Debunking the Regime Change = Regression Myth

2 Jun

Firstly, please, someone, ANYONE bring this lockout to an end. We need free agent signings, trades, practice reports. How bad has it gotten? We’re reporting Dolphins pizza party results. Thank the Lord for the Heat!

Just a quick thought about regime change, and we’ll preface this little post by saying that we aren’t recommending any firings in this post. We’ve just noticed a lot of folks offering up the idea that cleaning house would mean starting from square one again. It shouldn’t, and in our case it wouldn’t.

Some guys in their first years.

Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay – Super Bowl Title
Rex Ryan in the Meadowlands – AFC Championship Game
John Harbaugh in Baltimore – 11-5
Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh – 11-5
Don Shula 10-4 in Miami
Tony Sparano 11-5

Regime changes can bring fresh eyes, a new message, a new strategy. They don’t necessarily spell the demolition and rebuilding of a franchise. So suppose the Bifecta doesn’t get it done this season. They ride into battle with Henne, and he doesn’t improve. And let’s say hypothetically that Ross embarks on a genuine coaching search, with pink slips already delivered before hand.

Whoever comes in is very likely going to have a top 5 defense to work with. They’re going to have a cornerstone left tackle and a pair of wideouts (a #1 and a slot stud) that just set the franchise record for combined receptions. They’ll have fresh talent in Pouncey, Daniel Thomas, Edmond Gates and Charles Clay, in addition to our 2012 draft to add to that haul.

The truth is Miami would not only be a geographically desirable landing spot. We’d also be a team with few holes. Of course one of those holes would be at quarterback, which isn’t easy to fill. Still, Gruden hoisted the Lombardi with Brad Johnson under center (13TDs, 77 passer rating before “Chucky” arrived). Even if the new regime found just a steady arm to conduct the offense and limit mistakes, we could see immediate results in Davie.

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


7 Responses to “Debunking the Regime Change = Regression Myth”

  1. markeyh June 3, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    What I have noticed is that every time they make a change the new management comes in with a different style. Let’s say if Ross had hired Harbaugh this past off-season would they have retained Mike Nolan? Don’t underestimate his role in the defensive success…

    And Harbaugh also runs a WCO. So he would have to make big changes to the offense…so most likely he will have some setbacks. And so it would take 2-3 years just to get the ship he wants going in the right direction just enough time for impatient fickle fans and owners to want change again!

    So I do not want them to get rid of Jeff for sure….And now that Tony has been given a few years to learn to be a HC he also should just be retained IMO. The difference with this regime is the very thing you list. They have loaded the team with young talent so why should they not be allowed more time to see their work to completion? I am sick of the revolving door in Miami and of all the GM’s in the past 20 years who would you say have done a better job in stocking Miami with so much young potential?

    • giorgio13 June 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

      i agree were almost there stay the course were going to be the new patriots i can feel it

      • Dan Ewen June 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

        If we’re the new Patriots we’d better start going for it on 4th and 1 instead of kicking every time!

    • Dan Ewen June 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      First rule of sports management: If Mike Nolan is your defensive coordinator, never, never, EVER fire him.

      Thanks for your comment.


  2. giorgio13 June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I beleive, that Ched Hene, will be, much better, this year. you will see, a difference in his play, He will become, a better,quarterback. mark my words

    • Dan Ewen June 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

      If our o-line returns to form, and he has The Beast/Bess and company to throw to, Henne will have no excuses. Of course this is assuming he’s the starter come week one.

      Thanks for the comments!

  3. MJ June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm #


    Maybe or we’ll turn out to be the Jags from a few years ago.

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