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    (Andy Cohen In the Morning – AC in the AM – will appear on Dolphins.com every Monday through Friday through training camp and the regular season. The columns will be posted at 6 a.m. You can also follow AC in the AM by twitter at @acohenfins).

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    Mike Tannenbaum sits in his second floor office at Dolphins training camp and he seems so comfortable, so at ease with everything that is happening around him. This is his second season running the football operation. His fingerprints are all over this team, from the head coach, to a promising draft class to all those other offseason moves.

    Why the comfort? Because Tannenbaum now sees many of the pieces in place – not all the pieces, but many of them -- and because he relishes his working relationship with Coach Adam Gase and General Manager Chris Grier and because, well it’s the first day of August and he’s gets to spend each morning watching the fruits of his labor unfold on the practice field only a few hundred yards from where he is sitting.

    “Ready to roll,” he says with a warm smile. “I feel good about where we’re heading. We have to have a good training camp. That’s the first step.”

    Tannenbaum leans back in his chair and thinks about what a busy offseason it was. “Strategic,” he said. “That’s the best word to sum it up. We had a good plan. We executed that plan.”

    Nothing was more important than finding the right head coach and, even at this early date, Tannenbaum talks with certainty about Adam Gase, going as far as calling the impact he will have on this team as “incalculable.” Then he told a story that says much about Gase’s internal make-up.

    “There was a player that had a bump in the road with Adam and rubbed him the wrong way,” Tannenbaum said. “He was doing some things that might have been construed as inappropriate. I asked Adam how he handled it.

    "Adam said to me: 'As much as I wanted to scream at him, I didn’t feel that was the best way to get the most out of him. So I approached him in a way to get the response we needed, but to still keep the player engaged and get his performance maximized.' There was such genius to that. It was subtle, but effective. He has such a high IQ when it comes to things like that.”

    Then there was the fortuitous availability of offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil in the first round of the draft and even today Tannenbaum still vividly remembers the look of disbelief on everyone’s faces in that room.

    “Of course, there was some luck,” Tannenbaum says. “But it also comes down to attention to detail. We were sitting there on a snowy, 30-degree night in Indianapolis, staying in a small hotel and wanting to get out there. We had a list of guys we still had to meet with and Tunsil was on that list. We rolled our eyes for a minute, figuring he would never fall to us.

    “But we did the interview and we completed a total work-up on Tunsil and, as he kept falling, we were so glad we did our homework. He’ll be a Dolphin for a long time.”

    What you need to understand about the new structure of the Dolphins’ football operation is that Tannenbaum may have the loftiest title, but it is combining his skills with Gase and Grier that really makes it work. They meet every day. Sometimes two or three times a day. They don’t always agree, but they usually leave each meeting on the same page, or very close to it. This trust and mutual respect is so refreshing to see, so important to see.

    Asked to define his relationship with Gase and Grier, Tannenbaum responds: “Authentic.” And that really tells you everything you need to know.

    As comfortable as Tannenbaum feels, he knows there is much more work ahead of him. He is proud of the pre-training camp signing of Arian Foster and figures there may very well be “one or two” more significant additions as the summer unfolds.

    “It’s a continuous process,” he says. “Unexpected opportunities always present themselves. We’ll be prepared.”

    For a moment, Tannenbaum lets his mind wander. He knows all about expectations, all about the tradition of this franchise. He sees it when he walks into the building each day. In some ways, he even feels the presence of those Super Bowls and The Undefeated Team.

    “An incredible standard has been set here,” he says. “I’m energized by it. We have been given every resource to be successful here. If we fall short, which I don’t expect us to do, then it’s on us.”

    Which led me to the question that I’m sure you wanted me to ask: Will the Dolphins get back to the Super Bowl on his watch?

    Tannenbaum didn’t hesitate. “We will,” he said, “or we’ll die trying.”

    And with that, Tannenbaum was off to another meeting, his goals well-defined, his commitment beyond reproach and a very telling summer now hitting full stride.
    While it takes two to have an argument, it only takes one to walk away.

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    “I feel good about where we’re heading. We have to have a good training camp. That’s the first step.”
    Agree with that - where we're heading - we're not there yet though. Proly another good off-season and we should be set as a playoff team.

    “There was a player that had a bump in the road with Adam and rubbed him the wrong way,” Tannenbaum said. “He was doing some things that might have been construed as inappropriate. I asked Adam how he handled it.

    "Adam said to me: 'As much as I wanted to scream at him, I didn’t feel that was the best way to get the most out of him. So I approached him in a way to get the response we needed, but to still keep the player engaged and get his performance maximized.' There was such genius to that. It was subtle, but effective. He has such a high IQ when it comes to things like that.”
    Wondering is that player was Chris McCain...

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    • #3
      "Wondering is that player was Chris McCain.."

      LOL, that's the first thing I thought too. I like McCain so I hope he gets his shit together.
      While it takes two to have an argument, it only takes one to walk away.

