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Dolphins coaches home while rest of AFC East in Mobile

The Dolphins had a former head coach in Mobile, Ala. during the Senior Bowl practices on Tuesday. Nick Saban attended the practices as he often does and did when he was the Dolphins coach.

The Dolphins did not, however, have a current coach in Mobile for practices or the interviews with players that happen afterward. Head coach Joe Philbin stayed in South Florida as did all his coaches.

Philbin was the only AFC East coach not attending.

New England's Bill Belichick, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Buffalo coach Doug Marrone were all at the Senior Bowl. Marrone took his entire staff. Ryan gave his assistants the option of attending or taking a vacation week. And Belichick did not have his assistants attend.

Those are the facts.

So is this troubling?

Is it worrisome that the other AFC East teams -- the Patriots and Jets which finished ahead of the Dolphins and the Bills which swept the Dolphins -- have coaches on the ground at these practices and for the meetings and the Dolphins are the only one that does not?

Is it worrisome the Dolphins are the only NFL team that has neither their head coach nor general manager in Mobile -- an outgrowth of the fact the Dolphins have yet to hire their next general manager?

Well, let me be honest: I'm not in a position to know for sure.

I know the optics of it are bad. It looks terrible for the Dolphins. But that's public relations. That's perception.

Whether indeed it actually is bad is another story. I don't know if the three other AFC East head coaches are picking up nuggets on players that Philbin is missing by not being there. We're not talking just information from practice tape, by the way. Everyone can get the practice tapes and review those if they missed the practice.

I'm talking about nuggets from the face-to-face conversations and interviews with the players.

Maybe those offer nothing. And maybe they offer something tangible and worthwhile. We simply do not know.

It is known Philbin has prioritized his time this week and the Senior Bowl is not the priority. I asked the Dolphins why the head coach didn't attend while all his rivals did.

Philbin's answer through a club spokesman is he did not attend the Senior Bowl because he decided his priority this week was meeting with Bill Lazor and getting  the new offensive coordinator acclimated and up to speed with what the Dolphins are going to run offensively in 2014.

(I'm not sure if that means Lazor is telling Philbin what offense he wants to run or Philbin is telling Lazor what offense he wants).

Philbin also said the secondary reason he did not attend the Senior Bowl was because he was finalizing the hiring of new linebacker coach Mark Duffner.

And obviously Philbin has a strong conviction about his approach because Duffner was in Mobile along with all the other Jacksonville Jaguars coaches Monday morning, but once his hiring was solidified Monday afternoon, Duffner returned to Jacksonville Tuesday and will join the rest of the Miami staff in South Florida Wednesday.

"Anytime you can take advantage of all the opportunities you have to evaluate a player, and certainly if you can see them in person that's a help -- you can see and observe their ability to follow directions in drills and practice -- that's all good," Duffner said. "But with the way technology is now with the video all that is filmed. With proper study of the practice, of the individual sessions, the drills and so forth, you get a great evaluation. It's hard not to."

Look, these are hard times to be a Dolphins fan. The Dolphins stunk at the end of the season. They were shown to be dysfunctional internally. The head coach didn't want to fire an assistant that absolutely had to go and was pressured to do so by the owner. Some assistants that probably needed to go as well -- ahem, 58 sacks allowed -- are still on staff. And the GM search is proceeding at a snail's pace as Miami is the only NFL team without a GM.

Amid all that, is Philbin being in South Florida while Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick and Doug Marrone are in Mobile going to determine the course of 2014?

I'd say there are bigger worries.


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We will be fine

Dashi said a group of 4 CBS - not DBS - Marion and Walker were obviously not CBs.

Wow. But where was Dawn?

Scouts have contracts just like coaches they cannot move without permission

DC, the scouting dept is the player personnel guy's domain.

Maybe Philbin and Lazor are interviewing a QB coach and OL coach...this could be happening I am speculating it....

This team will be ok and we will continue to improve


Good one earlier.....

I was a I thought about typing sausage on this blog....and I thought twice about typing that I liked it .....

Good to get the ribbing from the likes of you FIRST....and then Daytona can have his fun later....

We need to draft a beast RB. I mean a hard, pipe hittin' digga.

We are Marshall,,,,,,,,,,,we are Marshall.......wait a minute we are not,Marshall


This appears to be a petty big detail of the interviews, and it appears to have made it to the media...

National Football Post (Jason Cole):

Two candidates for the Miami Dolphins general manager job said they remain confused about exactly how the power structure within the team will work after going through initial interviews. Despite a public statement from owner Stephen Ross that the new GM will report to him, the private view during interviews was not so clear, the candidates said.

What kind of sausage do you like,,,,,,maybe man sausage

good movie...

