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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:36 pm 
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Most of what goes on around a football team happens behind the scenes. Practices are closed. The locker room is closed except for a few minutes a day. Meetings are private. The draft room is off limits. And, of course, the hiring, firing or retaining of coaches and personnel people is way, way out of bounds.

(Unless the owner has a helicopter and he lands candidates he's interviewing on the field of the team practice facility).

Anyway, all that stuff is behind the iron curtain. But the curtain sometimes has little peepholes and sometimes names get out. And sometimes we learn that what we see in public is only a small fraction of what happened and was considered behind the curtain.

So allow me to share with you names of people that have to be swirling in Stephen Ross's head now that he's going to "look at everything," as he said about evaluating the Dolphins future direction:

1. Eric Mangini: Ross wanted to hire Mangini prior to the 2011 season but changed course when Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano balked at the idea. Ross loves Mangini, currently a Senior Offensive Consultant for the San Francisco 49ers, for reasons I am not clear on. Mangini obviously has experience as a head coach as well as defensive coordinator but Ross would not limit the consideration of Mangini to a coaching job. Mangini wanted to drive his career toward the front office and so if Ross fires Jeff Ireland, this is a possible GM replacement. Indeed, even if Ross retains Ireland, Mangini might be brought in to oversee both the coach and general manager. Ireland is no longer in the position of strength he enjoyed in 2011 so he'd be unable to dissuade Ross this time.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:42 pm 
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If you'll notice there are a lot of New York Jets connections here. It probably makes Dolphins fans quesy because it's the Jets and, after all, their Super Bowl drought is longer than Miami's so what makes those folks so smart?

But here's the thing: Ross has multiple Jets people around him now.

L. Jay Cross is the President of Related Hudson Yards and is leading the Related Companies' project on the west side of New York City. Ross is founder and chairman of Related. Cross was president of the New York Jets from 2000-2008.

Matt Higgins was the New York Jets' executive vice president Business Operations from 2004 through early January 2012. He left the team to co-found RSE Ventures, a tech company charged with getting fans closer to sports and entertainment events. The co-founder and chairman of RSE? Stephen Ross.

Higgins was a valued advisor to Jets owner Woody Johnson during his time with the Jets. When Ross came out of the Dolphins locker room on Sunday he was accompanied by, you guessed it, Matt Higgins.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:57 pm 
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I don't have a huge problem with Pioli. He assembled a lot of talent in KC that is now thriving.

Problem was he saddled himself with Todd Haley and Matt Cassel.

He'd already have a QB and some decent talent in Miami to build on. He's been pretty successful everywhere he has gone.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:30 pm 
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Mangini had problems connecting with his players, but has great football intellect supposedly. A FO position might suit him well.

That said, giving him the GM job when the only exec experience he has is as a senior consultant, is a pretty big plunge to make.

The real problem I have with this report is Ross' potential checks and balances system. Seems like it could be an over-kill. I'm all for checks and balances within an organization. However, too many "X reports to Y, who gets thumbs up from Z", is too much trouble. I think you need to have one clear final decision maker at GM who directly interacts with his scouts. Guy above should just be overseeing.


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Word is, if Ross cans Ireland, the front runner for the job would be Dawn Aponte, the Dolphins Senior VP of business operations. While she's done a great job managing the cap and getting us in great cap shape, she has zero experience in evaluating talent and this move would likely drive away what's left of the fan base.

I can't stress enough the importance of having a football person at the top, not a business person.

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Ireland needs to be gone. It is hard to imagine much worse.

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Russ Ball

Ball currently serves as the vice president of football administration and player finance for the Green Bay Packers. He has held this position since 2008 and has 24 years of experience in the NFL.


Nick Caserio

Yet another candidate for a winning football team, Caserio is very young—he is 37 years old—but extremely driven. He has worked up the ranks and has been serving as the New England Patriots director of player personnel.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1846 ... s-overhaul


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We are headed towards the Packers all ready: Good offense and terrible defense. I'm not sure if any of us here are excited about our direction. Does Aaron Rodgers come with Ball?



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Maybe we all have to start to realize with all the failed personnel advancements of former Patriots coaches that the real genius there is Bill Belichick. I would be on board with Pioli.

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Word is, if Ross cans Ireland, the front runner for the job would be Dawn Aponte, the Dolphins Senior VP of business operations. While she's done a great job managing the cap and getting us in great cap shape, she has zero experience in evaluating talent and this move would likely drive away what's left of the fan base.

I can't stress enough the importance of having a football person at the top, not a business person.

Its already arguable that Miami has a GM who cannot evaluate talent.

Truthfully. No way can Ross give a GM job to someone that has never evaluated talent. How could he possibly sell that decision to the already disgruntled fan base?


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