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This Dolphins situation belongs completely to Ross

It's on Stephen Ross. All of it.

He hired this coach. He has hired this general manager. He has hired the Dolphins new President and CEO. All that stuff about inheriting people like Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano is out the window now. For the first time since he's owned the Dolphins, Ross actually owns the team of people that will take the Dolphins to heights or keep them at their current level of mediocrity and NFL irrelevance.

It is all on him.

And Ross is apparently quite comfortable with that because he obviously believes he's got the right people on the job. As I write in my column in The Herald today, Ross had plenty of chances to get rid of Jeff Ireland after 2011 when he jettisoned Sparano.

He didn't.

And at least one candidate for the general manager vacancy asked Ross to remake the team as a condition of being hired over the weekend. And Ross remained oddly loyal to his people, most notably Joe Philbin.

Do I agree with that loyalty?

No.

I think the owner's loyalty must be to the brand and his fans first and foremost and his coach and employees after that. And if someone isn't helping that brand, he or she is hurting that brand. I guess I ascribe to the Genghis Kahn school of NFL ownership.

And having graduated from that school summa cum laude I would now be looking around the room if I were Ross and figuring out who is helping my brand and who is diminishing it. And whoever is diminishing it gets pushed into the shadows.

So let's go through the exercise.

Carl Peterson: He is a longtime Ross advisor and confidant. He led in identifying and pushing of many of these candidates. But I'm looking at him sideways now because while he convinced Ross and others that Ray Farmer and Lake Dawson were quality GM candidates, he didn't seem to have much pull with either man. Farmer, named a finalist, didn't even take a second interview. Dawson, another finalist, took the interview but, as I detail here, didn't take the job. Nice work, Carl! Unless Peterson identified Dennis Hickey and Hickey turns into a stud of a GM, fake owner Salguero isn't feeling all this love for this trusted advisor going forward.

President and CEO Tom Garfinkel: I get the feeling he's going to be wielding a lot more power within the organization going forward, and I'm not thinking it'll be limited to the business side of the organization. Unlike Mike Dee before him who was not included in interviews for coaching candidates and thus couldn't save the process, Garfinkel was intimately involved in the search for the GM. His was apparently a stabilizing voice in the room. Yes, he is a strong Ross advocate. Obviously. But I have a feeling he sees the process was not pristine by any measure. He recognizes need for improvement.

Executive VP of football administration Dawn Aponte: I'm told many of the candidates came into their interviews wary of Aponte. Understandably, I might add. She reportedly had her issues with a GM in Cleveland. She definitely had her issues with GM Jeff Ireland in Miami. But once the candidates got to understanding Aponte's role, she sunk into the background. She was not the reason, at least not the primary reason, either Nick Caserio or Dawson declined the job. Now, fake owner Salguero would not have included her in the interview process at all because, as the Dolphins describe it, she will be answering to the GM on salary cap matters going forward. If that is true, what kind of backward set-up allows a subordinate to interview a potential supervisor? Strange.

Head coach Joe Philbin: He should be feeling pretty good about himself right now. Ross stuck with him. Showed loyalty to him. Is convinced he's the right guy to coach the team. He emerges with the most valuable of endorsements -- one proven by actions. But it should be understood that during interviews when Ross was asked by at least one candidate what he (the candidate) would be able to do after the 2014 season if the Dolphins didn't play well, the answer was not, "Joe Philbin is staying no matter what." The answer was, "We'll handle that situation if and when it arrives." So loyalty from the owner has to continue to be earned.

Assistant GM Brian Gaine: This one has to hurt. Gaine was the only finalist who was not offered the job. I'm told he is considering his options and future, including leaving the organization. Hickey will make a call on trying to keep him or not. Look, would fake owner Salguero have hired Gaine as GM? No. He's been a leader in the personnel regime that was just fired. But does fake owner Salguero try to move heaven and Earth to try to keep Gaine? To make Gaine feel whole? To convince Hickey to keep Gaine? You betcha. Brian Gaine is a quality person. He's a good personnel man. He helps the brand. And that should keep him with the Dolphins if the owner is trying to keep good people.

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MIT,
If the most starters that you can get from a draft is 3, and my plan would bring us 4 starting OL then tell me again how I am a retard.

