- Dion Jordan suspended 4 games DE Dion Jordan is suspended the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
- Mike Pouncey has hip surgery Fins OC could be out for 3 months
- Fins suspend S Don Jones For his twitter comments about Ram's DL Michael Sam
- Fins select OT Ja'Wuan James in 1st round James should challenge for the starting RT spot
The goal is clear for Miami
Exactly three weeks from today begins the NFL’s annual selection process. Over the years Miami has really struggled to excel in the annual ritual. You’ll need to go all the way back to Jimmy Johnson’s defensive selections to find the type of players that turn losing franchises into winners. Sam Madison, Patrick Surtain, Zack Thomas, and Jason Taylor were all Pro-Bowl quality players. Since then, the Dolphins have failed miserably, and consistently to uncover that kind of talent.
If Hickey, and Philbin plan on remaining in Miami this must change immediately.
You can be sure they are aware of the expectations by now. Miami fans have long grown tired of the excuses, regime changes, and more excuses. This franchise was only in it’s 5th season when it played it’s first playoff game. An expansion team grew to a playoff team in 5 years. The abysmal display of football over the last 13 years is embarrassing, (We’ll exclude 2008 as a very unique set of circumstances that led to a fluke of a season)
The 1970 Dolphins did not have it as easyas some might think either. The Baltimore Colts were a very solid team that finished the season 11-2-1. Miami split the season series getting whipped 35-0, and turning the tide 34-17. The Jets had Joe Namath, and the Bills O.J. Simpson.
So yes, we’re talking a very long time ago, but it can be done. Pete Carroll was hired on January 11th, 2010. Now they’re Super Bowl champions just 4 years later.
So the results of this lengthy investigation are in. (144 pages) In short, it paints a clear picture that Incognito, Jerry, and Pouncey were guilty of harassing Jonathon Martin, other offensive lineman, and an Assistant Trainer.
I have a lot of questions, but in no way do I want to portray that I am not sympathetic to Martin’s dilemma. He clearly was harassed, abused, and mistreated.
A few questions come to me immediately.
- Why is there no support system in place?
- Why did no players see this was tormenting him?
- Why did Martin never approach Joe Philbin?
I can’t answer the first two, but I can assume he feared retaliation from the players had he spoken to the coach. It is clear he was/is a tormented man. The following text messages are taken directly from the report which you can view at nfldolphinsreport.com
One of the most telling communications was between Martin and his mother on April 22nd. (Condensed for space)
I figured out a major source of my anxiety. I’m a push over, a people pleaser. I avoidconfrontation whenever I can, I always want everyone to like me. I let Continue reading
There are 9 other NFL teams that have a power structure similar to the structure Stephen Ross has tried to implement here in Miami.
Ross’s vision is a collaborative union between the coaches, GM, and the accounting side of the football operation.
Recently we’re heard that things were not working as smoothly as one would hope. There was friction between Jeff Ireland, and Joe Philbin. To what extent is up to speculation. The report stated Philbin was a strong supporter of bringing in Brandon Albert to man the LT position during last seasons free agency period. Jeff Ireland refused because he insisted the team would be okay with 2nd round draft pick Jonathon Martin.
These types of conflicts made it imperative Ross find a General Manager that could be flexible and willing to shelf his ego during times like these. Ireland drafted Martin high, and he drafted him to play LT eventually. Certainly he had to feel that benching him, or even continuing him at RT would be an indication that Ireland had made an error in judgment.
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Most Dolphin fans have been screaming for Ireland’s head for over 3 years. Even steadfast Ireland supporters have softened their stance over the past year. We’ve seen web pages, and airplane banners demanding as much. Fireland became his nickname. I’d put him right up there just above Sammie Smith as the most hated Miami sports figure ever.
Most Dolphin fans have been screaming for Sherman’s head for most of this season. Whether it’s “improper use of personal” or “Go, Go-Go.” Most everyone saw Sherman as part of the problem, rather then the solution. A report came out that suggested the team did not put enough practice time into the long ball, and that was probably the straw that broke the camels back in the fans mind. Not allowing Tannehill to use his legs more was another major area of contention. I actually felt the fans were tough on Sherman, but there was certainly justification for a change.
Ross listened. He not only heard you, but he acted on what he heard. You know Philbin could not have possibly supported letting his mentor go. Ross most likelyi Continue reading
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 endedup Continue reading