Sunday, December 06, 2015

Today's big winner

That award goes to reader Linearz. He responded to several posts explaining what's wrong with the Dolphins. And he's spot on.

Yeah Tannehill is just mediocre. But he isn't the biggest problem. (Sorry Ray!)

The real problem starts at the very top. The absentee owner who has no clue about football and who cares not a wit about what's happening sends out renewals with price increases and a bad product. That's not caring about much - except that bottom line.

And of course, Ross hires a guy who he thinks is "all that" in Tannenbaum and puts his faith and trust in him.

He's also called Parcells a time or two - and well, he might have been a great coach a couple of decades ago, but he was a complete waste here and undermined the team at every turn. So why he has any faith in that guy is beyond me.....

Of course Tannenbaum is in it for his own self preservation, his own legacy. He'll do what he thinks is right and what keeps him in the owner's good graces. If that means he has to take personnel duties from Hickey, he will. If it means he thinks the long term answer is Campbell at coach, he'll do that.

He will always be in the middle and will never cede control to a big name coach. Rather, he's likely to have a coach who does what he (Tannenbaum) wants.

He's already shown his mentality and mindset in extending Tannehill - a move that was in no way warranted and hampers the team's growth for several years to come.

So fans, 8-8 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. There may be some wins. Maybe even some big ones. But there's no point in getting to high or throwing your money at this team.

Watch the games if you like, and enjoy them if that's your thing. But realize the team is going nowhere until Ross decides to sell.
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Dave, thanks. Good to know someone else is seeing this, and you've summarized far more eloquently than I have.

But the real question I now have is, what do I win? Don't tell me 8-8 season for perpetuity, I much prefer cash.

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This team sucks...top to bottom.! Been a fan since1970...seems like lifetimes ago now...any fan paying money to see this trash might as well buy tickets to sail the Titanic...on second thought at least you had a chance at a lifeboat there..! With this franchise all the future holds is an ocean full of icebergs and Admiral Ross and Capt.Tannenbaum sailing the ship...I think I'll jump overboard while I still can.!!

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....The absentee owner = Yea all he does is spend tons of money trying to turn this team around... Tannenbaum may have hit a home run with Parker = man that would suck for those who need to hate...likely to have a coach who does what he (Tannenbaum) wants = Coaches do not always draft well(think Shula), much better having a coach that can get the most out of what he is provided... team is 'not'going nowhere until Ross decides to sell = wishing for what you cannot know can end up being worse then what you already have...just-say in

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I concur, 100%

Is there anyway we can get a petition going, demanding that clueless idiot to sell the team (even if it's just symbolic)?

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@limearz. You win a trip tot the toilet bowl! That's the ultimate game they play I. Every year.

@gasnotoil - maybe they hit on Parker. Maybe. But he still missed half the season so we'll see. And one nugget over the course of a decade is terrific (yeah, I know not all of them are his of course)

I was one hoping Wayne would sell, and I realize he was a bette owner.

And finally on Ross spending. Survey says "eeeeeeehhhhh". There's a giant x on the screen.

People say he opened the wallet for free agency. There is a salary cap ceiling AND a floor. All teams have to stay within the two. A few seasons ago, he was on the lower end, now he's on the higher end. But not in a smart way of course (overpaying for Suh and Tannehill).

People say he funded stadium improvements "himself" which is patently false. He got an interest free loan from the NFL and is making money back baed on various events coming to town. Makes him sound generous, but he's really making money both ways, and perhaps selling more tickets.

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I concur, 100%

Is there anyway we can get a petition going, demanding that clueless idiot to sell the team (even if it's just symbolic)?

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@gasnotoil - Shula didn't draft well? His teams were consistently one of the deepest in the league despite rarely picking in the top 20. Yea, there were a couple misses, and a top pick that tragically passed, but overall Shula knew talent.

Tannebaum is not a good GM. His record for the Jets is hideous. I'm surprised he even has a job in the NFL after that - but I wasn't surprised he was available. So far, Tannebaum has destroyed the salary cap with players like Tannehill and Suh. And Tannebaum's decision to go with a coach that he was willing to fire after week 4 shows that he doesn't have what it takes to be in the position he is in. Really - any coach a GM would be willing to fire after 4 weeks shouldn't be a coach at all, and GM that allows that to happen should be the next guy fired.

