Dolphins Need Management Change

Maybe they just need a change in management.

The Dolphins are clearly not a team that is a small part of the scene in it’s urban area.  Or the US, for that

Wayne Huizenga and Stephen Ross - Miami Herald

matter.  I was surprised to find the number of Miami Dolphins sites and information that is available on the internet these days and from so many sources and fans around the US.  Even some in England (shout-out to one of our writers here at PhinPhanatic.com).  But with such a tradition and a following that the Fins have, why are they not being managed in the same way and with the same focus and skill of many other teams…such as the Green Bay Packers (a municipal-owned franchise), or even the St. Louis Rams are run…?

Here is what we know: there were definite gaffs in handling the changes at Offensive Coordinator and with the Head Coaching position at the end of the season.  Tony Sparano was verbally told he’d be the man but then a coast-to-coast search was conducted and reported by the media.  Then Sparano was kept and his contract even extended.  But the damage was done – clear loss of credibility with ownership and that must translate also to the players and the fans.  So, would some other teams have done similar things in handling their situations?  I don’t think so.  And I dearly hope that Jeff Ireland et. al. have learned their lesson on this because there are numerous upcoming situations such as with both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams to deal with and these need to be handled with tact.

With a professional administration, you could reasonably expect to re-sign Ronnie and part with Ricky at this point.  And with a good scouting and front-office, you can reasonably expect to re-sign Lousaka Polite and find another good running back somewhere in rounds 3-5 without giving up your number 15 draft choice in the first round.  And with a good, Bill Parcells-type administration, you would expect to bring in at least 1 veteran and 1 very promising rookie QB to challenge Chad Henne, while the new OC and the new QB Coach get things straightened-out from a basic offensive coaching perspective.  And, needless to say, with a good administration and ownership, you would expect all of these improvements and continued improvement on Special Teams and Defense and then you would have an overall improved football team that could, for instance, at least win another 3-5 games and have a shot at the playoffs thereby and therewith.  You would be able to pretty much count on those things happening if you were a Packers fan or even a 49ers fan, frankly.

And for the record, we do not need to change to the West Coast Offense in order to be successful and therefore should not draft somebody who has spent their entire college career playing that style of offense (Cam Cameron).  So, damn-it lay-off those guys and let’s just get a solid QB pick (see Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero editorial here http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2011/03/first-to-the-news-the-dolphins-have-scheduled-a-private-workout-and-visit-with-nevada-qb-colin-kaepernick-for-later-this-mon.html).

And therein lies the problem: despite promises, promises from Steven Ross (owner) and Jeff Ireland (Personnel Guy), they go and make dumb mistakes and let (former New Orleans Saints TE) Jeremy Shockey go to another team despite passing the Dolphins physical and not a physical from the other team; and despite Shockey publicly proclaiming (and this quote staying in the news for several days due to slow news after the Super Bowl) that he really wanted to play for the Dolphins because he lives in Miami.  And yet, an explanation is not even forthcoming from that same administration to explain what occurred….

Look, Miami is a great – not good; great city.  It is one of those special good-weather and lots of good times to be had cities that is really special.  You and I could have ended up as Bills fans, right?  But fortunately, we aren’t.  Or we could have been the (thug-like) Raiders fans.  Anyway, you get the idea.  We’re Miami Dolphins fans.  The house that Shula built.  And with that comes respect and tradition.  I do not speak idly here when I mention this fact.

Cross your fingers on this but if the Fins can manage to do the above things and keep their players from drinking too much or beating on their girlfriends during the off-season.  And if, knock on wood, the season does happen including that all of the College draftees don’t strike also, then we may just get back some of the satisfaction that is our due.  And the NFL will start to take this franchise seriously about more than just ticket sales and the weather.

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  • MJ

    Change the management and then what? Bitch and moan about how we suck in the next couple of years? What we need is stability and (I know it sucks) patience from fans.

