A pipe dream shared by the majority of Miami Dolphins fans out there is the idea that former New York Jets head coach and known defensive genius Rex Ryan would come to the Dolphins and turn the defense into the greatest unit in the NFL. However, a problem with that is the fact that Ryan has said on numerous occasions that he would not come and coach someone else's defense, and that if he didn't get a head coaching job somewhere, he would turn to television.
Despite this fact however, a report soon came out via Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post that the Miami Dolphins organization had actually offered Ryan a multi-year contract worth eight million dollars to become the team's defensive coordinator, even while current coordinator Kevin Coyle is still under contract with the team.
Of course, this got many fans excited, but then in direct opposition of Fortenbaugh's report, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald came out and said that he had spoken with a high-ranking official within the organization and he had said the Dolphins never even contacted Ryan or his representatives. This was further fortified by Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.
Fortenbaugh defended his position on Twitter, stating that the team is merely denying the contract offer because it would make them look bad if it was revealed they did offer Ryan a contract while Coyle was still with the team. The idea itself is true, it would look bad if Ryan was offered a contract while Coyle still holds the position, just as it made the organization look bad when they went after Jim Harbaugh to take the head coaching position while Tony Sparano still held it years ago.
Whether the report is true or not, it doesn't look good for the Dolphins no matter what. If the report is true, then the Dolphins are once again making the same mistakes they did years ago, which speaks poorly of the structure of the organization. If the report is false, then it shows that some unknown party is likely using the team as a means of gaining leverage just as many other individuals have done in the very recent past.
It's likely that more information will soon be coming out about this matter, and we'll be watching the situation carefully to see where the truth lies.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater