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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Here is what's next on the Dolphins agenda

Now that the Dolphins have their football czar, general manager, and head coach, it's time to find some actual players that can make a difference from here on out, right?

Nope. Not yet.

Next up on the agenda after the Dolphins hired Tony Sparano Wednesday is filling out the coaching staff and that is already underway.

Everybody is reporting that Dallas assistant Todd Bowles could join the Miami staff as an assistant head coach in charge of the secondary while Dallas assistant and former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni also is likely coming as the defensive coordinator or linebackers coach or both.

But I am now told both coaches have been offered contract extensions by the Cowboys, and as Jason Garrett proved, it is hard to leave Jerry Jones when he REALLY wants to retain a coach. So this isn't necessarily a done deal.

Beyond that look for former Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Maser to get the offensive line job. Maser coached with Sparano in Jacksonville in 2002.

Former offensive line coach Hudson Houck is headed to Dallas to coach their offensive line.

And don't be surprised if the offensive coordinator job is not filled immediately or at least until the New York Giants are eliminated from the playoffs. That's because Giants quarterback coach Chris Palmer may be headed to the Dolphins as their offensive coordinator.

Palmer, the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, hired Sparano at Boston University and took him in tow when he became head coach in Cleveland. Palmer also worked under Bill Parcells in 2006 and is from that familiar coach tree, having also worked for Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville as well as New York.

Kacy Rodgers, whose contract with the Dallas Cowboys expires, is a possibility as a defensive line coach while Cleveland defensive assistant Bob Trott is also a candidate somewhere on defense. I also wouldn't be surprised if former Dolphins assistant Clarence Brooks, who coached with Sparano in Cleveland in 1999 and was fired when Baltimore cleaned house this year, calls the Miami coach about a job.

Remember all the rumors that Maurice Carthon would be a candidate to join the Dolphins based on his long-standing relationship with Parcells as a player as well as a coach? Well, come to find out Carthon fell out of favor with Parcells in 2005 when he left the Big Tuna to join Romeo Crennel's staff in Cleveland.

So Carthon, now in Arizona, isn't likely to be joining the Dolphins.

A note: I know a lot of you have complained that whatever staff Sparano and Parcells compile won't have the experience of many other NFL staffs.

Well, last season the Dolphins had four, count 'em four, current or former NFL head coaches on the staff including Dom Capers, Cameron, Mike Mularkey and Terry Robiskie. How'd all that experience work out for them?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:05 AM  
Blogger junation said...

No use speculating, there's no way to tell how good the new coach will be until he starts.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Melbourne Bob said...

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8:20 AM  
Blogger lacesoutdan said...

What a ragtag staff of misfits! Paul Pasqualoni really sucks...He was terrible at Syracuse and they canned him!

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that's some good info right there.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous tunafishin said...

a coach is as good as the talent in front of him ,so im ok with the coach and his band of asistants.because the guys upstairs will get the talent.[a.k.a the big an little tuna].will make sure this guy succeeds.their track record speaks for itself.i cant wait to see the draft finally we have someone who knows sit back an relax for a change and watch a winner get built.

8:37 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...


Do you know anything about Paul Pasqauloni? He sucked at Syracuse? He coached there for 13 seasons, had another 4 years there prior to that as an assistant and only had one losing season. He was 6-3 in bowl games and had the Orangemen consistently in the top-25. He was fired because a new athletic director came to Syracuse and wanted to hire his own guy. Just what, exactly, about Pasqualoni sucks in your mind? I’m not trying to defend the guy by any means, because I hated Syracuse when they and the CANES were in the Big East together, but to say somebody sucks without backing it up with facts is being clueless, don’t you think?

Ok, enough about that. One of my good friends is a Dallas Cowboys fan and he’s getting annoyed that the Fins are raiding the staff there. I keep telling him that all these coordinators and assistants are leaving because Jerry Jones is going to take over. Jerry Jones will be the new OC when Garrett leaves, Jerry Jones will be the Defensive Coordinator…and let’s face it, does any of us REALLY believe Wade Phillips is in charge of that team? Ok, enough of Dallas.

