The More it Changes, the More it Stays the Same

This picture has nothing to do with the story, it just makes me angry.

After watching this organization embarrass itself at the outset of the off-season, conducting a “clandestine” coaching search while banishing Tony Sparano to a figurative professional purgatory for several days, then insulting the fan-base’s collective intelligence with a preposterous press conference, you’d think the Dolphins would make it a point to change how they operate.

After all it was the current way of operating that landed the Dolphins at 7-9 for consecutive season, nearly cost Tony Sparano his job, has alienated a portion of the fan-base and has strained relations between the coach and GM. All indications were that things were going to be different, the powers that be said so. They wanted to install a dynamic offense and buck the archaic philosophy that had Miami running an offense circa 1989 in 2010.

That being said, it’s hard to reconcile those comments with the fact that the Dolphins are reportedly interviewing John Garrett, the Dallas Cowboys tight end coach, for their offensive coordinator opening. I apologize if it seems like I’m losing patience, but HOW IS THAT ANY DIFFERENT FROM THE PAST THREE YEARS?!

Since Bill Parcells and his little nit-wit protege Jeff Ireland showed up they’ve been pruning players and coaches off the Cowboys roster. However, aside from Anthony Fasano (and maybe Coach Sparano himself) not a single one of those moves has paid off.

Akin Ayodele was statistically one of the worst 3-4 middle linebackers in football his last year as a starter for the Fins. Ever heard of Deon Anderson? He spent the season on IR for the Fins. Bobby Carpenter? Yeah, don’t need to rehash that one. Paul Pasqualoni, Pat McQuistan, the list of bad acquisitions of former Cowboys goes on and on and on.

Hey here’s a tip, I know you’re familiar with these players because of the time a lot of our coaches and execs spent in Dallas, but the Cowboys were awful this year. At 6-10, they were actually more disappointing than the Dolphins. Typically, the guys that get cut on a bad team are not gems (unless it’s the Dolphins, JD Folsom, Rob Ninkovich, etc…).

It’s one thing when the Patriots cut a 7th rounder like Ted Larsen and he goes on to nail down a starting role in Tampa. They’re a good team, sometimes there aren’t places on a good team for talented players. Dallas is not a good team. So stop collecting their garbage! You would think after all the ridiculousness of the last few weeks, this team would move forward focused on finding the best possible coach for the role. What I did not expect was for this regime to turn around and, once again, go find someone in Dallas.

And least shocking it would be a tight end coach. Parcells favorite position. Not a QB coach, not someone who has been a coordinator before, Jason Garrett’s brother, the Dallas tight end coach. Does the nepotism know no bounds? Did Bill Parcells even leave?

Let me ask you something, is there anything about John Garrett that excites you? Does he have a proven track record? No. Does he have experience as an O/C? No. Has he ever worked with a hall of fame player? No, he was the QB coach for Jake Plummer a decade ago (1999-2000) but that isn’t really enough for me to feel good about.

No, if Miami hires John Garrett you’ll know exactly what to expect for the next year. The same old BS. This isn’t a dynamic hire. It’s not impressive, it’s just easy. Miami goes and finds some guy they’re familiar with off a 6-10 team and tries to put the proverbial lipstick on a pig by telling us how great he’s going to be.

I don’t buy it. Nothing has changed in Miami.

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  • Ken

    You need to get a grip! Garrett is just one interview. He is no lock to even get the job. Besides that, how the heck do you know what kind of offense he favors? He’s not in position to call plays and the last I looked, the Cowboys offense generally lites up the scoreboard. Its the defense that sucks. I’m not saying this because I think they should hire Garrett. I see no need for an article like this at this time, There has been enough stirring of the Sh-t!

    • Cheryl

      I’m with you Ken, at least lets see what the Dolphins actually do before beatin’ ‘em down again!

  • http://phinpanatic.com Scott

    I was saying the exact same thing earlier. I’d prefer the OC not be someone who has worked with Sparano/Ireland in the past. It makes no sense to me to continue the BS…….

  • Roger

    I fully agree with these cooments. With 30 other teams to look at, it seems like the dolphins are just plain lazy in their search and just keep falling back on “familiar” players/coaches from their previous life in Dallas. It’s obvious a “resume”, a track record, is not important to them, they just pick and hope for the best. I don’t want some old retread, a young coach with some new ideas would be great, but get one that has shown those ideas to work.

