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It has been
just a few days since St. Nick made his Christmas Day announcement that he was
giving himself the Miami Dolphins as a present.
Dolphin Nation is quite pleased with this turn of events. Heck, even Don Shula
has given his imprimatur.
naturally, the debate has immediately swung into what Nick Saban will/should do
and how he will/should do it.
At the top
of this debate is whether or not Saban should wear both the head coach and
general manager hats. Some feel that it would be better to continue the dual
power system the Dolphins have in place today.
Me? I have
always believed that if a coach is accountable for cooking the meal, he should
be allowed to shop for the groceries.
philosophical spin was originally made famous by none other than Bill Parcells,
a man who doesn’t have such formal authority in Dallas.
be fooled; Parcells wields significant influence in deciding which players the
way, Parcells has veto power over anything Jerry Jones might ‘suggest’.
And so it
should be in Miami. If the Dolphins are going to get their ship headed in the
right direction, they can only have one captain. This is especially true when
there are major changes needed and the people in power haven’t shown that they
can get the job done.
the clean up job that Jim Bates has done is so impressive. The mess that is the
Miami Dolphins is a lot bigger than people think.
what’s wrong with the Dolphins is going to take a lot more than splashing
perfume on a pig. Hard decisions must be made, and they must come from a man
who does not have preexisting biases towards anything currently inside the
Dolphins have right now is just not good enough, starting with the players on
Saban is a
superb judge of talent, one of the major strengths that lured Wayne Huizenga to
think that Saban is going to do all the dirty work himself. Like any gourmet
chef, he will fill his kitchen with competent and talented sous chefs to do the
prep work he needs in order to work his magic.
the prime decision will be whether or not A.J. Feeley should continue as the
starting quarterback. While Feeley has shown a lot of improvement over these
past couple of months, Saban will have to judge whether or not Feeley can
complete the journey.
As for the
rest, Saban can pick ‘em fine. Just understand that he will need to find someone
to do the due diligence in a manner that suits him.
Is that man
Now, to his
credit, Spielman has a reputation for being very thorough with his due
diligence. This can be of tremendous benefit to Saban, a man who relies on good
information to support his gut for good players.
Spielman will have some blunt conversations this next week. Can Spielman
overcome the disappointment of being dethroned and wholeheartedly accept a
return to his old job? Can Spielman deal with working with a man who approaches
things quite differently than his predecessor did?
Spielman or someone else, just know that Saban will surround himself with
people in whom he trusts to do things his way.
includes his coaching staff, where his most important hire will be an offensive
coordinator in whom Saban can count on to fix things. This could mean a
complete change in offensive philosophy. It will certainly include recommended
it would be a coup if Saban and friend Jim Bates could come to an understanding
that would keep Bates in Miami.
other teams have watched Bates at work and may come calling. How could anyone
not be happy for Bates in that circumstance? He earned it.
one who wants the Dolphins to succeed relishes the sight of Bates anywhere but
in Miami. No one understands the current defensive scheme and players better
to give Saban the straight scoop?
Add it all
up and you’ll see a collection of smart people who will be helping Saban run
the show. Just know that Saban isn’t into democracy. He will make the final
He will set
the tone. He will make sure that things are done right. He will accept the
fruits of victory and the rotten eggs of defeat. He will control his own
not? Nick Saban is a winner, with a resume that sparkles. He knows what it
takes to win and doesn’t want (or need) an overseer telling him any different.
yes, obstructionists no.
yes, “yes-men” no.
track record as a coach has earned him this opportunity. The hard work begins
on January 3rd.