Arrrrrrmando hit it right on the head with the way this staff is being assembled. We don’t need four ex-head coaches on our staff, because that didn’t do anything for us. We need younger, hungry guys. Rebuilding this team is going to be a group effort, starting off with the tutelage of Parcell’s, the smart’s of Ireland, the toughness of Sparano, and the hungriness of the staff that is being assembled.

Eventually, we DO need to focus on players, because that is where the rubber meets the road. I’m curious as to who is going to get purged, who is going to get traded, and the small number of players who’ll actually get to stay.

Keep up the good work Arrrrrrrmando. This blog is what will keep a lot of us entertained during the offseason. I expect nothing but quality reporting from you!

Gracias hermano!

HCD in Long Island

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anybody sick of the incestuous nature of these pro football staffs? Can we can the Dolphins, Dallas lite? Dallas has not won $%$^ in a while despite having a solid record the past two years. Yet, we picked up half their staff it seems.

Armando was right the other day about saying that Parcells would have shown some courage if he had hired a guy nobody expected. Now these guys have all been hired are known quantities and people like Bill Belichick study and research these things about staffs.(apparently they video taped them too)

Furthermore, the Rooney Rule was conducted in such a manner that it was mere formalities. The ethnic make up of the entire coaching and executive staff of the Dolphins is white. You're telling me that in a league where a majority of players are black,and has been for decades now, there are no legitimate assistant or executive staff personnel available to be hired with high qualifications and experience? Bill Parcells and others might say the race of his staff doesn't matter. Well I say to him to try fielding an all-white NFL football team and see how far he rides those horses.

Miami is a multi-ethnic city, and to some extent, Huizenga should have the foresight to include a multi-ethnic executive and coaching staff. You might say that the best person for the job should get hired and ethnicity should not be taken into account. Well Sparano was not hired because he was the best available. He was hired because Jeff Ireland and B Parcells, "knew the guy". What kind of bullshit is that?
He got the job over other qualified and experienced WHITE and BLACK and BROWN and YELLOW coaches because he knew Parcells. That's one of the reason's why this league is so mediocre. Nobody is willing to take chances on staff. I guess you can cite the phrase, "COPY CAT LEAGUE". Incest is the personnel rule of the NFL and the offspring of this creation are deformed.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A note: I know a lot of you have complained that whatever staff Sparano and Parcells compile won't have the experience of many other NFL staffs."

Armando, I agree with you on this one. This smells to me just like what you see in corporatations all the time where the old guys get so ingrained in their ways that nothing new comes from the company and it's just the same crap all the time. Bringing in some young (not just young in age, but in ways of thinking and doing things...), new talent, etc. is what we've needed for so long in the player corps, why not in the coaching staff too? We have are set with a very wise person at the helm that knows this job inside & out. Now it's time to bring in some fresh blood and place them in the staff and let them get this team going again...a fresh start.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Dallas has not won $%$^ in a while despite having a solid record the past two years. Yet, we picked up half their staff it seems." Dallas has not won $h*t??? clearly you meant D-O-L-P-H-I-N-S! seriously, anyone who thinks we are going to be a superbowl team within the next few years is dumber than a rock! The majority of the true dolphins fans (myself included) would be EXTREMELY happy to just having a "winning season" and to at least get some respect from other teams.

"Well Sparano was not hired because he was the best available. He was hired because Jeff Ireland and B Parcells, "knew the guy". What kind of bullshit is that?"
Why is it so hard for some of you to see the positives in having a tight-knit staff? would you rather us have a bunch of "qualified" individuals that cant agree on things and have them constantly be bumping heads?

"Huizenga should have the foresight to include a multi-ethnic executive and coaching staff. You might say that the best person for the job should get hired and ethnicity should not be taken into account."

