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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tuna helper on the menu for afternoon introduction

Bill Parcells will conduct his introductory press conference Thursday afternoon from the Dolphins practice facility.

And this is the biggest point he wants to make: Parcells will stress that he is neither the Dolphins coach nor the general manager. He will stress that he is simply owner Wayne Huizenga's designee to pick Miami's coach and general manager.

So why is this a big deal?

Well, it's not really as far as the coaching situation is concerned. At least not now. No one believes Parcells will be Miami's de facto coach, especially not at 66 years old.

But ...

Pretty much the entire NFL is convinced Parcells will make all the meaningful personnel decisions for the Dolphins. And that assumption is probably, in fact, correct. But Parcells has to make it seem as if he really isn't going to be the guy making that final call and instead is just the guy picking the guy making the final call.

Why? Because in order to hire away someone currently under contract with another team, the easiest approach is to be able to say you are offering that person a promotion. And if Parcells is filling out the GM role while offering the GM job to someone else as a promotion, the NFL and other clubs may balk at giving him permission to hire someone away from his current club.

Take Dallas personnel guy Jeff Ireland for example. He is not the GM in Dallas. So if Parcells offers him the Miami GM job, the Cowboys are compelled to let him go based on the fact the job is a promotion. But the Cowboys may argue that Ireland isn't really going to be Miami's GM because, by definition, the GM picks the players. And the Cowboys would be right because Parcells will likely pick the players.

And that is why Parcells Thursday will emphasize that he is picking the GM and that he will not be the GM. All this is moot, of course, if Parcells does the right thing and sticks with Randy Mueller, who I believe to be an excellent personnel guy.

But the chances of him doing that are less than 50-50 in my opinion.

By the way, Parcells has pretty much been talking like coach Cam Cameron is gone. He has told confidants that he will be hiring a coach. Why do you talk of hiring a coach unless you're going to be getting rid of the coach already in place?

I think Cameron may get an interview with Parcells. The two obviously will talk Thursday. But I think Parcells will want his own guy in the job.

I can report to you that one of Parcells' guys is Tony Sparano. He was the Cowboys offensive coordinator under Parcells at Dallas. He is now the team's assistant head coach, the running game coordinator (Jason Garrett handles the passing game) and offensive line coach. The Cowboys offensive line, by the way, has three Pro Bowl players this year and running back Marion Barber is also Pro Bowl bound.

Sparano is 46 and, with his Northeastern roots, connected with Parcells who is a New Jersey native. I believe, after interviewing some prospects including a Rooney Rule candidate, Parcells will pick this guy as the Dolphins next coach.

Your thoughts?

51 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great another NY/NJ douche coming to town. Man I wonder who the "coach celeb" will be when the big flounder leaves in 3 years ???

Watch Mueller and Cameron join up in ATL and destroy the NFL in the near future.. Is their any doubt this will happend to this snake bitten franchise ??? Wayne please sell, enough of the coaching/GM carousel....

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Nashphin said...

I don't care if he comes from Neptune, if Parcells can build a winner, and, more importantly, a winning structure for the organization, then this hire will pay off in the long run.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous i said...

damn it!! this was a great draft...he said it would be vanilla offense,.. he just didn't expect every one to drop with injuries.... Give Cam. one more year,.. pull him out half way if need to,.. but give him one more year!!! damn it!

12:19 AM  
Anonymous he said...

One more year??? One more year???
one last game is all he'll get,.... Wait... what? he won't play Beck?.. Damn you Cam. There goes your Neck.

Nice Guy though, wish him all the best.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said "Great, another NY/NJ douche coming to town" Hey anonymous, speaking of douches, at least we know how to use a damn voting booth up here. Way to get Bush elected for another four because you idiots in Florida can't follow simple instructions. Also it's awesome to hear that Tony Soprano may be the next head coach of the Dolphins. That will put the fear in these guys! Maybe Pauly will be the next defensive coordinator? "Whataya talkin about he was off sides, I'll shove that yellow flag right up your A**!
NYScott

1:21 AM  
Blogger DocMac said...

