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Big O Show: Dolphins GM Grier Gets A Pass, Tannenbaum Doesn't

Alex Donno
February 26, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Are you looking for someone to blame for the Miami Dolphins' poor decisions on personnel over the years?

If you ask Orlando "The Big O" Alzugaray, you should not be using general manager Chris Grier as the scapegoat. 

Sure, Grier has been working in the Dolphins scouting department for over a decade. He worked as the team's director of college scouting from '07 to 2015 before being promoted in 2016. But he's always answered to someone. From Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland, Dennis Hickey to Mike Tannenbaum (with Adam Gase in the personnel mix as well), Grier hasn't had final say on the roster. To Big O, it's lazy for fans to try and put every mistake on Grier. 

"I'm not telling you that if you give Chris Grier total control, the Dolphins eventually will be in the Super Bowl. All I'm saying is I'd like to judge him when I know he's making all the decisions," said Big O.

"If Chris Grier isn't given the full power to do the job, you can't judge him. It's not Chris Grier that wanted Jay Cutler. It's not Grier that wanted Julius Thomas or signed Ndamukong Suh. It's not Chris Grier that traded for Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell. I could just go on and on and on. How am I going to take a shot at Chris Grier when the man doesn't have the power. Give him the power. Then, if he fails, I'm with you. But until then, I'm not judging him. He gets a total pass."

Grier gets a pass from Big O. But there's someone who doesn't....

"The guy that doesn't get a pass is (Mike) Tannenbaum, because he gets final say. Give Chris Grier final say and he doesn't get a pass from me."

"The guy at the top is the one who has to decipher everything and decide what direction the franchise is going in. If you blame Chris Grier, you've got no proof. You're just being lazy and throwing darts at the wall."

"You're just pulling it out of your ass," added Big O. 

You can listen to the podcast here, and decide who's really to blame.