- GM Jeff Ireland Resigns Dolphins announce that GM Jeff Ireland mutually agrees to part with Miami
- OC Mike Sherman fired The Dolphins terminated OC Mike Sherman
- No playoffs - 5 years and counting The Jets ended Miami's playoff hopes by beating them 20-7
- Fins end losing streak to Pats Dolphins holds on to beat the Pats 24-20 in Miami
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
The current Dolphins organization is a rudderless mess!
–If Stephen Ross wants to fire somebody, he should start by firing himself. I am not saying he should sell the team (that’s unrealistic) but Ross shouldn’t have control over what goes on in this organization. Ross rarely spends any time in Miami so he has no REAL idea of what the Miami Dolphins team is doing. Ross needs to hire somebody (QUALIFIED) to be the head of all football operations. NOT his ‘buddy’ Carl Petersen but NOT somebody who knows nothing about football either. Ross needs eyes/ears IN MIAMI that the GM and coach can report to because, right now, there doesn’t seem to be a ‘master plan’.
–Putting the competency/effectiveness of Ireland and Philbin aside (more on their individual failures in a moment) this year’s Miami Dolphins is the PERFECT example of why you don’t keep the prior GM and hire a new coach. Ireland’s player acquisitions OFF the field didn’t seem to mesh AT ALL with what Philbin was trying to do ON thefield.Trading up to #3 to select Dion Jordan withnospot Continue reading
Sunday’s Week 13 matchup with the Jets was on that saw the Dolphins enter the game with a significant talent advantage. It was one of those games they should dominate, the defense allowing practically nothing and the offense doing plenty to win. Amazingly, the Jekyll & Hyde Dolphins actually did just that, soundly defeating an opponent they should, even if it took a little while to get going.
It was actually such through domination that I won’t have as much to say here, because the defense practically sleep-walked through the victory. That being said, here are my observations from the win over the Jets.
- Ryan Tannehill was good in this one, if not quite as good as he should have been. He and the offense struggled to do much early in the game, and a few bad throws by Tannehill or bad calls by Mike Sherman delayed much of the Dolphins’ scoring. Overall though, I thought Tannehill did a great job making reads, hitting his open receivers and sensing the pressure while getting rid of the ball quickly. It’s the kind of performance Continue reading
As has become custom, the Dolphins continue to show they can’t string together multiple quality performances in a row. They now drop to 5-6, on the outside looking in on the playoff hunt, and although they’re still alive in a crowded race, they don’t look at all like a team we’d want to see in the playoffs. I’ll get to my overall game thoughts at the end, but here are my individual observations…
- Ryan Tannehill and the deep ball. It’s become a running joke and it’s not getting any better. He underthrew Mike Wallace at least twice and the receiver thankfully made adjustments on them, hauling in one for a spectacular touchdown. Then Tannehill actually overthrew him late in what could have sealed the game. He gave Wallace a barely catchable but still horribly thrown ball on the hail mary before the final play of the game, and a throw toward the left would have allowed the receiver to score easily. At this point, it’s like watching Christian Ponder play, and if you wouldn’t be happy with Ponder, you can’t be happy Continue reading