Parting Shots After Dolphins Loss

Where do you even begin?  I have spent much of the last three weeks realizing that the Miami Dolphins are simply not a good football team.  Losses?  Yeah, no big deal, the team simply hasn’t played well enough to win and to be honest, I’m not going to root for poor play.  Mediocrity yes, but Miami isn’t even mediocre right now.

Today’s loss simply put Miami’s problems into the national spotlight.  Why?  Simple because the Dolphins have been talked about all week as the team that was going to honor their opposing teams QB’s college team. 

So there are plenty of parting shots to go around and while I normally don’t do this.  I’m really pissed right now and frankly they all deserve it.

This is not about losing.  I have become numb to that.  This isn’t about giving up two touchdown drives with under 5:00 minutes to play and a two point conversion along with an on-side kick.  This is about the men who supposedly run this franchise.

Mike Dee – Dee did wonders in Boston where he ran the Red Sox and turned sagging ticket sales around and filled the stadium.  His antics in Miami have yet to fruitfully help the home team.  His desire to ask the NFL to move 1:00 PM games in September to 4PM games did not bring fans into a cooler stadium, but it did take away a major advantage for the home team on the field.

Dee also came up with the idea of “Club Liv” the party center on the club level of the stadium that is more a nightclub than a football interior tailgating party.  In fact, there are no seats in the club that provide a sitting view of the game. 

If that were not all bad enough, Dee had the brilliant move of creating today’s blunder.  The “Gator Appreciation” game that honored the 2008/09 National Champion Florida Gators who just so happened to be led by Tim Tebow

It was evident on the first series of the game that Dee had made a mistake when the “home” crowd cheered loudly when Tebow ran onto the field.  It was deafening on the television late in the game when Tebow brought the Broncos back to tie the game and then finally in OT winning it.

While there is little chance that owner Stephen Ross will fire Mike Dee…he should.  He should very much consider this mistake and get rid of it.  Mike Dee is not a football guy he is a business guy and his acts to bring butts into the stadium are impacting the home field advantage.  It’s no coincidence that the Dolphins have won only one home game in two years.  Today was a massive slap in the faces of Dolphins fans and even the players that play for the team.

Stephen Ross has made one major blunder, that of trying to lure Jim Harbaugh following last season.  He opted to keep Sparano when Harbaugh said no, now, he will need to fire Tony Sparano.  Not at the end of the season but now.  Not because he lost to the Broncos but because once again the team was not prepared and his decisions with time and scores simply showcases that he is out of his league. 

What Ross does now will carve his own future and while I stand to give him a pass until after this season…ie over his minority celebrity owner hires and even the Harbaugh issue, I do take offense to seeing him standing on the sidelines talking with former Gator HC Urban Meyer laughing it up when the team he owns is pissing away a chance at a first win.

Ross is starting to come off like that little kid with a lot of money who can buy anything but the same kid who is never really invested in it.  Ross needs to start showing that he is invested in the teams winning and losing and not the bottom line.

Ross will have this off-season to make fans believe that he truly does care about what is on the field.

If Tony Sparano wasn’t on the chopping block last week, he should be out the door as early as Monday.  Today’s game was an absolute joke and despite the teams short comings, they held a 12 point advantage before Sparano chose to go for two when he didn’t need to.  Add the final FG of the game for Miami, the Broncos would have been trying to carve out a win from 16 down instead of 15.  Meaning they would have needed two, two point conversions and not one to win the game.

The Dolphins are a lifeless football team that can’t put together four quarters of play, that is a reflection on how they are coached and managed.  It starts with Tony Sparano getting this team prepared and it’s something that he simply cannot do. 

Sparano doesn’t even look as though he wants to be there and if he can’t exude confidence or desire into his team then his team isn’t going to play with any.  If the team can’t play with confidence then the fans won’t care if they come to the games. 

Stephen Ross and the stadium sponsors bought the remaining tickets of the game to make a sell out and thus not blacked out locally.  He needs to let it be blacked out and save himself the money.  Fans are not going to come to watch a football team who doesn’t play to win or a coach who doesn’t motivate his players.

Ross has the rest of the season to start convincing the fans that he cares about this team and wants this team to win because he “wants’ them to as a fan and not because it’s good for business.  Fans won’t buy into the latter and neither will the players or the coaches.  He can start by getting rid of Tony Sparano tomorrow and maybe even start thinking about getting rid of Mike Dee now too as well.

