OT: Dale Tallon the New Vice President of Football Operations of the Miami Dolphins


Dale Tallon, in just a few short seasons, built the Chicago Blackhawks into Stanley Cup Champions, and then took over the Florida Panthers and turned them into contenders.

Now that he seems to have rebuilt two franchises from the ground up, he's making his way to a new team looking for his guidance.

Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, announced today the hiring of Dale Tallon, the former GM of the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks. This move came as a result of the Dolphins seventh loss in eight weeks, putting them to 0-7 on the season (bye week included).


In a statement released by the team, Ross said, "We're very happy to bring in someone experienced and proven like Dale Tallon. Although he has never worked in football before, we have full faith that he will make the right moves in rebuilding this franchise through the Draft, Free Agency, and Trades. His involvement in the organization will take effect immediately."

After requesting and receiving permission to speak to Tallon from Panthers owner Cliff Viner, Ross reached out to the former GM and asked him if he would be interested in joining the Dolphins organization.

"I couldn't be happier to join the Dolphins organization. I don't have to move much and they are a world-class organization with a proven history of winning. I am excited to bring winning back to South Florida," Tallon said.

"I basically begged him to come to our organization," Ross said, "especially after that egotistical d-bag Parcells left us in shambles as a result of his crappy decisions, we needed to find a new czar."

Just a day after Tallon began his new gig, he made a splash in the football world, trading for Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky, Jack Skille, and Brian Campbell from the Florida Panthers for a 2nd Round Pick, a 3rd Round Pick (Both in 2012), and Chad Henne (but who really cares?).

Said Tallon, "I really think Campbell can come in here and help us quarterback, help us mentor a young quarterback we'll find in the draft, and a guy like Versteeg can help finish off the plays that some others never seemed to be able to do (*caugh* Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne). We're trying to create a new culture around here. Even guys like Kopecky and Skille give us the depth at positions we sorely need. It doesn't matter if we get hampered by injuries, we need other guys to step in and we can't miss a beat. WeSeeFins."

Some are criticizing Tallon, saying that he is just taking resources from his previous jobs and bringing them in to the Dolphins organization. Some are even calling them the Miami FinHawks (HA, Get it?).

In any case, Tallon is looking to bring the Dolphins back to the playoffs and back to the Superbowl, which they haven't had the opportunity to play in for decades.

"I've got to take care of years of mismanagement, and it'll take time. But it'll be done and we're going to get this thing turned around."

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