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Hickey and Philbin on the same page so far

If this morning is at all similar to the ones that dawned over the past six or seven days, new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey and coach Joe Philbin will spend it together.

The two men now atop the football side of the Dolphins organization have spent their mornings the past week or so watching tape together. They've spent it dissecting both college and pro prospects. They've been obviously prepping for the coming NFL combine. And they've been grinding on potential unrestricted free agents.

The idea behind this setting of four eyes on the same material at the same time?

Cohesion. Agreement. Collaboration.

In other words some of the stuff the Dolphins haven't always had the past few years.

I'm told Hickey and Philbin are on the same page so far. They buy into each other. (I'd make an innocuous Valentine's Day joke but in today's society it would be taken the wrong way.)

The coach and the GM are working to strengthen what was already a solid relationship even in its infancy. You see, in 2012 before Philbin became the Dolphins coach, he interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And Hickey was already working for the Bucs at that time.

And Hickey, according to a source, strongly backed Philbin's candidacy for the Tampa Bay job. Obviously, the job went to Greg Schiano. And Philbin landed the vacancy in Miami. But the bond was formed then.

And that, I'm also told by another source, is one reason Hickey was attractive to the Dolphins for the general manager job. Owner Stephen Ross, aware of internal friction within his organization, wanted to smooth things out going forward.

He doesn't want stories like the ones that leaked about the last couple of years repeating. You know the stories ...

... Dissent and disagreement between the coaching staff and personnel department about playing time for young players.

.... People not communicating with one another.

.... Stories praising or blaming either but never both the coach and GM for mistakes or good calls made on players. You'll remember the one where Philbin reportedly wanted to get rid of Richie Incognito after the golf course incident but couldn't -- a narrative I find hard to believe because Incognito not only wasn't cut then, he remained in 2013 and became a team leader under Philbin's watch.

... There's also a story out there that Philbin wasn't sold on last year's No. 3 overall selection Dion Jordan. Find that one also hard to believe.

The point is Ross doesn't want this kind of stuff getting out because, well, he doesn't want this kind of stuff being anywhere near true anymore.

With both Philbin and Hickey finding agreement on what players they want on the team it becomes impossible for one to disengage from the other if things go poorly. It also becomes impossible for someone to take credit to the exclusion of someone else.

One right, all right.

One wrong, all wrong.

(This, by the way, makes things easy for folks such as me and fans such as you. If there's success, we know it was fathered by both Hickey and Philbin. If things go wrong, neither can claim the failure is an orphan.)

It is in both Hickey and Philbin's best interests to find agreement and unity and be of one accord. It's good to find out that's exactly what they're already trying to do. 

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Sams better not get near the Dolphins locker room. We have enough issues already without added drama.

A couple of questions though Armando did Ireland have final say on Players? Was Philbin Alright with letting their only playmaker in Bush go? and Did he back the swaping out the Linebackers which we now know was a big mistake.

I like you Armando but I would like answers please, maybe next eh ?

If Philbin wanted Bush gone and Dansby and Burnett and heck even long than i got a problem with that , if we had those players last year we would have been in the playoffs for sure !!!!

Who will Mike Sam replace on the Dolphins?

If M.Sam was an O-linemen, maybe the Dolphins will be interested in him.

M.Sam had 9 of his 11 sacks in 3 games. Arkansas St, Vanderbilt, and UF. Not real talented offenses.

Mike Sam had 1 sack as a FR, 1.5 sack as a SO, 4.5 sack as a JR.

The best thing he did was come out. At least now he is relevant.

For you aging freaks that are so concerned with the sex lives of others, here's a little FYI:

Did you root for the Dolphins back in the early 70's when they were winning Super Bowls? Well, guess what. One of the starters was (gasp) gay and it was hardly a secret either in Miami or with his previous team, Green Bay.

How about in the Marino years? Did you like how that offensive line opened the way for the team to have a lot of success? Well, one of THEM was gay, too, and again not a secret and nobody on the team gave a crap.

You have cheered for gay athletes your entire lives without even being aware of it.

Get the hell over it. Your kids certainly don't give a crap anymore.

2012

Dansby $13M

134 Tkls
1 Sack
0 INT
0 FF

2013

Ellerbe $1M

101 Tkls
1 Sack
2 INT
0 FF

Dansby got cut because he didn't want to take a pay cut from being the highest paid MLB in the NFL. And we got almost the same production for 13 TIMES LESS!!

Plus, Ellerbe actually won games in the 4th qtr, instead of bending over and letting the other team QB shaft him in the 4th.

We never beat the Pats with Dansby on the team.

If you read the Martin/Incognito texts there was one where Richie stated Ireland 'didn't make Long feel welcome'.

Who here posted on the old sun sentinel dolphins board? Trying to remember the name of matthbeck's band name...those who posted there know he died trying to climb through the electric gate for his community.


For you aging freaks that are so concerned with the sex lives of others, here's a little FYI:

Did you root for the Dolphins back in the early 70's when they were winning Super Bowls? Well, guess what. One of the starters was (gasp) gay and it was hardly a secret either in Miami or with his previous team, Green Bay.

