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The reason the Dolphins did nothing on Monday

The Dolphins carried on Monday, business as usual, while other NFL teams undergoing change fired their coaches and one fired both their coach and general manager.

The reason for the relative calm?

According to a source familiar with the situation, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had never expected Monday would be about possibly firing general manager Jeff Ireland or head coach Joe Philbin and so he wasn't prepared to do either.

The Dolphins owner instead expected Monday to be about his team preparing for a playoff game next weekend.

And that, Ross planned, meant the Dolphins brass would have remained status quo going forward -- with Ireland as the GM and Philbin as the coach in 2014.

But the Dolphins not only lost their penultimate game against Buffalo but their season-finale against the New York Jets as well. And that changed everything.

Suddenly an owner who expected to be making no change at GM or head coach this offseason was forced to begin considering just that.  And that, the source says, is exactly what is happening.

Ross is, as he told The Miami Herald Sunday afternoon, "looking at everything."

He is weighing all his options. He is consulting with trusted people. He is considering the ramifications of standing pat as well as making moves.

Understand that this can be complicated.

Fans and even media can call for the ouster of this person or that with no ramifications. Ross doesn't have that luxury. If he decides to fire someone, he has to have a plan in place that he believes will lead to a better situation than the current one.

He cannot, for example, simply fire Ireland and keep Philbin -- the sceanario believed most likely -- without weighing how he would replace his general manager. Would he conduct a search that would be hamstrung by the fact he's already got a coach on board? Would he conduct a search for a GM candidate to whom he'd give authority to fire Philbin? Would he promote a GM from within?

Ross also must consider if he wants to change the structure of the organization.

Does he want a GM and a coach who report only to him, which is the Dolphins current structure? Does he want to hire a czar of sorts to whom the coach and GM would report? Does he want to simply stand pat and not fire anyone?

The Dolphins did nothing on Monday. But apparently owner Stephen Ross was working.


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Just kidding guys, your right, I googled Screen Pass and I'm reading up on executing a screen pass, so next year at half time I'll be ready to call one if need be.

My next google will be when to use one. Gosh, my job is berry hard. so hang in there. also someone mentioned something about making corrections. I'm also looking into that

Posted by: MassDolphan | December 31, 2013 at 01:15 PM

I only want to see this team get better and have the players a bd coaches here that give 100%, not put their own safety and loyalty to old friends ahead of our team.

Ted Ginn used to go out of bounds avoiding contact and it made us sick. The QB does the same and he gets a pass, not from me.

how can you make corrections during a game?? if you call a good enough game plan you shouldn't need one. So I'm not doing that fellas. I'll bend alittle for you but that's going over board.

Shula, Don could make awesome half time adjustments, gawd I miss that sooooo much

stop already with the screen pass. We have never been able to execute one. our line can't do it. we got lucky with a couple wr screens this year that's it....


Posted by: The Truth | December 31, 2013 at 01:00 PM

Before McCarron I would take Aaron Murray by late Rd-3 if available and feel he can be some comp. for T-Hill which I believe he needs!

Hope Ross reads these comments but I doubt if he can get his head out of the sand. He's scared s''tless to admit he got it all wrong.
First though a new regime does not put the organisation back 2 years, see KC or Philadelphia, Seattle, San Fran et al.
If he doesn't act now he will in 12 months after 3 and 13.The team does NOT respect the coaches and gave them the finger with the last 2 games.
Now how are you going to sell tickets Ross for next season. You've got to give people hope at least, that's what you sell.

You Guys are Silly..
First, Horrible, almost suspicious refereeing cost us a couple of games this year.. Less That Great Kicking
Lost us at least one game. Ireland I am all for getting rid of, But Tannehill Is a Great QB with No O-Line. If We Fix the O-line, we Easily go 10 - 6. Do yourself a Favor, Look at Teams with a Pass Rush that we played, We Lost to those teams. Teams Without a significant pass rush - We won most of those. This isn't a Philben Issue. Its a personnel Issue. Its Offensive Linemen. We Need an O-Line.. If you Scream "Fire the Head Coach" every year, you will have the same level of success as the Cowboys, or the Redskins, Or the Browns, or the Raiders. Stop Begging for Mediocricy, Philbin Needs to Stay. Tanny Needs to Stay, We Need an O-Line.

Pretty soon, Daytona will run out of nicknames.

I can read little drivel with little effort, I can't read big drivel without much effort. Please.

Lexter- thank you for finally some intelligent commentary!

when teams make sweeping changes most times the plan is a 3-4 year plan. huge 1 year turnarounds are rare, and only happen when the team has stopped listening to the coach (Andy Reid), or the coach is in way over his head(Cam Cameron). also, 99% of retread coaches don't win anything. I believe Philbin deserves another year, bringing in a new GM at this point isn't worthwhile. would rather bring a new GM in when you do fully clean house and let him pick the new coach.

