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07:32 AM ET 01.08 | Down the stretch, it's no wonder things fell apart for Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin in Miami. [While the team underperformed], 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. ... If Miami was doing this the right way, candidates such as Philadelphia's Tom Gamble, Pittsburgh's Omar Kahn, and Seattle's Scot McGloughan would be candidates. People such as Green Bay's Alonzo Highsmith would get an interview. Gamble, in particular, would be the rising star to chase first if indeed talent evaluation is the priority. But would these people be interested if the Dolphins continue doing Dolphins things?

Miami Herald

Stephen Ross, Icon Sports Stephen Ross, Icon Sports
January 8, 2014  08:11 AM ET

"If the Dolphins continue doing Dolphins things"

Pretty much sums things up.

January 8, 2014  08:22 AM ET

Parting ways with Ireland was a move in the right direction.

January 8, 2014  08:29 AM ET

So Ireland was throwing Philbin under the bus from the press box? He knew the *&%$ was gonna hit the fan and wanted to distance himself. To bad it backfired like a 72 Gremlin.

January 8, 2014  08:30 AM ET

Getting rid of Ireland is an indication that Ross may be tiring of "doing Dolphin things."

January 8, 2014  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Getting rid of Ireland is an indication that Ross may be tiring of "doing Dolphin things."

but Philbin is still around so I don't see much change.

January 8, 2014  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

but Philbin is still around so I don't see much change.

He hasn't been there long, and he wasn't responsible for the player mix he started with.

Yeah, they faded at the end, but he had a perennial doormat team actually knocking on the door for a playoff spot. That deserves at least another year.

January 8, 2014  08:56 AM ET

In the real world the Fish are at least 5 to 10 years away from catching up with the Patriots if then. Ross needs to hire a young GM and maybe a younger coach hang in there with them, first goal is unity on the team, second goal is making the playoffs, and third goal is trying to catch New England and win the division.

January 8, 2014  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

In the real world the Fish are at least 5 to 10 years away from catching up with the Patriots if then.

That put them in the timeframe of the post-Brady era, and possibly the post-Belichick era.

January 8, 2014  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

In the real world the Fish are at least 5 to 10 years away from catching up with the Patriots if then. Ross needs to hire a young GM and maybe a younger coach hang in there with them, first goal is unity on the team, second goal is making the playoffs, and third goal is trying to catch New England and win the division.

Ain't going to happen!

January 8, 2014  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That put them in the timeframe of the post-Brady era, and possibly the post-Belichick era.

Want to bet against Brady and Belichick retiring together?

January 8, 2014  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He hasn't been there long, and he wasn't responsible for the player mix he started with.Yeah, they faded at the end, but he had a perennial doormat team actually knocking on the door for a playoff spot. That deserves at least another year.

I think Sherman was putting Tannehill into situations where he was more likely to fail than succeed.

January 8, 2014  09:26 AM ET
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Want to bet against Brady and Belichick retiring together?

In a 1 1/2 months you get yer answer......

January 8, 2014  09:29 AM ET
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I think Sherman was putting Tannehill into situations where he was more likely to fail than succeed.

I think there are a number OC's that do that.

January 8, 2014  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Want to bet against Brady and Belichick retiring together?

I think Bob Kraft will talk Belichick into staying on at least a year beyond that, but with the understanding that it's a transition that will happen.

They might even kick Belichick upstairs to be GM, or make him "Director of Football Operations" or something, so he can still be there while a new HC assumes control.

January 8, 2014  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

In a 1 1/2 months you get yer answer......

No.

January 8, 2014  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I think there are a number OC's that do that.

Jay Gruden?

January 8, 2014  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I think Bob Kraft will talk Belichick into staying on at least a year beyond that, but with the understanding that it's a transition that will happen.They might even kick Belichick upstairs to be GM, or make him "Director of Football Operations" or something, so he can still be there while a new HC assumes control.

That's probably the way it works out, but I think any good HC would want BB out of the building before he accepted the job. No matter what, there's going to be a monstrous shadow hanging over the next guy. It would be best to keep it a shadow and not have it be a body actually following him around the hallways.

January 8, 2014  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That's probably the way it works out, but I think any good HC would want BB out of the building before he accepted the job. No matter what, there's going to be a monstrous shadow hanging over the next guy. It would be best to keep it a shadow and not have it be a body actually following him around the hallways.

They should do it the way a church does when a long-time minister retires. Bring in an interim guy for a year, so that when they really pick a long-term replacement, the success and memory of The Dark Lord won't be fresh in everyone's mind.

Would Tony Dungy go for a job like that, just one year? He'd be perfect.

January 8, 2014  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

In the real world the Fish are at least 5 to 10 years away from catching up with the Patriots if then. Ross needs to hire a young GM and maybe a younger coach hang in there with them, first goal is unity on the team, second goal is making the playoffs, and third goal is trying to catch New England and win the division.

10 years?? If it takes them more than 5 years to become competitive, they are doing it wrong.

Not many teams get to the performance level of the Patriots, regardless of the number of years you give them. Not without cheating, anyway...

 
January 8, 2014  10:52 AM ET

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