By Armando Salgueroasalguero@MiamiHerald.com
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.
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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