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Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:15 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:29 pm
Does Miami owner Stephen Ross want a vetern big-name head coach? (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Tony Sparano wasn't the next Don Shula. We know this because Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Monday, shortly after firing Sparano, that he's looking for the next "young Don Shula."

"We're looking for the best head coach," Ross said. "It's important that the head coach and the general manager be able to work together, so you're not going to find someone who has a conflict to start with. You want to have the time to talk to people so you create that chemistry that's required to create a winning environment."

Ross' public comments indicate that he's leaning toward an up-and-coming assistant, perhaps someone like offensive coordinators Jay Gruden (Bengals) Brian Schottenheimer (Jets), or even Josh McDaniels, who coached the Broncos in 2009-10 and now serves as the offensive coordinator in St. Louis.

There's also the possibility that, despite what Ross said about finding the next young Shula, the Dolphins could purse a big-name coach. Like, say, Bill Cowher, who said on October 30, amid reports that he had been contacted by the Dolphins about replacing Sparano: "I am here to say to you today: I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, more importantly, I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all this speculation to rest and if I have to repeat this in December again, I will."

Well, it's December and Cowher might have to repeat himself.

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson writes that "the Dolphins are not convinced that he’s adamant about that and are expected to contact him once the job is open, according to an associate of Ross."

And if Cowher's not interested, Jackson says that "Ross is expected to turn his attention to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick. … Philadelphia’s Andy Reid likely would be considered if he and the Eagles surprisingly part ways."

So here's what we know: the Dolphins are looking for a head coach between the ages of 35 and 65.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:06 pm

Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

They want a coach who can co-exist with their GM (Ireland)?  If they want Cowher or Fisher, they will need to fire Ireland and let those coaches gie a list of who they want as GMs.  otherwise, they will basically have to take a new upcoming coach that will listen to ireland.  i don't even know what they hired sparano in the first place.  I said that was a bad hire from the start...oh well, I've always liked the dolphins because of Marino (hometown pittsburgher here) so hopefully they can fix what ails them down there...

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:56 am

Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

I can say that a head coach has never won super bowls with two different franchises, so hiring a SB champ won't guarantee future success.  Examples include:
  1. Donald Francis Shula brought the Colts and the Dolphins and won with the Dolphins
  2. Dwayne Parcells brought the Giants and the Patriots and won with the Giants
  3. Mike Holmgren brought the Packers and Seahawks and won with the Packers
  4. Dick Vermeil brought the Eagles and Rams and won with the Rams
  5. Dan Reeves brought the Broncos and Falcons and was unsuccessful with either

Based on this trend, the coaches who lost their first SB with one franchise were successful with a second franchise so maybe Jeff Fischer would be a good choice.  There are so many variables, but there is no guarantee a retread will be successful.  The most important thing is that a franchise has to be committed to winning and we haven't seen that with the Dolphins since Joe Robbie died.  The current ownership is not in the same boat as the Pittsburgh Rooneys, New England Krafts, Indy Irsays or the New York Maras.

Heck, the Dolphin Franchise hasn't won a playoff game since Jan 2001, that has been over a decade.  Since then, three other South Florida professional franchises (Marlins, Heat and UM 'Canes) have won at their highest levels.  Winning starts with the owner, so the current owner needs to get serious about cultivating a culture of success instead of trying to be the life of the party.  

Buckle up Dolphin fans, it's going to get worse before it gets better.  I hope Todd Bowles finishes 3-0.  Is Stephen Ross an older Dan Snyder?

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:29 am

Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

it must be nice for New England-2 bad franchises in the Fins and the Bills plus the Jets=9 division titles in 11 seasons since the Brady/Belichik era starts with bad management in Miami.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:49 pm

Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

over the hill?  That is hilarious.  Cowher retired young and had just won a super bowl and Gruden was fired after a winning season.  Look how that has turned out for Tampa Bay.  What a joke.   If either one of those coaches took over the Miami Dolphins they would become instant contenders.   Over the hill would be if they hired Chuck Noll or Don Shula himself. 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:18 pm

Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

Guarantee they get a retread. Fischer would be a good hire but I don't think he accepts. Ireland should have been tossed as well. 

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:10 pm

Wasted Money

the dolphins will end up hiring some over the hill "name" like cowher or gruden and wasting millions.  They need talent at all positions, not just a coach.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:38 pm

Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

just say you want a SB winning coach or one who got to the SB.

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