So, the local Miami media tried to convince us that Ray Farmer was going to get the GM job in Miami. They then tried to paint Ray Farmer in a bad light, saying that he was only a candidate because Carl Peterson was running the search and had hired him in Kansas City.
Then, Ray Farmer doesn't get a second interview with the Dolphins. It is reported by the media that he turned down the opportunity to take that 2nd interview with Miami because he was "unsure of the structure" in Miami that had the head coach reporting to the owner and not the general manager.
Well, now. Ray Farmer is now the GM in Cleveland. The Browns have fired CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi and promoted Ray Farmer to GM.
Guess what? Mike Pettine doesn't report to Ray Farmer. He reports to Jimmy Haslem, and Ray Farmer reports to Jimmy Haslem. Ray Farmer has personnel power over the 53 man roster, and Mike Pettine decides which 45 suits up on game day.
I must be missing something, but exactly how is that different than Miami's structure?
One of three things has happened here.
1. Ray Farmer was never asked back for a second interview despite the media reports on this and his "pulling out" of the search was to save face and keep his name in the news.
2. Ray Farmer was contacted by Cleveland's owner Jimmy Haslem and was told to hang tight and not take the Miami opportunity if offered, as he was going to make changes and promote him.
3. Miami was interested in Ray Farmer, and Ray Farmer was not interested in working with a female in a high power position within the organization.
This didn't suddenly just happen.
Here's what you need to know about the local Miami media. Jeff Ireland wasn't a good public speaker and was horrific around fans, but behind the scenes, he knew what to release to the local media and when to release it. He was the main source for many of the local media with Miami's archaic media policies. When he "mutually agreed" to part ways with Miami, many like Armando Salguero lost their main source. Jeff planted the seed of discontent with Joe Philbin, and the Miami has pushed that agenda. What we have are a group of butt hurt reporters who lost their main source, and they are lashing out. They pushed the Ray Farmer idea because of his connection with Carl Peterson. When he didn't get the job, they had to come up with reasons why instead of just admitting that they were wrong. The blame was put on the structure, and now that he has taken a job with a similar structure, you will continue to see the media spin this negatively for the Dolphins.