HICKEY = BUST

I agree with MIT (and not just 'cause we're from same town)that too many of us tend to overlook the problems on D. In some ways, they are even deeper. My gut tells me that even modest improvement from revamped online (think bears from 2012-2013)would do wonders for both run game (along with short yardage RB) and RT's long ball accuracy. IMO, if ONLY THREE of those many attempts to wallace succeed last year, we're a 10-win team. (That said, 2014 is the real test for RT. If he can't deliver to wallace after another full off-season of timing with MC and Lazor's coaching, then I'm sorry, he's not an NFL QB. I don't think a QB needs to sling it on 30% of his throws to win, but if you can't take advantage of wide open WR for at least one or two big plays a game when they're staring you in the face, you simply won't win in this league).

But as usual, I digress. Back to D. It's clear to anyone watching this team that our LBs pretty much sunk this whole unit. They didn't support the run and exposed Jones and Clemons, the former looking quite medicore.

They can't tackle, they don't blitz well, they don't get any penetration behind the LoS, they are hardly better at covering TEs and a lot worse at covering rec RBs out of the backfield and sniffing out screens. They are a MESS and they aren't going anywhere. The best we can hope for is hitting on a MLB in the draft, moving ellerebe to WSLB and benching wheeler. Worse, our D-Co appears to be just as stubborn as philbin (and about as creative) in not adapting the system to the talent. It's obvious that a 3-4 is better suited. You could drop wake a as LB (where he had his best year) and find a way to get Jordan on the field more as an outside rusher who can cover TEs and most backs (plus spy on running qbs.

I excpect that Joe Philbin convinced Ross he could turn the team around if allowed to have a greater say on personel moves. I think he probably blamed alot of the troubles on not having more influince in that regard. In my opinion, most candidates for GM want to be the guy or gal that saves the world without help. Thats why they want that job. Being that Ross respects Philbin so much it was not a hard sell for Philbin to convince ross to give him more power.

I do not see the media beating up Tampa Bay for hiring a lame GM. New TB coach Lovie Smith demanded that he has final say on all personel moves

Funny thing about this draft class that everybody says was so bad--they all made the team. None of them even spent any time on the PS.
They didn't play because Philbin wanted to make Ireland look bad. I think this year they will have magically become good players due to our incredible coaches.

Posted by: Samurai GM | January 27, 2014 at 08:13 AM

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Sam, I believe thou are giving Joe Philbin WAY too much credit intellectually. I don't believe he is capable of putting so devious a plan in place. I just think he plays players who give him no trouble.
Way back in this blog someone mentioned the fax that Gaine was the Fins ONLY real football man, and (paraphrasing) Gaine now has NO reason to share his information regarding players at the Sr. Bowl.
Scary correct.

HICKEY WAS NOT EVEN A FINALIST

2 of the 3 that were finalists turned down the job.

Hickey was the only one outside the organization that would take the position.

If you were an agent would you recommend that your FREE agent sign here? No phukkn way.

I think it's hard to argue what our talent needs are. Most fans here would agree with the following points. I can't imagine Hickey and Phlbin won't see the same. Question is, can them make the right moves together????

Obviously FA comes first and that will set the tone for the draft. But I think the reality will set in and they will need to use picks 1-3 on OL and RB.

Offensive Line is the biggest need. Unless the new OC changes his scheme he will need to change the players. These lineman are too slow and not capable of playing in the zone protection shceme Sherman/Philbin forced them into. If the shceme doesn't change....

LT & RT need updgrading both McKinney & Clabo are not good enough.

G - at least one new starter is needed (f not two). I am not a fan of Jerry. I would hope D. Thomas could develop this offseaon to be at least a contender.

Running Back needs upgrading for sure. I don't see Thomas or Gillislee being here next year. I think Miller is fine but his pass protection was not good. He struggles breaking tackles and making the tough 1-2 yards. We need to true power back to do all of things Miller can't. How about a TRUE FB in the later rounds?

DT is a big issue this year. Solai and Starks both are up as FA's and I don't see them both getting signed. Odrick played OK as a DT but I like him setting the edge as a DE. This group needs help and FA and Draft should be used to do that.

Defensive Backs - Grimes needs to be signed and at least tagged. I hope the two young CB's get play time and prove themselves. I hate Carroll and hope he is gone (I fear Coyle/Philbin will keep him). I think at least one DB is needed this offseason - if not two.

