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Saturday, October 27, 2007

The mistakes Huizenga has made

LONDON -- Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga has taken the blame for his team's woes a handful of times since he's been here.

During a 40-minute meeting with South Florida reporters Friday he uttered the words, "I take the blame," and "The buck stops here," and "I take that one," too many times to count. It was encouraging and sad at the same time to see Mr. H take the blame so often when not all of the Dolphins problems are his doing.

As he said, "I can't win from the owner's box."

But then I read a column in the Sun-Sentinel by my friend Dave Hyde who wrote, in part, that Huizenga has really only made ONE mistake -- that being the hiring of Dave Wannstedt. And while I like both Mr. H's (Huizenga and Hyde) I feel compelled to make the record clear.

Huizenga has done a million things correct for the Dolphins. But he has made multiple bad moves that have led the franchise to its current difficult state. These are those missteps:

*He cannot be blamed for hiring Jimmy Johnson the first time. But the second time? Absolutely. After J.J. quit for 24 hours following the 1998 season, Huizenga rushed over, ignored the obvious signs Jimmy didn't want to coach anymore, and convinced Jimmy to return. The owner offered to have J.J. coach only home games if he wanted, encouraged him to make more time for his family, and generally forced Jimmy to do something he didn't want to do.

Jimmy responded by staying another year in which he missed meetings, had the WORST DRAFT OF HIS CAREER in the spring of 1999, feuded with Dan Marino, melted down after every loss, and bullied Kippy Brown into running a dumbed-down offense. It was a joke. And it was Huizenga's doing for forcing Johnson to stay.

*Huizenga himself blamed himself for hiring Dave. That was one mistake I assume everyone blames Huizenga for. But it was actually three mistakes rolled into one. First, Huizenga allowed JJ, who had just failed in every way imaginable, to convince him to hire Dave. That's failing to recognize you have the wrong people giving you bad advice, which is one mistake.

Then he hired Wannstedt knowing the guy had just failed with the Chicago Bears, an undertaking he would soon continue with the Dolphins. Two mistakes. Then after the 2003 season, upon realizing Wannstedt had lost all resonance in the locker room, upon realizing Wannstedt was inept at drafting talent, he demoted Wannstedt, taking away his GM powers, but kept him as coach. Kept him! Even after he knew Wannstedt wasn't the right guy.

Huizenga has told me he looked around but couldn't bring himself to ditching Wannstedt because the guy had won 10 games in 2003. Another mistake. The Dolphins started out 2004 winless in six games and Huizenga basically fired Wannstedt after that.

*Huizenga also conducted a long-winded, wide-ranging search for a GM in 2003. He interviewed Phil Savage, who helped build Baltimore and is now doing good work in Cleveland. He interviewed Ted Thompson, who has rebuilt Green Bay. He interviewed and got advice from Ron Wolf, who built Green Bay's Super Bowl teams of the late '90s.

Having done all this legwork, Huizenga hired .... Rick Spielman. That's a HUGE mistake that cost the Dolphins an entire draft.

*Finally, Huizenga realized sometime before the 2004 season how disconnected he was from the team. He realized how little he knows about football. So he decided to go get a football man that was also a man he could trust to be his liaison with the team, his eyes and ears so to speak. The guy would go to meetings, watch film and, as Don Shula has famously said, "evaluate the evaluators."

Huizenga realized all these flaws within himself and the organization and to correct them he decided Dan Marino was the right man for the position. He got a "yes" from Marino after talking to him for only two hours. And instead of letting Marino sleep on the decision, maybe talk to Claire Marino about it, Huizenga hurriedly called a press conference to announce the hiring. (Remember Spielman saying he didn't know anything had happened until he was told to go home and put on a suit for a press conference?)

So Marino is introduced and a week later, after thinking about it, he quits, giving the organization another black eye. The execution of that drama was a MAJOR mistake.

