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Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Dolphins' most important decision

I was talking to Rob Konrad, the former fullback turned investment banker and radio show host, about the changes the Dolphins made Friday.

He knew absolutely nothing about Cam Cameron and didn't apologize for it because he said the most important decision was one that sort of went under the radar in the press conference celebration introducing Cameron.

"It’s nice to have a new head coach and everything," Konrad said, "but I really believe the moves that Randy Mueller makes in the next few months will have more to do with the success of the Dolphins than Cam Cameron."

Amen brother.

(I'm sure I'll get crap from some of you Jesus haters for writing that.)

Anyway, I believe the reason the Dolphins have been in such dire straits, have been unable to get in the playoffs for five seasons, have been a shadow of the team they used to be, is because they have failed miserably in personnel.

Yes, Jimmy Johnson quit on the team his final year, the coaching was horrible under Wannstedt, and Saban made his share of mistakes. But these guys were basically living off Jimmy's first couple of drafts.

Jason Taylor came then, Zach Thomas came then, Pat Surtain and Sam Madison came then.

Now that owner Wayne Huizenga has gone away from having coaches with no experience in drafting (read Saban) pick players, gone away from having dummies (read Wannstedt) pick players, maybe Miami can once again dive into the talent pool and restock come April.

I have high hopes that Randy Mueller will do a good job. I'm not expecting him to hit on every pick -- nobody does. But if he gets a first-rounder this year that contributes, he will have done better than Saban did picking his first-rounder last year.

If his picks don't get hurt in training camp and miss the entire season, like Saban's did last year, it will be an upgrade. "You look at our draft classes, there have been horrible, horrible decisions made in recent years," Konrad told me.

No argument there. But you look at the new way of doing business in personnel, with a general manager getting input into the process, and that, I believe, is a fine, fine decision that was just made.

Maybe a better decision than picking the coach.

Your thoughts?

26 Comments:

Blogger The Dude said...

I absolutely agree, Armando. I've always said the most important thing is personnel. I think hiring Cam Cameron was the right move as far as the head coach. But obviously what we do in the draft and in the free agency/salary cap season is what's MOST important.

I too have hight hopes for Randy Mueller. He's a fine General Manager and has a good eye for talent. I'm glad that we have Cameron in place -- and now he and Mueller can go to the Senior Bowl and do some scouting. Now the REAL deal begins.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous narvell said...

yes. the dolfins are old on defense. yes, they are unsettled at qb. But this team is not in need of a major overhaul just yet. the dolfins have more talent on this current team than the saints had on its team prior to the arrival of brees and bush. the dolfins need to remember that come draft and don't panic. we are only a few draft picks and off-season moves away from being back in the thick of things. focus on the offense, bring in some youth in free agency to help our aging d-line, but the draft should be all offensive line and skill position picks.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Brett Nelson said...

yep, kinda agree here. kinda.

3 things to consider. talent, coaching, and most importantly...business model we run on.

The dolphins have run a system in the past where the head coach has too much control, and that bleeds to coaching and talent.

Now, I see a system that is gearing away towards a dictatorship.
Ahh...man (amen), finally.

A guy that has directed Gus Ferotte towards his lone pro bowl and directed so many other quarterbacks to doing well?...please, Cam/(Cameron) is a safe/(saffron) choice for the dolphins. Saban was more/(moron) hype than anything else in the end/(enron).

This Cam guy brings the proper elements/(boran) i think the dolphins need.

Take a deep breath and figure this out...the system the organization runs is 50%-75% of this....everything else falls naturally/(neuron) into place.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, ha, Mando! Jesus Haters! I'm one, but you won me over, brother, with your sense of humor.

Joe

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think we are in the right direction. i just hope we dont fail at picking a qb to guide are team based on a name or what he has done in the past, i hope they earn the spot.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Joseph said...

I really like that the coach and GM are seperate. Gives the coach more time to actually coach. Hopefully, Culpepper will come back strong, if not, I heard that the Chargers hated giving up Lemon in that Feeley deal so maybe Cameron sees something in him. It will be interesting to see what happens with Ricky Williams now. Will a new coach want that headache? I am all for him coming back because I think he makes the offense better.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AGREED.

