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Rumors persist that Carl Peterson will be running the Dolphins

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After Bill Parcells quit his job as Dolphins V.P. of football operations, owner Stephen Ross reportedly told G.M. Jeff Ireland that former Chiefs president/G.M. Carl Peterson wouldn’t be taking over Parcells’ job.  A year later, a growing number of league insiders believe that Peterson eventually will be taking over Ireland’s job.

Peterson and Ross have a lengthy relationship.  From a business standpoint, they have been working together most recently on the FanVision product, a handheld video device that is used in certain stadiums.  From a football standpoint, Peterson served nearly 30 years ago as G.M. of the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars, which were owned by Ross.

Since most owners have no independent football knowledge, they have to rely on others for advice and counsel.  When it comes to evaluating the G.M. and/or coach, an owner needs to rely on someone else, and it’s widely believed that Ross is relying on Peterson.

Peterson has been spotted at multiple Dolphins’ games.  Most recently, Peterson was seen at MetLife Stadium on Monday, where the Dolphins fell to 0-5 against the Jets.

The working theory is that Peterson will, at a minimum, be heavily involved in selecting the next G.M. and coach.  Or Peterson will be the next G.M., at which time he could round up various former Chiefs officials, like Denny Thum and Bill Kuharich, who currently aren’t employed by NFL teams.

Peterson also has a connection to former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, given that Cowher worked in Kansas City as an assistant coach before becoming the head coach in Pittsburgh.  And with Ross reportedly wanting a superstar coach, Peterson could be instrumental in luring Cowher to Miami.

If Cowher ends up being the coach, Peterson may have to step aside from the day-to-day football operations, since Cowher likely will want to run the show with help from someone like Kevin Colbert or Omar Khan.  From time to time over the past several years, we’ve heard that Colbert and Khan have gotten the word that Cowher could be heading back to the NFL.

It’s unknown whether Cowher is ready to return, or whether he’d be interested in the Dolphins.  But the belief is getting stronger and stronger that Peterson will be instrumental in the direction of the franchise after the 2011 season ends.

We can only wonder how long it will be until Peterson properly christens his chair.

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  1. deanvernonwormer says: Oct 20, 2011 8:11 AM

    The Miami Dolphins are perpetual losers. The only time the Dolphins won anything in the last ten years they had a Jet (Chad Pennington) running the show. You could stick a dead dog in there and it wouldn’t be worse than Ross, Ireland, Sparano and company.

  2. jjackwagon says: Oct 20, 2011 8:16 AM

    Sounds like a great idea, tell me again how many Superbowl rings the Chiefs got with this guy?

  3. jonevans83 says: Oct 20, 2011 8:21 AM

    The Dolphins are “perpetual losers” HOWEVER, they are only a few games out of first for the BEST RECORD since the NFL merger. Gotcha.

    This is why people do not know the sport.

  4. FinFan68 says: Oct 20, 2011 8:27 AM

    Many Dolphins fans have seen this coming for quite a while…and I have yet to hear about any that are happy about it.

  5. kuhawks2010 says: Oct 20, 2011 8:27 AM

    OH Geez! Believe me Dolphin fans that is the last guy you want running your team. This guy wore out his welcome here in KC. He is a joke!

  6. supashug says: Oct 20, 2011 8:29 AM

    isnt he the sausage king of chicago

  7. 3yardsndust says: Oct 20, 2011 8:33 AM

    Cowher doesn’t want to return to coaching. He likes the TV money and schedule just fine. Who wouldn’t?

  8. jayrandle says: Oct 20, 2011 8:33 AM

    Stop hiring your friends or buddy and hire the best candidate available…

    Parcells brought in his Dallas buddies and look where it got us…

    Well I guess anybody is better than the coach what we have now…
    A coach who loves wearing sunglasses at night and claps after every field goal in the road zone…

    And a GM that decided to draft Pat White in the 2nd round…

  9. ttommytom says: Oct 20, 2011 8:34 AM

    LOL

  10. dawsonleery says: Oct 20, 2011 8:35 AM

    In the 19 years Peterson was with the Chiefs how many Super Bowls did he win? ZERO. I think they only won 1 playoff game too. He’s horrible.