And that's not the worst part of that mistake. Having had this epiphany that a football man was needed near the top of the organization, a man who would report directly to Huizenga, the owner never went back to the idea after Marino walked away. What, Marino was the only guy who could do that job?

Now the team is about to embark on this self-analysis in which everyone will be evaluated. Except who's doing the analysis? The football people will be evaluated by folks whose expertise is not in football. The evaluators are fine head-hunters and great lawyers and contract men, but by their own admission, they can't evaluate the Xs and Os.

Huizenga needs that football guy he longed for all those years ago -- that guy he never really tried to find after Marino walked away. And failing to return to that specialist it seems to me, is just another mistake.

46 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Parcells should be that 'football guy'.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AAAAARRRRGGGHHHHHHH.

Why should Bill Parcells be that guy?

Can't you read? Did you not learn ANYTHING from JJ's second tenure or Nick Saban??

Parcells just left the Cowboys, and it was widely reported after two years there that his heart was not in it.

And what the hell has he won lately? And what did he EVER win without Bill Belicheck?

STUPID, KNEE-JERK, UNINFORMED COMMENTS LIKE THIS MAKE ME SO MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGGGGGH

7:01 AM  
Anonymous save_us.229 said...

Bill Parcells sucks ass. By the way, Armando. You made some great points. Hell, you didn't even get into the Nick Saban regime. After reading all that though, how can this whole mess NOT be Wayne Huizenga's fault? Coach Cameron and Randy Muller deserve a chance to turn this franchise around. I think Wayne is smart enough to realize that. At least I hope so.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody is going to be that football guy. Huizenga is too stupid to go back to that idea -- probably too senile to remember it.

Thanks for reminding us Armando

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Trenton said...

Maybe Armando should be that football guy. You guys laugh, but the longtime Giants GM before this year was a former journalist. Brian Billick is a former journalist and Marty Hurney, the Carolina Panthers GM is a former journalist.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Troy said...

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9:04 AM  
Blogger Troy said...

As much as I often disagree with you, especially on your writing style and conservative view point, this was a good article. All points you made were cogent.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Armando ... spot on ... one of your best posts ever.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Raed said...

Good point Mando, Parcell might be that guy, but really shouldn't be the guy. We need a guy to focus attention on the team not himself and not have front office arguments about decisions by GM, Coach or players. I think the Dolphins need a complete over haul of their scouting department, that's where we have fallen short for the past three years, and Huizenga need not hire people because so and so recommmended them.

As for Cowher that everyone is glamoring about, remember he was on the hot seat at Pittsburgh every year prior to winning that SuperBowl and he had nothing to do with building the team.

The team needs to evaluate talent better and that starts with scouting and not fall in love with a player like Cameron and Mueller did with Green this past offseason. You don't overpay for a player that everyone knew was going to be released. Make an even trade but never ever be the sucker in a trade period

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes get the Tuna.He's build up every team he's been on.Bill made the Cowboys you see today.And he took the Jets to AFC Champ. N.E. to the Superbowel and the Giants to #2 Superbowel wins.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This team needs stability. And Parcells does NOT represent that. I don't even need to get into why.

As PFT reported, Tom Heckert Jr. should be the guy if Mueller goes. President/GM, though Weidmeier would have to walk to Green Bay. You give that man full control. You give him Wayne's ear. And you watch him rebuild the franchise.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should all know Tuna and Dolphins don't mix.

PhinPhan
Okeechobee

10:03 AM  
Anonymous jed said...

Armando, this is the best blog post you have ever made in my view. Right on target.

This would be the best advice you could give Mr. H.

The man he should have and perhaps still could hired as his evaluator of evaluators is Don Shula. He is obviously the best man for the jon. Failing Shula, what about Bob Griese?

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mistakes I've made...

