Prediction: Mike Nolan to Escape Dolphin Funhouse

10 Jan

It is quite simply a bad joke for Tony Sparano to get an extension and raise instead of Mike “Crazylegs” Nolan. He was the only person on staff who lived up to his end of the bargain, leading the Dolphin D to the #5 overall ranking.

He’s an elite coordinator, who’s been a Head Coach in this league. Every defense he works with improves by leaps and bounds. There are many teams that would be glad to add Nolan as a defensive coordinator, and probably a few who have him on their lists of potential head coaches.

Ask yourself, if you’re Mike Nolan watching the amateur hour crap that’s transpired in Davie over the last several days, what type of confidence do you have in the organization? If an infinitely more stable team with even half an offense comes calling, you’d have to listen, wouldn’t you?

So don’t be surprised if, any minute now, someone dials up Ross, Ireland, Peterson, Sparano, Parcells, or whoever the hell is calling the shots now in Miami, and asks for permission to chat with Nolan. And don’t be surprised if Mike books his ticket out of the funhouse.

GO DOLPHINS – and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose


36 Responses to “Prediction: Mike Nolan to Escape Dolphin Funhouse”

  1. Kevin January 10, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Our team is in complete disarray and wasn’t even this dysfunctional during Cam Cameron’s tenure. Our owner is a joke and our GM can’t be trusted. Then we have a lame duck head coach. How much worse can it get??!!

    • steevieb22 January 10, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      Thats what they were saying about NE and Kraft before Bellichik and Brady.

      • danewen January 10, 2011 at 11:12 am #

        Or Pittsburgh before Cowher.

      • corners January 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

        Didn’t it take cowher 15 seasons? Like this media could even last 3 years.

      • danewen January 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

        Cowher won his division five of his first six years.
        The Chin also had three, count ’em three losing seasons in his entire career. Tony’s almost tied him already.

      • cornersss July 31, 2011 at 11:17 am #

        Right. at least cowher didn’t have to pick up the pieces of a 1-15 team that was destroyed by bad trades and drafts.

    • bobbyvero January 15, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      Kevin, dont listen to the media crap. They’re paid to be negative and stir things up. Thats how they sell papers. Even if they sound like negative morons. You have to realistic about the Dolphins situation right now. We’re not in disarray. We have a rookie owner who is making a lot of mistakes in trying to please everyone and look like he’s in control. He’s also star struck and trying to create something in South Beach that is “THE” major attraction. He’ll learn to keep a low profile. If he can take lessons from Kraft, Rooney and Blank, he will change. You have a rookie coach. Any one of us would be making mistakes if we were in that position. Hell I see it in new managers all the time. Tony will learn his lessons or he will be shown the door. Dont forget, a lot of the coaches were selected by Parcells. He did more harm and showed no loyalty (except to the almighty dollar and his ego) and bolted leaving Ireland and Tony swaying in the wind. Lame duck is a media creation and its only in politics. Tony wins next season and all this will fade. Kevin, if you’re a true Dolphins fan, you got to stick with the team, good or bad. We’ve had some crap as coaches (Cameron, Saban, Wanstadt ) and that was ownerships fault. We’ll see the change.

  2. Jimmy Jam January 10, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Wow, this is just idiotic. You need to get a grip and get over this Miami
    is a circus meme. Nolan is under contract and isn’t going anywhere.

    • danewen January 10, 2011 at 10:29 am #

      That’s why they’d ask for permission. What ever happened to reading comprehension?

  3. Suge January 10, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    This website is so full of sh*t.Always negative BS.

  4. Suge January 10, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Kevin,you dont sound like much of a fan.go root for the jets you fake.

    • danewen January 10, 2011 at 10:28 am #

      Sorry Suge,

      Guess I forgot how awesome things have been going.

      Thanks for visiting The Bottlenose.

  5. markeyh January 10, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    It is what it is.

    What can you do?

  6. Neil January 10, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    OK guys. Now it’s time for some psitive thinking. We don’t need negative people givcing feedback or writing articles that have 0 merit. The only way Nolan could talk to another team is for a head coaching spot. While he’s under contract he can’t make a lateral move. That’s just the way it is. The head coaching mess is behind us and it’s time to be thinking about the future of the franchise, not the past. Nay sayers please go away.

    • danewen January 10, 2011 at 11:22 am #

      Yes, with permission a coordinator can be interviewed for a lateral move. And that permission is almost always granted.

      And fans can naysay if they want. They can pump their fists after every field goal if they want. They can question going from a coach search to an extension/raise in two seconds flat.
      Or they can have faith that Tony Sparano is the man to overtake Rex and Bill atop our division.

      Either way they care about the team.

  7. TJ January 10, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Professionals always do what’s in their best interest, but I think the circus that has transirped since the post-season is media generated anyway.

    Personally, I think the team owner has the right to check other avenues and decide if he wants to make a change without being stalked by the media. There are far too many sources revelaiing far too many details about the minute-by-minute activities of the front office.

    As it stands, Tony Sporano has had 2 disappointing finishes, and thus had to interview for his job again, even though he never technically lost it. In the end, he gets another chance to improve.

    I also think it’s unfair of his players to criticize him for micromanaging when they are underachieving. If they quit making the mental mistakes then I’m sure he’ll back off. You can see that he gives positive reinforcement when they play well, what’s wrong with constructive criticism?

    I don’t think a coach can suceed without an on-field leader, and right now, Miami doesn’t have one.

