Category: News and Notes

Why did Ray Farmer reject the Dolphins?

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter, PhinNation on Facebook)

Thursday afternoon, we learned that Ray Farmer turned down a 2nd interview with the Miami Dolphins for their open GM position.  Thursday night, I drank a few beers and tried to understand the rationale behind the move.  Why would an ‘up and coming’ personnel guy turn down a 2nd interview from an NFL team…an interview that would result in an increased salary and a promotion?

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Armando’s reporting has been good throughout this GM search so I believe him when he says he spoke with Farmer.  People close to Farmer say that he was unclear on what the power structure would be with the Dolphins.  He was encouraged to take the 2nd interview as an opportunity to clarify things.  First, how could he, as an individual, have left the first meeting without knowing what the position would entail and second, how could the Dolphins not make 100% clear to their candidate, what the position would entail?  It makes both of them look bad if that’s in fact the reason he decided to stay in Cleveland.

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Updated: Dolphins could have new GM in place by Monday

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter, PhinNation on Facebook)

The Miami Dolphins have been navigating the last few weeks of the offseason without a General Manager steering the ship.  I’ll be honest here and tell you that a rudderless ship is still better than a ship that was sailing with the anchor (Jeff Ireland) in the water.  Even though they don’t have a General Manager in place, the Dolphins still have a contingent of scouts at the Senior Bowl practices this week.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Curiously, neither Joe Philbin or any of the Dolphins coaches were in Mobile, Alabama.  I say curiously, because most NFL coaches do attend the Senior Bowl.  The rest of the coaches in the AFC East, for example, were all in Mobile.  Joe Philbin is apparently hard at work with Bill Lazor and the other coaches to work on the Dolphins offensive and defensive schemes.

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Dolphins GM search could take a while

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter, PhinNation of Facebook)

The Miami Dolphins have been without a General Manager for the last few weeks.  Since then, they’ve interviewed 7 candidates, but have not narrowed down that list to ‘finalists’.  In fact, the Miami Herald suggested yesterday that the Dolphins are actually looking to interview additional candidates.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

So the Dolphins are not yet done with their first round of interviews?  Apparently so.  And you can expect that nothing will change for at least the next week or so.  You see, Stephen Ross has been engaged with the process and has sat in on every single interview with GM candidates.  BUT, he’s currently in London and will then head to China.  So if there are more candidates to be interviewed, those interviews will need to wait for Ross to return to the USA.

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Miami, we have a problem: Dolphins players questioning Philbin & coaching staff

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter, PhinNation on Facebook)

If you’re like me, you spent most of your day on Sunday watching the Conference Championship games.  I didn’t pay much attention to the Dolphins search for a GM because apparently Stephen Ross is on his way to London and then to China over the next week or so.  Where the GM search goes from here?  We don’t know. When will the Dolphins hold their second round of interviews?  We don’t know.  All we can do is wait….which sucks.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

But the news that I’m referring to isn’t getting the attention it should.  Take a quick read of the latest Sports Buzz column by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald…..and cringe.   Among the highlights in the post:

““There’s not great respect for the coaching staff there,” said a close associate of several Dolphins players.

“Criticism of the coaches is consistent with everyone I talk to on the team,” said another associate. “You have some assistants who weren’t experienced or comfortable in their jobs. Some players said they didn’t learn much. It’s pretty disconcerting.”

And… “There’s not a lot of great teaching there,” said another close associate who speaks regularly with several Dolphins.”

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Former Dolphin Davone Bess arrested battery of a police officer

 

The Miami Dolphins made a draft day trade last April, sending Davone Bess to the Cleveland Browns.  Up until that point, Bess had been a model citizen with the football team and in the community.  Unfortunately, things have spiraled out of control for Bess.  This morning, Bess was arrested for battery of a law enforcement officer.  The incident happened at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Coincidentally, Bess had come under some criticism by fans and media across Twitter.  Yesterday morning Twitter was ablaze in reaction to a photo that Bess posted. It showed a 5 hour energy, a glass of some cocktail, marijuana, and I think a pack of cigarettes.  It’s tough to recall from memory because by noon, the image was taken down.  The key was that Bess posted……on Twitter…..where he has tens of thousands of followers…..some MJ.  This is why athletes get a bad name, because they do stupid things like this.

