Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is mulling over an extensive shakeup of the front office and coaching staff, according to the Associated Press. Two sources told the AP's Steven Wine that Ross has been meeting with top advisers to determine how the organization will move forward. The meetings began last Sunday and are expected to resume Thursday.
The Dolphins were poised for a playoff berth before collapsing over the final two games of the regular season. They were outscored 39-7 by the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. A win over either team would have sent Miami to the postseason for the first time since 2008.
The AP reports that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman might be the first man on the chopping block. The Dolphins' offense — in the second year of Ryan Tannehill and after acquiring Mike Wallace during the offseason — finished 27th in the NFL in total yardage, and 26th averaging just 19.8 points per game. A revamped offensive line that lost Jake Long to free agency, and Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito during a midseason bullying scandal, gave up a league-high 58 sacks.
General manager Jeff Ireland's job is also considered to be in jeopardy, though the sources indicated that head coach Joe Philbin will likely remain in Miami next season. The Dolphins have improved incrementally over the last three years, going 6-10 in 2011 and 7-9 in 2012 before finishing 8-8 this season. The late collapse coming off a major offseason spending spree appears to have frustrated Ross, however.
Fans aren't particularly happy, either. At Dolphins blog The Phinsider, fans wrote open letters to Ross, detailing problems ranging from a declining stadium atmosphere, to questionable free agency decisions by Ireland, to a lack of rookie development.
Whatever the major culprit of the Dolphins' struggles, it appears the organization may be in for another eventful offseason.