Reading:

• Dolphins about to evaluate themselves
• Only the weather and time are different here
• Calling all British Dolfans and others ...
• Let the free agent parade begin
• Cameron needs to recognize what is important
• Dolphins Ronnie Brown out for the season
• Live blogging today during the game, yeah!
• Class wins out in Green-Cameron disagreement
• Jason Taylor outta here? Not so fast ...
• Donovin Darius out, Jason Allen in

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mistakes the anonymous before me made:

Being born.
Being allowed to live.
Being taught to write.
Being allowed to post stupid blog entries on Armando's blog.
Liking dogs instead of people as sexual partners.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He needs to hire either Dick Anderson or Nick Buoniconti as short term consultants to evaluate the organization.Two of the smartest guys ever to play the game
who are loyal to this team and local.

Lloyd Heilbrunn

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Offer Scott Pioli an obscene amount that he can't turn down.

That would be a good start.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous The Bra1n said...

Woow there a minute, son, JJ "failed in every way imaginable"??

Who drafted Jason Taylor, Zack Thomas, Pat Sutain and Sam Madison? Four of the greatest Dolphin players at their position and possibly the greatest all-around in Taylor?

How was the Defense when he took over compared to how it was when he left?

What was his batting average for getting the team into the playoffs and how many times did he lead them there?

Granted, he didnt live up to the expectations and had plenty of misses during his tenure but to say that he "failed in every way imaginable" distorts the reality and stretches your credibility. Maybe you meant to say that for Rick Spielman.

The actuality is that the team is still reeling from the effects of the Wannsteadt regime. Had they hired a head coach who at least had a Super Bowl appearance in his resume to replace JJ instead of hapless Dave, the innovator of QB talent, i'm sure the team wouldnt be in this mess right now. It takes time to recover from thay type of draft futility and getting rid of players like Madison and Surtain who would surely still be carring this defense along with Zack and Jason.

The Dolphins should only be looking to hire proven winners who can get the team to the top like when Robbie hired Shula after leading the Colts to the Super Bowl. Not some other team's reject or assistant coaches assuming their first head coaching job.

Let the Saints and the others hire the assistant coaches and give me a Marty Schottenheimer or Bill Parcels or Steve Mariucci anytime. At least we'll be in the playoffs.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Brain -- you're a fool. JJ drafted 4 decent players during his stint in Miami, none with were first round picks (Zach, JT, Madison and Surtain). (By the way, it's Zach, not Zack). JT is a borderline HOF'er. The rest were good players. How this makes him a draft guru that everyone thinks he is is way beyond me. He gets way too much credit for being a draft expert in Dallas. The fact is that he had the #1 pick in the draft and Aikman was the consensus #1. Michael Irvin was a holdover from the Landry era and Emmitt was pure luck. JJ actually wanted to draft Tim Worley from Georgia but the Steelers beat him to it. Anybody know what car wash Worley ended up working at. He wasted a #1 pick on Steve Walsh (bust), Russell Maryland is hardly a HOF'er with the #1 pick in the draft and he wasted numerous other picks (anyone remember Hall of Fame first round pick Kevin Williams, the WR/KR from the U?). JJ was a fair evaluator of talent who really couldn't draft offense, only defense. The reason he was successful was because he gathered picks in bunches understanding that he'd miss as much as he'd hit and the more picks he had, the more hits he'd have. That doesn't make him a good evaluator of talent. It makes him wise enough to realize that he's just average. As for hiis coaching skills, well, they are almost non-existent. If he didn't have the best talent, he couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag. Even when he did have talent he still lost when he should have won. Anyone remember the 1984 Canes who lost in the last seconds to BC and UCLA in the Fiesta Bowl? How about the biggest college choke ever when Maryland with Frank Reich came back from 42 points down on that same squad that had Bernie Kosar, the Blades Brothers and Alonzo Highsmith? How about the 1985 Sugar Bowl blowout to a less talented Tennessee team? What about the 1986 Fiesta Bowl loss to Penn State? Did he ever win a close game at Dallas? If he was such a great coach, how did a half-awake Barry Switzer win the Super Bowl with his team? Point made. Johnson's the pig faced devil. As for Wayne, I agreed with Armando 110% -- hire a football guy with fire, not a used up popular name like Bill Parcells who's just looking for a paycheck. We already made that mistake once when we hired JJ.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen, the only answer here is give Scott Piolin or whatever his name is all the money he wants. Thats it. Give it to him and see this organization win.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least we know where the haters get their fuel. Nothing like stoking the flames of discontent, eh Armando?