I think Clay and Simms will be fine at TE. I'd like to see them give Keller one last chance with a cheap one year deal. Can this new OC use Egnew? If not cut him and use pick #5 on a development TE.

Linebackers need upgrading. I am OK with Misi and can see him in a 4-3 ILB role if needed. I think Jordan should be moved to an OLB as his skills would serve him well there (think JT late in his career) but that requires a 4-3 scheme (you can see I am a fan of that scheme switch). I think Ellerbe is better than what he showed (BTW would also be better in 4/3). I hate Wheeler and would be fine swalling his salalry and cutting his but. I hope Jenkins shows progress. I think the backups are distant and not worht keeping.
I'd like to see OLB addressed in rounds 3 or 4 to get a solid player to push the existing group.

I don't see Wallace as a true #1 WR. But I think the WR corp overall is fine for next season. I just don't think they can address WR with the other holes they have. Now, if by the grace of god, a true #1 WR falls to them at #19 (never going to happen) then well of course they should snag one. Otherwise move on to NEED.

Are you kidding me? No way the D is worse off than the offense. The D only adds to the overall woes of this team

I would love to add a playmaking safety. But that's lots easier said than done. However, we only urgently need replace Wheeler(OLB), not Ellerbee. Keyword being "urgently".

If Jordan can not become Wheeler's OLB replacement in 2014, then, maybe it was Ireland's last great act of buffoonery before typing out his own pink slip to skid row.

Yes, defense is far from this team's greatest accumulations of playing field woes. I would say as few as 2 great replacements and a "DC" away from being easily top 5 to 10.

Yes, a defensive coordinator too.

I hope the Dolphins do NOT spend all that cap money in 2014. Signing expensive free agents to fill holes left by a decade of horrid drafting is not going to work a miracle. Wallace did not exactly earn his millions in 2013. Neither did Ellerbe or Wheeler.

The Dolphins could easily have drafted players that would have outperformed all of them.

Besides, the Dolphins are set up to fail in 2014. Why waste cap money on such a team.

Hickey just needs to find about 10 All Pros in the draft and free agent rookie class. Let him.

ETF, don't think they willhave a problem attracting free agents. This regime has never had a problem attracting free agents... they carry a big bat with an expected almost $40M in cap room...

Sorry, meant to say gain was the only football guy at the Sr. Bowl, so why would he share info with the Fins if he is (probably) leaving?
Samurai, it's an unwritten rule (99% of the time( that ALL draft picks make the team, other than maybe a 6th or 7th. Our 6th was the kicker, the ONLY starter in the entire draft.
overall, if Jordan is a 'situational" player again, the 2013 draft is perhaps the 2nd worst draft in Dolphin history.

My greatest 2014 fear is will current players want to "PLAY HARD" for this franchise after witnessing this last act of incompetency called the "Hiring Of A GM"?

I don't think the problems on defense are being overlooked. I think it's actually pretty easy to see. Points allowed (defense) was adequate, while points scored (offense) was 30th in the league. Sure, defense can improve. But scoring needs to DRASTICALLY improve. Anywhere in the top half of the league would have gotten us to the Playoffs (and maybe even a division title).

Also take into account Philbin's philosophy, quick-scoring offense running a greater number of plays. So, Philbin's philosophy didn't jive with what his offense showed under Sherman. Doesn't really matter who's at fault, might as well blame the whole offense. That's Lazor's job this year. GM needs to be on the same page as the HC who needs to adequately reinforce to his OC the way he wants to see it done, who needs to get the players to execute.

But I believe Lazor will have the much tougher job than Coyle. Regardless of what Coyle is as a DC, he has the better talent on his side of the ball.

So Sigh, we should just raise the white flag in 2014? i don't see how that would make sense? We were 8-8 and at that regressed back into 8-8 at year end. If we can get any combination of a LT, interior lineman, RB, or S in free agency, try to pluck off as many as you can... I would like to see them use at minimum $20 of the almost $40M that they have available in free agency...

MIT, Good luck with that "FA's want to come here theory". Sure, if you shove so much cash down their throats, they shititout their asses.

But, that isn't much good if they really don't want to play here. They would only be grossly overpaid to come here and "go through the motions' just to cash in on a huge pay day.

Hmm... bet that's never happened in Miami.

