Stephen Ross is like the weird old uncle who ignores your Christmas list and gives you a pair of socks as a gift.
What we desperately need is a new head coach, but instead Ross gives us a new executive, a new logo, a “home” game in Europe, celebrity co-owners like J-Lo, and much much more.
Today Ross announced that Mike Tannenbaum would be our new Executive Vice President of Football Operations. This further convolutes an already-confusing front office in which no one know who reports to whom.
It’s an office where a boss (Tannenbaum) cannot fire his employee (Philbin). It’s an office where an accountant (Aponte) gets to make football decisions. It’s a front office where the new GM, who recently had a very successful draft and free-agency (Ju’Wuan James, Jarvis Landry, and Branden Albert) essentially gets demoted in favor of Tannenbaum. It’s a front office where Dolphin greats like Dan Marino and Don Shula are advisers, but no one know what they advise. it’s a mess, and Ross just made it messier.
“I am excited that Mike Tannenbaum has joined the organization full time,” Ross said. “He is an experienced executive and leader that understands all facets of the sports landscape. During his time as a consultant this past season, I was able to see his impact first hand through his commitment and passion for innovation and using every possible avenue to find competitive edges.”
That’s a nice statement, and Tannenbaum definitely has experience and some smart decisions under his belt. You have to assume that he’s bright enough to understand that Philbin is a terrible coach. And maybe…just maybe…there is a glimmer of hope that he can get Ross to change his mind about retaining Clueless Joe in 2015.