avoid you? Let us help you.

Is your wife junk yard snatch? Relieve yourself.

The Funny Thing About The Urinal Cake Sociopath He Repeats His Schtick Expecting Different Results.

You Have A Pattern You Repeat. Over And Over Again.

I Know You Don't Want To Talk Football With Dashi Because Everyone Knows I Am Smarter Than You. I Prove It Every time.

But Don't Worry. I'm Not A Sociopath. I Believe We Can Learn Something New From Anyone. Heck, Even Mando Makes Good Points From Time To Time.

Again, Projecting.

Don't Worry I'm Getting Great Insight Into Why You Are The Way You Are. Keep Projecting.

Remember, I'm The One Who Uncovered You Caught Your Ex Sucking Tubesteak. Which Is Why You Hate Women And Constantly Repeat Every time I Tell You To Blow Me. That Picture Still Plays Fresh In Your Mind.

Let Me Guess You Caught Her With A Big Dominican Platano In Her Mouth. The Reason You Hate Dominicans.

Your Kids Call Some Sammy Sosa Looking Dominican Guy Papi.

Heck, we Were Battling In The 4th Qtr Against The 49ers. Until Dansby Let Kap Run By Him To Break The Game Open.

Yes, The OLB Contains The Edge. But The MLB Goes Sideline To Sideline. Dansby Went Hash Mark To Hash Mark.

Posted by: Dashi | July 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Not defending Dansby in the least. But it was Trusnik that was responsible to force that play. Trusnik fought off the block real well, then got completely juked out of his shorts.

It was ugly - UGLY! Right after the game I watched it over and over again. Up to that point I was a Trusnik Fan. But some fundamental flaw reared it's head on that play. It was a classic set up for a Good Player to rise to the occasion. The score, time remaining, down and distance, etc, etc...........EVERYTHING was set for Trusnik to prove to the world that he belonged!

He failed and he failed UGLY! I'm not so sure that I even like the guy as a depth player anymore.

They Were Playing Baseball In The Bedroom. And You Caught Her With His Bat In Her Hand Swinging Away.

Question? Was Merengue Playing In The Background.

Checkmate B'tch!!



If You Look At That Play Again.

Yes, It Was Trusniks Play To Stop It For A 1 Or 2 Yard Gain.

But Dansby Didn't Get Off His Block And Back Him Up. At Most That Should've Only Been A First Down. Not A 50 yd TD Run.

And There Was A Play Before That, That Would've Killed That Drive. A Pass On 3rd Down Right In The Middle Of The Field.

Dashi only knows juvenile locker room trash talk.

He has no vocabulary. He is not erudite. He is as illiterate as Armando, if not more so.

Proof positive above in his 5th grade posts.

Next he will say I have the koodies.

Pretty dang sad.


How Many Times Have You Used "Locker Room Talk" And "Illiterate".

Again, You Repeat The Same Pattern Over And Over.

Heck, You Don't Even Change The Grade. It Is Always 5th Grade Or 3rd Grade.

Imbecile, Illiterate Only Works When You Are Talking To A Person In Person. Not When You Are Typing And You Have To Read And Write.


Used to have a Shitzu that always left my pinkie full of doo-doo.

She ran away...

odin / Dashi,

This is the time right before the start of the Season were the days get awfully loooong! After the S.B. I do my best to get Football out of my mind but when the draft passes and we hit July I start to get that jonez going like a junkie racing home to break out the works! Counting the days till Aug.-5th and H.O.F. game well aware that I'll only get a sneak peak but can't wait to see new look team in new look uniforms take the field even if playing vanilla Football. I am curious though about D.Jordan and if he's even cleared to practice in pads by then and will be looking to see how rookie DB's look playing more than likely with 2nd team into late 3rd Qrt. Your thoughts on what you guys will be keying on this Pre-Season?


Congrats! You've attracted a tiny crowd of desperate fools willing to chat with any cumWad that talks football.

You should be proud of your blog. After so many years you are now up to 19 followers.


F4L, i wanna see how the first team offense gells as a unit. By the 4th preseason game (since we have 1 xtra) it would be nice if we established a nice balanced attack (though vanilla) it would be good to see a couple staple plays come together that u know u can run on any one, any time and be succesful with. I agree that the young corners will be fun to watch. The entire o-line will be worth a look. Signing Leach would do loads for Miller's confidence IMO. All goes well, could see 10-6, 11-5 tops. Then again, with sum unlucky bounces or an injury here or there at sum key positions (say Wake, Miller, or Jmart) and 7-9 is also possible. The latter likely gets all the Ireland haters their wish, and we are back at the starting line again (common theme every couple years with Fins since Jimmy). Really hoping for that 10-6 and a wildcard. Cant FUGGIN wait!

go Fins!

