Since I already have everyone's attention, I figured that the final slide of an article would be a great place for a mini-editorial.
And since I'm the type of person who likes listening to music while reading, I included some: this edition of Thomas' Thoughts will be accompanied by Grizzly Bear's song "Two Weeks."
Of course, I'm going to keep it Miami Dolphins-related but I will make this quick: the question a lot of people are asking is who should they blame for the Dolphins' problems?
Right now the popular targets are GM Jeff Ireland, head coach Tony Sparano, former VP of football operations Bill Parcells and owner Stephen Ross.
Believe it or not, I'm going to leave Ross out of this despite his mistakes, because I honestly do believe his mistakes came with good intentions. When he surrounds himself with better football people who know the South Florida market, expect to see much less of him.
As for Sparano, Ireland and especially Parcells, this is all on them.
Bill Parcells proved to me during his Dolphins tenure that all he cares about is cashing checks. He took the Dolphins job after former owner H. Wayne Huizinga offered it to him. In doing that he took advantage of an owner who was sick of the product on the field, but also wanted to add value to a franchise that he knew he was going to eventually sell.
This was why Parcells was able to leave scott-free halfway through last season.
Unfortunately, Ireland didn't go with him, which is a shame, because with Parcells as my No. 1 for this mess, Ireland is a close No. 2.
I almost feel bad for Sparano. He couldn't have imagined a tougher position to be in than the one he's in right now. Since January he's known his days were numbered. If only he had some pride, most people in his position, finding out that your replacement was being scouted out, would have told Mr. Ross to take the job and shove it after he came back without Harbaugh.
The good news is this: it looks like with the exception of Ross, everyone will be out of here on January 2nd. As for how Ross can improve, here's the advice I have for him.
Call him. Ask for his advice for anything football or Dolphins-related. In a later article I'll explain why he should contact Coach Shula, but Ross has to. Ask the man for his opinion for anything you do, even if it is about drafting Andrew Luck, call Shula first (I'm sure coach will tell him to just do it then hang up on him while muttering "what an effing idiot" but I digress).
Call Marino too.
Like I said, I'll explain why as the season goes on, but those are two men who's opinions on football I respect.
And two men who should be on Stephen Ross' speed dial this offseason.
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