Go Dolphins!!!
DrumFinFan

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY WAYNE IT'S TIME YOU GOT A BRAIN AND WISE UP AND HIRE A FOOTBALL GUY LIKE BILL PARCELLS TO BE OUR NEW GM IN 2008 THIS TEAM NEEDS A TALENT EVALUATOR END OF STORY!BRYAN IN OHIO P.S. MUELLER AND CAMERON ARE WORSE THEN WANNYSPEILMAN.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Pat said...

Armando, I usually agree with what you say, but it's all Huizenga's fault and he has to sell the team. He's not a good business man, just look at who he's hired: Dave W., he speaks for himself; Nick Satan, ended up abandoning the phins; and Cam-moron, who has driven the Dolphins bus straight into hell. The Dolphins need a 'Jerry Jones' type owner who's passionate about their team; I don't think Huizenga has any passion for the phins.

This has to be the worst season in Dolphins history, and it won't get any better until the owner knows the right moves to make, and Huizenga doesn't have a clue.

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wayne Hire-Zinger's talk is nothing but excuse-laden double talk. If he's looking for sympathy ... he'll find it in the dictionary between sh*t & syphili*.

Don't ya love how every dumb-as* owner says he won't listen to the fans (who are generally right over time). Let's give him the biz ... used to drive communist dictators crazy & will work on Hire-Zingers!!

The definition of insanity is "Repeating the same behavior & expecting a different outcome." ... that's the problem here!!!!

Why doesn't he hire Shula & Marino (and/or some other qualified folks) to be consultants to choose this expert, then they can help evaluate folks regularly independently.

Go Phins!! Cheers, JerryD

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this gonna be like the movie "Office Space"?

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, please, please do not NOT even think of hiring Steve Mariucci. He is absolutely the last thing this team needs. His West coast offense philosophy is god awful. Look how ineffective he was with Detroit's offense. He sucks!

I say that the Dolphins need to tap into the Bill Polian or Scott Pioli network. Both of these guys have shown that they know talent and can build winners. If you want the best, pay for it, Wayne.

Bill Cowher is also not the answer. Bill Parcells may be the guy, but he make be just as big of a jerk as Saban was.

2:10 AM  
Anonymous SickOfBeingOutcoached said...

Armando:

Best column you've ever written, paper or blog. Well-articulated, well-reasoned, and supported by established facts. Keep it coming.

ps- Jason Allen will pick off Eli Manning tomorrow. Mark my words.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Bensmokin said...

I don't care what anyone says Bill Parcells is that football guy, he may not want to be a coach but to evaluate talent is something totally different. Parcels has an eye for talent every team he has coached has been better after he has left the bills, Pats, Jets, Cowboys etc. He knows how to draft which is what everyone on here bitches about, "the dolphins can't draft wahh wahh wahh." Now that a guy who can draft may be up for the job they say he can't do it? Come on if we can get Parcells to evaluate talent for the draft maybe we can get a Ware or a Barber in the positions we need. i.e. for you idiots that don't understand he can draft an guy with great tangibles at a position like cb, saftey, wr etc.

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring the TUNA to MIAMI!

8:02 AM  
Anonymous byran in ohio is a tool said...

Bill Parcells sucks. Just an older, more crankier version of Saban. Let Coach Cameron and Randy Mueller do what they were hired to do. Let's see if these two men have what it takes to pull the Dolphins out of the celler. I think they can.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IDIOTS.

STUPID IDIOTS is what some of you are.

Hire Scott Pioli from New England? He's Belicheck's SON IN LAW. He ain't going anywhere.