You are blaming him for the way the league is now? thats absurd. The issue with race is nothing new, and you know what, it's probably not going to change much in the future.. who is going to hire someone with no experience? and futhermore how do you blame Wayne for there not being enough ethnic candidates?

The civil rights movement is over man, get it out of your head. maybe consider finding a new team to follow.. that is if you even are a dolphins fan.. i cant really tell..

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far and from my perspective, Big Tuna has made all the right moves. Let's see how it works now.
However, I agree with the idea that the current staff will be a good as the players they hire and coach, so, let's see what the free agency and the draft can bring to the Dolphins, there is the real challenge, where everything need to change in order to improve this team.

ps. Armando, this is your best report in months. Great job!

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

The unfortunate thing in all this is the lack of continuity that has been a burden since the coaching carousel began 5 years ago... This is the 3rd new scheme in 3 years on offense. What this team needs more now than anything else is stability. Which is going to take a couple years. We, as fans, need to show patience. We were spoiled for so long by The Don that we took winning for granted. Now with 6 years of losing we have become jaded and as many folks on this blog have pointed out; we are not very good fans.

For once during this nightmare journey to the dregs of the NFL let's embrace this regime and give them the time it will take to turn this mess around. Let's stand behind our newly anointed power triumvirate when the chips are down. Given time, we'll be back on top again.

Sorry I got a little fluffy, but we need to stop the bashing and start showing through good and bad, we are Dolphin fans! We will rise again and when we do it will be payback time!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Zod said...

It has become plainly obvious to me that your greasy, slimy, loudmouth reporter is none other than Harvey Fialkov. I hate to say it Armando but I agree. The guy is a clown.

and uh (pinching my nose) good job of late......

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maser would be a great pickup.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Bada Bing said...

I agree, Zod, Armando is tearing it up lately. I know he's got airs about him. I know he writes like he knows it all. But I've come to understand that is because, oftentimes, he does know it all.

Anyway, keep up the great work Armando. Just be humble about it, ok?

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't tell me Chris Palmer will be our offensive coordinator.He is awful.We are going to have a boring 3yards and a cloud of dust offense if he comes in as our OC.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Aphinsfan said...

Patience my fellow Fins fans Patience...I mean really what else do we have but time. I am just as pissed as everybody else but this is going to take some time to develop...Like WH said when we drafted Beck.."U better be right" lets see if the
Tuna is right....

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

To the crazy guy talkin about racism and an all white staff. Bill Parcells would have preferred Romeo from the Cleveland browns as his head coach but it wasn't in the cards.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous DaveinOhio said...

At first I was worried how The Tuna just came cleaned out the whole staff ( minus 2 ) I thought it was a wrong move to let coaches like Houck go, especially after being told for the past 4 years how good he is. But then I started remembering what JJ said when he took over at coach. That what he had at Dallas was special. Because all the coaches got along and jelled so well together. There was no head butting and no coaches complaining about having Chicken $Hit to work with. JJ claimed that this chemistry cought on with the players and that team made their SB runs based on it. So if Tuna , little Itally and bean boy want to bring in their buddies and make this a family then go for it. Maybe it is the difference that we have been lacking with the past 4 coaches.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Guy looks like Gene Hackman's Brother.

Dolfan in midwest

12:01 PM  
Anonymous tom@jax said...

Man, the mafia is taking over south Florida. Pasqualoni? Belicheat and Brady better get some body guards.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anything being done with special teams from a coaching standpoint? The team didn't do well at all in this area over the years.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

"Defensive end Jason Taylor met with Sparano and Ireland early Wednesday morning. Tailback Ricky Williams was also at the facility, but it's unclear if a meeting took place"

Any insight to this statement Mandy?

2:05 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

"Actually, it was General Manager Jeff Ireland who called the Dolphins' defensive veteran. They had talked on the phone once before. Now they met in the team offices with Sparano and talked for 15 minutes "about the challenges ahead and the offseason things we need to do," Taylor said."

