Tag: Jeff Ireland

Dolphins lose 2 candidates to keep Philbin & end up with a Hickey

 

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

Ring the bells, get the parade floats ready, the Miami Dolphins have a new General Manager!  His name is Dennis Hickey, a name which I’m sure will end up with a number of different memes if he doesn’t bring in the talent the Dolphins need.  Can you imagine?  Dennis the Menace?  Doo-Hickey?  The possibilities are endless.  The Dolphins swung and missed on a number of different candidates including 2 of their final 4, according to Armando Salguero.

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That’s right, according to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins spoke with 2 of their finalists about becoming their new GM…..but 2 of the 4 candidates wanted the power to remove coach Joe Philbin.  Nick Caserio wanted to clean house immediately (that sounds familiar) and Lake Dawson wanted the power to fire Philbin after the 2014 season if he felt it was necessary.   Stephen Ross and his boatloads of loyalty, declined both requests saying that only he will have the power to decide if Joe Philbin should be retained.

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Big decisions ahead for Stephen Ross, Dolphins

 

By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

Jeff Ireland is gone, so is offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and ahead, bright blue skies and ticket sales. OK, maybe higher ticket sales but there’s a lot of uncertainty going around, at least in the world of arm chair analysts on the Internet, but sports media reporters and insiders  don’t seem to know any better either. Rumors and tweets from media insiders with reliable sources claiming Jeff Ireland was safe, were being spread around like the Swine Flu right up to the moment in which the Jeff Ireland news broke bringing into question the accuracy of any and all reports and rumors.

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We now have the last remaining pockets of resistance from Jeff Ireland loyalists, who are emphatically claiming the Ireland departure was in part or mostly due to a Machiavellian plan concocted by VP of Football Administration Dawn Aponte, in order to oust the often embattled and misunderstood Ireland. There are also rumors, perhaps even unconfirmed reports about  Joe Philbin who has long been on Stephen Ross’ good side, enjoying a huge amount of authority and vetoing power within the Dolphins organization. Here’s the thing, whether these rumors or reports are true or not, if the perception exists around the league  that Joe Philbin’s power is such, the search for a new GM will probably yield less than desired results.

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Latest news on Dolphins GM and Offensive Coordinator searches

 

The Miami Dolphins fired both their offensive coordinator and general manager earlier this week.  Since then, there have been a lot of people guessing as to who the Dolphins would bring in to fill both of those roles.  It’s often difficult to figure out exactly what is the truth and what is speculation.  So exactly who do the Dolphins have in mind for both of these positions?

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Actually, before we get into who the candidates are, let’s first think about what their responsibilities will be.  The Offensive Coordinator is a much simpler answer.  He’ll likely run the offense, with some influence from Joe Philbin, a former offensive coordinator himself.  I would guess the offense would be similar to the one that the Dolphins ran last year.  The new GM is a different story.  Will he report to Joe Philbin and Dawn Aponte?  Or will he have the power to fire one (or both) of them and report directly to Stephen Ross?  We simply don’t know the answer to that question, which makes determining which candidate is most likely, all the more difficult.

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A (Funny) tribute & thank you letter to Jeff Ireland

 

Dear Jeff Ireland,

After your 6 seasons of service with the Miami Dolphins, we here at PhinNation only felt that it would be appropriate to give you the proper send off you deserve.  You helped build the last Dolphins AFC East Championship team in 2008.  And we know you tried your best in the years that followed.  You know, the 7-9, 7-9, 6-10, 7-9, 8-8 years?  You tried and for that you should be commended.

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Tom Gamble is the frontrunner for Dolphins GM position, while other names surface

 

On Tuesday evening, news broke that the Dolphins were finally moving on from their General Manager of 6 years.  By late Tuesday night, speculation was already rampant about who the Dolphins new GM would be.  According to Jason Cole of National Football Post, the man that Stephen Ross would like to replace Jeff Ireland, is Tom Gamble.  Gamble is currently the Eagles VP of Player Personnel, but has little control over talent acquisition, serving under Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman.