Of course Coyle had the easieer job - he got a defense that was top 10 in the league, regressed them back to 21st in the NFL and people here still think he did a good job just because they held in the red zone- my goodness....

This defense was just there all year - didn't do anything to win a game - all bloddy year - at best it did enough not to lose - all this when it was supposed to be our strength and what our team leaned on ....

OK I have just woken up after a months hibernation so what have the Dolphins done about the management team for next year?........Cor blimey,guv'nor,put back to sleep for another twelve months,Hickey as GM?????? maybe I'm having a very bad dream.

Sam, free agents are always overpaid - it's the nature of the beast ... doesn;t mean we shouldn't try our best to be the best team we can be. if you give Albert a Jake Long contract, he will come here ... it you give Grimes $32 over four, he may stay, etc, etc. is it expensive, yes? But what the heck else you going to do with this cap space, roll it over into perpetuity until we can brag that we have $300M in cap space???? Like teets on a bull by that point...

Mark/CocoaJoe, et al,

A couple of things. Philbin's use of rookies is fostered by his tenure in GB where they did not play rookies as a matter of practice, but more of need it if the situaution called for it, i. e. injury. That said, GB was way more successful then Miami and could afford to take that path. My issue with Philbin is Miami is not GB and the Fins do not possess that kind of roster. In other words little to no adaptabilty with what he does have to work with. The lack of playing time for Jordon, once recovered from injury is one I do not understand. If Coyle and Philbin are 3/4 guys, and given the repeated poor play by the Fins outside LBs, Jordan should have been playing much, much more.

Insofar as rebuidling the O line, upgrading the LB corp and safety position, the most important right now as we can all agree is the O Line. It is unlikely it will all be done at once. Too many holes there, but you can plug the most serious ones first (LT / RT) and better tume the offense to the team's strength. If the tackle positions are solidified this season, and if the Fins and Lazor do run a WCO, some short coming can be overcome.

To the WCO, Tannehill doesnt need to be the most accurate long ball thrower in the NFL to have success in gettig quick strike TDs. As you know the WCO is predicated on short and intermediate passing routes using multiple recievers from varying sets and motion. QB drops are rarely beyond five steps and a good seam TE is a must. If Lazor goes that route, and Hickey can get some tackles into the mix, the offense should improve. I think (ok bash me if you must) that Egnew is the TE the fins need to play despite Clay's year.

Good discourse all.

MIT,

I guess I do not see how this team can progress in a positive way at this point. I'm not saying that it is impossible. I'm saying that the team has messed up on the coaching, front office and players to such an extent that 6-10 is realistic as this point.

The expensive FA class of 2013 did almost nothing (although Gibson and Grimes were good). The 2013 draft class was MIA for whatever reason.

I just hope the cap space is left alone and the Dolphins sink or swim with the draft and coaching talent they have. If they draft well and Philbin coaches well, then they have a chance if Tannehill improves significantly. If not, then at least the cap is saved for the new regime.

Honestly, I do not think Ross knows what he is doing.

By the way, yes, I understand that in order to run more offensive plays, it's better for the defense not to give us long drives (whether they end in scoring or not). It matters in field position as well as the ability for the offense to run more plays. So yes, the type of defense you run needs to match the philosophy you have for your offense. You guys are right about the defense needing to be better at run blocking.

I'm just saying that an easier turnaround in 1 year than rebuilding an entire OL, getting a RB, getting another TE, changing an offense to a new OC's scheme, etc. That seems like the heavier pull.

So you would have Tannehill reutn out there with an oline and RB corps jsut improved through the draft? yeah, that will work ..

Posted by: billcale | January 27, 2014 at 07:25 AM

very well put....

DC, the heaviest load on the defense is the DC himself- he's a knob from the bengals ... no hope.

We gave him a cadillac and he painted flames on the side and installed spinner rims...

I will say this - I thought when Ireland left, things had finally hit rock bottom. Then there was a circus and Hickey was hired. I'm convinced that this was a mistake. A big one.

I do not see the Dolphins improving for a very long time unless they hire a real GM and Head Coach and give them four years to rebuild the team.

Man give ross a break the guy spent a ton of $ last offseason he's trying to build a winner 2014 gonna be a good year

The nucleus of this team is very good and as far as gm goes draft is pure luck

Sigh, I think/believe/hope that will be the way it goes if this year falls flat...

