Tag: Stephen Ross

Would DeSean Jackson make sense for the Dolphins?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Philadelphia Eagles have cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson and the Miami Dolphins are among the teams that could be interested.

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Photo Courtesy of Wigstruck via Wikipedia

Bill Lazor was brought in as offensive coordinator because of the success of the Philadelphia Eagles offense last year and it would only make sense to bring in one of the leaders of that offense to shorten the learning curve.

The Miami Dolphins wide receiver corps are coming into the season pretty banged up and Mike Wallace did not demonstrate that he was worthy of being called a number one receiver.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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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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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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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