On January 10th, when the Dolphins started their GM search, owner Stephen Ross said the new GM would have “autonomous responsibility for 53-man roster.” Here we are 16 days later and the Dolphins signed their GM in Dennis Hickey.
Shortly after the Dolphins confirmed that Hickey will be their GM, Jason LaCanfora is reporting that Joe Philbin will have the final say on the 53 man roster.
Key reason Lake Dawson, and presumably others, turned down Miami – Philbin controls the 53-man roster in 2014. Looks like a band-aid job
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 26, 2014
When #Dolphins search began, Ross said GM would have “autonomous responsibility for 53-man.” Yet candidates believed Philbin would have it
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 26, 2014
And to piggyback on @RapSheet report, I'm also told several Dolphins GM candidates were told Joe Philbin would have "some say" in personnel.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 26, 2014
Ross went against his word and it could very well be why so many different candidates turned down the Dolphins GM spot. Ross either doesn’t have a clear plan or continues to change it day in and day out.
So what does that mean for the 2014 season?
No player will be safe, especially if Philbin thinks they don’t fit his “philosophy”. Before the 2013 season, the Dolphins three best players were Karlos Dansby, Reggie Bush, and Jake Long. They were on Miami’s leadership council and it isn’t ironic that they were not on the team for the 2013 season.
The same could be said about Brandon Marshall, Philbin did not like his attitude. Philbin would rather have an extremely poor receiving core instead of dealing with any off the field baggage.
Philbin is stubborn to the point that he almost got fired because he did not want to fire OC Mike Sherman (who did a poor job). Philbin has a vision that he will follow through with, no matter how poor it is.
The 2013 season isn’t even over and the 2014 Miami Dolphins are already starting to be viewed as a disaster. The roster could be looking extremely different before opening day in September. Joe Philbin’s job is on the line in 2014, will he work to build the best team or the team that fits his philosophy?