JJ? Another poster already gave an excellent evaluation of his over-rated fat ass.

And again with the Tuna? Whose heart is not in it. You want another half-assed effort?

Some of you people are SOOOOOOO dumb it hurts to root for the same team you do.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Tom said...

Wow JJ is sure taking a beating here. Sure the JJ years were not what we expected, but not all of the blame is JJ's. In fact, I would suggest all of the blame vests with WH. When JJ took over the Miami job he wanted to trade Marino. Kind of do with Miami what he had done with Dallas. Trade the best player for draft picks. WH vetoed that idea. No doubt he figured there would be a fan revolt. Well, there might have been a fan revold but it would only have been short-lived if the Dolphins had started winning playoff games. Now Marino was not oblivious to this and what resulted was a dysfunctional relationship between the head coach, JJ, and the star player, Marino. After that, JJ had no chance of ever being successful with the Dolphins. So let's get our facts straight before pointing fingers at who was to blame during the JJ years. I don't really blame JJ for anything other than he should have threatened to resign when WH vetoed his proposed trade of Marino. I don't blame Dan for the down JJ years. But I do blame WH for getting the right guy to turn his franchise around, JJ, and then not following his advice. Bottom line is WH is to blame for all that has happened since Don Shula was fired. And if he doesn't get rid of the two knuckleheads he has running his team now, Cam_Mueller, he will be to blame for an empty JRS next season.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Jack Meoff said...

How much longer until the Bill Cowher groundswell builds, and/or runs over?

Am I the only one who lacks confidence in Randy Mueller?

I'd love someone to inventory the decisions Mueller made in New Orleans and explain to me why NFL experts regard him highly for his evaluation of talent.

Why, because he traded Ricky Williams?

10:35 AM  
Anonymous El Duque said...

The Fins were never able to transition from the Schula dynasty and what it represented (perfect 72 team, Super Bowl appearances, Bob G., Dany Boy, killer B's, etc., etc.) and this is Wayne's fault. He is the CEO. Imagine if the Fins were a publicly traded company. We'll have plenty of disappointed investors ready to move their $ somewhere else.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous The Bra1n said...

To the Mr. Anonymous guy with the complete 2 volume insight on JJ's history consisting of a couple of lines about drafting 4 great players in Miami and about 250 words of what he did at Dallas and UM, you need to re-read what I said to get my point and stay focused, doink.

Nowhere has anyone talked about what JJ did in Dallas or UM or OU or anywhere else. Why would spend all that time talking about that when the topic is what he did HERE and whether he "failed at everything" or not?

I'm merely making the point that the impression created that he was complete failure here doesnt pass the straight-face test with any objective football fan. Makes me wonder if there is some personal animosity and bias against JJ which is clouding Armando's judgment which seems to be prevalent phenomena by reporters around these parts.

Granted, this is a blog and not a newspaper story but I'd like to think that the people who I rely on for news coverage have at least a modicum of common sense and journalistic integrity.

You want to sit here and tell me that a coach who takes a team to the playoffs 3 out of 4 years is a abject failure? Takes a defense which was almost as bad as it is now and turns it into a top 5 defense, a failure? Drafts 4 of the best players in the franchise's history, yet he FAILED at nearly everything he did HERE?

An aside for you, he could have drafted 50 busts in Dallas and Miami, and led the U to 10 years of probation, it still doesnt change the fact that he drafted 4 all-franchise players, does it?

It's one thing to say his coaching tenure was a failure based on the expectations he had and set coming in but to objectively try to say that he "failed at nearly everything" smacks of idiocy at it's finest.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous JD said...

Armando,

I've been hard on you, and for good reason!

I think you've seen the light now, and I give you credit for it. The article was spot on, but you stopped short in not covering "The Weasel's" tenure and how those same non x & o football people, (Bailey & Wiedmier), were allowed to select the present coach & GM.

