I Thought The Season Was Over?


Miami Dolphin Fans Sad And Fed Up

The Miami Dolphins took a “bottlenose” dive the last three weeks of the season and I think we can all agree that the finale last Sunday brought a reprieve of listening to the weekly “Dan Henning” rhetoric and the lack of national media coverage. The season ended in a debacle and we all said “whew, Thank God that’s over“.

We knew that going into the off-season would be a little crazy as we shuffled some coaches around, some players out of town, and even possibly a coaching change. None of us thought it would be like this.

So with only a short few days removed from the last game, the Dolphins still have their HC, Dan Henning has yet to get fired, and players are firing off.

And here I thought the season was over!

I honestly didn’t think that the Dolphins could become a league wide joke.  Sure the Cam Cameron campaign was rather funny and the “entire Ginn family” is still a running joke but at least we still have the Greg Camarillo overtime highlight.  Plus there was zero waiting to decide their fates at the end of the season.  But this off-season?  Well let’s just all be thankful that Al Davis is still alive and in control of the Raiders.

Yesterday Al Davis fired coach Tom Cable.  Cable only took the team to its first .500 record or better since their last Super Bowl appearance back in the early 2000′s.  He was 6-0 against division opponents and the Raiders were actually a team that mattered.  So naturally you fire the coach.  Crazy.  But at least they keep the Dolphins out of the woodshed.

What is going on in Miami is becoming a serious issue.  The owner is conducting a coaching search while he still holds on to the lame duck coach he has back in Davie.  There is no “For all intent and purpose” here, Tony Sparano is done in Miami.  The lack of faith from the owner only serves to make this even more of a joke by keeping him on a leash in case everyone else turns him down.

Ross had an opportunity to put his fingerprint, his stamp if you will, on the Dolphins organization.  This is his first off-season as full control owner and it was his chance to show the Dolphins fans who he was.  He could have come out Monday and said, “Tony is staying” and fans would have supported that, some more than others.  He could have done the opposite and fans would have supported that too.

It would have been viewed as needed change.

Instead, we get this.

We get to listen to the ‘Zen” master pot head Ricky Williams take parting shots at just about everyone.  We get to hear Brandon Marshall basically say that Chad Henne should have changed the routes and listened to him instead of the coaches.  We hear about Tyler Thigpen and Marshall becoming sideline buddies and WR Brian Hartline call out the offense for being so one dimensional and unwavering.

Something Dolphins fans have been saying, out loud, since day one of the season.  I even mentioned that to Ronnie Brown way back in week 2 when I interviewed him.  He defended it of course.

So here we are.  For the first time in Dolphins history, I really didn’t think this would ever happen, the Phins are holding on to a head coach while actively searching for another one.  There is no future to get jacked up about and even a 15th overall draft pick comes with the realization that the team will watch it’s biggest need, QB, fly off the board not once, not twice, but possibly five times before they get on the clock.  Leaving them to trade down and gain another 2nd rounder where they will draft another 2nd round QB who won’t amount to anything.

Ahhhh, the off-season.  It used to be fun, exciting, and exhilarating.  Now it’s just crazy and bordering on ridiculous.

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  • Rob

    The Fins could start rebuilding by getting rid of Sparano and bringing back Camarillo. Trading him was the beginnng of the end for the Dolphins…

    • John

      You sound like my wife…

  • http://procerus.ca/ Steve Hoffart

    Damn Brian,

    I hadn’t even considered the possibility that all five 1st round QBs would be gone at 15, but you’re absolutely right. There are good coaches out there and Sparano is far from a bad coach; however, I agree that a decision is the strongest message to the players and the fans. Giving us time to think about it only results in articles like this. LOL

    I like the write-up, for the record, it examples the biggest problem, indecisiveness! Make a decision and support it with everything you have, otherwise us fans are going to question it everyday until we see if it was the right call.

    My favorite quote ever:

    A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
    George S. Patton

  • Jeff in Tennessee

    Brian, nice job as always on letting us know what is going on. Thanks for all of your time and hard work. I am a Dolphins fan, who without this website, would be lost in the Atlantic Ocean without a paddle or motor boat to get me back to shore. LOL. I would like to see a HC get this team back on the right track. Why not give Cowher what he wants and allow him to be the GM? If he has that much power and is worth that much money, he better win. Thanks again for your hard work!


