Dec 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum (left) and head coach Rex Ryan before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Dolphins celebrated their 50th anniversary season like a long married couple going through the motions knowing a divorce is coming. With so many adjectives to use it’s better to just jump to a review of the 2015 season.
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How the Miami Dolphins got here, to this point, started long before the season did. With free agent signings, new contracts, and a slew of firings, Miami was to say the least, busy in 2015. The Dolphins started off the 2015 year with a whimper. Stephen Ross had already announced that Joe Philbin would be safe following last seasons Vikings home victory. That only left questions about the fate of his staff.
Philbin didn’t address the staff concerns to the media. Neither supporting them or terminating them. Instead he stayed the course of quietness and readied for the season.
After the season ended the Dolphins began to assess their roster and began to make moves ahead of free agency. But they needed to make a move in the front office first.
After spending a season working as an advisor for Stephen Ross, the Dolphins officially named Mike Tannenbaum the executive vice president of football operations. His hire would not simply be made without a small amount of controversy.
The Dolphins informed the NFL that Tannenbaum’s hire with the Dolphins was not a position of control over player personnel. Miami still had Dennis Hickey in place as the GM and hiring Tannenbaum to take control of personnel would mean that Miami failed to honor the leagues Rooney Rule.
Despite the declaration to the league, no one believed that control of the team had shifted in the direction of the former New York Jet general manager.
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