Jesse Agler caught up with Shula, the NFL’s all-time winningest coach, in New Orleans to get his take on, among other things, the current Dolphins head coach.
“You can’t help but like Joe,” Shula said. “He comes from a good, good background in Green Bay and the way that he’s handled himself and surrounded himself with the best assistants. I’m really pulling for the Dolphins to get back to where they belong, right up on top.
“I’m sure that this regime is going to do a good job of getting them back there.”
Whether the franchise can consistently contend or not will be correlated to some degree with Ryan Tannehill’s development. The modern NFL is wide open, provided that you have that top-end quarterback who can keep a team in the playoff hunt. Shula said that Tannehill has the ability to be that guy.
“I saw enough of him last year to know that he’s capable of throwing the football and being a good quarterback in the future,” said Shula, who attended several Dolphins home games in 2012.
The Dolphins sit in a different position than they did last offseason, looking to add around what appears to be a franchise quarterback, one who can hold down the job for the next decade. A foundation for the new era was set last year, with the arrival of Philbin and Tannehill, and Shula thinks it could pay dividends in the near future.
“I really like the direction that the Dolphins are going,” Shula said. “The coach and the quarterback, defensively, they’re pretty good on that side of the ball – I think it’s just a matter time.”
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