Chenne and Tanny are the same qbs, will never be a super bowl contender with either. Suck it up, get a qb, tanny back up, fire Ireland and philbin, get an oline, dline, dbacks, lbackers, oh what the hell just get a new team, you can't do any worse.

Ross should fired all the staff top to bottom, including himself. Of course this is almost impossible, therefore, dont expect to see the Dolphins in the playoffs in the short and mid terms. We're f#%%#d up for years to come.
Unless we all stop buying anything related with the Dolphins until they make the playoffs, the bad decisions by this useless owner will keep on going.

Great article! Too bad you couldn't come up with the idea on your own taking it from the blog PhinPhanatic.com who by the way posted it a full 7 hours before you did! Way to go Armando, proving once again you have zero originality and only poach your information from others.

Feel free to read the article he poached it from it's on Phinphanatic.com Maybe the Herald should can your ass…loser

Honestly-- this team has a lot of warts that led to another mediocre season, especially on offense. But, I wish the THill apologists would just stop. We all could see that the O-Line was Odious! But, that doesn't explain why THill couldn't hit a wide-open Mike Wallace even when he had ample time to throw. Matt Moore would have made the majority of those passes.

Listen, without Tom Brady where would NE be this year? In fact, how about the last 11 yrs? About an average of 8-8. The AFC east would be the NFC north. My point is, the dolphins have the same problems as NYJ and Buffalo, they didn't luck into Tom Brady. However, they are close, fire the OC, DC and several position coaches that have no clue, and most our problems are solved.

Here's a question. Just where does Dion Jordan fit in going forward? We gave up a 1st and 2nd round pick to take him at #3 overall and he was just a bit player this season ending up with 2 sacks. When you make a move that bold the guy has to be in the starting lineup, particularly on an 8-8 team. I personally don't see him as a down lineman, his build and skill set don't support it, especially with Vernon coming on the way he did. He needs to play in space, he's really an OLB in a 3-4, but we play a 4-3. So just WHAT do we do with him?

The definition of insanity is doing things the same way and expecting different results. Making no changes is not an option. Getting rid of everyone and starting over is not an option either.

Tannehill did a great job considering he had to run for his life. This was proven by the record number of sacks he endured this year. Philbin has done a good job keeping things together despite the distractions the Dolphins encountered this year...takes good leadership to do that.

First and foremost Ireland needs to go. He left a glaring hole in the left side of the line thus killing any running game or pass protection for Tannehill. Sherman needs to be replaced too. Offense was too predictable and very little surprise to keep defenses off balance.

Problem is Ross can't close the big deal. Hatbaugh,Manning, and Fisher. Always settling for guy with no NFL head coaching experience.

Phins did nothing because THEY PLAN TO DO NOTHING! how lame of an EXCUSE...playoffs preparation? REALLY?


He will keep TAKING YOUR MONEY as long as you keep showing up at the stadium.


this owner is truly football stupid.....


-spent $200 mil for 8-8 season
-move up to #3 in draft, guys hardly plays
-let leaders go with no replacements- bush,jlong,dansby,jer bell
-drafted a wr as qb and hired college coach with him
-hired inexperienced coach as head coach

- no motivator, no passion
-no people skills
-offense not improved despite him being a 'offensive guy'
-questionable decisions in game, poor adjustments

No...you shouldn't make decisions like this in an emotional haste....but waiting too long is just as bad..Houston just locked up O'Brien from Penn St. Don't let the well run dry

There are so many idiots on this blog. Be emotional- fine. But dont say idiotic things like Tannehill is not a good QB. WTF is the matter with you people. He played behind a line that gave up 58 sacks and couldn't open enough holes for the run game! His numbers improved nicely from season 1 to season 2.

You want to discuss changing coaches or GM- weigh in. But don't criticize the Tannehill. So he misses on deep throws. You know how you correct that- you get him a better offensive line who can protect and open up running lanes. And in the offseason, mike Wallace and Tannehill need to live together (sorry Lauren Tannehill) and throw to each other every friggin day! I'm not really joking.

We should be thankful for an owner like Steve Ross. He spends money. He doesn't mettle with the team like Jerry jones or Dan Snyder. In the nfl, continuity is key, as long as the status quo is getting the job done. He has people in his ear with nfl experience like Carl Peterson advising him. He brought in other advisors like tony dungy and Jason Taylor. He wants to see his team do well. The better the product on the field- the more money he makes. Why do you buy an nfl franchise? Bc you want to make money. Don't you all get it! He's not going to sabotage the team bc then he won't make money.

He owns the friggin team so he isn't going anywhere. The climate is changing in miami for the better. FA again asserted that miami was a good destination to go. Right now, Ross has to make big decisions on the GM and coaching staff. Honestly if this regressed from last year, than blow it up. This team improved from last year and actually controlled its playoff destiny after the OL scandal when the team could have fallen apart! You don't necessarily want to blow up a team structure that should have netted at least 10 wins. What you might want to do is try subtle tweaks to the real culprit- the offensive and defensive play calling was atrocious this year...

