Tag: Joe Philbin

Tannehill’s play must improve or ‘We Want Moore’ chants will get louder

By Julian (Miami_Jules on Twitter)

It has happened again! The Miami Dolphins, going into the 2nd game of the season following a brilliant and glorious game against New England last week, managed to not just lose the game, but to get soundly outperformed at every level by the Buffalo Bills. Please tell me we’re not about to re-live 2013 all over again and that this game was just an accident, a compilation of all that could go wrong instead.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

There were few positives coming out of this game and since the list of horrors is a lengthy one, I’ll list the good things first, believe me, there are not that many. It was reassuring to see rookie running back Damian Williams doing well, after Knowshon Moreno had to leave the game and Miller’s struggling performance. The second positive we could take from the game is… actually, there are no more positives we can take from the game.

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Are Tannehill’s recent struggles cause for concern?

 

The Miami Dolphins are now almost 2 weeks into training camp. That’s two weeks of hands-on practice for Ryan Tannehill in Bill Lazor’s new offense.  But, instead of hearing about improvement, we’re hearing about Tannehill throwing interceptions….3 each of the last 2 practices.  Should we be concerned?

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Remember, the last time Tannehill last played in a non-Mike Sherman offense was in high school….that was 2008.  He’s learning a brand new offense, behind a totally rebuilt offensive line, all while the coaches are asking him to make quicker decisions AND be more accurate with the football.  That’s asking a lot, which makes it tough to draw too many conclusions before seeing a regular season game.

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Time for the Dolphins to move on and prioritize this offseason

 

The Miami Dolphins just had a very public and very poor showing in front of the rest of the National Football League.  The Dolphins were turned down by 7 men for their open General Manager position.  We don’t need to rehash all of what happened because we all lived through it.  It was sad, disappointing, and frustrating.  We’ve all witnessed what has transpired over the last 5 months.  The Dolphins mediocre play on the field had it’s ups and downs….The Dolphins public relations department had its hands full with the Incognito/Martin fiasco….The Dolphins fired their General Manager and hired a new one, while keeping their head coach in place.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

But it is in the past, it’s time to move on.  Joe Philbin will be the Dolphins Head Coach in 2014….Dennis Hickey will be the Dolphins General Manager in 2014…..and Dawn Aponte will be the Dolphins capologist in 2014….and barring some major shakeup, Ryan Tannehill will be the Dolphins starting quarterback in September.

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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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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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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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.

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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.

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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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Why I love the Dolphins hiring Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator

 

By: Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter; PhinNation on Facebook)

The Miami Dolphins have spent their offseason thinking about what could have been had their offense scored more than a total of 7 points during the final 2 games of the season.  They could’ve made it to the postseason and might’ve had a chance at advancing.  Since the Dolphins didn’t have playoff games to worry about, the powers that be have been interviewing candidates, trying to fill their General Manager and Offensive Coordinator positions. 

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The search for a new General Manager continues, with more interviews expected this week.  However, it seems as though the Offensive Coordinator search has come to an end.  The Dolphins have found their man, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN:

When I saw this tweet, I was shocked.  In fact, I was in the middle of writing a piece about how great an idea it would be to bring in Gary Kubiak as the Dolphins Offensive Coordinator.  But alas, Mort has cancelled that story!  I was also shocked because ESPN reported yesterday that Lazor was set to become the Offensive Coordinator in Detroit.

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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.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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

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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.

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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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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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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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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