Wayne Huizenga makes another bold bid
The Dolphins owner has proven time and again that he will do whatever needs to be done to make the Dolphins champions. Now, of course, after so many past failures the assignment now is to make the Dolphins relevant again.
But that's not Huizenga's fault. He has done and is continuing to do his part.
When Don Shula showed signs of slowing down and finally "stepped aside" in January 1996, Huizenga knew there was a mandate for only one guy out there. That guy was Jimmy Johnson and Huizenga got him.
OK, so he missed the boat on Dave Wannstedt and has made other significant management mistakes. But after that Wannstedt debacle there one was coach who was the darling of a dozen NFL teams' fancy and that was Nick Saban. And Huizenga got him when other teams couldn't.
Now, even as the Dolphins are mired in their worst season ever, the popular cry is to land Bill Parcells as a personnel guru and Bill Cowher as coach. Cowher apparently doesn't want to coach in 2008 unless it is in Carolina. And so Huizenga went and got Parcells -- even if it meant outbidding the Atlanta Falcons and changing his mind and plans to sell the team.
The point is Huizenga will move heaven and earth -- and trample over people if he must -- to get the big name that he hopes will give the Dolphins the best chance to succeed.
Clearly, it doesn't always work. Fact is it has never really worked as the Dolphins have fallen from the ranks of elite NFL franchises the past decade.
But you cannot say that fall is for lack of Huizenga trying. He definitely has made the bold attempts. And trying to get Parcells is just the latest example.
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