The Dolphins never needed gimmicks to put fans in the stadium, they only needed to see ownership show up on their side.  For all the knocks that Wayne Huizenga took as the teams owner, no one ever questioned his agenda to field a winner.

Topics: Florida Gators, Miami Dolphins, Mike Dee, Stephen Ross, Tim Tebow, Tony Sparano

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  • hawkfinfan

    Yeah, I’ve been trying to tell you Ross is a Kooky Owner. Ireland,Sparono,Nolan and D*ckless Dee need to be fired ASAP!

  • perezex

    That was the worst game I have ever seen by the Miami dolphins. What the he’ll was Sparano thinking going for two? Or running 3 run plays with 6 minutes left AMD giving the ball right back to Denver. Forget the fact that we weren’t running well all day or the fact that Moore was go goin 8 for 8 on the prior drive. How about just time management and not wasting timeouts before the two minute warning, and challenging, ANYTHING AT ALL! Just like last week against the jets no passion or care from an incompetent coach.

  • fins4ever

    Time to stop harping on the honoring of the Gators. The half time ceremony or Tebow fans didn’t lose the game for Miami. Let it go. BTW, it was the idea of Nat Moore, not Mike Dee or Stephen Ross. You like Nat, right?

    http://www.onlygators.com/10/20/2011/nat-moore-im-a-gator-thats-my-no-1-love/

  • mmandia

    I keep refreshing my computer expecting to see, “Sparano fired” headlines……

    What gives?

    I can’t remember a more inept head coach, but I think Singletary could get an honorable mention.

  • jimpls72

    Have any of you thought that Ross was feeling out Meyer on the sideline? At the end of the gamr the pictures of Meyer on the sideline showed Meyer in deep thought rather them cheering for his favorite player of all time. He would be somewhat of a high profile coach and Ross would most likely be able to keep Ireland if he wanted.

  • fins4ever

    @jimpls72 Meyer was watching the game while totally ignoring Ross.

  • RandyCarlson

    Mr.Ross

    Pay Cower whatever he wants,give him 100% control of the Dolphins open the check book

    then sit down and shut up.

    forty years as a Dolphin fan this s%*t is getting old !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Phinsanity

    Brian,

    I agree with you 100%. The management of this team is horrendous. Stephen Ross laughing it up with Urban Meyer (Tim Tebow’s biggest fan) right before overtime was sickening.

    This is my take: http://phinsanity.blogspot.com/2011/10/tim-tebow-beats-miami-dolphins.html

    I’m afraid as long as Stephen Ross owns this team, we are in trouble. Unless we can get a forceful head coach with a lot of respect who won’t put up with his bullsh*t antics!

    J.R.

    http://www.phinsanity.blogspot.com

  • dolfan486

    I think that the problem is the whole team. The owner, manager, coaches, players, and other staff. There really is nothing we can do but sit back and pray for transformation to begin.

  • Lespaul

    if Sporano had not gone for two and settled for the PAT we probably would have won this game. Even a high school coach knows you go for two to win not when your ahead in the 4th. The other gripe I have is you know Tebow is going to run the ball inside the 5 yard line and you had no defense for it….really??

  • RandyCarlson

    Not a single person asked or noticed that his name was misspelled

    (I have reason) ask me.

  • mscout99

    Honoring the Gators isn’t an issue with me; the Dolphins needed to throw a bone to the Gator alumni in south Florida, so I see it as a non-issue.
    Regarding he game, Sparano should have kicked the PAT, Nolan should have called a defense for Tebow’s run on the 2-pt conversion, and Miami should have found a way to score another TD. How this offense is so inept astounds me.
    I hate to say this, but I think it’s time for fans to boycott games. Ross ha shown he’s much more interested in Club Liv and the Hollywood nightclub BS than winning. We’re not going to get better until we have true football people running the show, and as long as Ross and his stooges are in charge, this is the standard we’ll have to get used to.

  • Lespaul

    whats truly amazing is that you could see this game slip away after we missed the 2 point conversion. you looked over on the Denver sideline and it was like they just won the super bowl. Oddly though, the team played well enough to win and the defense hung in there and created problems for Tebow early on. It’s Sporano and the coaching staff that deserve most of the blame for this one.