Kubiak going ot be Ravens OC ... my boy DeCosta and company at it again...

Mark, ok, you don't like the scoring stats. Got another one for you (takeaways/giveaways).

Last six seasons:
2013: 24 26
2012: 16 26
2011: 19 25
2010: 19 31
2009: 21 29
2008: 30 13

Coyle was able to get his defense to dramatically improve on takeaways (best since '08). Giveaways however remained flat.

Look, defense was average, I'm giving you that. My point is the offense was less than average. And we've seen what great defense and less than average offense has gotten us in the past (no where). My point is we need an average (to better than average offense) if we're ever to get out of mediocrity (no matter what happens to defense). That's why I put more stock in the offense.

MIT, I remember u didn't want Peyton manning if he was willing to come how's that looking now?

What is the most important defensive statistic short of victories? It's points allowed. Ours was a top 12 in that category, why all the hand-wringing about our defense? If we don't give up points, our offense should win games. And by league standards ours was one of the top tier defenses in allowing points against.

I agree that some adjustments need to be made regarding LB play. Especially when it comes to covering screens and TE's, and outside pursuit angles, and filling holes and running lanes. Also our DE's had trouble setting the edge at times.

I also think there is much merit based on the personnel we have that a transition to a 3/4 might be a better utilization of our players. But this is all speculation because none of us are on the practice field during game week, we don't sit in on any defensive meetings.

So basically what we say is what we react to based on our observations. Face it we are all looking at these issues simplistically because we are not privy to the information the coaches have. It's very probable that everything we discuss here in this blog has been tried in practice and found wanting due to some inabilities of players to which we know nothing of, so I have to look at the most important stat of all and say, hey we stop other teams from scoring, we should be winning games.

So we had an offense that we hoped was going to be average ... they were below average ... oc get canned

WE had a defense that was good, bolstered it to hopefully make it elite, it was below average, yet the DC is not even talked about?

By the way, we were actually the 16th best team in limiting giveaways - not bad - acceptable

19th in comitting takeaways - ok, but worse than the offense...

John, if you think anything about our defense was upper tier ... my goodness...

besides 12th is not upper tier ... that's average.

MIT,

Kubiak to the Ravens? At least someone knows what they are doing. A strong front office (Ozzy and DeCosta) sure helps a team. It seems some teams stock GM talent.

For example, Seattle has Schneider and McCloughan.

Even Atlanta has Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli.

The 49ers used to have McCloughan, Gamble and Baalke (current GM).

Seems like a good plan to do that. A team can never have enough talent.

A top tier defense is Seattle, Carolina, SF...

Both are top ten in ALL categories - not one... which we were not in any...

Sigh, not sure if DeCosta would ever leave Baltimore but if you offer him a lavish package -he may balk.

But to me ,... Schneider is an easier get because in Seattle Carroll has final say on personnel.

If you offer him top money plus say in all things football - Seattle can't block him from coming because it is a promotion die to the final say ...

These two have to be in Ross' crosshairs from right now in case things don't go well...

Mark, hopefully Coyle can learn (he's young so can still adjust and change). My problem with the offense was I didn't think Sherman WOULD change (he's old). Let's hope Lazor has that ability and Philbin can get the 2 to work together in what he wants to do. That's a big "IF" though.

DC, I have more cofnidence in lazor's ingenuity based on what I saw in Philadelphia and Tannehill's progression matched with an aggressive offseason talent recruitment than I do with Coyle. It would ahve to be somethign fundamentally different with him to improve.

WE gave Coyle a top (and sometimes two) corner, three top pass rushers, dominant DTs, and this si what he was able to come up with? he had felxibility and talent beyond most DC's means ...

Excellent read over at the phinsider detailing the past weekends events and how they unfolded. Much as I maintained all along, The "structure" of the Dolphins that so many of the GM candidates had issues with had NOTHING to do with Dawn Aponte! So all you chauvinists just f-cing chill about her already! The GM candidates wanted the ability to fire Philbin if they wanted and hire his replacement if they wanted. I can understand their points. They dont potentially want to be married to a lame duck coach, even though Ross has "committed" to Philbin for the long term. Lets face it, if the team tanks- Philbin will be fired by Ross but where does that leave the GM, in this case, Hickey? The other candidates didnt want this to be a one and done which I completely understand. They didnt want to be tied to a coach that they didnt hand pick. Unfortunately, this further stains the Dolphins image at a time where a bullying scandal happened and so did a late season collapse preventing a playoff run. Ross is to blame. His loyalty to Philbin is noble but I hope he has the nuts to pull the cord if Philbin and the Dolphins regress. I think what Lake Dawson sought was not asking too much- "if Philbin fails next year, I want him out so I can help you find a a guy that I can work with."