This is according to Dave Hyde...Interesting they would call JT in for input, my guess is he's not going anywhere, but what about Zach?

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Peter Lacock said...

No rush to judgement on JT. They wanted to know if he wanted out so they can decide how to proceed. If he wants out, they take the best offer they can get. If he wants to stay, they only trade him if they get a good offer. Virtually everyone, JT, Zach, Ricky will be offered around and if they get value, they'll be traded.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the winning coaches from one team and got them in one signing. Not too shabby. No guesswork here. We have winners coaches now we have

Now if Jerry wants our first round pick take all of his o line or dline or parts of each and his first rounders.

Too easy, from a loser to a winner in one season.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...


Maybe we can steal some of their cheerleaders too! Jerry Jones must be pissed. Any word if any Dallas players want to come to Miami?

5:34 PM  
Blogger funkyj said...

You are at your best Armando when you give us this sergeant Friday "just the facts ma'am" reporting rather than a bunch of opinion.

Keep up the good work!

7:34 PM  
Anonymous said...

Paul Pasqualoni's hiring should be an afterthought. His fiery attitude should be just the thing those defensive wussies need.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any truth to the Rumor that Sparano has contacted Hudson Houck to return as O-line Coach??????

10:14 PM  
Anonymous bigsack said...

Wow, Mando, I never heard of Maser until I read your blog. Way to pull news out of thin air.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous prez. giuliani said...

"Well I say to him to try fielding an all-white NFL football team and see how far he rides those horses."

why the heck is it that guys who post this kind of fantasy horse poop always post a "anonymous"?

cant stand by your racist crap bud?

i would take you up on that bet ANY day!!

3:29 AM  
Anonymous An Optimist said...

One thing is for sure, despite the miserable fortune or should i say poor judgment, we had in the past 10 years or so, it has never been more exciting to be a Dolphin fan. GO TUNA!

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, just as anything in life, acquisition of talent, strong leadership, coaching and development of talent, and solid planning and execution are good formulas for winning. A strong leader provides vision, strategy and a cultural construct. The culture needs to be one of "Achievment".... people who hate to lose more then they like to win. Suffice it to say.. this is going to take a while....

8:59 AM  
Anonymous JAXFinFan said...

Ladies and Gentleman;

We proudly present the 2008 Miami Cowboys!!!

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Excellent "achievement" comment anonymous!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he liked Frazier so much why not give hime a Garret-like, 1.75 not 3 million, contract to be DC Assistant Head Coach. That will bring in the Good ol'Tuna network and fresh meat too.

Do you think hillary should add T.O. to the ticket? They are better actors than Fred.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Moxon said...

I say we bring Tom Olivadotti back, AND that little short guy who was always on the sidelines helping out with Marino, but he was still with us for years after that... in fact, he even had a cameo in both Ace Ventura, AND Any Given Sunday. Oh, we should also try and get that guy who looks like "Frozen Caveman Lawyer" on the Patriots sideline, Mike Woicik. He's like their strength and conditioning coach or something, and he looks like a troll. How AWESOME would it be to have a troll on our team?!!

12:09 PM  
Anonymous iz said...

Armando, what of the possibility of keeping Trent Green? Any word what will happen with him?

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Losing Hauck is really going to hurt. I thought he was going to retire? I thought he did a great job considering what talent he has had to work with since coming to the dolphins. This is going to be another year. Every year it the same hype. Firing someone after one year, and hiring another rookie coach and rolling out the red carpet for a guy who only one playoff game with cowboys.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shawn of the braindead get off your meds and stay off the sports posts with your sh y te

2:30 PM  
Anonymous finfan in orlando said...

Everyone knows that Dolphins like Tuna......

Go Phins

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't anybody from the top down remember that Cameron was never a head coach in the NFL?

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think everyone is refering to his college coaching days...where he was more successful...but not a whole lot.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh ya...and Trent Green is beyond outta here.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

So if you are a deeee, then please don't marry a deee...cuz your kids will be dee dee deeee

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Bri said...

