Local Media Lashing Out At Miami Dolphins

The ride home from Miami after a game is long.  It’s even longer after a loss.  This past weekend the Miami Dolphins lost yet another ugly game to the only team they have never beaten.  The Houston Texans.  How ugly was the game?  When your sure footed kicker misses two FG’s from inside the 40, it’s going to be a long afternoon.  I can also tell you that the sun compounds the agony of losing quite a bit as well.

After leaving the stadium we tuned in to a local AM sports radio show.  Never got the call letters or hosts name but I can tell you that nothing that came out of his mouth was positive.  I can also tell you that his opinions were not merrily the result of a loss but instead over the way the team was playing, being coached, and being outplayed.

He pointed out the fact that over the last 12 home games, the Dolphins have won one.  ONE.  He pointed out that his faith in the front office of Jeff Ireland has yielded little more than money being spent from Stephen Ross’ pockets.  He ripped Ross for allowing this team to become a celebrity side show and Mike Dee for just about everything else.  Then it was Sparano’s turn.

He started with the offensive line and never really let up.  A quick stop at a gas station in West Palm Beach yielded a conversation with an area local who said that the host wasn’t the only one thinking that way.  He said that Miami media is ready to go in for the kill any moment.  Some take a higher road he said but most if not all are ready to throw in the towel on everyone associated with Ireland, Sparano, and Stephen Ross.

I suppose everything starts at the top and works it’s way down.

Stephen Ross took over the team for Wayne Huizenga who many felt was a horrible owner.  Mr. H’s main problem was his decisions of who he brought in to run the team and who he listened to in order to make those decisions.  Mr. H. was not a football guy and left the team to be run by the GM/HC.  Ross however immediately took to the celebrity wagon adding minority partners to the team, running an “orange carpet” walk of fame into the stadium, and a waffling aura of not being able to make a decision on the football side of the business.  Ross is a business owner and he needs to stay on that side of the field.  Let the football people do the football work.  For the most part he stays out of it but his love affair with the celebrity side of the business gives the perception that it’s more important than the football side.

Mike Dee is taking heat for a lot of things.  In Boston the man turned around a Red Sox fan base and filled the stadium.  His game events sparked fans into action to attend games and it improved the cheering crowds towards the team.  In Miami however, Dee does not have the 81 home games to work with.  He has 8.  So far he has done nothing to win the attention of a disgruntled fan base.  For all the pomp and circumstance outside the stadium, it’s a dire unenthusiastic crowd inside.  As CEO of the team, it’s his job to find a way to get people back into their seats.

Thus far his attempts to put bodies in the seats have been met with skepticism.  Consider the Florida Gator fiasco.  It should be noted that the Dolphins did reach out to honor the Miami Hurricanes and were told no.  Dee is trying to come up with ways to sell tickets but unfortunately until there is a product on the field that fans want to cheer for he is paddling upstream.

Jeff Ireland is the man in charge and thus far his decisions are not exactly rising the masses to their feet.  Karlos Dansby was heralded as a great pick-up but has yet to make a major statement.  His love affair with former Cowboy players is becoming a Saturday Night Live skit, and his inability to add players that consistently perform for other teams is putting Tony Sparano at a disadvantage before he walks onto the field.  Ireland doesn’t seem to be taking much blame these days.  At least not in the mainstream media but that will change if and when Sparano loses his job.  Top available coaches are not likely going to come to Miami with a GM already in place.  In other words, it’s very possible that if Tony goes Jeff goes.

Tony Sparano seems to have the water rising around him with every passing game.  If it’s not a bad timeout or a bad play call, it’s a decision like Sunday to punt with 8 minutes left in the game and losing rather than go for a first down on 4th and 1.  It’s the inability to step in and get the right personnel in the game such as Will Allen over Nolan Carroll.  It also goes without saying that the players on the team are his responsibility.  His decisions to keep players like Austin Spitler over AJ Edds and the on again off again relationship with Larry Johnson is growing tiresome.

The play of the offensive line is now a running side show that is trending towards absurd.  Sparano’s inability to fix the one area of the team he was supposedly a genius at is ridiculous.  The Dolphins can’t win if they can’t score.  They can’t score if they can’t run.  They can’t run if they can’t pass.  All of that is reliant on the offensive line play.  It’s horrendous.

There have been only two games played this year in what is a long season.  The Dolphins have time to turn this around and make a run for the playoffs.  It’s far too early to throw in the towel or assume that the team will eventually lose faith and dissension in the locker room will take over and force Stephen Ross to make huge changes.  It is however, not too soon for the Dolphins to lose their fan base more than what they have already.  Too many fans opting to watch the game elsewhere or not at all is already creating issues for the teams home field advantage.  Of course the team actually winning at home is a major issue as well.

There are a lot of questions that are not answered after two games.  Instead, there are many more questions that are being asked.

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  • tennetom

    Pleeeze. Plenty of answer have been answered and continue to be answered. Henne is an uninspiring, lackluster, three string QB who the team has lost faith in. Sparano is not even a very good O-line coach. Ross is a clown who thinks Henne is the next Marino. The denial of writers who try to keep the fans in the dark are only doing that to save their own jobs and keep web site hits. As far as me, I continue to support the Dolphins but I’m not surprised fans are bailing in droves…

  • Corners

    dont care how much you have a bias against henne 3rd string qb’s dont throw over 3000 yards.

