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Dolphins Fire Two Coaches In Wake Of Wells Report; Marino To The Rescue?
Published February 20, 2014
DAN IN REAL LIFE: In West Palm Beach, Hal Habib noted despite a "reluctance to call out current Dolphins players," former NFLer Jason Taylor "made it clear Wednesday morning that the current mess the organization finds itself in would not have been allowed to escalate in past Dolphins eras." Speaking on Miami-based WAXY-FM, Taylor "offered one bit of advice to the Dolphins on how to move past" the scandal, which was to "bring Dan Marino back into the fold." Taylor: "Dan should absolutely be involved in the organization. And I know he can do the job. PR-wise I know he can do the job." But Taylor "couldn't say" exactly what Marino's job might be (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 2/19). In Miami, Greg Cote writes even if Ross was "hesitant to find a place for Marino and restructure his front office power grid yet again, being convinced to do so could be in the club's interest." It is "desirable to have a front man at a level below the owner but above the coach who presents the image you want, and who can sell your team and its vision to prospective major hires such as top free agents or coaches." That is "doubly desirable when neither your owner nor head coach is accomplished in his role or charismatic, and when your general manager is newly hired and a rookie at the job." The "salesmanship, résumé and aura" of Heat President Pat Riley "cannot be underestimated for its huge impact" on the team. Marino would "give the Dolphins a front man of similar stature" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/20).