At least you've got it right now, saying what I have been for YEARS now. Huizenga [b]MUST[/b] hire a head of football operations and let that person select his GM, and then the two of them will pick their coach, support staff, scouts etc.

This would be the most important decision he'll ever make!

But even given that Huizenga realizes this and decides to do this, I'm not very confident that he would choose the right man as head of football operations.

His track recored does not lead one to think otherwise!

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great analysis, Armondo. And yet, in some ways, and this is in now way stated to take away from your insight here about Huizenga's mistakes, but a lot of the guy's mistakes were really obvious, even to us fans. Wannstedt being the most obvious. But that said, there are some pretty obvious things going on right now as well. Ted Ginn is obviously not the game changer he was supposed to be, and frankly, the guy just ain't that fast. He no longer looks fast. Also, another obvious, Cameron is not a head coach. I'm sorry, but all these penalties and the team's seeming stupidity, goes back to Cameron. So, basically, I agree with the mistakes you pointed out, and yet, there are other mistakes hovering around the Dolphins that I think we can all see, and yet how long will it be before it's admitted and corrected, not even to mention the worst mistake this organization has made in years in Joey Porter and his god-forsaken contract.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Pinstripe_Mike said...

I didn't see the name Mueller listed as a mistake. He gets a pass?

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone put this post on Mr. H's desk please!!!!! Seriously someone get this infront of him to read, dont know how but get him to read this!!!!

Great Post!!!!!!!!!!!

ON POINT!!

10:25 PM  
Anonymous BenSmokin said...

Those of you who say "...Parcells Sucks" or Your an idiot if you want Parcells etc. How bout you give some reasons why you feel that way and learn how to make a valid argument. You sirs sound incompetent and anyone who would listen to you is a moron.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous ted said...

^^^

you're dumb.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CORRECTION, HIRING JJ AKA THE FAT HEADED VIRUS, THE FIRST TIME, WAS A MISTAKE!
The catastrophic consequences shall manifest for many years to come. I remembered a documentary on crazed elephants in Africa. Scientists determined that for most part those elephants were orphaned very early in life and never had a chance to make an adequate transition into adulthood. When Shula was forced to retire and not allowed to choose his successor the same thing happened to this team. Did we forget what the Fat Headed thing did after he disgracefully replaced the great Shula, courtesy of our Pineapple faced owner? Let me refresh your memory; the virus releases the most reliable weapons that Marino had, Keith Byers and Erving Fryer. That was a catastrophe in the making. So many games and playoff opportunities were squandered by the brick handed players that followed we can’t even count. Hiring Fat Head sealed Merinos fate. Marino’s career ending injury against the Colts was caused by one and only one reason YOUR BELOVED FAT HEAD! To me Jason Taylor and Zack Thomas are nice guys and juicy brothers in law, but we have yet to see a defining moment by any of the players that belonged to the JJ Virus. AJ Dewey’s play against the Jets in the 1982 AFC game was a defining moment by a defensive player that took a team that had no business being in the playoffs to the Super Bowl. Let’s see now what have Taylor and Thomas done in an AFC game hmmm??? Oh that’s right they’ve never been to one. Let’s see now who can we blame? Now I remember it was Don Shula’s fault because he was too old to coach, but he did managed to take this ungrateful franchise to its seventh AFC game and shortly after was forced to retire. Did The PINEAPLE FACE consider that a mistake? Oh wait a minute now; I remember why this team has been a disgrace for 14 seasons, Merino’s 62 reasons. Well, it’s been fourteen years since the guy that was too old to coach was forced to retire and since that day we’ve treated to none stop homo porno show.
HERE IS FOOD FOR THOUGHT! I TAKE SABAN OVER THE JJ VIRUS AND HIS HAND PICKKED TURKISH BATH BOY WHO FINISHED THE TASK OF TRANFORMING THIS TEAM TO A TURKISH HAREM. THAT’S RIGHT, A STEAMY ISTAMBUL MALE BROTHEL. ATLEAST SABAN GAVE US RONNIE BROWN. BUT NOW THANKS TO CAM IN MY MOUTH CAMERON WE MAY NO LONGER HAVE RONNIE BROWN. CAM IN MY MOUTH CAMERON AND A GEEK NAMED CLEO MAY HAVE JUST RUINED OUR BEST PLAYER SINCE DAN MARINO.
PINEAPLE FACE, SELL THE TEAM!