I stand buy my statement - I believe I could do a better job than Tannebaum at a fraction of the price. I'm still waiting for my phone to ring....

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@Dave -
Thanks, I am already barfing nearly every time I watch this team play. I suppose the toilet bowl is a better place for that than most. Now I feel like a winner.

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I've been a fan since 1981 and I've always tried to remain positive which you must be as a true fan but yesterday's performance by RT, after we ran well, defended well made me jump along with all you on the "dump RT" bandwagon. He was so bad he made guys like Mark Sanchez look good. Several bad passes; poor pocket presence and for as smart as he is (per guys like Jon Gruden) this guy is pretty clueless. We needed US to take the game buy the balls and lead us to a victory and a convincing one. Nope, instead he was worse and it seems to be a trend. The ONLY way we will get our wish is for Ross to get the hell out as I've been saying for at least 4 years. I think a petition ought to be started as as inept as he is one would think his business sense or at the very least his conscience should weigh in. WE get him out and all the front office goes with him. Clean house top to bottom. I also think a second petition to Dan Marino to put together a group to make Ross an offer and make it public so he feels the media and fan pressure.

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I've been a fan since 1981 and I've always tried to remain positive which you must be as a true fan but yesterday's performance by RT, after we ran well, defended well made me jump along with all you on the "dump RT" bandwagon. He was so bad he made guys like Mark Sanchez look good. Several bad passes; poor pocket presence and for as smart as he is (per guys like Jon Gruden) this guy is pretty clueless. We needed US to take the game buy the balls and lead us to a victory and a convincing one. Nope, instead he was worse and it seems to be a trend. The ONLY way we will get our wish is for Ross to get the hell out as I've been saying for at least 4 years. I think a petition ought to be started as as inept as he is one would think his business sense or at the very least his conscience should weigh in. WE get him out and all the front office goes with him. Clean house top to bottom. I also think a second petition to Dan Marino to put together a group to make Ross an offer and make it public so he feels the media and fan pressure.

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Dave will throw in a roll

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Love your name

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Bobby Beathard was Shula's Director of Player Personnel until Redskins stole him in '78.

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Bobby Beathard was Shula's Director of Player Personnel until the Redskins stole him in '78. We did have draft issues for a few years.

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@Carl

I hear "Shula couldn't draft" a lot, but that is a myth!

Shula was from an era of coaching where the buck stopped at the head coach for everything. There may have been scouts, but Shula was their boss, and when it came time to pick a player, Shula was the ultimate decider.

Shula was doing this for 25 years, over 4 eras of great football - 70's, early 80's, mid-80's, early 90's. He was somehow able to put together teams against the handicap of poor draft position, limited payroll (Joe Robbie was CHEAP), and - at one point - getting thoroughly cannibalized by the WFL.

I don't get the people that say Shula couldn't draft. I tend to think all these people remember is Bosa, Kumerow, and Sammie Smith which I agree were bad ones (though Smith was debatable as he looked great coming out of college - who knew he'd become a coke head). People tend to forget that, within a few years of these mistakes, Shula also drafted John Offerdahl, Lewis Oliver, Pete Stoyanovich, Bryan Cox, Richmond Webb, Keith Simms, Troy Vincent, Tim Bowens, and OJ McDuffie. There may have been few a more pro-bowlers I left off the list.

I don't know if I'd call that bad drafting. One thing that Shula was never afraid to do was cut a top pick or start a late rounder. Because of that, I think people tend not to remember that many players that were going deep into the playoffs were drafted under Shula.

The other thing that kills me about that era is how Dolphin fans back then would bicker and complain about the team because all they would do is go to the Super Bowl and lose, or go to an AFC championship and lose. And if the team made it to the playoffs and lost in the second round, it was "Fire Shula, he can't coach". I file all that nonsense with "Shula couldn't draft". Yea, I miss those days.