How about in the Marino years? Did you like how that offensive line opened the way for the team to have a lot of success? Well, one of THEM was gay, too, and again not a secret and nobody on the team gave a crap.

You have cheered for gay athletes your entire lives without even being aware of it.

Get the hell over it. Your kids certainly don't give a crap anymore.

Posted by: Lives In 2014 | February 12, 2014 at 05:04 PM

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You are obviously a pole smoker otherwise you wouldn't "know" the history of pole smoking, Dolphin players through the years. I'm sure that there is probably 1 or more gay players on most NFL teams. Thankfully, those gay players aren't as "sensitive" as you are. I'm betting that most of them would want to be known as football players, not gay football players.

Dashi you're an ignorant slob who is always posting ignorant fallacious nonsense...and you are consistently proven wrong.

You seriously need to get a life and stop posting here because football is beyond your comprehension.

However I know that you and many of the other no lifers here have a need for cyber friends.

Daryl Dunphy "Get back with you later man."

Roflmao how pathetic.

Almost as pathetic as the attempted logic behind your posts.

You can't go by number retard.

Ellerbe was frequently out of position.

He was the main reason why your sorry a s s Dolphins couldn't stop the run.

Phins gave up two 4th quarter game winning drives at home in 2013.

One to The Bills, the other to The Panthers.

...and your boy Ellerbe was trailing every play.

By your logic if he made the tackle then he did a good job.

Get real already.

You're the biggest douche who posts here.

Even Mark In Toronto is less of a douche than you are.

Fire Ross, Ellerbee's still "a work in progress at" the mlb position. Ray Lewis was the "mlb" for the Ravens. Ellerbee played far more olb when he was with the Ravens.

Crazy, but, the entire "trifecta reign" they failed to get us a TRUE MLB. Dansby was more olb than mlb when he came from the Cardinals. Truly strange why Parcells/Ireland would do this.

We have not had a true mlb in Miami since Zack Thomas. Just olb's in training to become mlb's. Maybe now that we have a new fo, within the next year or two, this will change.

The dolphins are not savages, they are weak coward panzies who choke on it more than Linda Lovelace could have ever wished.
HAHAHA

Haitians have been great contributors to the population of Dominican Republic.

Nobody has paid any attention to G Yankey in the Draft except f4l. He is a very complete Player and very smart, he's from Stanford.

Pay no attention to Dashi, YG, he knows not what he talks(95% wrong).

Sup

hey, I just heard a gay guy plays football, can you believe it?? wow

Imagine what kind of questions Ireland would have asked Michael Sam. Does taking it in the bum the night before a game affect your play? Is your mother a lesbian? Would you feel more comfortable playing center? Is that because You would have a guy behind you while your bent over ?

Good to see Phibin playing GM ... it's his ship now

propaganda,,,,,Everybody plays nice until the losses begin to mount then its every man for himself. Philbin knows his job is directly connected to Hickeys ability to judge talent, cause Philbin couldn't judge a watermelon contest.

Dr Pepper's 2015 Superbowl ad:

I suck peckers, he sucks peckers, gramp sucks peckers
wouldn't ya like to suck a pecker too?
suck a pecker lick a pecker wouldn't ya like a pecker inside ya too, etc...

You know what? Why should anyone give a crap that Michael Sam, or anyone else is gay? Why do gays feel that it is a necessity to "come out"? How is this important to anyone?
Why is this courageous? Will it promote world peace? Cure cancer? Balance the budget? More importantly, other than for getting votes, why would our Commander in Chief take time to address this as if is some heroic act? Nothing against gay or straight people for that matter but
I am damn tired of this BS. People are what they are and have sex with whom they wish, same sex, opposite sex, who gives a crap? It should be irrelevant to everyone. From a pure football perspective, If Michael Sam can rush the passer, stuff the run and/ or cover a TE, then draft him as he'll help your team win. If he can't, no matter who he chooses to have sex with, he won't.
Time to wise up folks. This is life, not an episode of South Park. There are more important issues at hand and coming out to express sexual orientation has, or at least should have no bearing on anything.

Fedup,
Tell that to the twisted communist state run media, them and the militant gays won't stop till we all celebrate them and bow to them like royalty.

"FIRE ROSS" should be banned for being so ignorant it's made the comments section even more worthless than they usually are.

There are a lot of lame posters here who are about 0.001% as funny as they think they are...and any one of them is worth about 1,000 of FIRE ROSS.

All over the place. Every business now has diversity training. Here's a novel concept, to heck with all this hypocrisy and just respect people for who they are. Don't think anyone, an athlete, a professional, anyone should be given special consideration for anything because of anything other than being the best choice. Not just to fill a "quota".
Got no prob with the fins drafting Sam, IF he can play.

Fedup,
Did you know that that blacks/minorities get 20 points extra when they take the state police test just because they are black? That's the way it is all over the country. That's just one of thousands of advantages blacks and minorities have today over white males.

"I'm told Hickey and Philbin are on the same page so far. They buy into each other. (I'd make an innocuous Valentine's Day joke but in today's society it would be taken the wrong way.)"

WE WANT THE JOKE! WE WANT THE JOKE!

C'mon Mando. This Ross owned franchise is a joke.

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