Matt Terl
Wednesday December 21st, 2011

When the Dolphins fired head coach Tony Sparano and named Todd Bowles their interim coach, the suspicion was that owner Stephen Ross would be looking for a big name to take over the job.  According to a report from Albert Breer of, Ross is looking for more than just a name: he's looking for someone who can bring together the business side and the football side of the organization.

According to folks in the know, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will be looking for a head coach, regardless of what might happen at other levels of the organization, who will be able to help set the tone for the entire organization. Word is, Ross wants to emphasize a single vision, with folks on the football side and business side working together to get there.
This doesn't disprove the idea that Ross is look for a big name -- if anything, an established, successful head coach would be more likely to offer the strong, franchise-wide leadership Ross is reportedly seeking to create.  But it does point to an alarming fracture in the Dolphins organization following the departure of Bill Parcells (himself a strong football-oriented leader), and raises the question of which available candidate might be able to manage that Parcells-ian level of authority and organizational control.

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