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Gamble is an interesting choice, one which I would be happy about.  He has been a part of 11 playoff teams (5 with the Colts, 4 with the Eagles, and 2 with the 49ers).  Gamble has served in both college and pro scouting and is known to have an eye for talent….something the Dolphins can certainly use!   Gamble joined the Eagles this past offseason and has strong ties with the organization since he started his NFL career there before pursuing other opportunities.  It is also believed that Gamble took the Eagles job to relocate closer to family.  He may be the man Stephen Ross wants, but it might take some persuading to get him to Miami.

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Is Jeff Ireland’s job safe with the Dolphins?

 

Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins made their first big move of the offseason; Firing their beleaguered, ineffective offensive coordinator.  We know that more changes are probably in store for the offensive assistant coaching staff. But no one seems to know what the future holds for the Dolphins General Manager, Jeff Ireland.  He hasn’t been given a vote of confidence by Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross.  All we know is that Ireland is still the GM of the Dolphins and national NFL Insiders (Mort and Mike Silver) are saying that he appears to be safe, despite ‘tension’ between he and Dolphins Coach, Joe Philbin.

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So it’s anyone’s guess if Jeff Ireland’s job with the Dolphins is safe and if he will be the GM for the 2014 season.  I have a few thoughts on the matter, which I wanted to share with you.  On one hand, if you were going to make wholesale changes, wouldn’t you want to announce them on the same day?  If you were going to fire Jeff Ireland, wouldn’t you want to do it as early in the offseason as possible?  Doing so would allow the Dolphins to have a larger GM field to choose from.  It only makes logical sense to announce all big changes at once, right?

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Dolphins have ‘Shermanated’ their offensive coordinator

 

Well, the Miami Dolphins have finally made their first move of the offseason.  Nope, it wasn’t firing of Joe Philbin.  Nope, it wasn’t the firing of Jeff Ireland.  Monday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins released the following statement on the team’s website:

“Head Coach Joe Philbin has announced that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has been relieved of his duties. Sherman served as Miami’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons. 

“I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins,” Philbin said. “Mike has been a mentor to me throughout my coaching career, dating back to 1979. He is a man of great integrity, dedicated to his family, his team, his players and his profession. On behalf of the entire Miami Dolphins organization I want to wish Mike and his family the very best in the future.””

 

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Ireland and Philbin should return to the Dolphins

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins are a good football team, but their 8 wins are a major disappointment, especially considering that half of them were against teams who were only playing for pride.

Losing to Buffalo twice and also to Tampa Bay and the New York Jets is inexcusable.

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However, more than anything, it showed that the Dolphins can be beat by old fashioned football.  They struggled against teams that could run the ball and play defense, but there are many ways to fix that for 2014.

On the other hand, the Dolphins were built to beat the best, and did.

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What is Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross doing?

 

Miami Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross, is conspicuous by his absence.  Where is he? What is he doing?  Who is he seeking advice from?  What decisions will he ultimately make regarding the future of the Miami Dolphins?  Will he force Joe Philbin to fire Mike Sherman?  Will he fire Philbin himself?  Will Jeff Ireland’s reign in Miami finally come to an end?  The truth is, no one knows because Stephen Ross has not been seen since his helicopter left the Dolphins Headquarters on Thursday night.

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The latest news we have came from Chris Mortensen of ESPN on Sunday Countdown.  More essentially said that both Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland appear to be ‘safe’.  Then, on Sunday night, Mike Silver of NFL Network tweeted this out:

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Source: Philbin was infuriated by some of Sherman’s playcalling

 

The soap opera that is the Miami Dolphins continues to play out before our very eyes.  Another day passes and we have no clear decisions being made or changes announced that will help the team improve in 2014.  According to the Dolphins beat reporters, Stephen Ross was not at Dolphins Headquarters today.  Joe Philbin, Kevin Coyle, Dawn Aponte, Jim Turner, and a host of Dolphins players were there.  One person that no one saw was Mike Sherman.  Now, he could’ve gotten in before the reporters arrived or he might not have needed to be at the facility today.  No one knows for sure.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

I would like to point that no one has any inclination as to what the Dolphins are going to do.  Everything you read will be speculation or calculated guesses.  The popular consensus is that Stephen Ross used yesterday as a fact finding mission.  He met with both Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland.  What is also becoming more clear is that the Dolphins Owner thinks that Mike Sherman could be the scapegoat for the 2013 season.  Why?  Because his offense ranked 27th in the NFL….after finishing 27th in the NFL in 2012.

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