The coach free agency period
Others still are fired to get hired.
What is truly incredible is the diversity of opinion on some of the decisions that are made.
Let's see ... Cam Cameron impressed the Dolphins enough to get the head coaching job -- perhaps one of the best jobs in the NFL given the quality ownership and the caliber of people on the team's executive side.
Yet Cameron was not very impressive as far as the Rams, Falcons, Vikings and Cardinals were concerned. All four teams interviewed him the last two years and hired someone else.
Mike Tomlin, by all accounts a rising star, didn't rate a second interview with the Dolphins. He was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ken Whisenhunt wasn't a finalist in Miami. He got the job in Arizona.
Jason Garrett didn't get an interview with the Dolphins for their head coaching job. He got one with the Dallas Cowboys. Norv Turner, a former Dolphins assistant, didn't get a sniff from the Dolphins but is highly regarded in Dallas.
Chan Gailey wasn't interviewed anywhere but Miami and Pittsburgh and was only a finalist in Miami, some say the second choice behind Cameron.
Dom Capers hasn't really been a popular interview around the league this year, ostensibly based on his past firings in Houston and Carolina. Well, the Dolphins thought enough of him to interviewed him.
The reason for such a difference of opinions on so many coaches is that this year there was no superstar candidate out there. There was no Bill Parcells, no Mike Holmgren.
Next year might be a different story. Next season Jeff Fischer may be out there. Next year Bill Cowher will be available. Next year there will be a consensus that these two guys are the best candidates going.
This year, any team hiring a coach, including the Dolphins, was making an informed guess on their coach. No doubt somebody will hit a home run -- I think Tomlin is one such choice.
But some teams have mortgaged the next three or four years of their teams' futures by making a poor investment on a bad hire that there was no NFL consensus about. Here's hoping the Dolphins are not in this category.