PHILLIE Chirino | July 19, 2013 at 01:06 AM

Agree it would be nice to see our run game get some traction early and your right the OL is key here but like you said we'll need to wait for the 3rd and 4th Pre-Season games here to see it gel. I'll tell you something else would be nice to see us run of RT for a change part of the problem over the last couple of Yrs. has been our toss left sweep or run between the Guards which I think everybody has seen and expects.

I think we should be ok on defense if our corners are average behind Grimes (if we get the old Grimes) which IMO is an upgrade over S.Smith. Only guy with worse butter-fingers than Smith is our own, YG (tinkle). The o-line and who starts where, whether JMart, cogs/jerry, pounce, louis/jerry, Clabo. seeing how a TE stretches and opens the field also would be a welcome addition. Looking mainly on offense this preseason, think our D will keep us in games enough to win most of them. O gotta score tho to win


The Dolphins signed wide receiver Kenny Stafford. Young, big-bodied (6-2, 204) first-year player who spent time with Atlanta last season.

Stafford, the nephew of wide receiver Cris Carter, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, was waived by the Falcons in August. He didn't accumulate any statistics last year.

Stafford recorded 59 receptions for 935 yards and eight touchdowns in his collegiate career at Toledo. In his final college season he had 21 receptions for 272 yards and one touchdown.

Stafford, undrafted out of college, turned heads during his Pro Day when he ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash.

The Dolphins open training camp on Sunday.

More size and SPEED! Hopefully he gives Thigpen some competition in the return game.



-I remeber it all too well.

But Dansby Didn't Get Off His Block And Back Him Up. At Most That Should've Only Been A First Down. Not A 50 yd TD Run.

-You're right. Trusnik was supposed to force Kap into making the decision. Which he did and then got Juked Hard!

-But Dansby should have been there to **CLEAN UP**. But like you said, Dansby got swallowed up by his blocker. Taken completely out of the play.

-You win and lose battles during a Football Game. But it's BAD when your MLB gets taken completely too school!

And There Was A Play Before That, That Would've Killed That Drive. A Pass On 3rd Down Right In The Middle Of The Field.

Posted by: Dashi | July 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM

-Fin 4 was on the money earlier. He and I had discussed it in depth. Dansby was misused here from Day 1. He gave it a heck of a try, but he just isn't a 4-3 MLB! Somebody should have stepped up and pulled the plug on the Dansby Experiment, The Coaches should have moved him back outside.

-But then of course, that would only highlight the disastrous move and the 50 million dollar price tag on the "Experiment".

Thank God it's over and **GO** Dannell!

This is how ignorant poor YG is-LOL. This is how stupid he **THINKS** everyone else is. He **THINKS** everyone is as ignorant as he is-LOL.

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.

Posted by: Sonora | July 18, 2013 at 11:37 PM

If you "REALLY" were "Sonora" YG, you would have no way of knowing when anyone else posted, how often or what name they posted under-Duh-LOL!

Now......the REAL proof that this is YOU and you are this DUMB......?

You keep making this same old ignorant mistake over and over again. Except you're the only one stupid enough to not understand-LOL.

Just keep on posting idiotic posts like the one above Sonora(ahem.....LOL). All the regular posters are really the trolls. Everyone is doing it, blah, blah, blah-LOL.

I mean, unless you're privy to IP addresses.......? You couldn't possibly know how long it's been since anyones posted nor which name they are using.

I shouldn't have explained this much too you Dumb Shyt, but I couldn't resist rubbing your nose in it............AGAIN-ROTFLMFAO!

Now sit Boo-Boo........SIT!

Agree w Mando

The Dolphins are doomed and Ross is more interested in his real estate co

The Patriots will dominate again

Stock up on alcohol

U will need it to drown ur sorrows

Go Fish !

Go Phins !

"intrepid reporter"? jejeje

I knew it would happen eventually but YG has eventually gone crazy on the whole blog. warned everyone the man wasn't right years ago. Took a while but now most if not all see the light. Just stay away from my city retardo!

SO many trolls on this blog I just dont know whos whos.

We were to be the first Nation outside the US(yes Mark) to have had a Major League Baseball team. We might have it yet. How about the Havana Kingfishes.

odin ruining the blog again

Without YG here it would be much better. He can get on any adult's nerves, including mine.

Thinking about it, YG is a typical case of adult ADHD. Anybody that has had a hyperactive child(I did), knows how exasperating they become, to the point of provoking violent reactions on the Parents. This case is =, only on Internet. Fascinating.

He changes the uniforms and logo and then takes off! The new uniforms are terrible. And why do we have to have a owner who lives in New York. I hate New Yorkers.

whhhatttT??? in san diego? $1.40 extra?

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