IMO I think Kevin Coyle and Mike Sherman need to go, The play calling was horible all season and the offense and defense had no consistance in their play. That being said we had the worst O line since I can't remember when and the worst run game. But a Defensive roster that should have been at the top of the stats. I like Philbin if he is kept that would be fine but would like to see him take over for Mike Sherman as I think Philbin would be better served as the play caller for the offense and bring Gruden in as head coach. Defensive CO yet to be determined.

I think if Mike Sherman is a real friend he will resign and try to protect Joe Philbin job. However I doubt that he will. I hope if there is some changes that its done soon so they can have a chance at some good people. Bill

God the stupidity here.. this joke of fans are clueless ! Sound like a tin of guys that don't get their hands dirty ever and think they're playing fantasy football. The GM will stay until there's a better option! He drafted well since Par cells left and done well in FA well actually this past one he did not . He set out to get a better LB to cover TE's which he did. Plus saw the drama vs actual stats and effort with marshall and other WR's. Got rid of the non help and kept Hartline and brought in Gibson, Wallace and TEKller! He can't help that our RBs suck! Jake Long ? Shockingly over paid and barelyplayed! So it was right to move on but he didn't replace him !
But just like every GM !! He doesn't always make solid moves! Tannehill will be the future and prices he should this year. He did a great job especially with the drama and god awful off line. Piss poor play calling. And no running game and Keller and Gibson out.

Ross better fire Ireland , Sherman and KC def cord !! Def chokes at end of games they should win , no offensive line and bad play calling .. How the hell do you lose to buff and jets !! Really Gino smith ? It's time to get football people that know how yo win !! Sick of losing and not making the playoffs .. Get it done

Let's keep our heads and hold off on firing Ireland or Philbin...I would want to know from those two, who is replaceable going forward and what we need to strengthen the 2014 Dolphins. Philbin has only had two years to get anywhere...I think he deserves one more year if we don't get in the play offs in 14 then we start again. Besides "The Coach" believes in Philbin and I believe in Shue.

Wow some of you people are Mental Midgets!If you can't see Sherman needs to go and Coyle needs to go then your cheese done slipped off your cracker!We have Talent!You leave Wallace lined up same spot every time.Use 10 million dollars of Soliai to crash into a guard and center and plan for the lb's to be there well guess not there not!So,CHANGE THE DAMN SKEEM!It all starts up front on both sides of the ball!You have to be able to run and stop the run.It's not hard folks!One other quick note!How if your 6'4 310 and the guy is 6'4 and 310 across of you how can you not at least hold him out three secounds is beyond me!

Why don't we hire my wife to be head coach? She's totally unpredictable, has a great imagination, goes for the throat and never accepts defeat. Will accept a small salary and if she does lose, she's still better looking than Philbin.

SCOTT POLOI and let him do the sorting!!!!

The uninterested and unprepared team that show up in Buffalo should have been enough to alert Ross. Most of us dumb fan expected a total collapse, don't see why Ross did not, at least after the Buffalo humiliation.

It should be abundantly clear by now that the organization is dysfunctional from top to bottom starting with Ross. The problem he faces, once again, is who can he get that's available and that would even be interested in working for him!

And once again, the same problem has arisen as to why Ross is stuck with Ireland; not prepared to act quickly while good options are still available. Other teams once again were prepared to move quickly and very likely Ross will be relegated to having to keep Ireland by default. This may very well prove to be the case for our coaching staff also. Thid is the very reason this team is forever mired in mediocrity.

The big problem is Ross. He may be rich but that doesn't make him a good manager, or even smart. Consider:

He went behind Tony Sporano's back and tried to hire Harbaugh who smartly rejected him. He then had to go back, give Tony more money and have him coach a year more, knowing his boss was trying to get rid of him. A real formula for success. Is it any wonder, Jeff Fisher, Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne, Alex Smith and Harbaugh, all declined to come here?

He gives $210m to his alma mater and then comes to the tax payers in So. Fl to spot him $160m loan guarantees and wonders why people get upset. Totally clueless and insensitive.

Despite the bad press from the Jonathan Martin issue, the sporadic play from week to week and the collapse at the end of the season, he had no contingency plans, instead he sprang into a reactionary crawl. Now he appears weak and dithering as well as putting his respect for anyone retains in question.

The only thing he can do now is fire everyone, sell the team and let the new owner start fresh. He has damaged this franchise beyond repair.

As for Ireland, he took a third rounder as his first pick in the draft, then he didn't talk to Philbin about keeping him on the bench, learning for at least a year.

All you Tannehill fans, just remember he went higher than Nick Foles and Kirk Cousins. Would you take him over either of those 2?

What about shanahan as new OC.? Hes good w/ QBs and preferred Tanny to RG3

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