Is anyone else embarrassed?
Just minutes ago national media outlets reported that New England’s Nick Caserio has decided to stay with the Patriots. Unfortunately this is only one of many rejected Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has felt in the last few years.
Apparently Caserio leveraged the Dolphins to get a raise with the Patriots, and it worked. He was underpaid and now he’s making a better salary, per Adam Beasley.
The sad part is, Caserio isn’t the first to decline Miami’s GM job. Ray Farmar, from the lowly Cleveland Browns, chose Cleveland over South Beach. Ross also felt rejection from offensive coordinator Ben McAdo who chose to direct the New York Giants’ offense over Miami’s.
Then there’s last season when Jeff Fisher chose the St. Louis Rams over Miami, Jake Long did the same, Peyton Manning didn’t even want to interview but did it because of a friendship with Dan Marino. Of course there was the Jim Harbaugh fiasco too.
Everyone cites different explanations for choosing a different direction, but the bottom line has become clear: Stephen Ross. There’s no question Ross is committed to winning and he’ll spend unlimited money to do it. But money can’t fix everything and it certainly can’t fix the structure and chain of command in Miami.
In terms of the GM search the Dolphins can’t win. How can they sell that whomever they hire was their first choice? He clearly wasn’t when two other candidates turned them down. It’s time to face the facts; this isn’t a glamorous job anymore.
We can’t fire Ross, and it’s on the current players’ shoulders to turn it around because at this point what else can be done?