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      • cuchulainn
        cuchulainn commented
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        Agreed... so far he's never done anything but flash in camp and talk shit. Hoping Gase and Joseph cut the dead weight and light a fire under the others.

    • #4
      So let's see here. A coach who preaches changing the schemes on both sides of the ball to take advantage of our players strengths and the opponents weaknesses. And a coach who actually communicates with his players in a way to get their buy in and not lose their respect so that the player corrects an issue, but doesn't hate said coach and organization for pointing out a flaw that needs correcting. This is something we've needed for a long time, and the only way to manage today's young players who feel entitled and who have no idea what the real world is like if they weren't a professional athlete. Not all, but most. I like Gase. I think he is ready to be a head coach, and he's ready to turn this franchise around although some patience will be required. I expect to see an improved product on the field this season, and a playoff team in the next 3 years or less (potentially this season if the chips fall into place and we avoid injuries to our major contributors).

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      • Alpha
        Alpha commented
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        Agreed 100%.

    • #5
      Originally posted by Idahomer View Post
      So let's see here. A coach who preaches changing the schemes on both sides of the ball to take advantage of our players strengths and the opponents weaknesses. And a coach who actually communicates with his players in a way to get their buy in and not lose their respect so that the player corrects an issue, but doesn't hate said coach and organization for pointing out a flaw that needs correcting. This is something we've needed for a long time, and the only way to manage today's young players who feel entitled and who have no idea what the real world is like if they weren't a professional athlete. Not all, but most. I like Gase. I think he is ready to be a head coach, and he's ready to turn this franchise around although some patience will be required. I expect to see an improved product on the field this season, and a playoff team in the next 3 years or less (potentially this season if the chips fall into place and we avoid injuries to our major contributors).
      Philbin talked the talk, but was clueless on carrying thru... Gase is handling everything with authority and decisiveness so far.

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      • #6
        Originally posted by cuchulainn View Post

        Philbin talked the talk, but was clueless on carrying thru... Gase is handling everything with authority and decisiveness so far.
        Philbin might've tried to talk the talk, but once he dropped his stack of index cue-cards it just came out a mumbled mess..Might as well of been speaking Greek!

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        • #7
          I believe Tannenbaum is nothing more than Philbin promoted to EVP. He helped drive he Jets to be the crappy team that they are now, along with Rex Ryan. Only time will tell if this team is better or worse than last year's team, one of the worst teams in recent Dolphin history, and Tennenbaum was happy with that team too. Tennenbaum has never impressed me much with the "football" decisions he has made, and appears only to be a "yes man" to Ross, who knows even less than Tennenbaum.

          I hope that I am wrong, and the Dolphins make it to the playoffs because of Tannehill and the other talent that is on the front line team, but the last 10 (or more) years has made me skeptical with the management that they have. Hopefully, I will be proven wrong in the near future.....

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          • #8
            Originally posted by Tarpon Guide View Post
            I believe Tannenbaum is nothing more than Philbin promoted to EVP. He helped drive he Jets to be the crappy team that they are now, along with Rex Ryan. Only time will tell if this team is better or worse than last year's team, one of the worst teams in recent Dolphin history, and Tennenbaum was happy with that team too. Tennenbaum has never impressed me much with the "football" decisions he has made, and appears only to be a "yes man" to Ross, who knows even less than Tennenbaum.

            I hope that I am wrong, and the Dolphins make it to the playoffs because of Tannehill and the other talent that is on the front line team, but the last 10 (or more) years has made me skeptical with the management that they have. Hopefully, I will be proven wrong in the near future.....
            No idea where you formed that opinion... Tbaum stripped Philbin of the power he had prior to taking over and completely cut him out of roster decisions last season and Ross gave him the ability to fire Philbin and his staff. He's also been bringing in players that Philbin wouldn't have went within 100 yards of. He's done a good job of undoing the harm Philbin wreaked IMO.

            If you don't like the job he did with the jets, that's understandable, but he did more for them than our anyone we've had since JJ and helped build them into a team that twice reached the AFCC, something only the pats have done in the East the past 15-20 years...

            He's hired his own HC now and is still over-hauling the roster. Let's see how this season plays out....

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            • Tarpon Guide
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              Only time will tell...

          • #9
            Originally posted by cuchulainn View Post

            No idea where you formed that opinion... Tbaum stripped Philbin of the power he had prior to taking over and completely cut him out of roster decisions last season and Ross gave him the ability to fire Philbin and his staff. He's also been bringing in players that Philbin wouldn't have went within 100 yards of. He's done a good job of undoing the harm Philbin wreaked IMO.

            If you don't like the job he did with the jets, that's understandable, but he did more for them than our anyone we've had since JJ and helped build them into a team that twice reached the AFCC, something only the pats have done in the East the past 15-20 years...