Signal, this stuff will all get sorted out in the wash. Why reign all doom in the meantime? Can't we see what happens before we crap all over it. I mean the whining has got so bad around here that we now have pre-emptive whining on things that haven't even happened.

Dudes we have a long way to draft day and a real long way to training camp to just chill

Posted by: The Signal | January 22, 2014 at 01:23 PM

which ones are confused. I don't want them.

I meant We Are Marshall is a good move - not Man Sausage.

rdubs, what did you think of Man Sausage?

Bo @ 1:21

Will he go mideval with a blow torch and some pliers?

I'm with you mark from Toronto

What do you think about tanaka joining the yanks

Tanaka will never be the man that Andy Pettitte is

It's almost baseball season 3 weeks till pitchers and catchers


He can multitask and he and his coaches can become fimilar with each other and the players at the same time.

So this now shows our coach can't multitask and he sucks at player engagement.

Philbin is getting Lazor up to speed. Lol.

Lazor probably feels like he is getting a lobotomy after he learns that his first job is to get note cards from Aponte and NEVER, EVER make an in-game adjustment.

Seriously, the number one need of the Dolphins is to have a proven GM who can find talent and build a team. Currently, the team is mis-built and lacks talent throughout the roster. Even worse, the coaching staff has limited experience in developing talent, teaching or even fundamental game planning.

Finally, the whole GM hire process is a running joke. The Dolphins make a late run at Licht and (of course) fail. Other refuse to interview. Even worse, those that have interviewed state that no one is sure what is going on - does the GM report to Ross, Aponte, or DawnJoe.

Tanaka is pretty nasty hope the Red Sox enjoy him

So before Ireland was fired, the structure was never mentioned once on this blog EVER.

Everyone in all their genius here said Ireland was the problem.

Sherman was the problem.

Not one mention ever about the hierarchy.

Ross gets Sherman and Ireland out.

Philbin replaces Sherman with a guy from a similar system background who also worked wonders with a green qb - fine - most seem placated.

We don't even replace the Gm yet who will step into the exact same hierarchy - yet whoever we hire will nto succeed - imppossible - nobody wants this job even though 7 very qualified candidates have interviewed for it.

Some people decide not to interview for the job because they want total control - like it's the way it's always been done in the NFL. Matt DeCosta, I would give total control to since he's helped build a winner. Gamble though? I must have missed his super bowl rings. McLoghlan? His rings are nowhere to be found either and that doesn't even take into account that the Miami gm will have more autonomy than the Seattle position.

Most people just try to find something new to complain about ....

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM

While you're off in la la land choosing to paint everything in a positive light. Your brand of delusional is far worse.

Guys life is to short for all this negative energy ,,,,,,,enjoy life and our crappy dumb team

D29, i don't know what to say, I'm not a big Philbin fan but nor this reason, I don't think it's a big deal.

You do, we can disagree... that's ok.

Killing DolFAN's dreams is clearly not enough for Ross & Co. It seems like he is now going for any semblance of hope we have left.

People never mentioned the structure because we were unaware of the structure until Mando wrote a disturbing article which detailed the organizations inner workings.

Did you actually have a point ?

Sorry, try again.


I'm not reigning doom over it...

And to be clear, I'm not whining about it, just wondering about qualified candidates whining to the press over confusion after finishing their first interviews.


Yes I understood dashi's point. I took it abit further and added the safeties in. Leaving them out. I'd say Madison, surtain and Buckley were our best trio

Daytona made a deal with the Devil... As long as he is alive the Dolphins will not win a Superbowl...Apparently it is starting to feel like an eternity...

Sam's hate towards the Miami Football Dolphins started in 72 at tender age of 10. One day coming home from school a young Sam decided to take a shortcut home and crossed the wrong side of the tracks. Pretty quick he was surrounded by some urban looking kids carrying broom sticks. (Broom Sticks?! I know, but I heard that was the weapon of choice at the time) They commence to beat young Sam into a pulp. As Sam is laying there thinking things can't get any worst. One of the Hoodlums screams let's break one of these Brooms-in-his-Ass!! An Inch for every Dolphins victory that season. As they bend YG over to impale him, he looks up at the wall behind the corner store and he sees this bootleg drawing of the Dolphins logo. He said it looked like a Whale without a helmet. Little did he know that the Concussive Force of the Pounding temporarily gave him visions of the future.

Let's make this a yankees blog

"Seven very qualified candidates" lol.

If you say so.

At this point I suppose it would be foolish NOT to have faith in Ross.

Mark, so are you saying if we got say Farmer, and he like his college scouting guy from Cleveland, he can hire him here for the same position? Or would that guy need a promotion in order to leave his current team to come here?


I'm not looking to argue and I respect your point on philbin not attending.