    BTW I know I just preached about patience lol but we need a fuggin QB!!!

  • Ranadicus

    None of your examples of what you think are well run teams werfe 1-15 three years ago either. Where exactly do you expect a team to stand at this point? Ross has made a lot of mistakes as owner no doubt but the rebuilding is right on track with reality. As for the OC give him a chance, he turned a nobody into a pro-bowl caliber running back with the Browns (Miami was 6-2 last year when they ran for 100+ yards) and he’ll have far more talent to work with in Miami than he did in Cleveland.

    As for drafting a QB I’m all for it, on day three. Once the mini-camps and OTA’s are lost the the labor issues the only guy we have who knows the offense will be starting out of neccessity anyway so why waste a high pick on a QB we’re not going to use?

    As for Shockey, one he’s damaged goods, two he can’t block and three he (and every other player who wants a contract) is going to tell every team that calls how much he wants to play in their city.

  • jackson

    Wow–2 posters with common sense! The whiners must be busy filling out their brackets.

    I too am glad we passed on Shockey–he is old, slow, often injured, and a team player only when the mood stikes him. We don’t need another #2 TE, Fasano is that guy.

    QB is going to be tough–but none of the current crop of draftees is worth more than the 15th pick, and the current management (thanks in part to their own mistakes) does not have time to develop a new one anyway. Henne may be our best hope–which is not optimum–but we have enough holes to fill on offense and special teams that we can’t sacrifice everything to reach for a new QB.

  • thomas loy

    The new OC definately needs a chance. I think Daboll is a good selection. As to QB, I and curious to see how Brandstater plays during training camp, assuming a CBA is signed. And Daboll may cure Henne’s problems as well. Henne described the new system as “QB friendly”. Shockey was a bit of a disappointment, but you’re better off building thru the draft. And I don’t think Miami should resign either williams or brown. Hillard and Sheets might be the answer at RB.

  • Lou

    We need a new HC and GM… Sparano has lost his authority over his team by virtue of the Dolphin’s incopetence, hence leadership is gone, not to mention the Harbough fiasco. The Dolphins should’ve hired Cowher or Grudden.

  • Ian

    The Phins have been very up front about improving speed. Shockey is slow and oft-injured. DJ Williams at TE will be an excellent pick-up if we can trade down for a 2nd round pick or if he falls to round 3. I’m losing confidence in drafting Kaepernick at QB. I think we need somebody with a better completion % like Dalton or Mallett.

  • Jimbo111

    Oh boy, another doom and gloom post, just what we need. I find little fault with the way Sprano was handled. I believe he was told he had done a fair job, but in the mean time another interesting coach became available. An offer was made and not accepted, so Sprano was given an extension. Did Sprano do an outstanding job last year and no other coach even been considered… NO> He had a lot of coaching errors in my opinion, putting so much into Henne, a QB I have never had high regards for was one mistake. Not letting the OC go mid season was also a big mistake IMO. I thought he was doing a very poor job, and should have been let go, in spite of the difficulty of replacement mid season. No, in all, I think ownership has done C-B work, and deserves at least the respect and chances that Henne is being given.

  • Bert Smith

    Please note that even injured for several games last year, Jeremy Shockey caught more passes for New Orleans than Anthony Fasano. He has nothing but a productive history despite injuries. At the very least, he could probably push Fasano to be better….

    And no-way will a rookie QB be an improvement right now for us unless the name is Marino and we’re in the way-back machine to 1983. But I bring it up in the article because it provides: 1. A future and 2. Another push on Henne.

    Some (other writers on other sites) have even suggested bringing in QB’s such as Donovan McNabb and Jamarcus Russell. But again, we don’t run a West Coast Offense in Miami and don’t need another retraining project right now….

    Best is to take somebody over 6’2″ with a winning record and solid passing accuracy who can read defenses – any way you slice it, we’ll see a benefit there.

    Too bad we can’t pick up Matt Flynn from Green Bay.