NFL.com is reporting VIA both the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post that Miami Dolphins CEO, Tom Garfinkel, stated that Joe Philbin is the Dolphins head coach. According to the Herald, Garfinkel was asked if the new GM would have power to decide Philbins’ future. Garfinkel responded.
“Steve has a lot of confidence in Joe. Joe’s our head coach — a lot of confidence in Joe Philbin,”
“In my conversations withRoss, we are looking for someone with a proven track record of evaluating talent — a football person,” said Garfinkel, per the Miami Herald. “That’s going to be the first criteria. Someone with a lot of intellect. A collaborative team player. Someone who’s creative and open-minded.”
The statement seems to add depth to the rumors that the teams management system will consist of Dawn Aponte retaining much of the teams control. There is no evidence yet that a “czar” of sorts will be added and it’s possible that the GM will report to Aponte. If that is the case the field of legit candidates for the job could be thinned considerably.
It was reported yesterday that Tom Gamble is the number one choice for Stephen Ross but it’s unknown if Cable would take a non-controlled position unless he had full and absolute control over the roster. Jason LaConfora reported earlier that Gamble was a highly recommended talent by Jim Harbaugh who Ross tried to woo a few years ago.
If the Dolphins are indeed set on using Aponte as the powerhouse in the facility, the GM could be a position that yields nothing more than a title. If Tom Garfinkel is interpreted correctly that could very well be the immediate future for the Dolphins. The team has been in disarray for years but it appears that the “light at the end of the tunnel” may be fading a little further away than fans like.