    I like that Henne has a steady demeanor, and he can take a hit. He plays injured, and doesn’t complain. The major flaw I see is that he doesn’t appear to have a solid understanding of where his receivers will be, or where they will adjust their routes based on coverages. He locks in on receivers and does not look off a defender. He seems to be regressing in terms of keeping a play alive, although has shown the ability to run for a first down at times.

    I’d really like for Chad Henne to get over the mental part of the game – he’s got a great arm, other than some issues with touch. I just don’t see it happening, unless maybe he works every day with Pennington and Marino and picks their brain.

    I see a (healthy) veteran QB in Miami’s future.

  8. csonka67 January 10, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Who writes this crap ?

  9. Tull January 10, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    He can’t leave fir a lateral DC position, it would have to b a HC job!

    • danewen January 10, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      With permission he could interview to be a ball boy.

  10. csonka67 January 10, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Seems to me the people who write these articles are part of the cancer , please please go away far far away . Hey the jets won a playoff game go get on their bandwagon. Leave this site to people who actually love the Miami dolphins good or not so good .

    • danewen January 10, 2011 at 11:26 am #


      Do you love your country? Do you agree with everything it does? You’re not talking about fanship here, you’re talking about blindly following.

      Dolphins forever.

  11. Kevin January 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Maybe some of you fans with the rose-clored glasses on, need to take them off and see the real picture. In case you haven’t noticed, our team flat out sucks!! Many of you fans seem to embrace mediocrity or having a pathetic football team on and off the field. True fans don’t embrace it and are sick and tired of the garbage product our team has every season. We are a distant 3rd in the AFC East and are only better then an awful Bills team who will overtake us soon also. Then we can dwell in the cellar for a while. Many of you won’t care anyway.

    • Phinfan4ever January 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

      Your stupid !! Go jump on the ” New Something bandwagon ” Construct don’t bitch

    • bobbyvero January 15, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      Come on, Kevin, the Dolphins didn’t suck. If anything, they’re a step behind where they need to be at this point. I really believe that they can fix the things that kept them out of contention in the offseason. Tony is a first time head coach. He is making rookie HC mistakes. If he learns from this, he can turn it around. Henning is gone. No more handcuffing the QB and making the QB araid to take chances. Maybe now the QB will be able to call some of the plays. A new QB coach (Pennington?) will take Chad and get inside his head and get him to the right level of play. A new special teams coach will surely make a difference. If Tony can make the replacement coaches into one cohesive unit, then the draft and free agent selections will fill the holes. We got to have more confidence in this team. Parcells is gone (what a joker) and we have to be glad for that. If Mr Ross can shut up, keep a low profile and work with his coaches and stop relying on people like Parcells and Peterson who have no real interest in the team, maybe we will see major positive changes. Go Fins!

  12. NY finsfan January 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    You keep mentioning that “with permission,” Nolan could interview for any position he wanted. True. But why would Ireland grant the permission? All he has to do is say “no,” and Nolan stays for anything short of assistant HC. Nolan may not like it, but he’s be under contract to stay and anything short of his best effort would be shooting himself in the foot for future jobs.

    Your articles always seem to come up short, and the “crazylegs” shtick has certainly run its course.

    • danewen January 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

      Fair enough on the “Crazylegs”. It’s been a hard habit to break.

      And though Ireland could say no, I bet he wouldn’t. Our treatment of Sparano was questioned across the football world. Following that up by forcing Nolan to stay could shoot us in the foot for future hires.

      The allure of coaching down here took a hit over the last week. Sorry if I’m being negative.

      • corners January 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

        You dont think letting him go isnt shooting ourselves in the foot?!!

      • NY finsfan January 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

        There will always be coaches available, and good ones too. Telling an under-contract coach that “yes, you need to fulfill your contract” will only scare away coaches who we wouldn’t want anyway. He could always quit as an option.

  13. Neil January 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    True fans support their team Kevin. I really get a kick reading responses from people who think they have all the answers. Am I happy with the way the 2010 season went? Absolutely not. Am I tired of mediocrity. You bet.

    In spite of that we have to recognize that true fans support their tems thru the good times and bad. Sme people thrive on negativity and believe those who don’t have rose colored glasses on.

    Kevin, if you have the answers to turning the team around I suggest you call Mr. Ross or coach Sporano. I’m certain they would appreciate your input.

    • danewen January 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

      I’ll be sure to let everyone know when this becomes an all-praise, propaganda site. ‘Til then, expect opinions, and not always glowing ones.

  14. Phinfan4ever January 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Negative bullshit article.. Who writes this crap

  15. SICK SAM January 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm #


    • danewen January 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

      A contract? In pro sports? LOL!

  16. Fin Fan 1970 January 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    These comments here sound like they came from 3rd graders. You people are really stupid!

  17. InFINcible January 13, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Wow you done pissed everybody off lol. You almost made me feel bad for Omar and Armando but they kinda deserve it due to pure lack of talent.

    Now regarding your post, from the outside your viewpoint might make sense, but I do beg to differ. I think he is actually in a good spot. If Sparano slips up next year, Nolan could very well become the (interim) Head Coach. From what he’s built up from this D I’m sure he’d like to stick around to see this thing come together. He’s the coach in waiting and its not a guarantee that he thinks management is a “circus”.

    Go FINS!!

    • bobbyvero January 15, 2011 at 7:50 am #

      I totally agree with Infincible on this one. Mike is in the perfect spot to take over this team if Tony cant make the changes. Lets go a step further…its not just Tony thats on the proverbial hot seat next season, its also Ireland. If things should happen to fall apart, you can be sure that there will be a GM and HC opening. And if the defense does what it did (or better) then last season) Mike will be able to work a deal to have both the GM and coaching spot.

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