Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
- This is not the glamorous job it once was
- The presence of Ireland may deter some coaches from coming here
- The uncertainty about Peterson (and who would be the boss) might hinder some coaches
- There are other (possibly better) jobs that will become available
- Some teams will have a more settled QB situation, which is key.
- The chemistry between Ross and whoever is hired has to be right
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Clearly Ross has decided that he wants to win now, and will set his expectations high - I would expect they will try and get a vet of some kind to compete with Matt Moore. So, maybe a later-round selection. But not one of the "sexy" picks.
I've heard some names batted around, so let's see what the dealie-o is:
Bill Cowher: If Jeff Ireland remains in place, I have trouble believing Cowher would want to come here. He would want control over at least some aspect of the team. Besides with other openings likely, he'll have his pick of some "good situations." [So, no based on B]
John Gruden: He's a bit of a big ego, and like Cowher would want some say on the team. I have my doubts about how well he'd get along. [possibly]
Jeff Fisher: this might be the smartest hire among bigger names. I suspect he would cede personnel control to Ireland. He's a solid coach. [likely]
Brian Billick: the guy was an offensive minded coach who assembled what might be the greatest defense in NFL history. I generally like the guy, but I'm not sold on his ability to coach - look at why he was fired...he wasn't keeping the team motivated. [No, based on 1]
Andy Reid (if he gets fired): this guy is over rated, and clearly his 9 playoff years are behind him. Plus his demeanor is like Tony's. While the name might put butts in seats, I think the performance will be lacking [possibly]
Les Miles (if Ross wants to go the college route): if Ross were to go after a very successful LSU coach, I would think people would say WTF? Is this deja vue? He's talented, and may win a championship, but has limited pro experience. [no based on iii]
Rob Ryan: As I've said before, this is the smart choice. The guy is an up-and-comer, is brash, and would likely put fans in seats - if only to see his reaction to the world. And it would tweak his brother in NY, which isn't a bad thing. [probably not, based on iii]
And I've heard talk about David Shula. While the name is inspiring and he is kind of "the next Don Shula," Dave had his turn at coaching and now runs a successful business. Don't rule him out, but don't count him in either. [dark horse?]
There may be others, but they generally don't fit the first one - big name.
So it seems to me that Jeff Fisher is the guy who most fits what Ross wants.
Oh and lest I forget, here's an article Jason Cole did a few weeks ago on coaching: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=jc-cole_2012_nfl_coaching_candidates_111011
Monday, December 12, 2011
And I've been thinking about it a lot. There are 3 weeks left. You
almost fired the guy in January. You could have fired him at 0-7, or
after the loss to the Cowboys.
There must be some significance to the timing. But why not?
Why not wait for the final gun to sound against the Jets.
You told us earlier there was nothing to gain by firing in-season.
So why did you do it now?
Its weird, isn't it?
to being a former Cowboy coach (shocker, I know) is an african
american gentleman. Not that changes anything, or really means
But, it does occur to me that by hiring him and presumably
interviewing him to retain the job, Ross does meet the requirement for
the Rooney Rule. He can go out and hire whoever he wants without
having to go through more than one interview.
In a way, that's kind of smart.
fans could express their displeasure with Stephen Ross by not going to
the last home game against the Jets - just give your tickets away to
Jets fans. That would certainly show Stevie what you think.
I'd go one further. Call the Dolphins. Email the Dolphins. Tell
them what you think. Then, don't buy their merchandise. Don't renew
your tickets. That sends a message. And if you really do feel like
throwing some money their way, at least include a note with your
ticket payment that you're a fan but you don't agree with things.
has a previous history. And someone who will fill his stadium.
To which I say phhhhhtttt.
As I have noted in the past, previous success is not an indicator of
future success. Coaches don't move from one team to another and find
that same level of success with their new charges.
So I'll be curious to see who he ultimately hires.
