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Cameron’s Job In Jeopardy?

                   Miami Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron

As the speculation grows about Miami Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron’s future, as would be expected, team owner H. Wayne Huizenga is keeping silent – at least for now.  Here’s what we know thus far at Dolphins Gab: as of this writing, no decision has been made on Cameron’s future with the club. 

That is probably because the team wants to wait until the season is over to review his overall body of work.  There are some caveats to all of this, however.  Huizenga likes Cameron, wants some stability and doesn’t want to make change for change’s sake.  But at the same time, Huizenga is real bummed about this season (heck, wouldn’t you be if your team is 0-12?) and wants to see signs of progress.  It would be speculative to say that Cameron’s good as gone should Miami finish 0-16, but as one of Huizenga’s cronies said recently, ”How can you go 0-16 and not be in trouble?”

Yet another Huizenga associate says that even one win would not guarantee Cameron’s return in 2008.  Yet another factor comes into play:  are there coaching options available on the horizon in 2008?  Once upon a time, former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher stated that he will spend at least 1 more year away from pro football and the Dolphins appear to believe that.  The thing there is that there are other teams who want Cowher, as well.  so who’s to say that Cowher wouldn’t return to coaching in 2008, whether it is with the Dolphins or some other club?

Another factor here: some of the players on the Dolphins take issue with the way Cameron runs his team; a good example is how Cameron preaches on how to be a winning team, yet during his coaching tenure at Indiana University and with Miami, his combined win-loss record is – get this – 18-49.  Another thing to consider: no matter what Huizenga decides to do, finances will not figure into the final decision (H. Wayne isn’t afraid to spend the buck).  Along with Cameron’s contract (3 years left at $2.5 million per season), the futures of some of the other coaches probably figure into what happens to Cameron; the coaches in question are: offensive line coach Hudson Houck (contract runs out in 2008), defensive coordinator Dom Capers and special teams coach Keith Armstrong; Capers and Armstrong both have 2 years left on their deals.

And last, but certainly not least, Huizenga plans to speak to several people around the league to solicit input on how to fix his ailing franchise.  As long as he doesn’t ask Charlie Casserly, he should be OK.  In the grand scheme of things, this decision is too tough to call, especially with everything factored in.  But I would bet this situation gains clarity right after Week 16 or so.

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