I give Dennis Hickey TONS of credit for trying to make it work with Philbin. Hickey knows this is probably his only shot at a GM so he took it and he is going to be hungry. He and Domenick put together a good roster in TB but they didnt have the franchise QB (Freeman) they thought they had. TB, with improved play from the kid Domenick and Hickey drafted, Mike Glennon, is going to be a playoff team next year or close to it, guaranteed. Tannehill is in place here- the toughest part of putting together a roster is finding a franchise QB. Hickey doesnt have to worry about that with the Dolphins.

I think Steve Ross should make one more hire. He needs a team president of Operations to oversee Hickey, Philbin, and really the entire organization. Whether it be Dan Marino or Eric Mangini or someone else. The ship has to be righted and the image of the team has to improve. Ross needs to put a "football" guy in charge of operations and sit back and watch his team grow into a contender instead of a laughingstock.

Hennis Dickey must be a desperate loser. Who in their right mind would take a GM job where he can't bring in his own coach? Phailbin will be gone by the end of next season. Acunte will be gone by the end of the following season and Dickey will be gone the year after that. Leaving us again with the real problem. Rosso the puckered anus face clown.
Hopefully Rosso will sell this circus to an owner who wants to win more than making money. That or be dead in the next week or two.
The only thing that Rosso cares about is making money. Nothing else matters.

MIT,

Yeah, it would be very wise for Ross to have a plan in mind now just in case.

One of the reasons that all the draft choices made the team. last year, was that if they wanted to put any of them on the PT then they would of had to pass the 'waiver wire'.

If the players, in reality, weren't good that Ireland selected last year then this team has a CB problem coming up. In addition to what has already been discussed on this blog. Now if this coaching staff thinks that Jordan is an athlete trying to be a football player and will fall short, then he should be traded for additional draft choices. Perhaps a #1. But if they're wrong and he flourishes under another coach, regardless of whom we could pick up with the #1, it would be a huge mistake. But this coaching staff has to find a way to see that he's on the field far more then less then a third of the defensive snaps. But if they want to rid themselves of him because he's an Ireland pick, then this year he has value, next year not near as much.

If they want to trade Jordan then the most logical home for him would be Philly. Their head coach is intimately familiar with him and needs defensive help bad. We then have a 19th and a 22nd in the first. If we get our man at 19 then we can trade down the 22nd to the bottom of the first (49er's?) and pick up their highest 3rd (16th pick) or trade down to the top of the 2nd, getting another high 3rd. At that point the team has a 1st, 2 2nds' and two 3rds, all within the top 80 picks. Relying on a single pick in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd to cover the needs may be a bit of a stretch if not impossible. Taylor, Davis or Thomas have no trade value. So what does a coaching staff think about Dion Jordan that didn't play him last year?

We were 18th (or 19th) at differential, which is what matters on that stat (per every HC in the NFL). That needs to improve (whomever you want to blame). In '08 we were 1st...IN THE ENTIRE NFL!!! That's where we need to be if we want to improve as a team. That's how you overcome talent, poor coaching, play calling, etc. More takeaways, less giveaways, there's something for everyone to work on in that stat.

Everyone is hating on Philbin, not sure why. I guess everyone forgets that our offense did what it should have this season. They didn't have a true starting RB. Lost their TE in preseason. Lost their slot receiver early on. Over paid a WR. Have a 2nd year qb who made pretty good strides this season. Had the same troubled OLine they have had for years. On defense we down-graded our LBs and traded for Dion Jordan (who doesn't look to be anything special). The team has a talent problem, not a coaching problem. I think Philbin did pretty good considering the teams lack of talent. From a roster standpoint we have the least amount of talent in the AFC East.

