Good Luck Dan Campbell
Best of luck to Dan Campbell. Tons of thanks for getting the team out of the muck, and doing the best that you can do to make something out of the 2015 season. Thanks for the Titans and Texans a$$ kicking. Good luck sir. Every Finatic is pulling for you..
Tannenbaum on Why Not Having Previous Coaching Experience Matters
Here is what Mike Tannenbaum said about hiring another new, first time coach
We really studied it quite a bit. Unfortunately there was a decision made earlier in the year about moving on from our head coach. That was the bad news. The good news, it gave us an opportunity to spend an incredible amount of time and resources just looking at it, and candidly (we) looked at more than one sport. And we have some incredibly great minds here with (Analytics Director) Dennis Lock in analytics and pro personnel people, and we just kept looking at it. And there’s really no correlation between first-time coaches and second-time coaches.
We got our list probably down to about 25 and we wound up interviewing seven. But we looked at 25 people pretty seriously – college, pro, former Super Bowl winners, new – and we just said if we were going to be committed to a process, we’ll get a great result. And not to speak for Tom (Garfinkel), Matt (Higgins) and Chris (Grier), but I think we all felt like telling Steve (Ross) what our thoughts were. We all felt, unanimously, to recommend to Steve (Ross) what we felt was the right decision. So that’s kind of how you want it as an organization: when the hardest decisions and the biggest decisions turn out to be the easiest ones. And as long as we stayed committed to the process, we felt great about the result.
Mixed Feeling About Adam Gase
I have mixed feelings about hiring Adam Gase. Clearly he was being courted by several teams, so at least the Dolphins pulled the trigger faster than anyone else.
This was a tough year to find a head coach with all of the openings. This is the eighth coach in a row whom we have hired that did not have NFL head coach experience. The 9th head coach since 2004. He is now the youngest coach in the NFL. Pressure is certainly on the Dolphins and Stephen Ross and Mike Tannenbaum for this decision.
However, whatever they do is going to be scrutinized based upon the abysmal performance of all aspects of this team over the past several years. As for me, the jury is out on this decision. I was not impressed with the Bears offense this year. However, I can appreciate that Gase was successful in Denver. A lot will depend on the coordinators.
We have a long way to go no matter who got the job.