5 Off-Season Miami Dolphins Predictions

Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross

Dolphins Continue to Make Same Mistakes

The Miami Dolphins officially exist as the type of laughable franchise incapable of correcting course. As long as ownership continues to seek half-measures, the Dolphins will continue to wallow in the shallow end of the NFL franchise pool; a last-gasp destination for professional front office and coaching personnel.

Here’s five predictions we think will play out early in 2016:

1. Mike Tannenbaum Solidifies Power: The latest of owner Stephen Ross’ consultants operates as Executive VP of Football Operations. Being the latest hire, Tannenbaum automatically remains blameless for anything regarding 2015.

If Tannenbaum understands office politics, he will quickly move to solidify his position via a number of tactics. He should seek to control personnel and coaching while also fighting to become the No. 1 voice in Ross’ ear. With front office players such as Dawn Aponte, Dan Marino and whichever consultant Ross has hired, Tannenbaum must evolve into the “alpha employee” in the organization. The organization could benefit from an “alpha” structure to help stem mistrust among employees and coaches. We’re just not all that impressed with Tannenbaum’s resume.

2. Dennis Hickey Fired: Part of Tannenbaum’s power consolidation will involve him assuming the GM role, conducting the draft and other personnel moves. He’ll also be the man controlling the next coach. Hickey actually has done a decent job and deserves a better fate.

3. No Major Coaching Hire: The Dolphins will end up hiring a coach comfortable with Tannenbaum and vice versa. It could be an ex-Jet — such as Niners defensive coordinator Eric Mangini — or someone from the Tannenbaum/Bill Parcells tree. Does Tannenbaum have a relationship with Saints head coach Sean Payton? Would Payton want to come to Miami (if he leaves New Orleans)?

4. Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller Bolt: Both players are free agents. Vernon evolved into an excellent OLB with a great motor and work ethic. His future involves large sums of cash. Miller, meanwhile, appears both puzzled and frustrated regarding how the Dolphins deploy his skills. Miller will be on a number of team radars if he hits the free agent market. Yeah, he played at “The U” but at the end of the day, it’d be nice to get paid while receiving an opportunity to serve as a feature back.

5. Player Acquisition: The team will restructure Ndamukong Suh’s contract to help create even more cap space. They’ll spend lavishly on offensive line, linebacker and corner help. Ryan Tannehill will continue as the undisputed No. 1 quarterback without competitive bench pressure.

All of these moves result in the Dolphins remaining in their band of mediocrity between 9-7 and below.

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