But I see it thusly: could it be any worse than the guy he's replacing. After all parcells did nothing at all.
fun of it all, and made up nicknames for all of the major players.
and in another comment, I made reference to them being the three
oh and by the way, see the picture I posted before Bill left here:
I went on to say that Sparano was a "lame duck"
season, owing to the sham and his signing a contract extension. I
fully expected he would be fired, and the dolphins would underperform.
I called them a joke and said they had to earn my respect
and then finally I said they had to win 11 games - and laid out my
And here we are. They will finish no better than 7-9, and
realistically will probably lose at least 2 of their last 3. The
Bootin' Bull will almost certainly be gone. The furious enigma, who
knows? Schmoe Montana already has both feet out the door. And Cap'n
Izzy remains here.
And that means its open season. Here goes - Cap'n Izzy, your team is
a fraud. All that crap in January did nothing but prolong the
inevitable. It wasted an entire season, and drove fans away (they
wanted the team to succeed - look at how they clung to the absurd
belief that after 0-7 they could make the playoffs, then finish 8-8;
they were still fans). In the end, though, a lockout would have been
a better alternative. You couldn't possibly be considering
"tinkering" with your team, could you? This team is a joke, a joke
perpetrated by you, and in turn on you.
Tony managed to keep the otherwise forgettable players together, and
they were playing hard and saying the right things because they're
paid professionals. They always want to win - and meet any incentives
in their contract. But Sunday, much like week 1 against the Pats,
showed just how far away this team is. In week 1, the Pats toyed with
the Fins. Yesterday, the talent on the Eagles was too much. Its
crazy - there's not enough coaching, and there isn't enough talent or
You still haven't earned any respect from me - and its going to be
harder to get it now. Thing is, when it comes to football, I am a
passionate fan with a long memory. I despise Nick Saban and Bill
Parcells. I didn't like what JJ did here, and Dave letting Welker get
away - to the Patriots for the love of Pete! - is still something to
be annoyed about. Its going to take A LOT to reel me back in. And
telling me "we're close on personnel" isn't going to cut it with me.
Nope its time for wholesale changes. Shake everything up. You *need*
a coach who is brash and not afraid to speak up once in a while (I
don't want anymore of "well, we believed in ourselves, and when it was
26-7, and we got that field goal wow did we think we were on our way
to a comeback." That's crap.) You need to let players speak their
minds. You need to stop shutting fans down. Make the team feel
accessible. And you need a little star power ON THE FIELD. Get a QB
with charisma, whoever that is. Please let me hear about a prima dona
receiver who says "throw me the damn ball" - at least I'll know he
This is utter nonsense - and I'm so glad I stayed true to what I said
- I bought no merchandise, no tickets, nothing. But I consumed the
product when I felt like it, and continued to speak my mind.
What an embarrassment this franchise has become.
My sources tell a slightly different tale. Ross is leaning to firing Sparano, but still hasn't decided about Ireland. At least in part it depends on what coaches are available (and how many have been fired), and how well he perceives they would work with Jeff/how much personnel control the new guy would get.
It's also possible that Jeff may be essentially demoted from his current role.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
But. They showed how much difference there is in talent level between themselves and what is pretty much considered to be one of the most talented teams (player for player) in the league.
And speaking of that, the fins also showed how little depth they have. Jp Losman is no Matt Moore. And losing two linemen didn't help.
I heard Sam madison say that the injuries are the reason the team lost. I don't think so. They are just not quite good enough.
On JTs two sacks: kudos to him on moving up the list with two sacks on the day. Still, I have to temper that with the simple fact that on sack one, Vick slipped and JT was the recipient of relative good fortune. And on the second one, it was about generally good position. He had no shot at Vick, but one of his teammates (Odrick?) forced Vick up into JT. A sack is a sack of course and they're never "easy" but overall his play was in the neighborhood of average. Hey just my two cents.
Oh the Dolphins are so good. Sooooo talented. Their offensive line is playing really well. Matt Moore is the answer at QB. Their defense is outstanding.
Ummm, yeah, how does 24-7 look, sucker?
Tony is doing his utmost to ensure he and Jeff will be out of a job in about 3 weeks...