The report says that Mr. Ross is considering keeping coach Phibin, but firing Jeff Ireland and OC Mike Sherman. And I have to wonder WTF?
I think the fact that he is considering firing Ireland is positive. But keeping Philbin and firing assistants is problematic for five reasons:
1. Philbin has a contract that gives him authority to hire and fire coaches as he sees fit. Is the owner going to put pressure on coach to fire assistants, or will he do it himself? Mr. Ross firing them violates Philbins contract and could lead somewhere bad. Philbin already stated he had no plans to change and Sherman is his friend - and make no mistake in coaching friendships trump team loyalty.
2. Hiring a new gm from outside will be nearly impossible because that person has to work with the coach. Promoting from within means you still have the same inherent issues with the team, and you're putting trust in someone who hasn't done the job before. And as we saw some years ago (was it Saban and Mueller?) having strained relationships between gm and coach can't lead anywhere good. They have to work together, and forcing one on he other is a tricky dynamic,
3. We still don't know anyone's role in bully gate. Is this still going to blow up in Mr. Ross face?
4. Philbin has proven himself thus far to be a mediocre coach. His game plan, coaching decisions, and adjustments haven't worked. Under 20 points per game? And he's really not motivating the team in the right ways. Case in point, week 17, he's in great shape and a playoff berth is on the line. Ryan might get fired in NY. Ryan outcoached him and gets retained. And Philbin might get retained. Maybe. But more by default.
5. This will mean that Ryan Tannehill will be the returning starter. I like the kid, but he's a good QB and not a great one. A middle of the pack guy who won't win you championships. He's the modern day Jay Fiedler. Someone needs to have the courage to replace him, or at least try and do so....it seems unlikely that they would do that with Philbin remaining as coach,
So, Mr. Ross, please consider a different path. Talk with Nat Moore, Marino, Shula, Tony Dungy, and whoever else you trust. Yes, going this route may seem like it provides the most continuity, so you're not rebuilding this year. But what if next year, you're still looking at 8 or 9 wins. Is that success?
So many times in the past, like the Saban deal, like with Sporano when Mr. Ross went out coach hunting, like keeping Wannsetdt after a sub-par season (and he quit during the following year), the season gets wasted by a single decision that seems to be right to the owner - but the media and fans see it differently.
For the love of Pete, don't waste another season. I'd rather rebuild than be sitting here in January of 2015 debating whether the move to keep the coach and fire the gm and assistants was the reason the team was mediocre yet again.