The Miami Dolphins 2013season has been anything but a resurgence, simply put, its a borderline disaster. Besides all of the controversy, the Dolphins have struggled in October and November, wining just one of its last six games, and that leaves the Dolphins with a big decision at the end of the season. Even if they make the playoffs, the bullying controversy has put a cloud over this organization. It has cast doubt on the direction and management team, its painted head coach Joe Philbin as a clueless figure head and Jeff Ireland as a complete failure and all around bad person.
When the season ends the Dolphins will have to make a decision, clean house, or just make some changes to management. The consensus in "league circles" is that no one will survive this. Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland will both be gone, so that leaves the Dolphins starting from scratch all over again (the nuclear option). Bringing in a new coach or general manager is not always a cure all, we know this from past experiences. When teams decide to make wholesale changes it often leads to a new general manager and a coaching change as well, which may or may not lead to a major personal overhaul. My solution is to keep the head coach and promote someone from within the organization to be the new general manager. Can the Miami Dolphins get through this without changing head coaches? Absolutely they can, it will be the best way to handle this.
Teams should always look for the solution in-house, bringing in people from the outside often leads to drastic changes throughout the organization. Bringing people up from within the organization is always the best solution. If the Dolphins can find away to navigate through this and come out of this season with a repectable record, they can justify keeping their head coach Joe Philbin. They can promote Brian Gaine, the teams current scouting director. Gaine interviewed for the Jets GM position last year and is ready for the next step. Gaine would be the easiest transition for the Dolphins to make, if Philbin fails, then Gaine could replace him with a new Coach of his choice.
In the 70’s the Dolphins were stocked with talent in management, Joe Thomas, the Dolphins first GM and the first guy Joe Robbie hired. Built the foundation for this great franchise. When he left the Dolphins , they had plenty of resources in the organization, Bobby Bethard, who built the Redskins teams of the 80’s was a underling in the Dolphins organization. Goerge Young (promoted a young Bill Parcells to head coach) was personally recommended by then head Coach Don Shula for the Giants GM position, and built that organization into a powerhouse. Struggling organizations came to Dolphins to change the fortunes of their teams. Now its time for the Dolphins to do the same.