For me if a Coach is thinking about a single game over the evaluation of the players young and old on the roster to evaluate so the team knows where to go in the next draft, to me that coach needs to go anyways.

2:21 AM  
Anonymous JerryD said...

Note to Tuna .....

Please give Cam another year, then we'll draft #1 again & get QB Tim Tebow!!

Now I see the light of how valuable Cam's poor performance can be.

Go Cam, get us QB Tebow!! Now that's stability, just like the Wanstadt & Fiedler stability.

P.S. Please schnooker Jerry Jones for alot of players & picks for our #1 pick.

2:58 AM  
Anonymous JerryD said...

Hey NYScott,

I like your idea of Tony Soprano as head coach, w/ Pauli on D.

Let's rename the practice bubble, The Bada-Bing, put in a few poles, & Silvio runs practice!!

That will send ALL the free-agents running to Miami. Pacman will be first in line!!!

We need a laugh, losing has made us all crazy angry.

3:14 AM  
Anonymous joekerman said...

I'm optimistic about Parcell making all the right moves when he takes over. Especially the firing of Cameron. This was the worst coaching disaster in nfl history. I challenge anyone to come up with a worse example of just flat out stupidity in drafting, play calling, game management, player, media, and fan relations than this smug, closed minded, condescending, creepy, bible thumping buffoon. Just what possesed Huizenga to hire this pompous bag of sh*t I'll never know. I'm also wondering what the hell Armando is talking about when he speaks so highly of Mueller. Are you f**king kidding me? It was he and Cameron who orchestrated the brilliant trades that left us twisting in the wind with no receivers and quarterback worth a sh*t. As for Sparano, word is he's pretty solid. Time will tell I guess. Nothing and I mean NOTHING can be worse than what we've got now. In Bill we trust. Amen

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Capers stay or is he gone also?

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a lifelong fan, but I see very little good coming from yet another change of this magnitude.

Watching this team has become like watching Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner(I.E. The Patriots), and always springing the trap on himself. I wonder how long before the Parcell's blueprint is gathering dust in the history books? Very sad.

Go Dolphins!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous JJ said...

The only thing that can save Fla and the Fins is a North East native. Lord knows you southern dopes don't do much right!! Everything is Fla is screwed up because none of you know what your doing, from your Governor to your head Coach..Fl is an abortion!! Parcels will bring some sanity to another Florida mess!!

8:20 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

I keep saying that constant change breeds constant failure.

If you throw some seeds into the dirt, do you RIP THEM OUT as soon as they start to grow roots because the plant isn't growing fast enough?

Okay, so maybe you get some fertilizer (Parcells) to help stimulate the growth.

Look, I know my analogy is ridiculous, and we've got Parcells now, like a lot of you wished. So, it goes without saying that there will be changes, and most likely a new head coach. However, whoever the new coach will be, he'll just be Parcell's puppet, because Parcell's will be wanting to run the show. Its very difficult to go from coaching and running things to just being behind the scenes. It won't happen. Yes, the man is 66 years old, but he will still want to be "the BIG TUNA."

My point is, we should expect some improvement next year, but not much. I'm guessing that our team next year will be very different from the team we have now and once again, we'll be at the bottom of the division, unless we can pull what the Saints pulled last year and bring it all together for a championship run. Not likely.

I'll be curious to hear Parcells' press conference today to see how he's going to approach his job.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous tom@jax said...