  11. 71jope says: Oct 20, 2011 8:36 AM

    The Cowher/Colbert thing keeps popping up here. Can someone explain to me why Colbert would be intersted in leaving a position of authority with the Steelers to work for Bill Cowher? If you haven’t noticed, he was promoted to GM this off season, and is at least the equal of Tomlin, in Miami he would be reporting to Cowher.

  12. okiesteeler says: Oct 20, 2011 8:37 AM

    Cowher will not go to the Dolphins because they do not have a QB. He has stated in the past he would want a franchise QB for the next team he coaches and that is not the Dolphins.

  13. realitypolice says: Oct 20, 2011 8:39 AM

    jjackwagon says:
    Oct 20, 2011 8:16 AM
    Sounds like a great idea, tell me again how many Superbowl rings the Chiefs got with this guy?
    ============================

    Hey! Don’t two championships in 3 years in the USFL 30 years ago count?!?

    They don’t? Umm…..you’re probably right. In fact, they definitely don’t. Not sure what I was thinking there.

    Never mind.

  14. justentertainingthestupid says: Oct 20, 2011 8:42 AM

    Settle down Jet fan. You guys will be home for the playoffs just like us. I tell ya what. We will race you there. My money is on the Dolphins getting to the show before the Jets ever do. You better pray the fins don’t get luck.

  15. Land Snark says: Oct 20, 2011 8:45 AM

    Exactly. Peterson did a bad job in KC. Now somehow he’s going to do better in Miami because he’s friends with the owner?

    Sure.

  16. Exiled1 says: Oct 20, 2011 8:53 AM

    Tony Sparano is Flabbergasted!!

  17. francheyes says: Oct 20, 2011 8:54 AM

    Somewhere in the ocean, a dolphin just died

  18. marvinmillersucks says: Oct 20, 2011 8:55 AM

    Carl is one of the best football men of all time, just ask him and he’ll tell you. Cowher maybe, Colbert, no chance…

  19. cshearing says: Oct 20, 2011 8:55 AM

    I’ll say it again: the owner is the problem here. This will keep happening until he is gone.

  20. revengeofthefilthymcnasty says: Oct 20, 2011 9:00 AM

    The Fins were dead men walking into this season. Last year’s Harbaugh tease fiasco undermined any chance of Sparano having a positive effect on this team. They need a superstar coach to clean up this mess (1-200 record at home) and a clusterf*ck at QB the likes of which only the Skins can empathize with.

  21. finfanjim says: Oct 20, 2011 9:02 AM

    Sundays hold little interest for me these days. If Peterson moves in I don’t see myself spending much time following football since I couldn’t bring myself to rooting for anyone but Miami.

    It’s only been 11+ seasons since Dan has been gone. It feels like 20. What to do?

  22. jayrandle says: Oct 20, 2011 9:11 AM

    Stop hiring your friends or buddy and hire the best candidate available…

    Parcells brought in his Dallas buddies and look where it got us…

    Well I guess anybody is better than the coach what we have now…
    A coach who loves wearing sunglasses at night and claps after every field goal in the road zone…

    And a GM that decided to draft Pat White in the 2nd round…

  23. brutus9448 says: Oct 20, 2011 9:17 AM

    oh boy. I hope peterson only gives advice to Ross and has nothing to do with the phins. Bring in cowher or someone else. Peterson hasn’t won anything and probably won’t win anything anytime soon

  24. tv426 says: Oct 20, 2011 9:19 AM

    Wow, how can a guy that screwed up two organizations (Saints and Chiefs) be up for ANY job, much less a GM?

  25. phinfan says: Oct 20, 2011 9:38 AM

    I like how you sugar coat the death with bill cowher. But lets face it bills going to the jags. Getting back to the death part: we’re in deep trouble if king carl takes over… Thankyou Ross=worse owner ever!!!

  26. rajbais says: Oct 20, 2011 9:41 AM

    Now, the Dolphins are in BIG trouble!!!

  27. tatum064 says: Oct 20, 2011 9:46 AM

    i think they should be careful…i’m wondering if they shouldnt just wait till the end of the season, and plan for Andrew Luck. That’s the only possibility of turning it around, and Oliver co-signing on the GM would be a major plus in terms of signing issues.

