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Week 6: Dolphins at da Bears
If you ask any Dolphins fan that saw firshand the work that Bill Parcells did with the Dolphins, the words "lack of integrity" will come out. Most of us were excited about what Bill Parcells could bring to Miami. Even though he was no longer the coach that he once was with his previous teams, he did amass a group of talent with the Cowboys that even the inept Wade Phillips took deep into the playoffs once Parcells left. No one expected Parcells to last beyond his contract, but we did expect the team to be in great shape in the front office and especially on the field at the end of his contract. He left us with a back-stabbing General Manager and head coach that showed no imagination or adjustments on game day.
I understand that former owner Wayne Huizenga failed to put together a quality team, but it wasn't as if he didn't try. Fans should remember that he tried every formula that he knew, and he stayed hands-off with an open-wallet. The last thing that he did was to hire a proven winner and respected football mind in Bill Parcells to a 4 year, $12 million contract to do whatever he felt necessary to build a good football team. He fully guaranteed the contract, but unfortunately he wrote in the option that Parcells could leave the Dolphins at any time (instead of a 30 day notice which was in the original contract) and be fully paid for it. Parcells, knowing that Stephen Ross was going to buy the team and thought of Parcells as a "dinosaur" had asked Huizenga for that change. Parcells left with 16 months on his contract, pocketed the remaining $6 million, and called it "consultant work". Is that a man of integrity? Nope.
Give back $6 million you old pompous dinosaur!
"Parcells, who was hired by H. Wayne Huizenga before Huizenga sold the team a year later, indicated he never felt as comfortable working with Stephen Ross as he did with Huizenga."
Grow up, you old fart. What are you ... 13 years old? You are supposed to be a professional who was paid to do a job. You had your "dream" job of building a team, buying all the friggin' groceries, had an owner willing to spend whatever it took to build a championship team and was hands-off. What does comfort have to do with it? So, you took the remaining $6 million and called it "consutant " work. Be a man, not a whiny teen-age girl.
He said he opted for Long partly because of financial issues associated with selecting a quarterback first overall, as well as Ryan’s interceptions during his senior season at Boston College.
Looking back it was the wrong decision. Parcells forgets that his formula for success with any team that he took to the Super Bowl was drafting a first round quarterback. He went to the AFC Championship with the Jets, but let's not forget that he did it with Vinny Testaverde who was a first round quarterback (drafted overall #1 just as Drew Bledsoe was). I will admit that I was concerned with Matt Ryan's interceptions as well in his senior year, and I would have made the same decision back then to draft Jake Long. Since I am an NCSU Wolfpack supporter and part of the ACC, so, I saw Ryan play a couple of times. I was not impressed with him. Unfortunately I was just as wrong about him.
Parcells, who left the Dolphins during the 2010 season, said Ross told him four times that he wanted to work toward securing his future with the team but “he never ever does it,… never seems to have the time
And this is coming from the guy who wrote a contract offer to Jason Taylor on a napkin, and JT told him to contact his agent as was the custom of every person (except Ricky Williams). What basically happened was that JT rebuffed his contract offer since it was unprofessionally presented to him. Parcells got his panties in a wad and took it personnally. I promise you that any offers that Parcells gets has to go through his agent.
Parcells didn’t like that Ross brought his “entourage” into the locker-room after games, and Ross apologized after they spoke about the issue. But Parcells liked that Ross was willing to spend money and that he didn’t meddle in football decisions.
Heck, we didn't like that either. Ross has had a lot of growing up to do as he's been playing with his new "toy". He has come around, but let's not forget that he is footing the bill ... but at our expense. If he wants to bring an entourage through the locker room and do his little "owner" things then he needs to start with a team on the field that the fans can be proud of. We would overlook things like the rooms that are like "night clubs" at the stadium during games.
Parcells indicated former general manager Jeff Ireland praised quarterback Pat White before the Dolphins regrettably drafted him 44th overall in 2009. But Parcells took responsibility for the pick.
Face it, a number of us were excited about the draft pick. The "Wild Cat" was the buzz word at the time around the NFL, and a lot of teams were incorporating it into their game plans. Who would have thought that Pat White, who did so well at West Virginia, was not mentally ready for the physicality of the NFL. I am still surprised by that. Still, even though Ireland was excited about Pat White, Parcells was as well. A running and throwing quarterback was old-style, and anything old-style excites Parcells. Parcells legacy with the Dolphins is that he failed to leave us with a quarterback.
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Number three overall 2013 draft pick, who the Dolphins traded their twelfth and forty second picks to move up to aquire, is finally back in Dolphin land (cricket, cricket...). No, this news is not making much noise, fans are not clamoring for Dion to be brought back into the fold, perhaps it's because he has as many NFL suspensions as he does sacks. Not a good stat line to say the least.
The real questions are, how much does Dion play, and where does he play. He shouldn't be taking any snaps away fron Derrick Shelby, he just simply isn't as good as Shelby. Shelby out played him last year and Shelby improved drastically this offseason. Shelby is third on the Dolphins in sacks, just a half sack behind Olivier Vernon, even though Shelby doesn't get near as many snaps, and has only played in five games. Shelby has been very impactful this year.
What would seem the most logical place for Dion to play is probably a conversation for another day, outside linebacker. The Dolphins seem quite intent however to keep him at defensive end, so I would imagine that Dion will be taking away rookie Chris McCain's snaps. McCain basically plays on obvious passing downs, it's almost a shame that McCain gets punished for Dion's draft status, he's earned the spot he plays.
On the other hand, Dion really hasn't earned anything, he should be relegated to special teams, and perhaps he will be for now. Dion played on special teams all last year, probably knows way too much about special teams for a third overall pick to be honest, but his positional play last year was very underwhelming. Then there was the underwhelming preseason this year, which in the midst of, we get news of his drug suspension, then in the midst of that suspension he gets suspended again. No, he really hasn't earned anything, but his draft status will get him on the field, as I said, it just seems unfair to McCain who has legitimately earned his place on the field.
If we are seeing a lot of Dion Jordan, then I'm going to have to assume that Ross is pulling strings on the football side, trying to justify the pick, I sincerely hope this isn't the case. Dion should be earning his way back into the line up by playing well, just like every other unproven multi suspended player out there, regardless of draft status. He should prove, as Cam Wake did, that he belongs on the field by making plays on special teams and when given a chance on passing downs.
Now if he does go out there and make some plays, and earns his way back into the rotation, he'll be adding to a heck of a group already, and that would be a good thing, for the Dolphins and for us fans.