Should We Trust the Miami Dolphins Front Office To Hire the Right Head Coach?

Scott AltmanCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2012

MIAMI - DECEMBER 19:  Stephen Ross owner of the Miami Dolphins poses for a photo before his team plays against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Well, that was embarrassing. 

After two weeks of waiting with twiddling thumbs, the Miami Dolphins were left waiting at the altar as Jeff Fisher opted to become the next head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

Now that the dust is settling on this whole fiasco, it has become apparent that Fisher "used" the Dolphins to gain leverage with the Rams. 

And how can you blame the man?

Despite the glorified perception that many fans have of this once-proud organization, the Miami Dolphins are a joke right now—by the team's historical standards, anyway. 

In fact, the Dolphins' downfall began when Stephen Ross became majority owner of the franchise in 2009. 

Forget, for a moment, all of the dreadful non-football things Stephen Ross has overseen. Forget about the new fight song, forget about the collection of celebrity owners, forget about the night club inside of the stadium, forget about "Fins Up," and forget about those obnoxious and pointless scoreboard cameos.

Instead, look at Ross—and the rest of Miami's brass—from a football perspective.

Do they have what it takes to hire the best possible head coaching candidate?

Stephen Ross might have the bank account to lure in whomever he wishes, but he comes off as a bumbling billionaire who has no idea what he is doing.

He embarrassed the franchise and betrayed Tony Sparano during his failed pursuit of John Harbaugh last year. And this year, Ross failed to clarify the most rudimentary outlines of a deal with Jeff Fisher, which may have led to the demise of a potential deal. 

Under Ross' watch, the Dolphins' allure has fallen so far that the St. Louis Rams are now a more desirable destination. Just think about that for a minute and let it sink in. 

And how about Carl Peterson, who seems like a stepfather that doesn't really fit in or know his role in the Dolphins family?

Despite Ross' insistence that Peterson "won't work in an 'executive capacity'" with the team, he has reportedly played an instrumental role in Miami's head coach search.

Peterson spent 19 years with the Kansas City Chiefs, serving as everything from general manager, team president and chief executive officer over that span. The Chiefs made seven playoff appearances in Peterson's first eight years, but made only three more over the ensuing 11 years.

Marty Schottenheimer was Kansas City's head coach for those first seven playoff appearances, but after he left, Peterson whiffed on three replacements, which eventually led to him stepping down in 2008. 

Finally, there's Jeff Ireland.

Miami's General Manger has become a pariah amongst his own fanbase, but he has a chance to redeem himself by making the right hire this offseason. Ireland will make his first head coach hire in the coming days or weeks, but based on his track record with players, our expectations should be tempered. 

Ultimately, there is no evidence to suggest that the Dolphins front office is inclined to make the best possible hire. Perhaps they will, but Stephen Ross simply hasn't put the franchise in position to do so.