    • Jeff in Tennessee

      Hang in there and give this time! I am not for Sparano coming back, but if he does, life goes on. As long as this team gets back to winning games and championships, I don’t care who coaches this team.

  • Joe Y

    I think it would be more accurate to say that Steve Ross isn’t rushing into any decisions, and is moving deliberately. There’s nothing wrong with searching for a new coach while holding onto the old coach, if a definitive decison has not been made. Indeed, I couldn’t think of a better motivator for Tony S, who has been a bitter disappintment this season. I still don’t understand why he didn’t take control of the offensive situation.

    However, we must remember that under Coach S, Nolan built an elite defense without a whole lot of personnel change. And Coach S also showed initiative in a rapid turnaround of the special teams situation.

    If Sparano could convince Ross that the team can bring in an OC in caliber anywhere near Nolan–not the equal, and with our defense, he doesn’t need to be–then Sparano should be kept. The Dolphins are a business, and with the D and special teams, Sparano can point to a proven turnaround record. If he can convince Ross that he can bring that to the offense, Ross could very well keep him.

    Don’t forget that Ross is a commercial real estate guy. They are used to thinking in long time-frames, accepting the need to hold onto dog properties in the course of development, and expect to take periodic losses.

    To close, after reading all the stories of the internal offensive situation, I feel back to square one in evaluating Henne and Thigpen. Henne, who is under contract, followed orders in an impossible situation. Thigpen, who is not, went off the reservation to prove himself to potential bidders for his services. Both guys have screwed up, both have done very well.

    I will say one thing: I’ve started to read postings from people saying that the answer is…Kyle Orton. For those of you who champion this view, please take the elevator to the sixth floor, walk to the back, go to the Lost & Found counter, and see if anyone has turned in your mind.

  • Colorado Shu

    Leave Ricky alone. He did his time. Lost millions. He’s been testing “clean” to suck up to the MAN so he can go out and risk bodily injury each play. I wish him nothing but the best and would love to see him and Jake Plummer team up and conquer the handball and racquetball world in utter bliss knowing that they won’t be hobbled for life by their abbreviated stints in the NFL.

  • Jerimie Rothwell

    I think the entire Dolphins organization needs to grow a pair of balls and just spend the money needed and do what they need to do to get a big name coach (Cowher, Gruden ETC.) And trade with whoever they need to to get a FAST RB, and either cut Henne or move up to get one in the 1st round of the draft. This Micromanaging organization b.s needs to stop.

  • erik beard

    what is ridiculous is this fan base overreaction to everything. NUT UP or SHUT UP!!! if sporano cant understand why he is being treated as a lame duck then he is less a man then i thought he was. Also this is a 7-9 team! how many of you fans really thought fins would bet 100% that they would be any better than that when you 1st looked at the schedule? aside from Ross!! miami is who most real football fans thought they were. NE is way better than we thought they were. but other than indy and maybe pittsburgh do we really think any teams have a true bonified qb that can with stand injuries coaching movent and fan booooos that the young, yes young henne has been faced with look at sanchez and the love he gets from NY,can you legitmately say he is better than Henne?. if they can get a better coach then do it but dont mortgage the future on a egomaniac coach, if miami can get a better qb (not orton a real qb!!) then get em’ if they can get substantially better anywhere then do it. if not then ride with what they have. what harm is it going to do to shop for the better products. if you dont find em or cant land em then your in the same boat and to my knowledge this ship has not sunk at 7-9 with the 2nd toughest schedule in the league!!!! wake up MIAMI!!!

  • Juan

    HC is not the problem. All we need is a QB , a fast RB and a decent OC. Look at last year the team had holes everywhere. thee are holes now but not nearly as many. we are definitely better than last year. draft and free agency a key to next years success. as to Cohwer. He is a run first guy who provides a very one dimensional offense. it took him forever to get his ring. its only Sporanos third season.

  • Jesse

    That’s why we need to follow this website. Get rid of the fist pump!!


  • jay gatsby

    This is an awful post. way too pessimistic. you call yourself a fan?

  • Antonio

    Fins get Vince Young!!!!!!!!!! He’s a winner who has lead a team to post season games! He can save our future as well as 2011!

  • Eddy