Q – You are Stephen Ross and you have to answer three questions.
1 — What are you looking for the rest of the year.
2 — Does it really matter?
3 — Even if you like Campbell, is there a way to keep him here next year without him being HC?
First thing I’m looking for is the Davie Police Department to send a restraining order to one Ms. Gigi and one Mr. OD. I’m ascairt! I need protection!
OK, really, I’m looking for the right Head Coach or GM, a football mind that will assemble a winning staff for our team. Nothing this team does from here on in means squat, except I’d be watching individuals, and how they perform. No manner of winning out or anything like means a thing. I want to see which individual players deserve to be asked back, and which ones make the cut down process easy.
Like I said in part 1, NO, it doesn’t matter. Dan Campbell and Zac Taylor and Lou Anarumo all need to go back to being assistants, they’re clearly all in over their heads.
As far as keeping Campbell, I think that’s going to be up to him. Having tasted being a Head Coach, he may feel he’s not ready to be The Man yet, and may be willing to go back to some kind of assistant job, maybe TE coach again, or maybe Asst. Head Coach if there is such a post available here. I like Campbell, and I do hope he remains here, but if someone else is willing to give him a post higher than the one he can get here, I think he’ll take it.
Q – Mike,
Please give me three coaching options for next year and why you’d hire them.
Tough question right now, because there may be a Head Coach that is fired from his current team that is not currently available now, and I’ll say I’m 100% against surrendering a draft pick for a Head Coach in a trade. therefore, I’ll just give you 3 guys who will be available as they are currently just coordinators now.
Yes, he has the Shula name, and that means a lot to me. Mike is a guy who has put in his time, and can be credited with the development of one Cam Newton, who this year might be the best QB in the NFL. Of course one can question how much is on Shula, and how much is just Cam, but you can play that game with anyone in the NFL. Is the WR good because he has Peyton Manning throwing to him, or Is the Head Coach good because he has a lot of talent on the roster, or because he has a great OC, and DC, and so on and so on. I think we have a QB that has talent similar to “Superman”, and even if it’s a notch or two or three below, it’s a player with talent that can be worked with. Maybe Mike Shula can extract what everyone here hopes Ryan Tannehill can be.
Shula was the Head Coach for Alabama from 2003-2006. He wasn’t as successful as Alabama would have liked and was replaced by all Dolphins fan favorite guy, Nick Saban. Shula was 26-23 and led the Crimson tide to 3 consecutive bowl games. Shula was also QB Coach for the Dolphins from 2000-2002. I’d give Mike a shot, I know he has a solid mentor for a dad, and I’d love to see another Shula succeed here.
I don’t think Jackson got a fair chance from the Raiders, and just to illustrate that, Joe Philbin got 3 + years here for the Dolphins, despite showing early on he was not the leader of this team. Now OC for the Cincinnati Bengals, he’s proven he’s a solid football mind, and one that deserves another shot as HC. He’s a year younger (49) than Mike Shula (50). He knows what it takes to call a proper game, and supposedly was leaned on heavily in Cincinnati.
He learned from one of the best, as much as it hurts to admit that. Working under Belichick just has to rub off. They have a winning culture there, and they know to keep it that way. I’d hope that McDaniels could bring that here. My guess is he wouldn’t be a popular choice here, but his offense features getting rid of the ball fast, and with the O-line we have, that’s important. He’s been able to overcome a lot of injuries this year, and that offense keeps ticking. Is it Brady, Belichick, McDaniels, or all 3? Not sure, probably mostly the 2 former, but McDaniels has shown the ability to run different types of offensive schemes, from a pass happy short passing game, to a run heavy scheme, and it always works.
If I could just pick any coach, I’d steal Ross’ alma mater’s Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. He’s crazy, crazy as hell, but you’d have to be crazy to come and coach here in Miami! Sean Payton is another guy I’d like here, but I won’t trade a draft pick for a coach, our roster needs to be shredded, and we’ll need all the picks we can get.
Dear Axe Mike,
Q – Here’s a short list of possible HC’s for the Phins in 2016.
Ol Mike Shanahan
Pick 1-2 & the reason why. Also pick who you’d like to see as their Coordinators @ OC & DC.
This should keep ya busy for awhile.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year’s!
See my answer above to the Big White Ape. Thanks for the question bud! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Q – Isn’t it time to just see what we have in unexplored talent? Time to check out what we have. I want to see guys like Parker, Ajayi and Lippett featured heavily in the next three games. Anyone else you want to see?
Yes!!! Much more important than any team accomplishment, we need to see which players have it, and which players don’t. Parker should be featured every week. We know what Landry can do, it’s time to see a lot of Devante Parker. I’d like to see more of good ol’ Bobby McCain, but he left the game last week with an injury, but I want to see more of him. Tony Lippett is a guy I featured in my look at our CB’s. he has the size and athletic talent to succeed, and being a former WR, he should have the understanding of what the WR is trying to do.
I want to see more of Ajayi now. We haven’t used Miller much this year, but unless we definitely plan on re-signing MillerTime, we need to see what Ajayi can do. Now that we’ve acquired DE Damontre Moore from the Giants, I definitely want to see what he can do. I’d also like to see WR Matt Hazel. Enough of Greg Jennings, throw Hazel into the mix. That’s pretty much all I can think of at the moment.
Q – What do you think the excuse will be next year for Tannehill not getting his job done? Or, have we run out of excuses? I’m guessing it will be “New Coach/system”
I know you were joking, but I think I would give Tannehill an excuse early in the year, but he’d have to show improvement as the season goes on. Hopefully, the 4th system is a charm!
Ok, I had my fun….now a real question. Lol
If we do bring in a new HC, which probably means a lot of other changes, how long do you think it will take this new regime to build a team that can be a serious playoff contender? Not just a “happy to get in the playoffs” team, but a team good enough to actually compete if they get there.
And thanks again,
I don’t know man, I would hope they can turn it around quickly, within a couple of years. I think the right Coach and the right system could work pretty well, and should also stand the test of time, as long as little adjustments are made each season. What i do think is that if we hire a new HC, or we hire a new GM or executive, that we allow him time to build, and be like Tim, patient. 🙂
Q – Where do the Dolphins team (coaches/player) go from here to end of season?
They need to the best they can do. I think if they were doing the right for the organization, that would be sacrificing wins for looks at future players, but I’m not so sure ManCampbell feels the same way. I think Campbell wants to win, which then makes it more unlikely that we’ll be seeing Matt Hazel instead of Greg Jennings, and Jay Ajayi instead of Lamar Miller. I respect the fact that they want to win, that’s why they’re there, so I expect them to sparingly use the guys we want to see, and go with their best, or who they think gives them the best chance to win.
Q – Mike,
If you are playing the role of Stephen Ross, what do you do with the coaching and front office staff? Do you totally clean house? Keep Hickey? Tannenbaum?
Brian in NY
I think this fish (Dolphin) stinks from top to bottom. Nothing Tannenbaum or Hickey has done has made this a better team, so I get rid of everyone.
Tannebaum – GONE!
Hickey – GONE!
A new fresh approach or a proven winning approach is necessary here.
And now for the babe of the week . . .