And plus, the fact that Dr. Evil (aka Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga) said he was going to wait until Monday or Tuesday to make any type of announcement means that the Dolphins winning today will hole some degree of weight over the decision, and of course when you want to have a decision of that nature made you ABSOLUTELY WANT it to be based on an offensive performance versus a defense that barely showed up today.
So it looks like the beatings in Dolphinland will continue until morale improves
Edit: Took out some "OOOO"s to unbreak the tables - Jag
I dunno. I thought that meant he was getting canned, but didn't want to tell him until after the season was over. Think the "getting fired on a Friday afternoon" line from Office Space, and that was the the mental image I got.
That is wierd. I expected him to get canned. The Fins have been on the verge of being a very good team for the past few years but just can't seem to make that jump. You look at that team and say 'always a bridesmaid but never a bride.'
The one thing Dave has going his way is the whole forty wins over four seasons thing. It makes sense to keep the guy around for at least a year to see what this team can do with yet another year under his system. Now if you want to start a thread about a guy getting an extension...how bout Matt Millen?
In Wannstedt's defense, if a team wins ten games, they make the playoffs 99% of the time. That said, Miami definitely needs something to get over the hump, sort of like how Tampa had to bite the bullet and fire Tony Dungy two years ago.
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Originally posted by Big BadIn Wannstedt's defense, if a team wins ten games, they make the playoffs 99% of the time. That said, Miami definitely needs something to get over the hump, sort of like how Tampa had to bite the bullet and fire Tony Dungy two years ago.
This is true...but we're not talking about the Arizona Cardinals here. Just making the playoffs does not a good season make for the Dolphins, especially with the talent that team has. Wannstedt may have 40 wins over four years, but he's also only in the playoffs two years out of four with only one playoff win.
This team has two glaring problems:
1. The play-calling is attrocious. Last year they lost the game in New England to miss the playoffs because they were throwing the ball late in the game rather than running with Ricky and killing the clock. That left the Pats with time on the clock and allowed them to force OT with a last second FG. This year, same kind of BS. A late INT lets Houston kick a game winning FG. An INT gave NE a TD in the snowstorm game this year when Williams had been running all over the Pats in the second half. In the Eagles game, #34 had over 100 yards on 16 carries at one point but they kept trying to go with the 30 yard passes. Ricky Williams rushed for over 1800 yards last year, he should be getting the ball when they need a play to be made. Both Wannstedt and Turner are at fault here because they clearly don't realize their strengths, and regardless of who is calling the plays they both should know better.
2. The team loses focus. Many Dolphins games are predictable in that the team plays well for the first half, stinks up the first 25 minutes of the second half and gives back most of whatever lead they have, and then makes a late drive at the very end. A good coach would kick them in the ass and wake them up after the first time that happened; he wouldn't let it happen consistently over a period of years.
Nearly making the playoffs doesn't cut it in Miami. If Wannstedt can't do better than that with what he's got, he's gotta go. He's had time to prove himself and hasn't done it. It's time to drive dumptruck full of money up to Jimmy Johnson's house and beg him to come back.
Then again, if the rumours have any truth to them and Steve Spurrier wants to quit Washington and come to Miami, maybe another couple years of Wannstedt wouldn't be so bad...
Originally posted by BigVitoMarkThen again, if the rumours have any truth to them and Steve Spurrier wants to quit Washington and come to Miami, maybe another couple years of Wannstedt wouldn't be so bad...
You know what? As much as I had been been thinking Miami should make a change the one thing I kept thinking was "Oh no, not THAT change!"
Although that said, I know my father hit the breaking point of sanity when he was absolutely adamant that the next coach of the Dolphins should be Dan Marino. And that was about 20 minutes of football talk that I'll never get back.
Originally posted by BigVitoMarkIt's time to drive dumptruck full of money up to Jimmy Johnson's house and beg him to come back.
Noooooo! Jimmy Johnson did nothing with the Dolphins except play against the team's strength (trying to run the ball all the time with Karim Abdul-Jabbar when they have freakin' DAN MARINO) and lose his last game 62-7. Johnson had his shot, driving out legend Don Shula, and did worse than Wannestedt.
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I agree with Firecracker; Johnson did squat with the Fins. Forget him.
I don't know if Spurrier would be a good choice or not, though it's a moot point. I would assume Steve and his wife consider Florida "home", so he might have been more comfortable and thus able to win there. (I put home in quotes because Steve is from East TN and he came and took all his trophies away from his high school, so I don't think he considers Tennessee "home." Not to mention the ill will he'll always get in this state for his repeated embarassment of the Vols.)
Anyway, to the point, the problem this year was the offensive line, mainly due to injury and inexperience and it definitely needs revamping. It's time to let Fiedler go and Griese isn't the answer. But I'm not miffed that they resigned Dave, since he's a pretty solid coach.
Jimmy built the defense. He wanted to establish a running game (although KAJ wasn't the ideal gu to do it with) because Marino was at the end of his career. He couldn't use Marino like the young Marino because it wouldn't have worked at that point in Dan's career. That was one of Shula's biggest faults, not trying to est. the run game & relying too heavily on Marino. Jimmy replacing Shula was the best thing to happen to the Dolphins at the time.
I don't know if Spurrier would be a good choice or not, though it's a moot point. I would assume Steve and his wife consider Florida "home", so he might have been more comfortable and thus able to win there.
So, Jimmy was a failure, but Spurrier might be a good choice for head coach? Whuuuuuh???
I'd take Jimmy with the current team over Wannstedt, but I don't see Jimmy ever coaching in the NFL again.
As a Pitt fan, I'm disappointed in this news, but as a bigger Larry Fitzgerald fan, I say thank God he left. Pitt was going to stink next year with or without him, and the only thing that could have happened to him was an injury.