Mueller's reputation precedes him and people say he knows what he's doing. Like Cameron said yesterday, let people do what they do best. Let Cameron run the offense, let Capers run the defense, and let Mueller find the players. Sounds good to me, I'm optimistic.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the point about Mueller is valid, but lets not underestimate the value of the coach either. I haven't watched the Chargers much, but I think Cameron had a lot to do with that loss. If he calls plays like that for us we're sunk, no matter how much talent the team has.

On a different subject, I read your piece the other day about generating more traffic for this blog. I think you'd have a lot of us coming back and getting more involved if you interacted a bit more. For instance, respond to some of the replies you get, and make it more of a discussion instead of a post and then replied. Just my .02.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Bloodlust said...

Good post Armando. I think Mueller and Cameron will accent each other well in the coming season. There has always been a balance between coaching, management, and players. We see the results of this over last five seasons, as you said Armando. With these two men, I believe we are on the right road to success.

Before the season nears, I hope they assess each man on our team (offense and defense)to have a better idea on our weakest points (players) before the drafts come. It is easy to say everyone on offense is a bum when they looked as poorly as they did this year. However, if one person does not do his job, the whole play can fall apart making everyone look bad.

I also think they need to quickly look at Culpepper soon as possible, witness for themselves if he has recovered any since rehab. Instead of dragging him along through preseason, and keeping him on payroll. If he is incapable of returning, dropping him increases the amount within the salary cap that could used to lure free agents or drafts this coming year.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous lacesoutdan said...

Let's draft Brady Quinn.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Before the season nears, I hope they assess each man on our team (offense and defense)to have a better idea on our weakest points (players) before the drafts come."

Wow Bloodlust, what a great idea! I don't think anyone has ever thought of doing that before. Keep up the good work. With you submitting such gems the Dolphins are sure to get back on track real soon.

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Konrad criticizing poor Dolphin draft selections? Now that is the pot calling the kettle black.

6:14 AM  
Blogger AO said...

Yeah, really, when was the last time someone used a second round pick for a fullback. What a waste!

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

We're so quick to give up on Jason Allen. Polamalou didn't play his first year either. I'm not saying Allen is the 2nd coming of Troy, but let's wait a second before we make up our minds.

4:50 PM  
Blogger PoliticallyIncorrect said...

Oh joy... to my timely signing up to this blog, what do I see? More idiots throwing crap at people. Can we just all grow up?

I read thru all the comments on this blog. I agree with just about all of them, but this guy anonymous has a problem with picking on statements.

Here are a few questionable to me:

Brett Nelson said...

yep, kinda agree here. kinda.

3 things to consider. talent, coaching, and most importantly...business model we run on.

AO said...

Yeah, really, when was the last time someone used a second round pick for a fullback. What a waste!

Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, ha, Mando! Jesus Haters! I'm one, but you won me over, brother, with your sense of humor.

Joe

Anonymous said...

I think the point about Mueller is valid, but lets not underestimate the value of the coach either. I haven't watched the Chargers much, but I think Cameron had a lot to do with that loss. If he calls plays like that for us we're sunk, no matter how much talent the team has.

None of these statements said much of anything, and pointed to things we know that should be done, so why this remark?

Anonymous said...

"Before the season nears, I hope they assess each man on our team (offense and defense)to have a better idea on our weakest points (players) before the drafts come."

Wow Bloodlust, what a great idea! I don't think anyone has ever thought of doing that before. Keep up the good work. With you submitting such gems the Dolphins are sure to get back on track real soon.

6:10 AM

Many times when new coaches come in they do not do a comprehensive study of each player. Unless, it is well known that the idiot is a flop; aka Culpepper.

So anonymous..., if you have nothing to contribute that is helpful, or gives insight to looking at a situation in a different light... "SHUT THE HELL UP!!!"

This is why I and so many others leave blogs. Because of fools like "anonymous," and people like Armando, who is a professional writer that permits this childish stuff to happen. Then he wants to draw more people into this blog? Armando.. you will never increase the amount of people in here as long as you let idiots like that anonymous harrass your readers and bloggers. Think about it. If we are intelligent adults in here, then why do we have to put up with the baby stuff? It will only continue to make your blog look bad, as long as you sit by and do nothing.

