If the Dolphins were playing this weekend, they would have held practice at their Davie, Florida facility on Thursday.
There’s no playoff game in their future, though, and the field was used as a landing pad for owner Stephen Ross’ helicopter instead. Ross arrived in town for what Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald called a “fact-finding mission” and left Thursday evening via the same chopper.
There were no announcements of changes to the Dolphins coaching staff or front office and, according to Beasley, Ross did not fire anyone during the meetings. Speculation about the likeliest changes in Miami has centered on General Manager Jeff Ireland and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman with coach Joe Philbin thought to be safe.
Per Beasley, Philbin’s contract gives him final say in all coaching decisions. That could make firing Sherman more of a fight than it would under other circumstances and could shift focus for the team’s failings to the personnel, although everything remains speculative until something definitive comes out of Dolphins camp.