The Dolphins' most important decision
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."
(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.