To make it easy on yourself, rid yourself of the identity of "anonymous," and force people to use names that can be traced to their tue identity. If then one of these fools act out of line, drop him/her from your blog. No more problems.

I know ... it is bad we have to treat some in here as kids because they act like fools, but to make this blog flurish, isn't it worth it?

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here we go... a word of wisdom from an F&*^& idiot on a statement made, and nothing to counter it. Here is the great anonymous:

Anonymous said...

"Before the season nears, I hope they assess each man on our team (offense and defense)to have a better idea on our weakest points (players) before the drafts come."

Wow Bloodlust, what a great idea! I don't think anyone has ever thought of doing that before. Keep up the good work. With you submitting such gems the Dolphins are sure to get back on track real soon.

That was a gem of information you gave anon!!!!! Out of the last three or four blogs, people have been repeating everything each other has said, now bash Saban, who was thir hero at the beginning and middle of the season. Now everyone again is just looking for something just to say, so they repeat what others wrote.

Now, here we have one person stating it is time to evaluate each player, not the team, but each player. And this bozo "anon" comes on just to start shit. I tell ya... I know this is that sissyfied nydolfan84 running his mouth. I can tell by the writting. The cocky attitude, from sucking skin flute his whole life.

Hey nydolfan84, that person in oleans... is that your butt buddy? Did you share gerbals? I agree with the correspondence of PoliticallyIncorrect on the problems here. I will admit to having a big mouth on here, and on other blogs I belong to. The problem is idiots like "anon", or should I say nydolfan84, will bash a blogger for his right to write his opinion. If that is the case... Armando... shut this blog down.

We should be free to express our feelings, questions, theories or anything here without the harrassment that exists here, and elsewhere. We are all Dolphin fans, yet we act as if we are delagates of the United Nations. All there to bring peace to every nation, but to f&(& greedy to sit down and work things out as they should.

I will be writting a letter to the editor and ceo of the herald, and express my anger about the handling of this blog. Those of you who are tire of being jumped on, especially you bloodlust, should write to them as well in regards to the harrassment allowed here by Armando.

I had enormous respect for you at one time Armando, but you use this as a place to get your laughs. You must think it is just as funny or entertaining as the idiots who cause the problems. As politicallyincorrect said,why would anyone want to be on this blog to be harrassed? Think about it armando... i am sure you will agree after remembering the crap about religion.

5:40 PM  
Blogger NYdolfan84 said...

I'm right here coward. When have I hid behind an anonymous post. Is it a coincidence that an anonymous poster always sticks up for bloodlust? If it isn't really you bloodlust I appologize, but it sure seems like it. I agreed to be civil, and whoever the anonymous poster is starting shit with me out of nowhere. Lou is a college buddy of mine. Unlike you, whoever the poster is, I went to college and I have friends. You just can't relate to me.

"Those of you who are tire of being jumped on, especially you bloodlust, should write to them as well in regards to the harrassment allowed here by Armando."

Anonymous, you are a hypocrite. You are harrassing me and I said nothing. And your statement is a joke because bloodlust talks as much shit as anyone. That leads me to believe that it really is bloodlust. (Although I hope its not, because I thought we decided to debate civilly) For the record bloodlust, I HAVE NEVER Posted as anonymous on here so you are mistaken. And I haven't been a dickhead in any of my recent posts. Most of the people on here need to get a freakin clue. The reason I don't post as much is because this blog has turned into crap. Dude's blog is much better. But as far as the Dolphins go...I'm happy as hell to have Cameron here, and none of you tortured little boys can take that away from me! I just pray to God that most Dolphin's fans aren't as immature and ignorant as some of these anonymous posters.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And when they were asked how it was done, Colts owner Jim Irsay and coach Tony Dungy gave the credit to God.

GOD'S WILL"

Hahahahaha. Mando the Jesus Freak is back. Yeah, the Notorious G-O-D was worried about Peyton finally winning against NE.

Jesus freaks: bunch of freaking narcissists.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Bloodlust said...

First of all... nydolfan84, you know I can defend myself.

