Just to quickly update Dolfans that are glued only to the bowl games. I can't blame all of you. It has been a very entertaining day for draftniks and college football fans.
According to the lastest blog and report by the Miami Herald's own Armando Salguero, Jeff Fisher will in fact interview for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job. He is also set to interview for the post in St. Louis.
What is not known yet is when and not many details are available through Salguero's source.
Of course Armando makes his case for why the Dolphins should land Jeff Fisher. He makes his case that the Dolphins in the past have failed miserable with Cameron and Sparano. Failed because the results were not there. Coaches with inexperience is what the Dolphins have done and ultimately failed.
Salguero challenges the Dolphins to pursue Fisher or risk hiring or settling on the next coach a less experienced or unproven winner...a re-tread basically.
The pressure is on everyone involved and we will see if Salguero or Jason LaCanfora are correct in their assessments of both situations.
I believe the Dolphins will interview Jeff Fisher. Will they land him? It will take a lot. But Salguero floats the idea to us as the reader that Ross is offering the keys to the organization.
I am cautiously optimistic and waiting for the Salguero post that will explain his post and poke holes in his post that Fisher really really doesn't like Miami and will be the Rams coach.
Or it quite possibly looks to be an exciting few weeks in Davie! We will see!
A lot of us Dolfans are sitting on a tablet or iPhone waiting to see what our dear insiders Armando Salguero, Ben Volin, and Omar Kelly have to say about the Dolphins head coaching search.
All I have done today is watch bowl games and watch my twitter feed.
This morning Jeff Ireland in a press release issued this exact statement:
"Steve Ross and I have a plan in place that is designated to insure that we identify and interview an outstanding set of candidates for the head coaching position. The process will be thorough, it will be in compliance with NFL policies, and will provide the best possible result for the franchise. "
"That search has begun and there is no designated timetable; it will be conducted in a manner that gives us the greatest opportunity to hire the individual we feel is best suited to become the team’s head coach. Steve and I are excited to embark on this process, and we are confident that it will result in the selection of an outstanding individual who will return the Dolphins to their long-time status as one of the most successful teams in the league. "
To summarize as the candidates are interviewed, the Dolphins will share with the media and fans who the candidates are if the candidate and the team feels comfortable. This search has no particular time table. Dolphins will be thorough in their approach and not make a hasty hire.
Here are the early known candidates:
Mike Pettine: New York Jets Defensive Coordinator (An interview might be taking place as we speak in New Jersey)
Dave Toub: Chicago Bears Special Teams Coordinator (Will interview in the next couple of days)
Todd Bowles: Current Interim Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins (Interview said to have taken place today to satisfy Rooney Rule, but 2-1 since taking over for Sparano).
While the candidate list is not complete, more candidates will be interviewed and I expect the Dolphins to look across all levels of experience and for them to pick the guy that has chemistry with Jeff Ireland.
Fan perception today in an earlier poll by Armando Salguero on Twitter is that recently fired Bill Polian is the preferred choice at GM.
Fans are also grapling with the shocking and appauling report also by Salguero that Gruden at some point was offered the reins of the organization by Stephen Ross over dinner and control over player personnel and coaching hires.
So, where do we stand as Dolfans? Who do we want? What will the best coach bring to this team?
We know that fans are clamoring for Jeff Fisher, Bill Cowher, and Jon Gruden. Let's get over it. We are 6-10 and don't have a QB!
Despite a very disappointing overall 6-10 season, the Dolphins finished things the right way. It is rare this season that any PR move the Dolphins have made was a good one however the organization gave Jason Taylor a classy goodbye in his final game.
Whether it was memories throughout the game, Ross speaking highly of Jason pre game or watching his team-mates carry Jason to the locker room after a big victory against the rivalled Jets, Jason Taylor was able to go out on his own terms and the right way.
After a brutally boring first half the Dolphins were able to manage their first 4rth quarter come back win to defeat the Jets and send them home without a playoff birth.
The game was filled with emotion both for JT and hatred for the Jets.
This game could sum up the 2011 season as a whole as it got off to a brutal start however they were able to finish on a nice strong suit.
