i heard plenty of members of the media say things like, "a once proud franchise, the dolphins have now embarassingly missed on two premiere coaches in the last two years, harbaugh and fisher." yes, we did miss on harbaugh, and it's hard to argue that we'd be better off right now with him, but the fisher thing was such a joke.
first of all, it was US who didn't want HIM, not the other way around..while we had interest in him as a coach, we weren't willing to give him total control, and this is what broke the deal. those same talking heads who were saying we're a pitiful franchise cuz we can't get a top coach would've been yelling and screaming that we're buffoons for giving a mediocre coach total control if we did indeed hire him. second of all, let's look at what's happened since he took the st. louis job. he took as his coordinators brian schottenheimer and gregg williams. do i really need to say more? we would be the joke of the NFL right now if we had a d. coordinator who's soon to be suspended for probably a year or more, and an offensive coordinator who failed with our biggest rival.
so far, in its early stages, this offseason could not have worked out better for us - we got a highly-regarded offensive mind, a well-respected staff, and management that views a franchise QB as the top priority (something that may not have happened with fisher). we've also seen the jets do what we've been doing since the marino era (except for 2012) - hire left-overs that were pretty mediocre in other places. this has the potential to be the greatest offseason in team history, if (hopefully not jinxing anything) things shake out as many believe, with miami signing peyton manning (yup, back on the manning bandwagon now that it's widely believed he's fully healthy) and the jets signing chad henne.