Report: Joe Philbin will have final say on 2014 roster


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.

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?

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  • Dewbert

    I prefer that the coach and GM (and the scouts) have say in who is on the team. Ultimately, the coach needs players to fit his scheme. So, it sort of makes sense that a coach would have final say. If you need a speedy guy to fit your scheme and a GM gets you a big guy, you are doomed. What do you do? Change your entire offensive or defensive plan to fit the players that the GM should not have gotten?

  • Ohiodolfan

    “Dolphins three best players were Karlos Dansby, Reggie Bush, and Jake Long.” What? Dansby is horrible, and Bush and Long were hurt all season, the three best players I think would of been Wake, Starks and Hartline. You could even throw in Rashard Jones. And im not going to get into Marshall, nothing but distractions. I say let Joe have a say in the 53, cant be any excuse when the season is over.

    • Jake

      I guess I should worded it differently, all three had a big impact on and off the field. Look at the run D With and without Dansby. But When these three left, their positions became Miami’s biggest weaknesses