The past two days have marked a step in the right direction for the Miami Dolphins as an organization. On Monday, the Dolphins announced they had fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. On Tuesday, the organization announced it had “mutually agreed” to part ways with GM Jeff Ireland.
Both moves signal that the Dolphins can start anew following the disastrous end to their 2013 season, and a mediocre run of seasons that has seen the Dolphins achieve just one playoff berth and one winning season since 2008, when Ireland was originally hired as GM of the team.
The fact of the matter is this: the Dolphins showed no improvement under the reign of Sherman and Ireland. In the case of Sherman (who was hired in 2012), the Dolphins ranked 26th in the NFL in points per game in 2013, while ranking 27th in total yards. Those are hardly improvements over Sherman’s first season with the team, when the offense ranked 27th in points and 27th in yards.
In Ireland’s six-season tenure with the team, the Dolphins went 11-5 in his first season, to 7-9, 7-9, 6-10, 7-9 and 8-8 in successive seasons.
If the Dolphins are to move on from a seemingly never-ending era of mediocrity, change needed to happen — and change happened in the right place this time. The firing of Ireland was long overdue. It is baffling that he was able to remain the GM of the Dolphins for so long despite so many non-winning seasons, especially considering he was a Bill Parcells hiring — Parcells hasn’t been a part of the organization for four years now.
Sherman was hired with the expectation that he’d mesh well with franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill considering their past history at Texas A&M together. Obviously, judging by Sherman’s two-season tenure with the team, he did not reach that expectation and was understandably fired from the team.
The Dolphins blew a golden opportunity at clinching a playoff berth in their final two games of the 2013 season versus two mediocre opponents in the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. If they are to move on from this catastrophic end to the season, the team needs to start anew with a new offensive coordinator and a new general manager. That era will start in 2014.