  28. jessieboom says: Oct 20, 2011 9:47 AM

    I am actually OK with this. He’s got a knack for choosing good coaches, and he built some pretty good teams. Every wants to point out the last 2 or so years in KC when the Chiefs regressed….but they completely forget he turned the KC franchise around for the previous 20 years, and I think they won more games than any other NFL during his tenure.

  29. rajbais says: Oct 20, 2011 9:47 AM

    For a guy to have that long of a tenure in Kansas City was a shame!!!

    Why??? No deep playoff appearances and NO Superbowl appearances!!!!

    Mediocre GM at best!!!

  30. expatpatfan says: Oct 20, 2011 9:49 AM

    Cowher will not go to the Dolphins because they do not have a QB. He has stated in the past he would want a franchise QB for the next team he coaches and that is not the Dolphins.
    ==============================
    True. It’s almost like the Dolphins know this and are doing all they can to get Andrew Luck. See also: Jacksonville moving to LA and hoping to bring in a marquee coach to generate buzz.

  31. heat256 says: Oct 20, 2011 9:52 AM

    Why bring in Cowher? He’s been out of football for a few years, and it’s not like coaches in retirement can come out and all of a sudden kick ass like they used to. Look for an up and coming assistant, one with a proven track record and one who has a good plan for the team and is enthusiastic. Hire personnel people from a team that drafts well and is smart with how they pick players (Packers org comes to mind), and be smart with the high draft pick they’re gonna get and actually draft a legitimate franchise QB!

  32. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2011 9:53 AM

    OMG, don’t do it!

  33. nav711 says: Oct 20, 2011 9:53 AM

    hahahhahahahahahahahahahaha

  34. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 20, 2011 9:55 AM

    I would seriously consider flying down to Miami to throw tomatoes at Sun Life Stadium if Carl Peterson is hired as GM of the Dolphins.

  35. sslugnuts says: Oct 20, 2011 10:00 AM

    WTF has Peterson ever done? No titles, and big reputation, sound like Parcells since 1990 or so?? I thought so!!

  36. ampats says: Oct 20, 2011 10:05 AM

    If this comes true, looks like the only competition the Patriots will have for the next 5 years will come from the only team that actually plays in NY.

    Carl Peterson has won as many Super Bowls as the other team in the AFC East from NJ has in the past 42 years!

    As I said yesterday, it must suck to be a Fins fan.

  37. jbcommonsense says: Oct 20, 2011 10:09 AM

    heat256: ”Why bring in Cowher?”

    Because winning comes from developing the right habits, attitude and atmosphere. You are correct that after too long a coach loses their knowledge of the modern game, but before that point their habits and discipline are a great roadmap to becoming a winner.

  38. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 20, 2011 10:11 AM

    Now this is an awesome way to get Dolphin fans buying tickets again, hire the guy that disassembled the Chiefs and left them in ruins, why not get Matt Millin while your at it. I rather be a Cardinals fan, I can do better than this guy.

    Really Ross?
    Carl Peterson?
    C’mon man!

  39. bradshawlives says: Oct 20, 2011 10:34 AM

    There’s a typo in the headline. It should read:
    “Rumors persist that Carl Peterson will be ruining the Dolphins”.

  40. capslockkey says: Oct 20, 2011 10:51 AM

    Carl Peterson is a great marketing guy. He’ll get that stadium filled up. Don’t expect many playoff wins or drafts that are worth a crap though. The guy had 20 years in KC to build a winner and failed.

  41. capslockkey says: Oct 20, 2011 10:53 AM

    He’s got a knack for choosing good coaches

    Herm Edwards and Gunther Cunningham were good coaches? I’d say the guy is 50/50 at best at choosing coaches.

  42. Single Filament says: Oct 20, 2011 11:18 AM

    Screw Ross. I cannot root for this team anymore with him in charge.

    I thought 2004 & then 2007 were the low points in Dolphin history. We ain’t seen nothing yet.

    ROSS OUT!!