Not to mention supposed "guru" line coach, Hudson Houck..That line couldn't block Richard Simmons..!!!

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

look for the cameron's firing was an inside job

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I may as well be last.

It is going to be a rough season next year again. Changing the way we do things doesn't go over that well all of the time. I thought our O-line coach was pretty good. Considering the talent he did great and it is too bad they couldn't resign him. But a year of 1-15 is enough for anyone over 55 to quit.

I just hope they can assess strong talent and get a couple of good FA's.

We also can see where Chambers is in San Diego. He is not as bad as we all thought. He just needed some talent to help him. You can't be a deep threat if they can't get you the ball.

Welker was a good player too. In fact he is great. Lets hope that second rounder proves to be just half as good. I thought when the traded him that it was a mistake but cheered them on anyway. He was certainly the best offensive player on the team in 2005 and 2006.

In reality as in last season you can be the best coach in the world and heart can only get you so far. You need brains, talent, toughness, speed and grit to win in the NFL. Nothing short of that.

7:24 AM  
Blogger richierich said...

due to his track record parcells has done a good job, but i am not concern with coaches. I am concern with what players they will bring in in free agency, also withthe draft.. In the draft I would like to draftDorsey and then in the 2nd if avalible mario manningham

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Ron - MS said...

I don't care about the experience level of the coaching staff if they have talent and the ears of the players to develop and execute on the field. Sometimes, as in any business, young guys with fire are the best to have.

Regardless, if Jesus Christ and the apostles coach the Dolphins, it will mean little if there is no talent. Our lack of depth on the offensive side of the ball was a killer. On the defensive side, our secondary KILLED us. That being said, it is remarkable the games were as close as they were with the defensive injuries. We need talent in so many areas it is mind boggling.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

I would be interested in debating how the "holy trio" plan to dissect the roster by evaluating talent and salary. Seems to me that Miami was the worst team last year due to a lack of talent and overpaying for overated or past their prime players. Players such as Joey Porter. Based on each player's salary cap number: how many players on the current roster should new management keep?

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

Dorsey was getting pushed around in the Ohio game. He might be too small for NT. I wouldnt mind Miami getting any of the Longs or trading down.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Dusty Rhodes said...

People who jump in with comments, hiding behind the cowardly "Anonymous" tag, simply to be "1st" are idiots.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good article Armando, full of facts, now that's real sports reporting. Please stick to reporting as opposed to opinion pieces, what if scenarios and "what could have beens". Throw in a couple of opinions if you like, but please, please stay away from the flights of fancy pieces. I much prefer knowing what is going on.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous phil said...

I think that the Tuna has done a superb job so far. Considering where we have been this season and where we would like to be next season. I am tired of waring my dolphin jacket in New York and having people say how about them Dolphins?

I like the fact the Tuna has concentrated on setting up a new staff before the Super bowl, and hopefully they the Dolphins will brain storm and look at some tapes to evaluate what they have and wait on the super bowl to see what becomes available to pick up some peaces to build a contending team like i use to chear for during the Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson days. I am excited for the changes and hope for at least six to eight wins next season leading to a better following season with a possible playoff birth.
One quick note, I am not too happy with Trent Green returning. I feel that if we are going to go in a different dirtection we need to get rid of these old players that can not last three four season. If they have Trent, then Beckl will be shelved again which means holding him back from being the possible future of this franchise. We need to build a team for the future not present. no old has beens. we ned some young talented legs that will give us an identity for many, many years.

Great job so far.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who do the Phins pick #1 (if they don't trade it)

1- Ryan QB
2- Dorsey DE
3- McFadden (if Brown can't come back 100%)

Do we trade the pick for QB- Anderson and get two picks and add Defense...?? What do you think the Phins are going to do?

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they should get alot of rookies cuz they could play good and see wat they culd do

12:40 PM  

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