    Our fans put more energy into tossing people out from the team then anything constructive.

  • tennetom

    First string QB’s don’t throw 12 for 30 either. Fool. He’s the reason the team is giving up. What’s his red zone stats fool?

  • tennetom

    I’m highly offended when some fool fan blames the fans for the pathetic play of Henne and the team What’s the reason we should shut up at take it? 1-11 at home you fool.

  • tennetom

    I don’t care if Henne has thrown for 3 million yards, he’s not scoring points to win the damn game! Some on here are so used to mediocrity they praise Henne if he wipes his ass correctly. Henne is the main reason the team is lack luster and the D has given up. Why play hard when you know Henne is going to go three and out especially if it’s the forth quarter and it’s in the red zone. Channing Crowder is right, he hates the guy.


    Nice hate obsession with henne fool. Fool you sound like a childish fool, fool. The only fool on this board is you fool. This is henne’s last year to prove anything after that we have the draft til then shut your henne bashing foolish talk fool cause lord knows there’s a lot more wrong with this team than henne fool. If the droves of fans include you then no loss it’s nice to get rid of all the village idiots. Fool

  • Lespaul

    It’s tough to be a fan living in Houston especially when you have been kicked around six straight times. It will hopefully take yet another re-org from the top on down before this team starts winning. I hate to say it, but even the best trained army will lose if it doesn’t have anything to fight for.

  • miamiman

    This is getting ridiculous!!! The Dolphins will never lose me as a fan which means Im stuck with whatever storm they bring me. I HATE the celebrity side show Ross brings to the Fins cuz the idiot celebs cant even wear a Dolphin Jersey, so how the heck are they gunna have owner ship. I deserve it more than they do.

    THE PROBLEM WITH THIS TEAM IS DISCIPLINE. Henne isnt responsible for cb’s and safety’s giving up td’s. Henne isnt responsible for defensive players cramping up cuz of bad conditioning WHEN THEY PRACTICE IN MIAMI. I didnt see patriot players cramping up. The Pats were scroing on us from the get go. Ireland should not return no matter what. I could be GM and i know little about football business but at least I hate the cowboys so i wont take any of their players LOL. How much of a joke has he become. I like Sparanos passion, but he needs to command the respect of his players and rule wit an iron fist. How many players have talked about the “relaxed” environment of practice. GREAT COACHES make practice HARDER than the game so the actual game will be easier to win.

    I can speak for every Dolfan when i say, im sick of losing, and im sick of our team being a joke. We got some qualtiy players on our team, I think its time we start getting the maximum out of their talent.

  • compcomplex

    Boys, this team is effed, plain and simple. With a loss at Cleveland followed by what should be very difficult to sit through against San Diego, New Hampshire Tony will be gone…

  • tennetom

    I pity the Fool who calls me Fool.Watch Henne stink it up and Cleveland and came back to this board so I can smash your stupid face in the stank. Oh wait that stank is going back two years now!

  • tennetom

    Fool you must think going 11-21 is a quality QB. I wonder how ugly a wife you got? @SSSG4DB

  • tennetom

    Let’s see, all other afc east foes are 2-0 with quality qb’s… we’re imploding on defense, our 0-line is in shambles, our cb’s are hurt, Long is hurt, Channing Crowder is better than Burnett, we don’t a quality return man (Ginn was given away) our front office is filled with a bunch of dingleberries and this writer seems to think it’s inappropriate for the media to write about this ridiculous state of affairs in Miami? What is this fool smoking?

  • tennetom

    Henne lacks fire in the belly. You can see him taking his sweet time while in the red zone and under two minutes. All you fools who thought it was Henning and his play calling, why is he still a complete moron when it comes to the red zone and scoring? Oh yea, blame everybody and anything else but don’t you dare hate on Henne!

  • ccherald2

    First let me say you have made several valid points however I feel something should be pointed out ref Mike Dee. I do not know nor have ever met the man but I know he came to the Dolphins as a quite successful man in his profession albeit his experience is in the baseball realm of pro sports. On a few occasions, I have made comments in various FINS-related forums about how the Ross/ireland trip and coaching search (in violation of NFL rules) out West to try to hire Harbaugh as head coach, made Mike Dee’s job next to impossible to do. That embarrassing blunder on a grand scale along with several other gaffes by Ross, Ireland and Sparano sent immediate messages that there was great dysfunction in the front office giving no confidence nor hope to a weary fan base that blue skies were on the horizon any time soon. You cannot expect this man to fill the stadium with the current dissatisfaction and dislike for Ross, Ireland and Sparano, who combined, have brought this franchise to it’s darkest days as demonstrated by it’s horrendous win/loss record since they took charge. Mike Dee will only be able to be effective if this team is winning after all the roadblocks the trio have placed in front of him. I wouldn’t blame the man at all if he resigned and sought a more functionally-stable employer.