Sunday, January 10, 2016

Dolphins Looking For One Vision

After all the turmoil of the past season and all the recent changes in the hierarchy in the Miami Dolphins organization, a new way of operating has been implemented.

Do yourself a favor and go onto www.MiamiDolphins.com and watch Greg Likens' interview with owner Steve Ross on the Finsiders.

I know a lot of fans are not pleased with Ross' ownership and, after watching the interview, you will see that he realizes that he couldn't blame us.  He doesn't come right out and admit it but he does admit some interesting tidbits.

Watch it and see if you can see what I mean before I just tell you. You may be as impressed as I was.

Also watch Likens interview with new Head Coach Adam Gase. Now this one gives me mixed emotions.  You can clearly see that he is a bit uncomfortable with the media which is understandable for a young guy thrust into that position but that is what comes with the territory.

With such a young roster, Gase has to assemble a very good teaching staff and then have a couple good game managers at his disposal. He is keeping Darren Rizzi to run the Special Teams, whom I liked since his days at Rutgers.

Gase is interesting to say the least.  He does garner a lot of praise but the lack of Head Coaching experience is the big question here in my eyes.

I wish he would have had some HC time on his resume but Don Shula took over the Colts at age 33 with no HC time on his resume. So have plenty other successful Head Coaches.

But many more have failed.

So the Dolphins are in the hands of Executive Vice President Mike Tannebaum. For better or worse, his finger prints are all over the organization now.

Lets hope they got it right this time.

Phins Up!!!
Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
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Every once in a while a Zimmer or Arians becomes available. This year that guy was Hue Jackson. Hue has done nothing but succeed everywhere he goes and he turned Andy freakin Dalton into an MVP candidate. He got a terrible Raiders team to 8-8 as the HC. He is the guy we shouldve been after. Instead, we went after a guy who built his resume with Peyton Manning doing his job for him and one year of Jay Cutler going from a crappy QB to a mediocre QB. The Bears offense was in the bottom half of the league last year!

Gase is supposedly a QB whisperer. Thats be great if he was hired as an OC or QB coach but to be a head coach you need alot more skills than being smart and making Jay Cutler a decent QB. Also I have watched quite a bit of his work in Denver amd in Chicago and I would say NO ONE in the NFL calls more WR screens then Gase. I hate WR screens, and especially with how oblivious Tannehill is while throwing them. Gase is to young and inexperience to give me any confidence about this hire.

I could be wrong, I hope Im wrong. But I think years from now well look back and wonder why we didnt hire Hue Jackson instead.

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@ Phinsfan54zt:

I've been preaching about Hue Jackson since Philbin was fired! I think Miami made a huge mistake by not even interviewing him. I hope I'm wrong but I just don't see it. I would have even been happier with Shanahan....

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Well there is no looking back.

Did you guys watch the Ross interview?

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Well there is no looking back.

Did you guys watch the Ross interview?

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First of all the general word around the NFL is the Hue Jackson was not going to end up in Miami. Waiting to interview him could've cost us the chance to sign Gase as he was highly coveted by several teams.

Second, while Shanahan would've been viewed as a safer choice he wasn't someone that you would expect to grow and adapt in his HC style as he is pretty set in his ways. Yeah, he might have gotten us pretty far but for how long and would he be able to produce like he used to in today's NFL?

Third, Gase is such an unusual find in the NFL that he could very well be the next Shula, Belichick, Walsh or whomever. He possesses many traits and abilities that are necessary to be a successful HC Which makes this a risk worth taking.

Fourth, with the research put into this decision people have to realize that none of us know the real inside information needed to make this choice.

Fifth, This time we didn't settle for the only guy we could get like we did with Philbin. This time we had a vision and plan which was implemented. And we got the guy we wanted who also happens to viewed as one of the top candidates for HC this year by many of his peers and sports media alike. That also was not the case for Philbin.

Sixth, for those who are concerned about hiring someone without headcoaching experience lets look at who made the playoffs this year. 8 of 12 teams are lead by first time head coaches.

This time is different. Still no guarantee it will work but is worth the risk.

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Gase must hire experienced Coordinators to help him or he will probably fail. It makes no sense when everyone in charge is new at their job. I'm sick of Miami's "the blind leading the blind" personnel decisions.

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I wanted Jackson too. Gase is Philbin reincarnated.

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Excellent analysis

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Not sure about that

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He could be the next john gruden,Gruden was a up in coming coordinator for Philadelphia 19 years ago and look what he did in Oakland he the team in good shape for bill Callahan, And he won a super bowl in Tampa bay.I hope I'm right this time this coach is way better than philbin.

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He could be the next john gruden,Gruden was a up in coming coordinator for Philadelphia 19 years ago and look what he did in Oakland he the team in good shape for bill Callahan, And he won a super bowl in Tampa bay.I hope I'm right this time this coach is way better than philbin.

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Ross used the "I" word many times explaining the Gase hire. He appears to gaining football savvy, however strange that might seem.

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I'm curbing my optimism, but that doesn't mean I'm going to bash Gase. If we couldn't get Hugh Jackson, then my other choices would be either Gase of Lovie Smith.

Shanahan sucks and hasn't been relevant for a decade at least. Plus he's a tyrant.

Coughlin is too old to be a long-term solution and how long has it been since the Giants were relevant? Even the two SB seasons they had, they just slipped into the playoffs and then got hot. I don't want that. I want the Dolphins to rule the division and get into the playoffs DECISIVELY every year.

Chip Kelly is...fill in the blank.

Lovie Smith is the only one with HC experience I would've bothered to interview.

Again, I'm not getting my hopes up, but lets give the guy a chance before all of us "experts" write him off.

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David...great analysis

Strat and Drum....not sure about that

Rich...lets hope so

Can...strange as it is, Ross admitted some mistakes so he is learning something along the way...nobody is perfect

Jeremy....I agree, lets give him a chance, we have no choice

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We can not have inexperienced coordinators though. We MUST have experienced and effective coordinators at those positions. We have already hired first DC...we can not keep rolling the dice with first-timers...I really liked what Dan was able to do with absolutely NO STAFF whatsoever. Would've loved to see him get a chance to build a staff and give this thing a "real" shot. But what can you do.

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We can not have inexperienced coordinators though. We MUST have experienced and effective coordinators at those positions. We have already hired first DC...we can not keep rolling the dice with first-timers...I really liked what Dan was able to do with absolutely NO STAFF whatsoever. Would've loved to see him get a chance to build a staff and give this thing a "real" shot. But what can you do.

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Yes Carl I did watch the Ross interview and the Gase interview. I didn't find anything about them noteworthy except Gases demeanor which was a little uncomfortable and timid but it's his first interview so it didn't strike me as a bad thing. Ross said everything a guy who just hired a new coach and is trying to sell seats would say. He's the right guy and we'll do well. Heard that one before. Didn't really see anything worth looking into.

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I'm not ruling Gase a dud already, I'm just not buying into this "chosen one" theory anymore. I want to see the results and I'm done anointing every new miami HC as our savior. Jackson was my pick but we'll see how it turns out. If Jackson does well and Ross' fav doesn't, it will only make me more disappointed with this franchise.