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The football czar approach might be Ross answer

So what does an NFL owner do when he's got a lot of money?

When he needs to make changes to a stagnant NFL franchise but doesn't want to actually fire anyone?

When his general manager and head coach are not BFFs and he wants to keep both?

When he needs to make a splash announcement to sell tickets and try to save his reputation?

Well, that's the situation facing Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. And his answer might just include throwing money and resources at the problem by hiring another football czar.

A football czar is not an official title. It's a term I use to describe that person who reigns over the entire football organization. He's over the coach. He's over the GM. He reports to the owner and is the owner's eyes and ears. He's like a king of football.

For the Dolphins, the football czar should be somebody with name recognition that fans will eagerly receive. It should be someone with football acumen. It should be someone who can get in the gap between Philbin and Ireland (assuming they both stay) and bring them together. It should be someone without an agenda for being power hungry. It should be someone who can report back to Ross -- an absentee owner living primarily in New York -- and let him know what he thinks about what is really going on down here in South Florida.

Those necessary qualifications means there's not a long list of candidates, folks.

Dan Marino is a possibility.

Tony Dungy is a possibility.

Carl Peterson is a possibility.

Eric Mangini is a possibility.

Don Shula is a possibility.

Scott Pioli is a possibility.

Bill Polian is a possibility.

Now, those are just the names. Let's whittle those down.

Shula is a great name, knows football and commands respect of the football people. But he just celebrated his 80th birthday. He's been living a great life for quite a while and managing the health issues that most men his age manage. I don't believe he's want to take on this day-to-day job.

Marino is the biggest name on the board. The Dolphins have discussed him having a role (again) with the organization as recently as last year. Marino never dismissed the idea and indeed embraced it as a future possibility.

But is the future here?

Is he ready to leave TV -- a cushy gig that requires only 25 weeks of work or so per year -- to do a 52-week a year grind? He had a taste of that work a decade ago when then-owner Wayne Huizenga hired him and Marino lasted only a few days before he realized he didn't want to do it.

Has anything changed?

Marino would be roundly received as a coup for Ross. It's a PR win. And he is so secure in his own skin and identity that he wouldn't be playing any political games with Ireland and Philbin to gain power. Moreoever, both those men respect Marino as a football guy for obvious reasons.

Mangini? Ross loves him. Ross wanted to hire him before -- before the 2011 season -- but Ireland and then-coach Tony Sparano presented a united front against the idea.

Now, neither Ireland nor Philbin have the accomplishment capital to keep Ross from bringing him if the owner wants. Mangini knows football. But he has no South Florida ties. Fans would look at him as a failed New York Jets and Cleveland Browns coach.

Dungy? He'd be great. He's a winner with multiple Super Bowl rings. I suggested him as the answer months ago. Ross tried to bring him on board last year -- Ross has been trying and failing to hire a lot of people it seems -- and Dungy declined. Despite this, Dungy has remained as something of an advisor to Ross.

But is he ready to leave his cushy TV job? Is he willing to move to South Florida? Does he want to take on a role as peacemaker for men (Ireland and Philbin) who aren't his guys?

Polian? He'd probably love the job. My sense is Dolphins fans respect his body of work. The problem is he would come in with predisposed ideas about the principals involved. Polian is not a big Ireland fan. And he's 72 years old so there's a question about his desire to do this for a significant length of time.

Peterson? Ross has resisted the idea so far. Maybe he's desperate enough to do it this time. Ross trusts Peterson. Peterson has the experience and credentials to do the job. But he's not a popular answer among Dolphins fans.

Pioli? Makes sense. Knows what a winning organization looks like. His family would probably like it as he is married to Bill Parcells' daughter and Parcells lives half the year in Stuart, Fl. Would he be a PR boon? Probably not. But he's young, he's energetic and if he's empowered he could be a resource.



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Stop coming up with these silly ass ideas, fire Ireland and Philibin, get a legit GM who will then hire a legit coach and move forward. Why is Ross so afraid of making logical decisions?

Where can I apply for the Czar position? I've been a Dolphins fan for forty two years, honest and not afraid to tell it like it is.

Let me throw a name in out of left field (pardon the baseball metaphor). How about Bob Griese? He has a lot of the skills and requirements mentioned, South Florida connection, great Dolphins history, very smart. Just a thought.

The truly scary thing is, Philbin thought Sherman was doing a great job. Let that sink in for a minute.

What does that say about Philbin?

Please help me understand all these considerations while we just dont deal with the real issue at hand.....Fire Ireland and move on already!!!

