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01-07-2009, 12:06 AM
Peterson’s Miami appearance sparks plenty of talk (http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/968323.html)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. | Carl Peterson’s appearance on the sideline at Dolphin Stadium before Sunday’s playoff game has touched off massive media speculation of the future of Miami Dolphins decision-making.

Peterson, seen wearing a Dolphins pin on his blazer, according to the Miami Herald, was a guest of incoming owner Stephen Ross. The two go back to their Philadelphia Stars days, when Ross owned and Peterson ran the successful USFL team.

The drama centers around current Dolphins executive vice president for football operations Bill Parcells, who in his first season reshaped the Dolphins from a 1-15 team to an 11-5 club that won the AFC East.

Ross will take over the team from Wayne Huizenga, and Parcells has a clause in his contract that will allow him to walk away from the final three years of his contract with $12 million if Huizenga sells. Miami officials have said they believe Parcells is staying, but is the Dolphins’ front office big enough for both?

Peterson called talk of joining the Dolphins “pure speculation” at his farewell news conference Tuesday.

Job titles, personnel decisions, egos could all be on the line in this NFL drama.

Ravens’ Big 12 ties

A couple of former Big 12 standouts had nice games for the Ravens, with wide receiver Mark Clayton (Oklahoma) catching a pair of passes, and cornerback Fabian Washington (Nebraska) with an interception.

On a day with much to celebrate, they felt just as good about their teams’ bowl games. The Ravens stayed at Oklahoma’s BCS national championship game headquarters in South Florida, allowing Clayton to hook up with his boys.

“They’re ready,” Clayton said. “This group of guys will do whatever it takes.”

Clayton was part of the Sooners’ previous two trips to the BCS title games, the losses to LSU in 2004 and Southern California in 2005.

“We had great teams, but this year’s team executes (offensively) better than any I’ve ever seen,” Clayton said.

Washington said he didn’t get down on the Cornhuskers when they took a 14-3 deficit to the locker room in the Gator Bowl against Clemson. He knew from playing under Bo Pelini, when he was Nebraska’s defensive coordinator in 2003, about his fix-it ability.

“I didn’t know if we’d win, but I knew the defense was going to play better because of the way he makes adjustments,” Washington said.

How effective were the adjustments? Before this season, Nebraska had lost 23 straight games trailing at halftime. That streak ended with the Baylor victory and twice the Huskers emerged from a halftime with a triumph, including the Gator Bowl victory.