This isn't a "Suck for Luck" thread for once. Instead, I'm hoping to see what people are thinking behind the scenes. Chad Henne is done for the year and Sage Rosenfels has signed to take his place. David Garrard and the front office could not agree to terms. In addition, rumors were abound earlier in the year Dolphin owner Stephen Ross placed a restriction on spending, which I remind is a rumor that hasn't been confirmed. The Dolphins did cut ties with the Denver Broncos over Kyle Orton when Miami wouldn't sign Orton to the contract he wanted. What is the cause of all this and why do the Dolphins seem fiscally conservative all of a sudden?
Theory 1: Stephen Ross wasn't high on Tony Sparano even before the first game kicked off against the Patriots and didn't want to spend a lot of money for Sparano's players when he wanted Sparano to be gone after the 2011 season ended. Ross did say he expected a lot from this team, but that could have simply been lip service.
Theory 2: Stephen Ross is losing money (still has more than any of us of course) and wants to refrain from spending to limit financial losses. The Dolphins are a private organization and this theory isn't possible to prove/disprove unless Ross volunteers the answer or files for bankruptcy.
Theory 3: Jeff Ireland and Stephen Ross weren't that high on Orton. With the Dolphins at 0-4, Ross simply didn't want to give Garrard too much money for the next 12 weeks. Ross is no longer on the "win now" boat and Bacon has persuaded Ross to become the "Suck for Luck" navigator.
Theory 4: Jeff Ireland and Stephen Ross simply did not think Orton was much of an upgrade over Henne and do not think Garrard is an upgrade over Moore. Paying too much guaranteed money to either of them is simply not worth it.
Theory 5: Stephen Ross just isn't a good owner and doesn't know what the heck he's doing.
Many may not agree with theory 1, but I do think it isn't always a bad decision. GMs and head coaches on the hot seat may often make a trade that reeks of desperation. Look at Dave Wannstedt trading away a 2nd round pick for AJ Feeley and a 3rd round pick for Lamar Gordon. Those trades reeked of desperation from a staff that knew they were limited on chances. You don't want your staff mortgaging the future to save their jobs for another year. If Ross placed such restrictions on Ireland and Sparano, I am not necessarily against it, but I do not know enough about the situation to even formulate an opinion if this was true.
I don't pretend to know what the situation is, but I do have the opinion that Stephen Ross is not on the same page as Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano.