Roster improvements but worse performance. You know what I think we're seeing here? Amongst individual failures or lack of ability, I think we might be seeing the result of a bad leadership/management implementation, resulting in a lack of clear leadership, resulting in an unclear, unfocused, incapable team. Remember when everyone said Ross should clean house, and he didn't? Then remember when he had a new GM attached to his HC put himself, an out of town owner, at the top of the tree? And then remember when he brought in Tannenbaum and added him into the mix with still further lack of clarity? Answer the following questions - Who's in charge of this team? Who is it who sets vision? Who's driving? Those are questions I can't answer, and I'm beginning to think more and more that the team performance is a picture of the leadership situation. Which is what is supposed to happen. If this is the case, then here is exactly what needs to happen (assuming Ross doesn't throw the towel in and sell) - he needs to pick one person from this organisation and put them in charge with the ability to hire and fire whoever. I like Hickey but I don't think he can lead the whole team in terms of choosing a HC, I'm not sure about Tannenbaum (I'm leaning negative), I have major doubts about Philbin, I'm not sure about Lazor. So either Ross cleans house completely, or he picks one guy, but either way the Dolphins need a leader, one person in charge. Whatever else happens, that needs to happen first before anything else. Has that been the plan for Christmas tree? Will this be the year he takes over? I personally don't want it, but I get the feeling that's the plan. But if Ross continues this idea of team leadership by confused and competing committee, he, and we, better get used to what we're seeing this season.