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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:02 am 
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Midway through the season, after the Dolphins lost to winless Tampa Bay and blew a 17-3 halftime lead at New England, general manager Jeff Ireland became disenchanted with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and generally wasn’t too pleased coach Joe Philbin wasn’t doing anything to correct his offensive coordinator and close friend’s play-calling or game planning.

And although the Dolphins recovered from those hideous moments, Ireland became more upset with the coaching staff the final two weeks of the season as what seemed like a certain playoff run collapsed under the weight of losses to Buffalo and the New York Jets.

During those final two games, while the Dolphins underperformed on the field, Ireland watched from the press box or a club suite and complained about the job the coaches were doing. And executive vice president of football administration Dawn Aponte heard Ireland’s complaints.

And Aponte told Philbin of Ireland’s complaints word for word.

That’s how the relationship between the Dolphins coach and general manager broke ...

But would these people be interested if the Dolphins continue doing Dolphins things?

If Ross tells his candidates he must work under Philbin and Aponte instead of alongside or even over them, would the best candidates still be interested?

If they’re not, we’re likely to resort to more drama and office politics.

We’re likely headed toward the possibility of Carl Peterson being hired and empowered as some sort of football czar.

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Only one thing can save Ross the owner from being in a similar situation next January:

The new general manager must be autonomous. And he must be such a great evaluator that Philbin won’t be able to help but get the Dolphins to the playoffs next season.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:16 am 
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As a Ravens fan, teams should look at trying to grab Ozzie Newsome’s right hand man Eric DeCosta. He is Newsome’s heir apparent, but you never know if a large sum of $$$ could change his mind. He’s going to make a great GM one day. I hope it is with the Ravens, but if I am a team looking for a GM, this is the guy I’m getting in touch with.


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During those final two games, while the Dolphins underperformed on the field, Ireland watched from the press box or a club suite and complained about the job the coaches were doing.



Sounds like Ireland was like many of us....

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Pretty dysfunctional we are.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:17 am 
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in the end they may just elevate Brian Gaine into the GM position.


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Aponte told Philbin of Ireland’s complaints word for word.

That’s how the relationship between the Dolphins coach and general manager broke.


Thanks Aponte! Great job creating drama.

Let's promote her to VP of Drama.

It's like an episode of Hard Knocks, but focusing on management and not players.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:27 am 
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Aponte told Philbin of Ireland’s complaints word for word.

That’s how the relationship between the Dolphins coach and general manager broke.


Thanks Aponte! Great job creating drama.

Let's promote her to VP of Drama.


See what happens when you let the women in? LOL


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Aponte told Philbin of Ireland’s complaints word for word.

That’s how the relationship between the Dolphins coach and general manager broke.


Thanks Aponte! Great job creating drama.

Let's promote her to VP of Drama.


Exactly ... lets bring in a bunch of teen age girls to some front office positions.

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Aponte told Philbin of Ireland’s complaints word for word.

That’s how the relationship between the Dolphins coach and general manager broke.


If Ross and or Aponte were not disappointed in the way things were going on the field, why force Philbin to fire his play caller, friend and mentor? Seems a bit of a conflict of rumors now....

This seems to me like Armando stirring the pot with fans more than anything.. No sources, just his opinions all the way through....

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The problem wsan't Ireland.


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I dislike Aponte now and it worries me that someone that petty and manipulative may get more power within the organization.

That was some underhanded crap she did if the story is true. She created the problems between personnel and coaching staff. She gives me the impression of being a very ambitious person who will do whatever it takes to move up. She's also Joe Philbin's puppetteer, which is scary considering her job was supposed to be as Ireland's right hand.

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And Aponte told Philbin of Ireland’s complaints word for word.


Thats a terrible way to manage the situation. Sure people were unhappy but if she truly cared about the greater interest of the team then theres a better way to go about this issue.

If Aponte wanted Philbin to have more success & Ireland to be are stronger GM then she should of had a meeting to discuss ways for the organization to be on the same page moving forward.

If this report is accurate then Aponte just splintered the organization, & since it only hurt matters then its fair to wonder if she had intent.

No way she should be considered a worthy GM

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Sometimes a player has talent and the coaching fails them.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:11 am 
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I wonder if Ross in all of his evaluating will look in the mirror and figure out why a pro-bowl left guard was not playing for the Phins in the last part of the season.


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Thanks Aponte! Great job creating drama.

Women = Drama.


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