where the Miami Dolphins are today as an organization. It’s why this team must
be scrubbed from top to bottom. Nothing, and no one, can be safe or sacred any
longer. It’s the consequence of being one of the worst teams in NFL history.
is the unmistakable reality that owner Wayne Huizenga has accepted. He is beyond
fed up with empty promises from front office types, coaches, and players. He is
fed up with losing; so fed up, in fact, that he almost sold the team.
Huizenga regained his composure and made perhaps his smartest hiring decision
since buying the team over a decade ago.
hired someone who knows how to run a team from the top. He hired Bill Parcells.
is what good leaders do. They surround themselves with people who know more
than they do, people who understand how to make an organization successful.
is not an indictment of Huizenga’s own leadership abilities. He admits that he
doesn’t know football. Few NFL owners really do. Still, he is a good owner
because he cares deeply about winning, demands a first class organization, and
puts his money on the table to back it all up. And, despite the fact that he’s
the only person with a financial stake in the team, he readily defers to his
football experts because he recognizes that he is not a football man.
of course, is the ultimate football man. He and Huizenga should make a great team;
a football guru together with a deep-pocketed, non-interfering owner.
comes to Miami
as the Senior Vice President of Football Operations, in the very same job that
Huizenga once foolishly offered to an unqualified Dan Marino.
Big Tuna has the experience and football acumen to know when a coach is doing
his job, and when he is not. He knows when a personnel department is bringing
in good players, and when it is not. He knows when the cap is being managed
responsibly, and when it is not.
short, he knows winning football and how to make it happen.
Dolphins are in the mess they are because Huizenga trusted the wrong people
over the years. They made promises and failed to fulfill those promises. They were
excuse-makers or quitters, or both, and Huizenga didn’t know enough to separate
legitimacy from incompetence.
this most miserable of seasons comes to a close, it is Parcells who will be the
judge. And make no mistake; he will start will Cam Cameron and Randy Mueller.
those of you who think it is unfair to fire a coach or GM after just one
season, just remember that all bets are off when a team fails as badly as this
won’t predict whether or not Parcells will retain Cameron or Mueller because
injuries laid complete ruin to the plan they had put in place.
what will be damning to Cameron and Mueller is that the Dolphins were winless
through the first quarter of the season when the roster was still pretty much
at full strength. And you can bet that the injuries won’t be completely waived
off as uncontrollable.
always wonder, ‘Why are these things occurring?’”, said Parcells at his
introductory press conference. “I remember I had relayed this to a couple of
fellas this afternoon – I remember taking over another team. I first went in
there and looked at the medical reports, and the dossier was about, literally,
almost four or five inches high of just medical reports. So I took that into
the team meeting with me when I met with the team first. I said, ‘Now, there’s
something wrong here. Either the athletes aren’t good enough to keep from
getting hurt or we’re not in good enough condition to avoid it. Whatever it is,
this dossier is going to be about 10 percent of what it is now next year.’”
Monday, the Miami Dolphins will be heading in a new direction. Anything on or off the field that is not conducive
to that direction will be changed. Anyone employed by the Miami Dolphins, even
in a business role, should be concerned about their jobs.
this is the consequence when a team fails as badly as this one did.
frankly, making coaching and front office changes will be the easy part
relatively speaking. The harder work will come in rebuilding the roster.
the Dolphins have just seven players that are legitimate keepers, no questions
asked: John Beck, Lorenzo Booker, Ronnie Brown, Vernon Carey, Ted Ginn Jr.,
Reagan Mauia, and Samson Satele.
they have just four: Channing Crowder, Vonnie Holliday, Joey Porter, and Jason
Taylor. Add Zach Thomas to the list if he agrees to restructure his contract to
cover the team in the event that his health fails to permit him to compete.
kicker Jay Feely and assuming the team re-signs Rex Hadnot, the Dolphins have roughly
25% of the 2008 roster set.
even this is a diluted number because the Dolphins don’t know who their QB will
be next year, Brown is coming off of a serious knee injury, Thomas has a lingering
concussion issue, and five of the aforementioned players are rookies.
really is an oversell. Parcells and the Dolphins are essentially starting from
pretenses, no illusions, no false promises. Perhaps this is what’s been needed