MARK FROM LA

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CORRECTION, HIRING JJ AKA THE FAT HEADED VIRUS, THE FIRST TIME, WAS A MISTAKE!
The catastrophic consequences shall manifest for many years to come. I remembered a documentary on crazed elephants in Africa. Scientists determined that for most part those elephants were orphaned very early in life and never had a chance to make an adequate transition into adulthood. When Shula was forced to retire and not allowed to choose his successor the same thing happened to this team. Did we forget what the Fat Headed thing did after he disgracefully replaced the great Shula, courtesy of our Pineapple faced owner? Let me refresh your memory; the virus releases the most reliable weapons that Marino had, Keith Byers and Erving Fryer. That was a catastrophe in the making. So many games and playoff opportunities were squandered by the brick handed players that followed we can’t even count. Hiring Fat Head sealed Merinos fate. Marino’s career ending injury against the Colts was caused by one and only one reason YOUR BELOVED FAT HEAD! To me Jason Taylor and Zack Thomas are nice guys and juicy brothers in law, but we have yet to see a defining moment by any of the players that belonged to the JJ Virus. AJ Dewey’s play against the Jets in the 1982 AFC game was a defining moment by a defensive player that took a team that had no business being in the playoffs to the Super Bowl. Let’s see now what have Taylor and Thomas done in an AFC game hmmm??? Oh that’s right they’ve never been to one. Let’s see now who can we blame? Now I remember it was Don Shula’s fault because he was too old to coach, but he did managed to take this ungrateful franchise to its seventh AFC game and shortly after was forced to retire. Did The PINEAPLE FACE consider that a mistake? Oh wait a minute now; I remember why this team has been a disgrace for 14 seasons, Merino’s 62 reasons. Well, it’s been fourteen years since the guy that was too old to coach was forced to retire and since that day we’ve treated to none stop homo porno show.
HERE IS FOOD FOR THOUGHT! I TAKE SABAN OVER THE JJ VIRUS AND HIS HAND PICKKED TURKISH BATH BOY WHO FINISHED THE TASK OF TRANFORMING THIS TEAM TO A TURKISH HAREM. THAT’S RIGHT, A STEAMY ISTAMBUL MALE BROTHEL. ATLEAST SABAN GAVE US RONNIE BROWN. BUT NOW THANKS TO CAM IN MY MOUTH CAMERON WE MAY NO LONGER HAVE RONNIE BROWN. CAM IN MY MOUTH CAMERON AND A GEEK NAMED CLEO MAY HAVE JUST RUINED OUR BEST PLAYER SINCE DAN MARINO.
PINEAPLE FACE, SELL THE TEAM!

MARK FROM LA

5:48 PM  
Anonymous jeremiah carpenter said...

Give a coach some time! We can't start over agian! Really we've accomplished alot now that Cam is here. We still have same old problems before Cam got here. 1. no DB's 2. Aging DEF 3. no QB (Lemon good backup, thanks CAM, didn't cost draft pic) This is why were losing, not Cam's fault. We've been teribale on O-line and at RB for a few seasons! Cam fixed O-line and RB situation in 5 games! We've stockpiled draft pics, were doing the right things, so quiet down!

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody's really talked about the guy who REALLY needs to go...and that's Wayne himself. He has done nothing but erode what used to be a football dynasty since he bought the team, and turned it into its present day laughing stock.

Wayne's a nice guy who has no business running a football franchise...or any other sports franchise for that matter.

This team won't regain its luster, if ever, until we have a real owner.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Lawrence Salberg said...

