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The Dolphins have installed a water cooling system to keep Jeff Ireland from burning up in his office chair. The embattled general manager somehow survived another poor season despite his former Cowboys cohort Tony Sparano getting the ax.
The extent of Miami’s issues went well beyond a man nicknamed Jeff “Fireland,” however. A perceived problem of perception has arisen in South Florida, fueled by free-agent spurnings from Jeff Fisher, Peyton Manning and even Matt Flynn. (Though, realistically, the Dolphins seem to have done the right thing by “low-balling” Flynn.)
Miami brought in its consolation prize, Joe Philbin, to try to turn the team around after flailing helplessly over the past three seasons. Perhaps Philbin has brought along some of the philosophy and magic from his days with the Packers.
With ticket sales lagging, Stephen Ross could not resist the siren call of HBO’s Hard Knocks. The Dolphins must do much more than appear on a television show about training camp to regain relevancy in South Florida and the NFL, however.
An uncharacteristically strong draft saved Miami from a failing grade.
Offseason Grade: C-