  • Jeff

    Patrik – this is dead on. The above posters saying it’s just one interview don’t get it. It’s like telling your wife you are moving her out of the neighborhood to a better location and the first house you look at is three doors down on the same street!

    Interviewing John Garrett is basically saying, “We want a guy who is going to stick with the same ideas we’ve always had about offense.”

    The best thing Sparano can do is get an offensive equivalent to Mike Nolan and turn the whole thing over to the OC with limited oversight/input from Sparano. If they want new blood – look to the QB coaches at SD, NO or Philly. All three have been with dynamic offenses, had good QB performances, and understand the modern aggressiveness necessary.

    It’s not just about saying you want to attack. You have to have a system that actually does attack effectively and utilizes an abundance of talent. The Saints & Chargers have done just that.

  • Jimbo111

    I understand your angry, but do you need to use such derogatory language? Can’t you just state your opinion.

  • Patrik Nohe

    To what are you referring? The most profane it gets is nit-wit and garbage. Not like I’m swearing up and down on here.

  • HELL YEAH

    AGREE completely! This is a cruel joke, there are better coaches out there than the guys you have met before. Ross POUNDED sporano for being boring and almost takes his job. Sparano keeps it, turns right back around and makes the same mistakes as before, I dont want to watch this garbage, no more cowboy castoffs, get a OC in here now! And a good one Sporano!

  • Edub21

    Do you really think the offense that cowboys run is the same as the fins ran this year? It’s obvious they going to move toward a more west coast offense. Getting the tight end more involved.. With more speed and down field attempts with under nneath crossing routes. I’m not ashamed to say but Henne would excel in this offense.
    Miami currently runs all underneath routes with hardline as only downfield threat. He doesn’t have the speed to get it done consistently. Going out on a limb but if I were Miami I would look to trade hartline he has some upside but at best he will be a solid #2… they may be able to get a late 2nd or 3rd for him. Then steal Braylon from the jets with marlon Moore as a solid #4. This is a complete change in philosophy..braylons speed will open b marsh to be hell on teams to cover. I give henne a chance to compete for the job. He has the arm to do it! FYI who thru the ball to Braylon at Michigan?

  • JustNo

    I usually like and agree with articles on this site, the key word being USUALLY. That being said, calm the eff down dude, it’s an interview. Its not a job offer, its not a hire, well, not yet at least. For the time being its just an interview. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the hiring process, but it usually involves multiple interviews with various applicants. They’re also interviewing Rob Chudzinski and considering the current wide recievers coach. Did you mention any of this is your little rant? No. You didn’t. Articles like this are pointless and you come off like a whining drama queen. Sorry to be so frank but I call it like I see it. Lets stop crying that the sky is falling until it actually comes to pass. Its an interview, not Armageddon.

  • JustNo

    I usually like and agree with articles on this site, the key word being USUALLY. That being said, calm the eff down dude, it’s an interview. Its not a job offer, its not a hire, well, not yet at least. For the time being its just an interview. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the hiring process, but it usually involves multiple interviews with various applicants. They’re also interviewing Rob Chudzinski and considering the current wide recievers coach. Did you mention any of this is your little rant? No. You didn’t. Articles like this are pointless and you come off like a whining drama queen. Sorry to be so frank but I call it like I see it. Lets stop crying that the sky is falling until it actually comes to pass. Its an interview, not Armageddon.
    Sincerely,
    JustNo

  • Gucc83

    Well I agree with the article, some o your points were on, but come on. I am very tired of Ex Cowboys coaches and players. Nolan worked out fine. Last time I checked the Cowboys have not won since the mid 90′s. Try borrowing from a relevant team. The Saints, Colts, Steelers, Eagles, even the Pats. Teams who are there every year.

  • aron

    the dolphins need to take the steps and hire the right coaching and plan the direction they want to go in. if sparano is the man there then he needs to assert himself. to many times they let it slip away and blame who you will but the indecisive staff and some players make it hard to win. they need stability at qb and o line and they definetely need def. help for the few studs they have. you cant win with feild goals and 4th qtr ints and stalled red zone drives. they need to wake up and make the tuff personnel calls and move on.

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