The 2015 season, and the 50th anniversary season, for the Miami Dolphins will come to a close on Sunday with questions surrounding the team. Who will take over the helm as the head coach for the franchise? How much rebuilding will we all see this offseason? Will the decade-plus of mediocrity continue to another season next year?
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross sent a letter to fans of the team on Friday, emailing it to season ticket holders and posting it on the team's website. In it, he states that Mike Tannenbaum will head the search for a new head coach, which was already thought to be the case. He confirms that interim head coach Dan Campbell will be interviewed for the position. He also does not mention general manager Dennis Hickey, increasing speculation that Miami is ready to move on from Hickey after just two year, if the new head coach wants someone else in the front office.
Here is the totality of the letter:
As we enter our final game, I want to simply say, thank you.
I had high expectations headed into this year and the on-field results have been disappointing... for you, our staff, our coaches, our players and alumni players, and certainly for me. Through it all, your support has been unwavering. We had capacity crowds at every home game and thousands of you joined us on the road. Everyone at the Dolphins appreciates your consistent loyalty and support.
This team belongs to you. It belongs to each one of you who has been here through it all; both our celebrations and our challenges.
There are no shortcuts or magic formulas to winning. I know it will take hard work for us to get where we want to go and I can assure you that everyone at the Dolphins is working hard to honor the proud winning tradition of our great franchise.
We are going to conduct a thorough process led by Mike Tannenbaum to select our head coach that will not be constrained by convention in our approach. This search will be thorough and we will take it wherever we need to go. I appreciate everything Dan Campbell has done this season and he has earned the opportunity to be considered for head coach. We've also identified several promising candidates and will begin work immediately.
We will have more to say on that topic following the season. Your support is a critical element to our efforts to build a winning team and we all appreciate you. I look forward with optimism to more celebrations in the future together.