I'm no longer a #1 fan of the Dolphins. I switched to the Colts (can't stand the Patriots). Now I follow all their games. It's quite easy to do thanks to the Directv NFL package. After all, I paid for it to watch Dolphins games. Then it hit me. Why follow a consistently, bad losing team year after year. Marino left a long time ago. So I switched this year even though I was considering it for the past 3 years. It took that long to get the Dolphins out of my system. Knowing Taylor and Thomas are near the ends of their careers made it easier. It is unbelievable how enjoyable it is to be a fan of a team that knows how to score once in the red zone. But I will watch to see how this Parcells thing unfolds. It should be very interesting. But it is to late for me. I can't stand watching another 3 long seasons as they rebuild. Go Colts. Beat the Patriots in the playoffs. Bring the Patriots back to earth and watch
how they sulk at the end of the game. It will be great stuff.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To JJ: It's amazing to me that all you damn Yankees keep moving to our beloved South, since it obviously so messed up. Do us all a favor and stay up north (along with your opinons)..you idiot.
To Tom in Jax, did you dump your wife too when she gained a few pounds and burned the dinner one to many times, do you beat your kids when they bring home a C on their report card, and do you do a Vick on your dog when they pee on the carpet...hmm...I maybe not, but you are definitely not a true fan. Fans hang on thru the good times and the bad pal..thats why we're called fanatics.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Armando Acevedo said...

Lets wait to see how Parcells approach is. I beleive the two positions that most be filled with 100% or over trust from PArcells are head coach and GM, so I think he will try to bring his people at both position and in case he can`t, he will keep Cameron and Mueller.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous ukdolfan said...

Tom@Jax,

Good riddance to you, a true fan folows his team through the good and bad years not switch his allegiance to a team that is winning, at least you are honest enough to say it, as a true dolfan for 23 years at least its 1 fair weather fan less, hopefully the rest will follow suit just don't come crawling back when things have turned round here as they will, just takes time and paitence and somethng you obviously know nothing about, loyalty.

9:33 AM  
OpenID JimmyNock said...

I'm from CT. and Sparano coached the University of New Haven t a division 2 national hampionship game. I know several of his players and coaches and all have nothing but good things to say about him. If he is Parcells choice I trust it.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Native Floridian said...

"They Love New York" but they all want to live in South Florida. Amazing!

Begal anyone?

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Thumper said...

Begal?

Ok. I do agree with your comment. I Love New York but....I rather live in South Florida. Go figure.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Tom@jax, can you say "front-runner" or "fair weather fan". Go away, we don't need you.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone but Cam!

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's face it, guys, Cameron has looked pretty bad so far this season. The fact is, he might have been better had Tuna been with the Dolphins this past summer. Then Cameron couldn't have acted so idiosyncratically, and fiddled around and did things his own weird way because he would have known he had a football guy to answer to. Up until now, all these coaches could suck, and there boss wouldn't be able to see it. Now, Tuna comes in and we know he knows a lot about the game and coaching. He's not going to put up with Cameron. We'd put up with him another year because we don't know football that well. We disagree with his decisions, but in our hearts, maybe he knows. Tuna knows. Tuna knows when he sees a guy who doesn't know what he's doing, which has been Cameron this year. The next coach will do much better because he'll have to. He won't be working for someone who's totally out of it.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous i'm upset said...

i hope parcells fires camerons ass today! i was all for giving that scrub one more year, then he names Lemon the starter. are you kidding me? a quarterback that runs out of bounds seven yards deep in the backfield and can't make a play at the goal line gives the team their best chance to win? BS!!! beck needs to play and the coaches need to let him sling it a little. he's a 26 year old PROFESSIONAL athlete, not a highschooler. so put him in and open the playbook!

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Saying the GM is a good personnel guy is like saying the captain of the Titanic was a good sailor!

You cannot fix 10 years of mistakes overnight. Make sure the owner and the fans understand what the expectations should be and how to measure progress. Fix the front office first, get the most out of the draft based on a proper talent evaluation and needs assessment, cover gaps with low cost effective free agents. Don't repeat the mistakes of the past by sacrificing the future for a minor improvement in the present. The goal needs to be to build a sustainable championship team such as the Patriots or the Colts.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the tuna has arrived i am pumped up here's to a new era in dolphins football!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous tom@jax said...

