Much of the news concerning Chip Kelly’s firing in Philadelphia concerns the fact that Kelly had total control: the players, the team, coaches, draft, personnel, etc.
Reporters are covering Kelly’s dictatorship like it’s a bad thing.
However, that “bad” thing might be exactly what the Miami Dolphins need.
Let’s say the Dolphins hire the exciting Chip Kelly and his innovative offense. If we give Kelly all the power he wants (draft, coaching hires, etc.), that means that other Dolphins executives would have less power, or be fired altogether. Would the Dolphins suffer if Mike Tannenbaum has less power? If Stephen Ross took a step back, would that make the Dolphins suffer?
You see the point. Our executives and our never-ending power struggle in the front office could easily be a thing of the past if Ross simply hires an all-powerful coach and then steps away. Period.
This allows incoming free agents and draft choices to know who they’re dealing with. They’ll know who wanted them and picked them. They’ll know–for certain–who’s in charge.
If it’s not to be Chip Kelly, then I STILL think we should give all power to our next coach.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Kelly and what he tried to do, but I’m not saying he will be a godsend for us. I don’t even know if he’d be a good coach.
I just love the idea of letting a leader lead, as long as we find someone strong. Or at least adequate.
I’ll still say that Brian Billick is my top choice. Mike Shula would be next. Sean Payton is in my mix too, but only if we can get him without having to compensate the Saints. Jim Mora wouldn’t be terrible, and I think the idea of Rob Ryan is quite intriguing.
Don’t even consider the same old names like Cowher and Gruden and Dungy. These guys quit football for a reason; their passion is gone. Remember how great we did when H. Wayne begged Jimmy Johnson to come back after he retired every other day?
A lot of our readers here keeping bringing up that “no one wants to work for Ross,” but I think that is nonsense, I really do. There are only 32 of these prestigious coaching jobs in the entire universe, and any coach dreams of getting one of those spots.
I just don’t see any coach saying, “Thanks for the offer Mr. Ross, but I don’t want to accept your $5 million and be an NFL coach because I prefer not to talk to Dennis Hickey.”
The NFL world doesn’t work like that.
And even if it IS a problem (i.e., if coaches truly shy away from coaching the Dolphins because of our front office), then that is all the more reason to give our next coach full control.
A coach with full autonomy tries harder, because he knows there is one and only one person to blame when things go bad. For example, who can Chip Kelly possibly blame for the Sam Bradford trade that led the Eagles nowhere? Chip must look in the mirror for that one and all the other embarrassing disasters the Eagles suffered through…like losing to the lowly Dolphins.
Joe Philbin can blame Jeff Ireland for the Dion Jordan fiasco. He can blame Dawn Aponte for not having enough money to keep Mike Wallace. When others are involved, there is always “someone else” to blame. But not if you hire a coach and give him free reign.
It’s time we give it a try.