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The 411 in Miami: All Things Miami Dolphins

January 13th, 2014 at 1:22 PM
By Mark H. Stowers

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The news today brings us the fact that instead of firing his long time mentor, friend and sometime boss, head coach Joe Philbin was going to fall on the proverbial sword himself. But former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman talked him out of it. Sherman convinced Philbin that the head coach quit then all the assistants would be out of a job. But with only  Sherman taking leave, the others would be spared. So Philbin agreed and now is looking for a new OC. 

The team has interviewed a long string of applicants for the OC position in addition to the open General Manager job when Jeff Ireland was fired. Word on the street is that Philbin will have one year to prove himself to the new GM before the new sheriff begins a search for a new deputy to run the sidelines.

Who's been seen in Miami for interviews? Well, here's the list from the Dolphins PR/Media department:

·        Lake Dawson – Vice President of Player Personnel, Tennessee Titans

·        Ray Farmer – Assistant General Manager, Cleveland Browns

·        Brian Gaine – Assistant General Manager, Miami Dolphins  

·        Omar Khan – Director of Football and Business Administration, Pittsburgh Steelers  

·        Jason Licht – Vice President of Player Personnel, Arizona Cardinals

To help evaluate the GM talent, owner Stephen Ross has brought in Carl Peterson, longtime NFL GM for the Kansas City Chiefs

Ross made a few comments to the press on the process of hiring a new GM and how Peterson fits into the search.

"It will be a thorough process with the goal of bringing the best person to help us build a team that will be a consistent winner. Carl Peterson will serve as an advisor to me on this search. Carl and I have had a business relationship for almost 30 years dating back to the USFL and I have tremendous respect for his experience and judgment on team building and football operations. He will advise me on the search but he will not have a role with the Dolphins after the process is over.

Ross explained what powers will the new GM have over the struggling team.

"The new General Manager will have autonomous responsibility for the 53 man roster and selecting players during the draft and will report to me. First and foremost, this person must have a passion for the game and demonstrated player evaluation expertise. They will need to be a person who is a collaborative team player that puts the organization first.  Regardless of reporting structure, the relationship between the General Manager and Coach Philbin must be one of trust, respect, and collaboration, and this will be an area we will look closely at during the process.  This individual also must be a person with integrity who is open-minded and creative."

Meanwhile, Ross explained that its business as usual for the remaining coaches in Miami.

"Coach Philbin and his staff are continuing their offseason activities while conducting interviews for the offensive coordinator position. We are also working on our draft preparation, including our upcoming trip to the Senior Bowl as well as all of the other aspects of player evaluation and procurement.  At the end of this process, we will be a stronger organization with people working together to build a Championship team.”

Peterson also took a few questions and explained his situation to the media.

“I’ve known Steve for a long time and I know that no one wants to bring a winner to Miami more than he does. I look forward to advising Steve through this search and I am confident that he will add an outstanding candidate with a proven track record in talent evaluation to the Dolphins.“

The OC interviewees that have been in town include:

·        Bill Lazor, Quarterbacks Coach, Philadelphia Eagles

·        Kyle Shanahan, Former Offensive Coordinator, Washington Redskins

Tags: Football, Miami, Miami Dolphins, NFL

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