Tannenbaum defends decision to keep nine coaches

AP

The Miami Dolphins fired coach Joe Philbin in October. In January, the Dolphins decided to keep nine members of Philbin’s former staff.

On Tuesday, Dolphins executive V.P. of football operations Mike Tannenbaum explained the retention of so many coaches for Adam Gase’s staff.

“The coaching staff in particular reports to Adam and certainly [G.M.] Chris [Grier] and I made some suggestions, but they [all] went through and were vetted through a pretty rigorous process,” Tannenbaum said, via Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald. “They wouldn’t be on our staff if Adam didn’t feel good about them.”

Grier separately defended the decision. “They’re good coaches and good people and obviously Adam did his background on them and stuff and feels comfortable with them,” Grier said. “It’s good to have a little bit of continuity. They’ll help them in the transition.”

“He’s a very authentic person,” Tannenbaum said of Gase. “And to go back to the previous question, nine coaches staying, it would be easy to come in and say, ‘Hey, this team was 6-10, they’re all gone.’ I thought he was very methodical. I thought he was very fair, very critical, and I think we got a great result.”

On one hand, the move can be viewed as more evidence that Gase won’t have the same juice that other coaches enjoy, since he wasn’t able to come in and clean house and hire his own guys. On the other hand, the development can be viewed as further evidence that Gase is different from the typical megalomaniac coach, willing to work with anyone and everyone and not determined to do it his way simply in order to say, “I’m doing it my way.”

11 responses to “Tannenbaum defends decision to keep nine coaches

  1. Well….No matter how this is viewed, the bottom line is in the win and loss column.They better have a winning season or the landscape will look a lot different a year from now.

  2. Tannenbaum is a moron. Forcing old coaches on a new staff doesn’t generally work. Hickey had a nice first year for the fins, leave it to Ross to hire Tannenbaum to force out Hickey of his role, destroy all progress, then set back the dolphins. Hurt the Jets for a couple seasons and will do nothing for Miami.

  3. Maybe the coaches Gase kept were actually good coaches being led by a moron. They couldn’t really coach the way they wanted because Philbin was in charge and telling them to take it easy on the guys and not push them to hard. As long as we got a new DC and a new play caller we should be alright. Ultimately that, and the fact we didn’t have a Oline, killed our season last year.

  4. edelmanfanclub says:
    Jan 27, 2016 9:34 AM
    Tannenbaum is a moron. Forcing old coaches on a new staff doesn’t generally work. Hickey had a nice first year for the fins, leave it to Ross to hire Tannenbaum to force out Hickey of his role, destroy all progress, then set back the dolphins. Hurt the Jets for a couple seasons and will do nothing for Miami.
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    Seems I remember his jets team going to the AFC title game twice, once after beating the patriots in a divisional playoff game. Otherwise, it remains to be seen what he does with the Fins.

  5. You, people & your comments! If you can’t read, don’t make a comment? We kept coach’s like Rizzi (SPT), Lou (back to DB”s), & the under staff of the who are trainers, weight room, & such! In other words, the best of the previous staff! All of the important coaching staff is NEW!!! Also, just to let you know. It’s a rarity that every coach is fired when a new staff comes in with the new HC. Theirs always one or more of the former staff stays. Because they were really good at their job! Are team kept Rizzi, because he’s one of the best special teams coaches in the entire N.F.L. league! That’s way he stayed! Lou A. is another top coach with DB’s, & that’s why he stayed too!! (Razor58)

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