Hey ukdolfan. Know what C O L T S use to stand for when they fled Baltimore? Count On Losing This Sunday.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Jimconch said...

A Chicago fan told me recently that Randy Mueller ruined the Bears, and it took them a while to recover.
He could not understand how Mueller was hired here at all.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, how can you say Mueller is a good GM? He has been awful as GM. He passed on Brady Quinn and Trent Edwards to take this stiff called John Beck.He drafted Ted Ginn over other more deserving players.He traded for the fragile Trent Green and has let Cameron do all kinds of foolish things that any other GM would have not allowed ex:letting Capers take over the coaching duites in preseason while he stood around picking his nose and letting Cameron start Cleo Lemon against Cincinnati and not starting Beck against the Bills at home etc...Sorry Armando Mueller is a wuss and is going to get what he deserves a pink slip. VINNY

2:49 PM  
Anonymous mr. truthiness said...

Josh McDaniels will be introduced as the new head coach in a few weeks.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parcells could be talking about hiring a coach merely to stoke the fire, see who comes forward. I would not really deduce anything from that. He knows how to manipulate people, as he did so easily with the owner of the Falcons and Fins

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando when in the hell is this press conference? And to the numbskull that said we love NY but would rather live in south Florida. I wouldn't live in Florida if you payed me. Your bugs are the size of blue jays and the constant heat,humidity, and hurricanes are not a great selling point. Not to mention I dont want to have learn another language, I'm fine living up here in America. And please tell your neighbors to put on a shirt when appearing on "Cops". NYScott

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

looking forward the Bill Parcells era as Vice President it is prudent to understand how this role relates to other NFL franchises. Parcells has publicly stated that he will not hold either coaching or as general manager duties. On the surface this seems like a good situation for the floundering Dolphins but as one looks around the league it presents a scenario that is quite different from how other teams do business. With a look at several teams in the playoffs right now, taking a critical eye toward who makes the final decisions, the proposed Dolphin model presents an interesting contrast to the approach currently used by most NFL teams. Whether this approach will relate to organizational success remains to be seen but it certainly does not fit well in the current models.

At look at the top four teams in the NFL gives a nearly complete perspective on how every organization in the league is currently managed. In New England, head coach Bill Belichick, has the final say in all decisions. In fact The Patriots do not presently have a person in the general manager role. Belichick is acting GM as well as coach. That approach seems to work pretty well given The Patriots current station as the NFL elite organization.

Things work a little different in Indianapolis where President/ General Manager Bill Polian holds the reigns. Polian is an awesome player evaluator, perhaps the best in the NFL, and it was he who hired head coach Tony Dungy, and has final say. With the possible exception A.J. Smith, Bill Polian is the probably the most powerful GM in the NFL. The difference between Smith and Polian is that Polian gets along with his head coach while Smith tends to have acrimonious relationships with his.

In Dallas owner Jerry Jones also holds the title of GM and is all powerful, but things were a little unclear when Parcells was head coach. There is speculation that when Jones signed Terrell Owens against Parcells’ will this created a rift between the two which led to Parcells’ retirement. Jones hired Philips and Jones is recognized as the man, but the team Philips walked into was built by Parcells and it should be interesting to see if the Cowboys can maintain the same level of personnel now that Parcells has moved on.

In Green Bay Ted Thompson is the GM and Mike McCarthy is the head coach, this publicly held team splits the power base with Thompson residing over personnel and McCarthy handing the coaching. It is unclear how much say McCarthy has during drafting and free agency, but it looks at though Thompson has the final say.

The conclusion drawn from this analysis is that the GM position is the most critical to NFL success though there are coaches who double as coach/GM. There is no other instance of a VP who has control over a coach and a GM. It seems The Dolphins have simply added another layer to their organization to allow Parcells to settle in. Parcells has been a coach and coach/GM during his career and it is hard to believe he will be happy standing on the sidelines. From this writer’s standpoint it is only a matter of time before Parcells declares himself VP/GM and takes over personnel. This will happen sooner rather then later because there will be few GMs who will be willing to work with Bill Parcells standing over their shoulder. Unfortunately this may also be true of the head coach because Bill will demand things his way and there are not many great coaches who will rise from this constricted situation.