Secondly, I do not either use an anonymous name when I come on this blog.

Thirdly, I never bashed anyone until I was bashed.

I was bashed the moment I said I was against Saban, and how he was a loser, and he cared nothing of this organization. I was correct, as even the Dude acknowledged.

You made a big stink because I gave the basketball coaches name instead of the football coach of Ohio Stae. An honest mistake that you blew out of proportion. When Saban up and left, I did noy thrpw it in anyones face that I was correct from the start.

There was an idiot who jumped on me because I said the headcoach from Denver left because of issue between him and Elway. This fool never bothered to check it out and jumped on my shit because he did not know Shanahan went to San Fran for a few years before becoming headcoach.

I got just as upset as this anon did, when people made noise about religion. I saw it no difference than what I was going through.

No one here has any or all the answers, though we all seem to think so. Because of this no one has the right to badger anyone.

I do not know who this anon is, or any of the other anon's that come here to start trouble. Like I said, if you do not like my opinion, then say nothing.

I do not agree with narvell, but I am not badgering him. I could go through this blog like anon did, and he is right, there is a lot of nonsense written here, and some that has nothing to do with Dolphin's football.

Before I write a letter to the ceo or editir of the herald, I'd be off this blog, but I am not a child and i am not going to cry over some words by someone that ignorant. This anon, is probably the same guy that said I was a freaking idiot that Shanahan left Denver. How many people remember that Mike was headcoach for the Los Angeles Raiders in 88 and 89? I sure did not get a response back so the idiot who opened his mouth about my statement was probably him.

I could say the same thing about thinking anon is you by the remarks made. He writes and attacks as you did. There are individuals here who do not like the crap being thrown, and I myself have backed up others when being bashed. Still I never accused you of the bashing. It could be someone from another blog I go to, or just someone that hates he bull crap, and I do not blame them. Shit the only one I like to read his comments is the dude, but I am getting tired of the baby shit here. Stay or go I am not going to fucking die. Just a lot less shit.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Bloodlust said...

one last thing... if I was going to pull such a childish stunt... I would be sending it at any hour of the day because I am disabled, and can be online 24 hours a day.

That is the most insulting thing you have said, ny.

11:46 PM  
Blogger NYdolfan84 said...

well i appologize if that really isnt you. I know you ussually defend yourself. But there have been several recent "Anon"s defending you. This time he backed you and insulted me, and accused me of going on and insulting you. Sorry if I jumped to conlcusions, but I don't know why someone else would suspect me of doing that. I appreciate that we have been debating respectfully in the recent past and hope we can continue. And hey we actually agree on something! CAMERON! So I appologize for jumping to conclusion and hope you understand that I have never posted anonymously. Maybe this anonymous clown is just trying to stir things up between us. The old name-calling routine shouldn't be resorted to. Thanks for clearing it up that it wasn't you insulting me, and know that I will give you the same respect.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Bloodlust said...

Nydolfan84... no harm done. I do not know who it is either, but you are right, someone is trying to instigate trouble. Thanks for the appology, and please accept mine.

7:15 AM  
Blogger NYdolfan84 said...

No problem! GO PHINS!

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Jesus haters?" Grow up, bro. Just because people don't want to have religion forced their throats by the Bible thumpers does not make them a Jesus hater. You run an excellent blog here. Don't muck it up with fake Christian "persecution." There are enough insults in the comments. Don't get into the act by insulting the intelligence of your readers.

Now, on to the football. (Amen, brother!)

I agree, Mueller is probably the most important person in the Phins organization, not wearing pads and a helmet. What he does between now and September will set the tone for the franchise for years to come. The Dolphins have a few holes, but they are big holes. A good GM can fill them for years to come with some shrewd moves. I think Mueller is up to the challenge (now give him a new deal now!) and Cam and Dom will "coach 'em up right."

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why did you delete the Mueller entry about signing himn longterm Armando?

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, I wonder why no one has a problem with what "The Dude" says, but numerous people have a problem with what "Bloodlust" says. Coincidence? I think not. It's called intelligence.

Bloodlust, if someone's response to one of your inane, rambling comments upsets you so much then go away. I don't think you will be missed.

6:17 AM  

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