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Dolphins to interview McAdoo for OC, Xanders for GM positions

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter, PhinNation on Facebook)

Monday was a quiet day around the Dolphins organization, with the team announcing no interviews for their open Offensive Coordinator or General Manager positions.  On Tuesday, we learned of 2 candidates that will be having interviews…and one of them is a bit of a surprise.  We’ve heard a lot of names rumored to be on the Dolphins radar for the GM spot, but never Brian Xanders.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

On the GM front, Chris Mortensen tweeted out the following:

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Report: Ray Farmer the ‘most impressive’ GM candidate thus far

As we told you earlier today, the Dolphins have finished interviewing 5 candidates for their open General Manager position.  Thus far, the Dolphins have interviewed Ray Farmer (Browns), Jason Licht (Cardinals), Omar Kahn  (Steelers), Lake Dawson (Titans), and Brian Gaine (Dolphins).  The interviews will continue this week, but the Dolphins do not confirm who has interviewed until after the interview has been completed.  So this list will update daily.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

According to Armando Salguero, his sources are telling him that Ray Farmer has been the ‘most impressive’ candidate thus far.  This is on the heels of Armando saying that his conversations, with people in the organization, lead him to believe that Farmer is the frontrunner for the position.  It is believed that the Dolphins will finish their first round of interviews and then bring back their top two choices for a second round.

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Monday Dolphins GM update: Dolphins interview 5 candidates

 

While the rest of us were watching the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, the Miami Dolphins executives were hard at work, interviewing candidates for the open GM position. The Dolphins are looking to find a replacement for Jeff Ireland and they appear to be moving very quickly to do so.  Remember, this is the most important time of the year for a general manager in the NFL.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The senior bowl is less than 2 weeks away (January 25th), the combine is in late February (19th-25th, and free agency opens up in early March (11th). So, as you can tell, whoever the Dolphins new GM is, he will have a lot of work to do.  First, he’ll have to meet with Coach Philbin to see what type of players the Dolphins Head Coach wants for his systems.  Then, he’ll have to speak with all of the personnel staff (college and pro scouting).  And while all of those meetings are going on, he’ll probably be trying to re-sign some of the Dolphins key players whose contracts are up on March 10th (Brent Grimes, Bryant McKinnie, Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, etc.).

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The Future is Now for The Miami Dolphins… or Basic Principals of Keynesian Economics

 

By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins have no general manager, no offensive coordinator. The super bowl champion has not been crowned yet, and the NFL combine is still months away.  So why is it that I am writing about the 2014 NFL draft as it relates to the Dolphins , you may be wondering?  It is very simple. The Miami Dolphins off season needs are obvious ones and so is the talent of some high ranking prospects entering the draft. It is based on these two things, that make this off season early draft needs analysis relevant even at this point.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

It is true that without a GM and offensive coordinator in place, evaluating the fit of draft prospects, could be considered less than just guestimates and more like a wild guess.  But, the need to strengthen the talent on the offensive line dictate that regardless of the direction the Dolphins go after they fill the vacant positions, the OL  must be the team’s top priority (as it should have been in 2013). It is also pretty certain, that the Dolphins will continue to use some version of the west coast offense and zone blocking in the running game. These are factors that make an early analysis of at least offensive talent, not too overly premature. I will concentrate on only one position and on only one player of flexible talent and skills set during this analysis.

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Dolphins GM search begins to take shape

 

The Miami Dolphins have begun their search for a new General Manager.  As soon as the position opened up, speculation reigned and I’m pretty sure about 5,683 candidates were rumored to be on the Dolphins radar.  That list of candidates is beginning to take shape, as we learned on Thursday, exactly what the Dolphins new GM will be responsible for.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Stephen Ross indicated on Thursday that Carl Petterson, his close friend, will help advise Ross during the GM search.  He also confirmed that the new GM would have authority over the final 53 man roster and would report directly to Ross himself (not Coach Philbin or Dawn Aponte).   This GM will obviously need to work closely with Coach Philbin because their vision for a player that fits the scheme must match….unlike the last 2 seasons when there was a disconnect between Philbin and Ireland.

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