Sorry Dolphin fans, this is recipe for disaster.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TYPO. Don't want to learn a new language. But perhaps I should learn how to proof read right? :) Sorry guys, just busting chops, Florida is a great state and I always have a great time when I visit. I just couldn't live in that heat! I don't know how you all do it. NYScott

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you out of your mind..."mueller is an excellent personnel guy", "stick with Mueller is doing the right thing"? you are out of you mind.....I am soooo suprised at you...

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

look mr. writer....you have no idea of what you are talking about. we are 1-14 with Mueller....he is a 2 time loser comming for N.O. Things can't get worse for the Fins, and Purcells is the best thing that could happen short of Wayne selling....you waiver your opinion and should be fired....

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick. Very intersting opinion and you bring up a lot of good points but "recipe for disaster"? I think the Dolphins have already written a very thick cook book of recipes that have led to disaster. They have tried everything, coach and GM with coach having final say, coach who is GM and has final say, coach who is mostly just a coach and a gm who makes the decisions. All have led up to the disaster that the Dolphins are today. This league is constantly changing and new philosiphies are a common theme. Look at all of the young coaches that have had success. Before any of them were hired people were asking 'how can they take a chance on that guy and why don't they hire an older proven coach'? Well now everyone is looking for the next best thing. The league changed because one team took a chance. I don't really see that Parcells coming to Miami is going to spell disaster. You're assuming a lot of things in your post without giving the other side of the story or recognizing Parcells incredible resume that is filled with 3 year turn arounds. The nay sayers are always going to complain and the funniest new complaint is that Parcells is wrong for the job because it wasn't him who turned those four teams around. That is truly laughable because in essence that is implieing that Parcells arrival at those teams along with their quick turn arounds is just a coincidence. Well I have to say, that's one hell of a coincidence and if I were a betting man I would put all of my money on the fact that it will happen in Miami as well. I do not see the downside to bringing a coach in who can completely concentrate on x's and o's and not have to worry about scouting and personnel decisions. Don't assume that Parcells won't be able to change his philosiphy to build a winner. He will step back when he needs to and step forward just the same. He is famous for being able to read each individual player and get the best from them either by getting in their face or maybe just a subtle word or two. This will translate well into his new position as he will have to do the same thing with the front office and coaches. Remember he has something to prove in that this is his first time in this position. It is my opinion that we will see the team get better as soon as next year and will continue to see a steady rise to the top. NYScott

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ARMANDO, you tool. the only reason youre saying Mueller is a personnel genius is because he is your team source. that crap you said about Zach Thomas, which is defamatory, came straight from mueller. we all know where you get your info from, its loose lips mueller. we cant have a GM who spouts off to the press to make things happen. Armando, you ought to be ashamed for sacrificing your jounalistic principles in the name of fear of losing a source. you stink. hope the herald blows you out like ESPN did

4:54 PM  
Anonymous James A said...

awesome write up Patrick. If posts were this well thought out, this blog would be the best in the biz regardless of whether or not you are correct. Thanks!

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

I hope you are right AND wrong! I hope Parcelss comes in to "oversee" the operation of the franchise and has some say in the picking of players.

However, I hope he doesn't start handing out jobs to his "buddies" throughout the league. We have seen that philosophy did not work for JJ, Wannstedt, or Saban so why will it work now? This is not the Miami Cowboys and bringing in guys JUST because you are comfortable and can boss them around, is not in this franchise's best interest.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous mjfin said...

Armando:
By FAR the most interesting thing you said in your column was:

"He has told confidants that he will be hiring a coach. Why do you talk of hiring a coach unless you're going to be getting rid of the coach already in place?"

Wow - this is significant intelligence. So let us in. Where did you hear this and who are the "confidants"?

