If you read my "3-4 Thoughts" thread, you know that I'm an advocate of Stephen Ross cleaning out the front office. Whether it's soon, later, or never, remains to be seen. But, if Stephen Ross does pull the trigger on a house-cleaning, I think zwave21 started a pretty solid thread on potential combinations of candidates to be General Manager and Head Coach. You can find that thread here: http://www.thephins.com/forums/showt...not-a-RE-BUILD He highlights 5 steps that would work for a potential house-cleaning. They are: 1) Fire Jeff Ireland, Joe Philbin, and staff. For fun, let's assume this step has already been done. 2) Identify a General Manager. 3) Hire a Head Coach who has chemistry with the General Manger. 4) Put together an experienced coaching staff. 5) Trim the [roster] fat and add pieces. If you read back through the thread, there are some very interesting names and combinations that were put forth. I think there's one combination that was slightly overlooked, despite several of the names being mentioned. Eric DeCosta was a name mentioned in that post as a possible General Manager candidate. David Shaw was also on the Ravens' staff under Brian Billick, meaning he also was there with DeCosta. I think that might actually be a name worth following closely. Going by his 5 step process, let's assume that Stephen Ross has already fired Jeff Ireland, Joe Philbin, and the coaching staff. That was step 1. ***For the record, I would advocate Miami cleaning house 100%. I don't think you can fire either Jeff Ireland and keep Joe Philbin, or vice-verse, and expect to hire someone who is willing to work with one or the other. I mean, Ross may very well be in the midst of getting burned doing just that having not fired Ireland when he got rid of Tony Sparano; but that's for another thread.*** Step 2, let's assume Stephen Ross hires Eric DeCosta on the premise that he's a young, up-and-coming guy from a team that's had consistent talent, drafts really well, and for the most part is competitive year in and year out. Seems reasonable to me, right? DeCosta is hired and if you're Stephen Ross, you've completed steps 1 and 2. Onto step 3. Step 3 - Hire a head coach who has chemistry with the GM. That brings us back to David Shaw. He, like DeCosta, were both together on the Ravens staff from 2002-05. I think that jives with having at least some form of chemistry, and I could get behind that hiring if DeCosta thinks Shaw agrees philosophically with him. Shaw's ripped off a 29-5 record at Stanford following in the footsteps of Jim Harbaugh. I think it's worth hiring, and for the record, that's probably the one college coach I would consider if I were Stephen Ross. That takes you to step 4. Step 4 - Put together an experienced and disciplined staff. Well, coaches tend to hire guys they're familiar with. And, you're probably going to hire coordinators first off and build your staff out from there. Well, starting on the offensive side, which is Shaw's background area, he cut his teeth in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2001 under Jon Gruden. Shaw was on the offensive staff under then offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. Callahan, who could be a coaching casualty this offseason if Dallas cans its staff, could be a likely connection, and he's got a wealth of experience for Shaw to draw from. Moving onto the defensive side of the ball, we know David Shaw was with the Ravens while Rex Ryan was their coordinating their defense. Rex Ryan was considered by most to be a lame duck heading into this offseason, and if the Jets continue to struggle, the Jets may not bring him back - I believe his contract is up at season's end. That's a logical connection for Shaw, who has employed a 3-4 style of defense at Stanford, much like Rex Ryan runs, and if you've followed some of my posts, I think Miami would do well to bring back the 3-4. AND, as a bonus, Rex Ryan and Bill Callahan were on the Jets staff together from 2008-11, where Callahan was the Jets OL Coach (a very good one at that), and Associate Head Coach. That, to me, is a pretty nice circle of General Manager, Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and Defensive Coordinator. 3 of the 4 - DeCosta, Shaw, and Ryan worked together, and you've had various combinations of Shaw & Callahan and Ryan & Callahan. I think with that, you can put together a pretty sound philosophy that filters from DeCosta and Shaw on down through Callahan and Ryan, where lines of communication are bolstered due to familiarity. There's a lot of experience to be had on both sides of the ball for David Shaw as he can draw from Callahan and Ryan. I think that certainly allows you a more clear vision of the franchise that you can take into Step 5 - trimming the fat. The biggest thing with all of that theory, is that I would hope that DeCosta, Shaw, and Callahan believe that they can work with Ryan Tannehill and put a good staff around him to bring out the maximum ability in Tannehill. I believe that Jeff Ireland registered what is potentially a very big hit with Tannehill, but the staff and supporting cast that's currently surrounding him is handcuffing him. I think it was convenient to have Sherman, Taylor, and even Jim Turner around Tannehill to prep him for his rookie year and get him acclimated to the NFL. I don't think they've really moved along with him in taking that proverbial "next step". However, I believe if you're honest with yourself in watching Ryan Tannehill play, you can see that he can be really, REALLY good. I think a new staff could very well be the thing that helps get him there. Have at it.