- Suh Signs! Ndamukong Suh receives nearly $60 Million signing bonus with $114+ Million total over 6 years
- 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
For all the sh..tuff that us Dolphins fans have had to complain about during/after the season (and it’s an impressive amount of stuff) I think I can try and get behind this Tannebaum thing after all.
I know that I was one of the first to blast Ross for this signing BUT, if you get past the way it was originally presented, this just MIGHT be a good move long term.
Ross has made him VP of Football Operations and, regardless of your personal thoughts about his GM tenure, Tannebaum IS a football ‘lifer’. Hasn’t our biggest gripe about Ross is that he was making football decisions without (a) being here half the time and (b) not knowing anything about football? Well here is Tannebaum who will NOT be making personnel decisions (which experts and even HE admits is not his forte). His responsibility is to oversee the team’s objectives, strategies and goals while Ross is off doing what he likes/knows best.
I KNOW that we don’t think much of Tannebaum.
I KNOW that this organizational structure is REALLY STUPID!
BUT, what if a year from now, WHEN the Dolphins fail in 2015 (and with Philbin coaching don’t most of us think this WILL happen?) maybe Tannebaum is FINALLY given control over hiring the new GM and HC? Wouldn’t that makes us a more ‘stable’ organization?
For as poorly as this was presented, this just MIGHT be the first positive thing that happens this offseason….wouldn’t that be a start?
For all the mistakes the Dolphins team made on this day, the biggest reason again appears to be Joe Philbin.
Tannehill’s red zone INT
Daniel Thomas fumble
Missing wide open Wallace for TD
Dropped TD by Clay
After ALL of that, Miami STILL led 16-13 with 3:34 to play. Philbin proceeds to call two run plays that gain 5 yards and showed that, once again, he didn’t trust his QB to win/ice the game.
After the GB game, Philbin expressed regret, and made the infamous “queasy” comment, and we all thought he learned his lesson. GUESS NOT! With the game on the line, and an OL that hadn’t produced a decent running game all day, Philbin put the game in the hands of the Miami D that has proven time-and-time-again that it simply isn’t “clutch”. Miami STILL hasn’t won a game by less than double digits and its last two losses have been because the D (so heralded all year) can’t get a stop when it mattered.
Other things Philbin continues to do that makes US/fans queasy:
ANOTHER slow start by the team. ONE YARD of total offense in the first quarter? Really?!
Allowing team to get beat on fake punt.
Timeouts used on defense in the final minutes of a game….AGAIN!
Where did the ‘read option’ plays (the CATALYST for the offense the last few weeks) go during this game?
If Ross isn’t tearing his hair out watching the way Philbin is coaching this team then maybe some fans need to pull it out FOR HIM?!
“If you accept mediocrity from your coaches, you will get mediocrity from your players.”–Me, 2014
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)
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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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