There are a couple of things that Steve Ross has never done in his ten-plus years as the owner of the Miami Dolphins.
Aside from never hiring a veteran head coach, Ross never started over, hiring a new general manager in the same offseason as he replaces his head coach.
At this point, given that we have our seventh major football contract during Ross’s tenure as primary owner, it seems like this is the only thing he has tried his best to avoid, even though it seemed like the perfect time to do so. follow the example of the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.
Dumping Dolphins seems like the right approach, especially since the franchise has fallen short of expectations and is no better than when this three-year makeover began.
So why not remove general manager Chris Greer at the same time as Brian Flores’s firing as head coach earlier this week?
They came to power together. And yet we are here, saying goodbye to Flores and putting the future of the franchise back in the hands of Grier.
Why does Ross keep letting Grier shirk responsibility? That’s because he’s “not dangerous,” according to a league source who has worked with both.
Grier is kind and humble to the point of refusal, and is definitely an employee who works well with others. This is why it was easy for Ross to identify Flores as the problem in the latest shake-up.
These are all great traits you need when looking for a friend or play date for your child. But they don’t necessarily correlate with leadership – something that this organization has lacked for decades.
“We had an old, aging squad before it only led us to mediocrity, and I think if you look at our squad today,” Ross said Monday, explaining why Greer remains safe and starts his 23rd year at the Dolphins front office.
“You see our salary ceiling [space] do we have players? ” Ross said, referring to the team’s league-leading purchasing power of $ 74 million. “I think we are well suited for the future.”
A future that a person who has failed over and over again will continue to create.
In his own words, Grier said his top priority when this latest renovation began was to build the Dolphins through the trenches.
While the frontline appears to be fortified by the arrival of Emmanuel Ogba, who is a free agent this offseason, the development of Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis, and the promise of Jaelan Phillips, the offensive line remains dire.
And that’s with the selection of five offensive lane players drawn in the first rounds of the 2019, 2020, and 2021 NFL Drafts.
This unit will likely need a major overhaul – again – because Robert Hunt is the only player to prove that he is capable of playing at a relatively high level.
Grier tried but failed to fix Miami’s running game, which had been below the NFL average in yards for three straight seasons.
Free agent after free agent, trade after trade, draft after draft, it became abundantly clear that Grier had little respect for the value of a defender due to the many decisions he made.
And then there’s the quarterback. No general manager should choose three quarterbacks for the same franchise, unless some kind of serious injury or sudden retirement comes into the equation. Grier swung and missed Josh Rosen, wasting valuable resources in exchange for a former NFL player in 2019 who failed in Miami and is now on his fifth NFL team in five years.
The jury has yet to decide on Tua Tagovailoa, who has held a 13-8 record in the NFL starting lineup over the past two years. But Tagovailoa’s limited hand power has made the Dolphins perplexed, as Miami decision makers privately and publicly crave other NFL quarterbacks such as Deshawn Watson, Aaron Rogers and Russell Wilson.
Even Ross admitted that Tagovailoa’s future in Miami depends on how the next coach views him.
Then we have the rise in free agent spending in 2020, deals that were mostly canceled in the offseason of 2021 when Miami downsized Kyle Van Noy, traded Shack Lawson and Eric Flowers, and allowed Ted Karras and more to go free agency. …
And the lackluster moves of the last off-season offseason – the signing of receiver Will Fuller, quarterback Jacoby Brissett, defender Malcolm Brown, cornerback Justin Coleman and Jason McCourt, player Michael Palardi and the trade for midfielder Benardrick McKinney – who was cut short before the start of the season – will be cut short by midfielder Benardrick McKinney. to spark the excitement for shopping this offseason.
All of these steps had very little impact on the team’s performance in 2021. In fact, many of them hindered rather than beneficial.
Although everything was supposedly done together, meaning the coach and general manager agreed on the decisions they made, it is clear that Grier’s passive demeanor allowed Flores to take a tough stance.
This is a problem because Grier is in charge of talent selection. The coach is responsible for the training and development of the players.
I would not have expected Grier to take the field and announce the game, so why would the coach force his lineup decisions on him?
This means that either something is wrong with the process, or the person who is supposed to run the show is not capable.
Either way, Ross is running out of excuses for Grier at this point. So why is he the CEO of Dolphins again?