With that being said there is no reason to get too excited in Miami as there are many questions left to be answered this off season.
As of right now the Dolphins and Panthers are set to have a coin toss for the 8/9 th pick in the draft neither being a very attractive position.
And then there is the obvious being the Head coaching search this team has to go through. My guess if I had to be one like we have mentioned before would be Brian Billick but there will be many names thrown around and we will have to just wait and see.
The people upstairs for the Dolphins have A LOT of work to.
It’s December 30th and 2011 is coming to and end, the Dolphins finish 2011 with another losing season and maybe questions to be answered this off season. With that being said the Dolphins must have one New Year’s resolution to hopefully build a bright future for this team.
If I could choose one New Years resolution for this team it would be to draft the first 1st round quarterback since Dan Marino. There is a little twist to my resolution as I do not want to settle for Landry Jones or Ryan Tannehil or even the impressive yet elderly Brandon Weeden.
The Folks in the head office for the Dolphins need to be bold for the first time in I cant even recall how many years and no matter what find a way to make sure Robert Griffin the third or Andrew Luck is a Miami Dolphin. While wishing for Andrew Luck might be a stretch, it is time for a bold move by this organization. If Luck is off the board Ireland must do whatever it takes to get a top 3 pick and select RG3.
Ireland a former Baylor Bear should know exactly the type of talent and upside RG3 has and should not blink twice to do everything within his means to make sure the Dolphins can find a franchise QB. The wait has gone on long enough.
Be bold in 2012, make it happen, there is no price you can overpay for a franchise QB.
Hopefully 2012 will be a great year for all you and a great year for our Phins.no comments
Jason Taylor was drafted out of Akron in the 3rd round with fellow longtime teammate and brother-in-law Zach Thomas out of Texas Tech. Taylor and Thomas began the rebuilding efforts by Jimmy Johnson as he tried to put his stamp on the team.
Jason Taylor is a 6 time pro-bowler with a 3 time all pro 1st team selection on defense. Taylor has endured the Jimmy Johnson era, three years of mediocre performances, the Wannstedt era (a time of boring football), and the Saban and Cam Cameron seasons with no playoff appearances.
So when the Dolphins had just finished the 2007 season at 1-15, brought in another new era with Bill Parcells, Tony Sparano, and Jeff Ireland; Taylor who had seen enough truly wanted to mull over his future given his knack for entrepreneurship and marketing himself.
Taylor spent much of the Spring and Summer of 2008 working not with his teammates in the harsh and humid heat of Davie, but instead in an air conditioned dance studio in Los Angeles. The new regime did not approve and thus shipped him for a 2nd round pick to Washington where Taylor worked for a rookie coach anyway and had an insufferable season.
Taylor then returned to Miami only to be denied after a subpar 7-9 season for the Dolphins. Same regime. Same people in charge.
This year, with Parcells gone, but Tony Sparano given more control on personnel he brought in Taylor to provide in lockerroom leadership.
Taylor has recorded 7 sacks this year when the outside linebacker position sorely needed a boost to bring about the threat of a pass rush. He will be missed if the Dolphins cannot find those sacks elsewhere in the draft. I am not saying this, but Armando Salguero pointed this out in depth in his blog as of yesterday.
Jason Taylor based on numbers is an all-pro. Based on leadership is a true professional.
However, as much as I truly appreciated Taylor's hardwork on and off the field, I can't say that he made the difference when it counted. I know there was a win here or there where he had an interception return for a touchdown or a sack to end a game.
But, where was Taylor when it counted? Jets-Dolphins Monday Night Football dubbed the "Miracle". Where was Taylor? Barking at Jets fans and not making plays on the field? Why didn't he sack the heck out of Testaverde. Stop the run. Stall the Jets drive that decided the game?
Where was Taylor when the Patriots drove the length of the field in 2002 after Ricky Williams first season and a sure playoff contender backed by the play of Fiedler and company?
Where was Taylor this year at 0-7?
It is possible that Taylor made the Dolphins worse when it counted. He played so hard that his feet were sore, his hands were mangled, his shoulder was battered and bruised that he had to check out on key plays either mentally or physically?
