- WR Hartline cut after 6 seasons WR Gibson was also released
- Mike Tannenbaum hired... ...as Dolphins' executive VP of football operations
- Philbin retained Coach Philbin was given a contract extension
- Fins season ends on low note Jets down the Fins to end their season 8-8
The Answer is Clear, Clean House Now
I’m okay with reruns of a favorite TV series.
I’m not so fond of the word when it pertains to my Miami Dolphins.
Stephen Ross’ hesitation to pull the trigger on major changes is deja vu all over again. Specifically, the end of the 2003 season. Then, as now, we heard that the owner “likes both these guys” and doesn’t want to fire either the coach or the GM. However, “some” change is needed, and therefore we can expect an assistant coach or two to be thrown under the bus and perhaps some kind of front office restructuring with much of the same cast.
Guess what, Mr. Ross: it was the wrong move then and it’s the wrong move now. Just replacing Jeff Ireland and giving a new GM the news that he will have to work with Joe Philbin is the same damn thing Wayne Huizenga did after 2003. Or, rather, was the caveat he gave every candidate he interviewed. It’s why Ted Thompson and Jerry Reese (who have since stocked three Super Bowl winners between them) ended up elsewhere and Huizenga endedupstandingpat with Rick Spielman and Wannstedt. We all know how that turned out.
If you want the best possible GM, you’re going to have to give him autonomy to hire a coach.
2013 may not entirely be Joe Philbin’s fault, but that’s just the way that successful teams in this league do things. It isn’t as if Philbin is irreplaceable. In fact, it’s entirely possible he’s the worst head coach in this division, since Belicheck has the rings, Rex Ryan has been to two conference championships, and the only other coach in the division is 2-0 heads up against Philbin while starting his third string quarterback both times. When Buffalo and the Jets are outscoring you 39-7 with something significant on the line, your coach should be far from safe.
There’s also the indication in the press conference today that Philbin apparently considers Mike Sherman irreplaceable. If so, it’s time for both of them to go.
Wayne Huizenga kept whiffing on this decision by being too nice a guy to completely clean house. The result was the Miami Dolphins of 2004-2007, who kept getting pennies on the dollar in trades and kept the talent bleeding all the way to 1-15. While it isn’t likely that we will reach those depths in the near future with Tannehill here, it isn’t impossible that one more O-line built by Jeff Ireland could have us quarterbacked by this decade’s version of Cleo Lemon for most of a season.
The ball is in your court, Mr. Ross, but you’ll have to be willing to gamble on the unknown. Something that hasn’t happened since the Robbie Era, and something that will be required to ever return to that level of success.
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