You can't just drop lines like those!

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill sounded pretty freaking unsure of his words during that conference...

8:42 PM  
Anonymous duhe77 said...

Bil Parcells is the answer. Weigh every word he says. He will make the Dolphins a winner and he will de-throne Billy ball in NE. It's payback time for Belichick. Remember Parcells handing the Jets head coaching job to Belichick a few years back. This is not business, it's personal. Go Tuna!

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Me Grimlock said...

Patrick: I compliment you on your comments - thanks for providing such good insights. I love the idea of Parcells as both VP and GM!

Based on your comments, it's clear that there is no one winning model of GM/Coach. The four top teams you reported all had very talented coaches and GMs who understand the game. Parcells is in the same league as those guys. So I don't understand why you think it would a recipe for disaster.

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimconch,
Why do people like you even bother commenting? You don't even know what you are talking about and then you give an attempt at an opinion. Your Chicago friend is apparently an idiot also. Please go here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Mueller
and show us where and when Randy Mueller worked for the Bears. For the rest of you, it was Rick Spielman the GM that ruined this team along with Dave Wannstedt for years. For your info Spielman is now the GM in Minnesota.

1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know it's unlikely...but I hope we at least get to keep cam as an Offensive Coordinator....Again. I'm in love with the changes to our running game and how he motivated Ronnie Brown.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Brendan said...

Mando et al,

Very interesting circumstances. Fiollow me through this. Parcells is on very good terms with Jerry Jones. Parcells has top pick in draft. Dallas has two 1st round picks (their own and Cleveland's for the Brady Quinn pick - these two ...figure say # 20 and 30 overall) Many 'experts' have McFadden as top pick. McFadden is from Arkansas. Jerry Jones is an alumni of - you got it Arkansas.
Can you say 'trade down'? Oviously a 20 and 30 do not equal a # 1 overall, but thor in a few other high rounders this year and/or next and you have a potential mega pick deal (ala the Herscel Walker deal or the Ricky Williams draft day deal). Jones has the ego to pull this off, and Parcells has the common sense to know he needs lots of high round picks to rebuild. ... whatta ya guys think?

11:22 AM  
Anonymous MT Rick said...

Dont blame Mueller for 1-14!!!!
and Dont blame him for 10 years of mistakes.

Mueller came in with Saban, and believe me, Saban ran the drafts while he was here -- notice all the SEC players?? Some good, some bad, but those were Sabans' picks, not Mueller.

Mueller IS a good personnel guy, and has had success in the past.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever, just build a winner. Mueller, Cameron did well in the draft last year but as far as game decisions, I am not sure.
Cameron does look like that sales guy on the Simpsons. The one that almost gets the sale all of the time. Cameron says we worked hard almost got 6 wins.
I was looking at the division standings the other day and you know what. There aren't any points for almost won or we will spot you 7 because your team has injuries. I was wrong when he came in. I thought that he would do good things even though I wanted Schottenheimer.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous dlfns13 said...

i have a hard time reading other comments. i have been a fins fan since 1984-i was 7yrs old. yes, this has been our worst season ever...but i would never change my team (hint to JJ's comment). we do have good players, it's the coaching that must change, and i believe bill will handle this. how many games did we lose by three points this year? we could easily turn things around next season. no, prob not a super bowl team, but we should end up 8-8 at worst (with the right coaching personell) and that is why we brought bill in. we are prob. losing some great def. players that are aging, but with good coaches to groom the young players the RIGHT way, we could deffinately turn this team around within two or three years we will be serious contenders. the only things i was upset with this season was the play calling by cameron, and his inability to run the draft like Jimmy Johnson. Bill will correct this and we will return!!! i predict we will be winning our division within two more seasons, and convincingly....Fan forever (from MT) dlfns13!!!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You lost me on Meuller being an excellent talent evaluator-Ted Ginn????There hasn't been a decent pick from this team in almost a decade-you are on DOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:10 PM  

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