It's probably sheer lunacy to assume Wayne reads any of these comments, but just in case...

I don't feel like Saban was a mistake (and maybe Armando agrees by his not mentioning it here). Saban conned everyone right up to the last second. I'm not sure anyone would have been able to see that train wreck coming. Still, after being upset about it for a long time, Saban - as a coach - wasn't a bad coach. There's no denying he blew personnel decisions back to the stone ages, so maybe some fault lies with the owner on that part of it. There was also questionable hiring of the most assistant and well-paid assistant coaches in the NFL. Can't say it was wrong though. I wasn't there.

Anyway, having go-to guys to evaluate the team as a whole is a great idea. That is the kind of role Marino and Shula and others could offer Wayne - as temporary trusted advisers. I have a feeling there is some behind the scenes consulting that already goes on. There's no need to form yet another staffed position (read: bureaucracy). Just get some trusted guys to come in for a week for 40-50 hours and observe and give Wayne written evaluations. Then, donate a $100,000 to their favorite charity. If Wayne has to pay them directly, their loyalty to the franchise comes into question.

A lot of folks here make use of some veteran coaches - Parcells, Johnson, etc. that have won a SB - stuff like that. Hey, if they'll do it under the above guidelines, add them to the roster. But, I'd also look for some senior players on other teams. Heck, I'd be real interested in what Tom Brady would say (probably illegal since he is our competitor, but you get the point). Also, other ex-senior players (retired) from the Dolphins and other teams: Offerdahl, Warren Moon, etc.

I'd also try (!) to keep these people anonymous as well as their decisions. Might be impossible, but nothing wrong with media exclusion when you are 0-8. It's hard to get to the root of a problem when everyone is showboating for cameras and MH reporters in the LR giving their up-to-the minute two-cents worth.

I think the Fins are on the right track overall. Wayne is doing the right thing here. The guy has invested more money in this franchise than any other owner. He may not be a football genius, but he knows to surround himself with those that are. I think he has learned from some of the mistakes Armando mentions here.

As I've said quite often, and even on my own blog, the Fins don't need another owner or head coach. That isn't the problem. We don't need to get rid of awesome players - Taylor, Thomas, Tillman, etc. But we do need to start moving away from the "veterans will save us" mentality. When you are 0-8 (heck, 0-4!), you have to see that a reckless, young, wild player with no NFL experience might be EXACTLY what the doctor is ordering to turn this ship around. Maybe 10 of them. Remember: being "safe" is a baseball skill - not football. I hate to even say this (oh, my stomach), but look at the Patriots ridiculous TD's they do long after the game is won. Maybe an insult to some teams, but they aren't playing it safe. The NFL is a crazy sport - the sooner we start putting our own craziness on the field, the better. Maybe that's Beck, maybe not. (I also was horrified at the dropped pass of Cleo, but equally amazed at the TD pass to Ginn). But we have to start making the other teams unable to predict our zany and wild attitude. I'm not talking about trick plays - although I wouldn't rule them out - but I'm talking about a general sense that we are dangerous, unpredictable, and will do ANYTHING to try and win. The same way teams feel about Taylor - scared, unsure, always watching him (and rightfully so!) - is how they need to feel about the whole organization - from the owner down to the hot dog stand vendors.

Heck, stick Beck in for a quarter, then Cleo, then Beck, then Cleo. Put JT on offense occasionally (as they did last year a few plays). Just do an all-out blitz every 3rd play just to mess with their stinkin' heads. And teach those safeties to knock the crap out of a receiver and TAKE the penalty if necessary - no catches allowed - period! Wait until we play the next team, they'll be confused and weirded out. I wouldn't recommend this for a championship team, but in our present (and temporary!) condition, let our guys have fun and mix it up. It sure as heck can't hurt. And we get to enjoy it (as fans) and the other teams get to wonder what sport they are playing. I'm sure the Patriot opponents are wondering that these days.

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