            He's hired his own HC now and is still over-hauling the roster. Let's see how this season plays out....
            I was gonna post nearly the exact same thing..While sometimes i joke (pretty sure it's a joke) that T-Bomb & Ross are closet Jets fans just running our franchise further into the ground, i'm happy that they finally shit-canned (better late than never, i guess!) Average Joe & replaced him with a guy who at least so far looks like he's the antithesis of Ol' Queasy..Initial impression of Gase looks like an Alpha who won't take any shit and is more than comfortable enough to surround himself with other alpha's, leader's and strong, outspoken personalities. The guy (unlike Queasy) looks like he has a sack & looks like he might just be up to the challenge!

            As far as the Jets go, everyone wants to point the finger at Tannenbaum & say he ran them into the ground (I've probably said as much as well)..well, aside from what you've already pointed out, that 'run into the ground' jets team built by Tannenbaum is currently the 2nd best team in our division and were probably only a few plays from unseating the Pats as division champs this past season...Hell, some of us would probably give our left nut to be able to sy that...

            All that being said, i'm still not fully sold on our F.O. (from the owner, to T-Baum down to Aponte & Grier) but they do at least, have my interest piqued...

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            • #10
              Originally posted by Driven_Phinsane! View Post

              I was gonna post nearly the exact same thing..While sometimes i joke (pretty sure it's a joke) that T-Bomb & Ross are closet Jets fans just running our franchise further into the ground, i'm happy that they finally shit-canned (better late than never, i guess!) Average Joe & replaced him with a guy who at least so far looks like he's the antithesis of Ol' Queasy..Initial impression of Gase looks like an Alpha who won't take any shit and is more than comfortable enough to surround himself with other alpha's, leader's and strong, outspoken personalities. The guy (unlike Queasy) looks like he has a sack & looks like he might just be up to the challenge!

              As far as the Jets go, everyone wants to point the finger at Tannenbaum & say he ran them into the ground (I've probably said as much as well)..well, aside from what you've already pointed out, that 'run into the ground' jets team built by Tannenbaum is currently the 2nd best team in our division and were probably only a few plays from unseating the Pats as division champs this past season...Hell, some of us would probably give our left nut to be able to sy that...

              All that being said, i'm still not fully sold on our F.O. (from the owner, to T-Baum down to Aponte & Grier) but they do at least, have my interest piqued...
              Thanks... and I agree with all that. Pains me to say that the jets actually pretty good at one point, even with Butt-fumble at QB, but it was the truth. Hoping Tbaum and Gase can right this ship once and for all.

              We've had exactly 1 winning season in the last decade and that was 8 years ago. Hoping for 9 wins, but at a minimum, to see improvement from all units on the team. Let's give a chance.

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              • #11
                Originally posted by cuchulainn View Post

                No idea where you formed that opinion... Tbaum stripped Philbin of the power he had prior to taking over and completely cut him out of roster decisions last season and Ross gave him the ability to fire Philbin and his staff. He's also been bringing in players that Philbin wouldn't have went within 100 yards of. He's done a good job of undoing the harm Philbin wreaked IMO.

                If you don't like the job he did with the jets, that's understandable, but he did more for them than our anyone we've had since JJ and helped build them into a team that twice reached the AFCC, something only the pats have done in the East the past 15-20 years...

                He's hired his own HC now and is still over-hauling the roster. Let's see how this season plays out....
                After Dallas beat Miami like the proverbial rented mule last night, I hope you can see where I've formed my opinion about the Dolphin's upper management from. Lots of talented people on this team, but they look mediocre at best, and Dallas is just an average team playing with a back up QB. I just can't see where Tbaum has done any undoing of Philbin's damage. They could turnout worse than any of Philbin's teams....... O-line is still poor, D-line still sucks because they really can't get any worse than last year. Tannehill showed some improvement, he's in his 4th year, he should show some improvement. Yes, I know that Gase, the o-coach and the d-coach are new to this team, and may take a while to gel, but they looked pretty pitiful last night, and hope this is not going to turn out like all the other years. The Dolphins seem to be just like the Browns.....

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                • cuchulainn
                  cuchulainn commented
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                  This is pre-season and we still had guys playing positions for the first time in a game. There was noticable improvement on the OL for the starters last night and for the passing game. Running game and defense were the disappointments for me.

              • #12
                Another train wreck year forthcoming. Dak Prescott looked better than any quarterback on our team...since Marino. Mario can't tackle, suh...did he play....Lol, secondary is garbage, o line is horrendous...even special teams was a joke.

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                • Tarpon Guide
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                  The Dolphins seem to be the island of misfit toys.

              • #13
                From what I can see we just keep regressing year after year.

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                • Tarpon Guide
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                  Exactly the way I se it too. The Dolphins could hire Bilichek and still suck.

              • #14
                He LIKED what he saw? Does his office face the beach? Or was he looking at his personal financial statement?

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                • Tarpon Guide
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                  He's laughing all the way to the bank......

              • #15
                What else is he going to say?? Remember. Ross signs his pay check.....The reflection in the mirror isn't always what it seems... Most Con artist never look in one....

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                • Tarpon Guide
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                  He's just a talking head for Ross's crew, nothing more.

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