I am sorry, but Jason Taylor as much as we want to crown his as the ultimate team guy did not help the Dolphins win when it counted.
The sheer significance of Marshall's season is that he is the only receiver since Irving Fryar to have posted a 1,000 yards receiving in back to back seasons. That's a remarkable feat, but also very telling since Miami has lacked a true quarterback threat or any kind of air attack until this year.
For a 5-10 team it is very surprising that the Miami Dolphins have players elected to the 2012 Pro Bowl. It's amazing to me that the Dolphins have turned around the season to win 5 out of 8 games. Too little too late and certainly not enough to see the organization known as the Miami Dolphins change course again in a 4 year span.
On Tuesday Brandon Marshall and Jake Long were selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. For Brandon Marshall this was his 3rd selection (2 as a Bronco) and for Jake Long, this was his 4th selection in 4 seasons.
Marshall has his first selection since being traded from Denver in 2010. Marshall has had a Pro Bowl season with over 77 catches and 6 TD and 1177 yards. What's not to like about Marshall's year? His 12 dropped passes are the highest in the NFL.
If I remember correctly, at least 6 in the end zone. If you believe that Marshall's 6 drops in the endzone aren't critical then tell me if those 6 TDs create opportunities to win against the Jets, New England (twice), and San Diego. I would bet that those 6 drops in the endzone make the Dolphins chances of a 9 or 10 win season much greater.
Jake Long has been a stalwart Left Tackle this season blocking the blind side of both Chad Henne and then Matt Moore for 8 games. He has surrendered only 5 sacks while the rest of the line has surrendered 46 sacks.
One might argue that Jake Long gave up 5 sacks this season and should not be worthy of a pro bowl. However, Jake Long has been the cornerstone and mainstay of this battered and beat up offensive line that is on the verge of giving up the most sacks in team history. Long deserves this honor for playing with shoulder, back, and knee pain all season. He gave over 100% and you didn't see him give up. Surely, as a 1st pick of the draft, pro bowls were to be expected, but he has certainly earned his reputation as a hard worker and it shows on game day with his ability to block some of the best defenses he has faced in his career. Kudos to Jake Long and his 4 Pro Bowls.
Brandon Marshall and Jake Long have proved their worth this season. Are they the best offensive players in Dolphin History? Not yet, but if they remain Dolphin players, I expect them to again make the pro bowl squad multiple times.
I am happy for both Marshall and Long, but I would be happier if the Dolphins were fighting with the Jets this weekend for the lone playoff spot.
The Dolphins got a pleasant surprise Tuesday night as they were informed offensive tackle Jake Long and wide receiver Brandon Marshall have been selected to the 2012 AFC Pro Bowl team, with Long earning a starter’s nod and Marshall chosen as a reserve.
Long, was put on the IR today and now will miss the game but it is still an honour for him to have been named to his 4rth straight pro bowl. Long struggled early this season particularly due to injury however has maintained the status of one of the best Left tackles in the game.
Marshall, who is a former Pro Bowler in two previous occasions while with the Denver Broncos, will be in the game for the first time as a Miami Dolphins. Marshall’s season has been up and down however despite his very noticeable drops he has put up some pretty impressive numbers. Marshall leads the Dolphins with 77 receptions, 1,177 receiving yards and six touchdown catches.
While some might say Marshall’s spot is undeserved due to the high volume of touchdown drops when looking around the AFC, there is no doubt that there are few receivers that have had Marshall’s success.
“This selection is special, considering the struggles we had this season,” Marshall said. “I appreciate the fans who voted for me, and it means a great deal that I also was voted to the Pro Bowl by the people who know the most about the game — the players and the coaches. “I also want to thank my team-mates, because football is the ultimate team game and I couldn’t have performed at the level I did without their help.”
Marshall has gone through a lot this year with being very public about his condition of borderline personality disorder. This will come as a very nice reward to Marshall who certainly will look forward to the trip to Hawaii.
Rookie Center Mike Pouncey was added as an alternate! Off to a very nice start to his career !
Personally I knew Reggie Bush did not have a chance to make the first roster but I am hoping he might slide in if there is an injury or one of the running backs plays in the Super Bowl.no comments