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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:13 am 
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Posted by Mike Florio on June 8, 2010 8:52 AM ET
When Dolphins owner Stephen Ross declared on Saturday a belief that his team will be playing in the Super Bowl come February, plenty of folks concluded that Ross had lapsed into a short period of insanity.


While it's healthy to have high hopes at this stage of the year, when every team has zero losses (indeed, the NFL has profited greatly from cultivating such optimism on a widespread basis), the guys who hold the keys to a franchise should never be talking so openly and candidly about actually achieving the goal of a championship. At a minimum, it puts pressure on the coaching staff to fulfill the high expectations, since the coaching staff could be blamed for failing to take to the top of a mountain a team that, on paper, has all the tools needed for the climb.


But during a Tuesday morning segment with Jeff DeForrest of WFTL in Fort Lauderdale, it finally hit me that Ross possibly knew exactly what he was doing.


V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells remains under contract for two more years, and he can leave at any time and collect the balance of his contract. When he goes, whether after this season or the next, it's widely believed that long-time Chiefs G.M. Carl Peterson will become the next captain of the ship.


Peterson will want to hire his own people to handle the key jobs, like head coach. And Peterson quite possibly won't want Sparano, a hand-picked Parcells hire.


So what better way to grease the skids for making a change than to set Sparano's bar so high that he'll have a hard time clearing it? Though Ross can dump his head coach any time he chooses, the fans and the media won't support the move if they don't believe the coach deserves to get fired. By pushing a mediocre roster to overachieve and make the playoffs, Sparano would enjoy widespread support. But if the fans and the media perceive that he couldn't finish the job with a team stocked like a fish bowl full of trout, no one will complain if/when Peterson concludes that it's time to make a change.


Men generally don't become rich enough to buy football teams without being incredibly shrewd. And Saturday's comments could eventually be proof not that Ross still has whatever it is that put him in position to purchase the franchise.


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I hope this is not true. I don't want Peterson ANYWHERE NEAR our team. When Parcells leaves. Give the job to Ireland. If nothing else.. These guys do a pretty good job of drafting and finding talent.

Also.. just an FYI. IMO, this article is stupid and meritless.

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I hope this is not true. I don't want Peterson ANYWHERE NEAR our team. When Parcells leaves. Give the job to Ireland. If nothing else.. These guys do a pretty good job of drafting and finding talent.

Also.. just an FYI. IMO, this article is stupid and meritless.


A lot of Florio's "articles" are stupid, add this one to the list. If Parcells were to walk away, what's wrong with leaving Ireland and Sparano running the team? Do we really need Peterson?

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If Carl Peterson comes to Miami, and has ANYTHING to do with the football operations side of the organization, it will be the worst move Miami has made this decade..."and you know what that means"...


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I think the person writing this article had a temporary case of mental insanity. What a ridiculous assumption.

(Mike Florio): "Hey, lets get stoned and come up with idiotic conspiracy theories concerning the Dolphins franchise!!"


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Didn't Parcells say he was grooming Ireland to take over after Parcells leaves.

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If Carl Peterson comes to Miami, and has ANYTHING to do with the football operations side of the organization, it will be the worst move Miami has made this decade..."and you know what that means"...


Totally agree here. The thought of Peterson even being a part of this organization depresses me.

I think Florio fell down and bumped his head before he wrote this article. Ross just wants to generate excitement for the upcoming season. We are all ready excited, but those of us who know better understand that predicting a Super Bowl appearance this year is lunacy.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:30 am 
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I love how he puts this whole thing out there like it's factual too.

Does he have the inside scoop that no one else has? He knows for a FACT that these things are all going to happen??

This guy may have bumped his head a lil too hard


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