  43. chiefdt58 says: Oct 20, 2011 12:37 PM

    my sympathies go out to the Dolphins and all of their fans…

  44. tatatoothy says: Oct 20, 2011 12:39 PM

    I hear Tom Donahoe isn’t too busy these days, ever since his 4 years of “rebuilding” the Bills in the early 00′s. He’s a great team president and GM. Pick him!

  45. bwisnasky says: Oct 20, 2011 1:08 PM

    “Rumors Persist that Carl Peterson will be RUINING Dolphins”…..

    there, fixed it for ya…

  46. mumakata says: Oct 20, 2011 3:39 PM

    ampats says: Oct 20, 2011 10:05 AM

    If this comes true, looks like the only competition the Patriots will have for the next 5 years will come from the only team that actually plays in NY.

    Carl Peterson has won as many Super Bowls as the other team in the AFC East from NJ has in the past 42 years!

    As I said yesterday, it must suck to be a Fins fan.

    =========================

    Hey armpits, you root for a team that cheated it’s way to championships, a team that is regressing as we speak. What bandwagon are you going to jump on when they start to suck?

    I hear the lions are looking for new bandwagon fans.

  47. dolphincritic says: Oct 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    I don’t have a problem with Carl Peterson being the man leading the Dolphins! Mr. Peterson has lots of experience, which means he has had the opportunity to make his football mistakes earlier in life. He turned the Chiefs around, even though he was about 50-50 on player personnel decisions. Peterson will have to do a better job than Bill Parcels or Steven Ross.

    Rumors say that Bill Cowher is on the way! I hope that someone changes the player personnel staff too! Meanwhile back to reality. The Dolphins are 0-5 and we are celebrating the opposing team’s QB! Whatever happened to the Dolphins? Carl! Please fix this mess! Bring in a Dick Vermeil/Bill Cowher/Knute Rockne!

    Damn! I just got a text that said the Denver game will be on TV! I gave away my tickets and was hoping to see a powerhouse team or two on Sunday! GO DOLPHINS!

  48. wannstache says: Oct 20, 2011 6:27 PM

    Peterson has been advising Ross since day one, including ebcouraging the Harbaugh fiasco. He and Ross are idiots when it comes to operating an NFL franchise, and unless Ross gets a better adviser, things will only get worse. While Cowher may be friendly with Peterson, I still doubt he would come here. He is looking to work for another stable organization, and this is far from it. What do you think Cowher’s good friend Marty Shottenheimer has told him about Peterson? Nothing good I bet. No, we’ll probably end up with Herm Edwards.

  49. agelardi says: Oct 21, 2011 12:30 PM

    We’re just going from bad to worse to worst. Marketing isn’t going to fill up the stadium, wins will. At this point, I’d rather have the celebrity owners run the franchise than Ross.

  50. cantonbound13 says: Oct 22, 2011 11:48 AM

    No! No! No! Please not Carl Peterson!!!
    What is wrong with Ross? He consults with Parcells, Ireland, Mangini & Peterson???
    These are 4 of the biggest failures the NFL has seen in the past 10 years. Next we’re going to find out he has been getting advice from Matt Millen & Herm Edwards.
    STOP THE INSANITY!!!!

  51. cantonbound13 says: Oct 22, 2011 11:57 AM

    Guaranteed future PFT Headline:
    Luck refuses to sign with Dolphins after Peterson named GM.

  52. cantonbound13 says: Oct 22, 2011 3:58 PM

    When will the Dolphins organization learn? You don’t go after the big name former coach that has been out of the league. No coach in the history of the NFL has won a superbowl with 2 different teams. These coaches have it easy working on tv, making great money, then they realize when they get back to coaching how difficult it is and end up burning out & quitting.
    First Jimmy Johnson was brought here, he burned out & left his incompitent friends in Wannesteadt to ruin the franchise.
    Parcells had no clue on what he was doing & left his moronic friends here in Ireland & Sporano.
    When is this organization going to learn?

  53. tomtravis76 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:53 PM

    Cowher is a great coach, but Miami is not the right spot for him. Now , the Giants are a team and franchise that would be a good fit for Cowher.

    The Dolphins should hire Rob Ryan. It makes a splash with a guy who is hungry and won’t demad too much power. The family tree suggests he will make a fine HC.

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