Oscar canosa for czar

I agree the time is now clean house

Polian said that he likes philbin as a coach

Griese is a known lover of booze

Here is a thought get 2 new guys that are on same page let's see Ireland is for the bbig physical type while philbin is a finesse coach hmm who by the way doesn't want to keep anybody with any emotion except incognito I'm afraid until Ross sells team were doomed the guy don't have a clue

Ross needs a czar because he's not half the football guy that Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones are. Someone needs to tell Ross that Ireland is incompetant.

Dungy or Pioli would be great. Polian would work for a couple years.

bringing in a czar means just one more person for Ireland to blame. some how it's his fault, kind of reminds me of a president in WH

Jerry Jones is a clown. are you kidding me Jason. Cowboys are as bad as Miami and they actually have a good QB

It is getting to the point where one can only assume that Ireland has some kind of information on Ross that Ross wants kept under wraps. HALF A DECADE WITHOUT THE PLAYOFFS! FIVE STRAIGHT SEASONS OF BEING LOSERS! What part of this does Ross not understand?

I am done cheering for the Dolphins until Ireland is fired.

Who else is going to sing it with me:

Miami has the Dolphins,
The greatest choking team!
They turnover the ball from goal to goal,
Like no one's ever seen!
They're in the lounge chair, they're on the merry-go-round,
They're never in control!
And when you say Miami,
You're talking Toilet Bowl!

'Cause we're the Miami Dolphins...
Miami Dolphins...Miami Dolphins number none!

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The main reason I think this will happen is so Ross can avoid doing the dirty work. He is soft hearted and doesn't love the idea of firing people. If that is the case he should hire a guy to do this.

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This team doesnt need a czar or anything remotely called that. And to do what? Add another layer of ugliness and stink. Mando, its a stupid idea. No one on the list you mentioned except for Marino and Shula would even consider moving down to Miam to oversee the team. And just what is this czar suppose to report up to the owner? Everyone will think of him as a rat that is why no one you list will accept the job. If Ross has a beef with how things are being run, then hire a new GM, but let's stop with the Czar talk. See how the last one worked out.


Steve Mariucci is a name that comes to mind with a West Coast background. Granted he's been out of football for quite some time but his energy and enthusiasm really shows at all times on TV.

All of the suggested candidates really do nothing for me. Maybe Polian but his age and opposition to our offense would concern me. Pioli still has some cred but he's Parcells son in law which might not come off as it should.

Why not just add Tosh to that list? That's how I feel about that list.

NOBODY wants to work for ROSS because he's a FOOTBALL IDIOT....obviously there is something about him that keeps ppl at a distance....

HE does NOT DESERVE to OWN A TEAM. ESPECIALLY after what he pulled on SPARANO....

HE and IRELAND are weasels, they're perfect for each other

And here's another option for you. SELL THE TEAM ROSS you are a Jerry Jones wanna-be with 1/10th of the football knowledge of Jerry Jones (...). What we have here is another FLORIDA MARLINS in the making. Can you win with someone who knows squat about football at the top? YES but he must have someone who DOES know football running the show. And if you MONKEYS think IRELAND is the anser YOU DESERVE FOUR MORE YEARS.

This is not the right move. This is like kicking the can down the road to see if some one else throws it away. Mando you must love Obama and all his different Czars. The difference here is that Obama uses our money to pay for his Czars, Ross has to use his. If Ross has no faith in Ireland he should fire his ass now, same with Philbin. I don't know any successful individual that is intimidated by his personnel and Ross is very successful. If he is done firing people, he'll step back and see how the new hires work out. Any organization is a WIP, you can't sit back and think you are done & that everything is perfect because you will begin to fail. I can see Ross explaining to Philbin and Ireland that the status quo will not be tolerated and next year this time we better be IN the playoffs and deep IN the playoffs not the first one out, otherwise many heads will roll. That is what needs to be explained to the Phins staff. By the way let the football guy's get the Offensive Coordinator hired that way it's all their doing, besides as an owner you always want to hire the brightest and smartest and let them do their job. Let Philbin & Ireland do their job knowing that the sword of Democles is inches from their collective heads.

Marino? What is he going to do, choke again and again? We have that now. If your GM needs to be watched then he's not fit for the job. After 5 yrs if he hasn't put the talent on the field and the right coaches on the sidelines by now it's a pretty telling sign that the job is way above his head and he isn't smart enough to learn how to do anything right. The best thing for the Phins would be for Ross to sell but that's not going to happen so the next best thing is to clean house and rid the Phins of the current GM & coaches and give a new GM a 3 yr contract to bring in their own coaches & talent and and set the goal to be in the AFC championship game within 3 yrs and let Ross watch the progress up north and stay the heck out of FL.

Boycott until Ross sells. No tix. No merch. Period.

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