To me it just shows how glaring philbin's short comings are. I hope the new GM wears a cape with an S on his chest to overcome dawn joe

Who would not want to be a gm of an nfl team really that's ludicrous


4 Best CBs, Marion and Walker were Safeties.

Like MIT stated. The most I can remember is the Fins having 3 CBs at the same time.

And as a #3 I'm picking Cousins over Toast(Buckley).

Marc, hmmm, I think several things about this signing.

1. Must be nice to be a yanks fan because you know their ownership and management do whatever it takes to win.

2. If i was a Yanks fan, I'd also be pizzed. You let one of the best players in the league go but you sign an unproven player for a good chunk of the money it would've taken to keep Cano.

3. The money in baseball contracts is just stupid but if this is how much money baseball teams have to spend - then i want my Blue jays to stop being so tight with the money - stop acting like a small market team - you are not. Toronto is the 5th largest market in North America - start spending like it.

4. I like my big money pitchers ot be hard throwers and Tanaka is not so I wonder if he can come close to living up to this contract. Going to be hard to - think for that money, he's got ot win at least 105 games - ready, set, go!

I will never second guess Armando again. Since the beginning, he and his speakers were after Ireland's a-s. At first, I didn't understand, the guy is no Ozzie but he was adequate as a talent picker. Then, I found out thru Armando, Ireland does not get along with anybody and was trying to garner all the power. Now, Armando thinks that Dawn Aponte is trying to get all the power. I will believe it until proven the contrary.

Quinoa is pronounced "Keen-Wah," not "Kwinn-Oh-Ah" you clueless nitwits.

We need a blind intervention , a miracle , a hero

Shocker, Vince Young files for bankruptcy. Just another example of "mo' money, mo' problems."


Man sausage..um is it Brazillian...oh nevermind

I dont like it!

Before Ireland's departure, no one knew about DawnJoe and how that would impact the team's reputation and it's ability to hire top GM talent with the authority to remake the Dolphins into a winning team.

I'm of the view that a new OT, OG and RB is NOT anywhere near enough to turn this franchise around.

It's a big fix and DawnJoe and a subpar GM will not work out.

My hope is that the Dolphins change the structure and hire a powerful GM who fires Philbin and puts the capologist in her place and remakes the team from top to bottom.

FIRE ROSS, you never had an idea about the structure? Really? You never knew that Ross hired Philbin?

For someone who posts so much, you think you may have been a little more enlightened.

Do you need Mando to feed you all your information? I hope not because he does a crap job of it.

Ever realize he never has an interview with Ross or Philbin or gets anything direct from them that is not at a press conference?

he's as disconnected from this whole thing as we are.

Oscar are you a fan of baseball

Dashi. Yes I know walker and Marion were safeties. Just thought I'd take the point a step further is all. Cousins was good but tbuck was able to get the picks year in and year out. Yes he got burned from time to time but he got the picks which also helped Madison and surtain play better

I prefer Hebrew National meats. Jewish guys are always smart and have a good sense of humor.

It feels like Christmas day

D29, Dashi, Cousins was the best nickel back I think I've ever seen. Wannstedt got him for one year and he was so lights out that he left the enxt for starter money. Buckley was also good but I think he lagged behind Cousins for that one year in my opinion.

Can't wait to see seatle destroy manning and the broncos

Miami should definitely heed the advice of all the draft experts here.

I mean, Brady Quinn. Need I say more?

Not saying you were Signal in particular but read the blog, several others - and not the usual circus act of stupidity we get here, are all doom and gloom.

We will see how solid the interview process and hierarchy is by the candidate we hire.


Toronto is not a baseball town. The blue jays are a fad during the summer. They draw fly's at the Rogers centre and fans havnt flicked their since 92 or 93.

Toronto chooses to support a sorry hockey team and really nothing else. I live an hour down the road in Hamilton. A shame the jays arnt more relevant

Oh DC, not sure about the scouts lateral movement - I'm speculating the team has to provide permission but not sure...



I feel what you are saying. But R.Jones is better than Walker and it is to early to say, but he could end up being better than Marion.

Also, Coyle turned the whole CB position over in one season! With guys that can create turnovers. Not knuckleheads.

He kept Carroll and J.Wilson. But he also made them 10x better than T.Bowles and M.Nolan. Plus, he drafted 2 young guys with a ton of potential. These guys have Prototype Size and Speed. And 1 Season playing behind Pro's like Grimes and Patterson helps create good habits as a Pro.

D29, not saying it's a baseball town but I believe the Blue jays are in the top half of MLB in attendance and would be at or near the top if management invested the dollars like they did back in the day.

However, they will never get higher than about 15th in payroll because Rogers just likes the free content they get for their channel and could give a rat's arse about winning because playoff revenue means very little to their bottom line - directly.


Cousins did it for one year so he lacks the body of work that tbuck had. Both guys were solid for the fins

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