Ship shape,

9 other teams in the NFL have structures like the Dolphins are trying to set up including 6 time super bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. DOesn it make you feel better to call Aponte by a slang word tough guy? Shes not the problem in Miami dude. You got to get your facts straight man. Criticize Ross but not some of the others you do. Theres no basis for it.

Posted by: DragonFly34 | January 27, 2014 at 08:41 AM

see ya

ross is the most clueless
of the cracker 32
and the 31 other crackers
kno this too
.
lol

Yeah, DC, right nwo the difference between us and Indy - Tannehill is able to sling it as well as Luck but he makes fewer mistakes - not that Tannehill is a total train wreck but Luck and the rest of the Indy offense was #1 in fewest takeaways which I think is his greatest skill so far - doesn't beat himself. Of course he did regress in the playoffs - how much of that is due to playing a craparse division all year? Who knows? Some at least ...

Hickey does seem more qualified then Caserio.

This is who we have Hickey and Philbin, Lazor and Coyle.. lets hope for the best...

This is our team and I am rooting for them.

2 watt, a brown guy is in charge in Jax ...

ups?
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lol

Yes, the defense needs improvement, the holes there were easy to see.
One issue is either Starks or Soliai will likely not be on this team next year. If Soliai goes, that is another blow to an already below average run defense. If Starks goes then Soliai and Odrick need to play more snaps and Odrick really faded down the stretch. And then the team may use yet another draft pick on a DT to replace Starks.
Grimes is going to require a big contract to stay. A CB opposite him (if he resigns) is really needed.
Will Wake be dangled in a trade for a 1st rounder?
Alot of questions on defense and that does not bode well.


Posted by: Mr. Bill | January 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Hickey has final say in personnel not Philbin.
Draft, trades and free agents.

Mark, more than anything else (long ball accuracy, pocket awareness) I hope Tannehill improves at limiting mistakes. He should watch Pennington in '08 (I keep going back to that, but I think it's helpful when you're team has other issues). I didn't expect him to do it last year (with the OL, no RBs, etc.). But he's really got to improve there this year. If Lazor had anything to do with Foles improving there, then Tannehill should be fine.

On offense the issues are easy to see too. A new OC will help out, but revamping an entire OL (save Pouncey) is very hard to do in one offseason. At least 1 FA OL is really needed, along with 2 or even 3 draft picks.
The needs for a power/pass blocking RB can be met in either FA or the draft.
If the OL can be made at least adequate (a very tall order), and the RB position upgraded, and add one more TE, the offense should be greatly improved.

I find this whole "news story" to be absurd. Salguero would not be engaging in this type of "do or die" rhetoric if the Dolphins win one of their last two games OR if Tannehill connects on maybe half of the bombs he missed in trying to pass to Wallace. Wallace would be in the Pro Bowl, we would have been in the playoffs, Philbin would be a genius and Salguero would not be able to de-legitimize every single move of the Dolphins in order to have something to say after the season is over. The fact that the difference between a "dysfunctional" organization and a "functional" one is so small makes this entire story ridiculous. I am sure that Hickey will do an adequate job, that he will hit and miss on some during the draft (as all GMs do) and that Philbin will do a good job on preparing his team for the season. Find a way to give Tannehill more time in the pocket, give him a green light to run when he wants and have him PRACTICE long passes hourly with Wallace----if these things happen we are in the playoffs and everyone is happy NO MATTER Dawn Aponte's role (which obviously is upsetting to the sexist Salguero and the many teenagers writing on this blog) OR to whom the GM "answers" to. This is in the end is a completely constructed "issue" or "concern" that in the end will matter little to how the Dolphins perform on the field.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM


After what was witnessed in "The ROSS Bungled GM Hire", my first act as "NEW GM" would be to tread free agency as "EVER LIGHT" as possible. After the gm catastrophe, I would be ever so caution in bringing in "HIGH PRICED" fa's only looking to come to Miami as part of "full benefits retirement plan".

I say it would be better to "carryover that money" to 2015, after possibly "REDEEMING" our image on the 2014 PLAYING FIELD. Then maybe we attract fa's that are actually looking to contribute to becoming a "WINNING TEAM". Not just coming to win at the bank.

SAM,

here let me say the same thing in a few less words "Screw 2014, why bother"

Ross's love affair with Philbin is much like Woody Johnson's love of Rex Ryan! both owners know little about the NFL and it shows!

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