Merry Christmas!/Happy Hanukah!/insert holiday celebration here! I hope you and yours are having a very festive holiday celebration. I have been in the holiday mood for over a month, and now that all the presents are wrapped and the stockings are hung, I can finally take a break to reflect on the holidays.
After pouring myself a Makers Mark over rocks and relaxing in my recliner watching the Hawaii/Tulsa scorefest, I am able to reflect on what I actually want for Christmas. I never made a list, although I could fill it up with many, many things. However, I have decided to focus all my attention on my lifelong team/your investment;
My wish for Christmas is for the team that I have been a fan of for 37 years to finally step up and make a return to the glory years of the '70s. Yes, I understand we won the division a few years back, and made the playoffs, but thats not the team I am wanting to take form. I need more from you than that.
First, I am asking you to take some advice from your fan base, many of us who are here on FinHeaven. Athough many of us have some crazy ideas regarding the future of this team, in the end we are all die-hard fans, and we do have the best interest of this team at heart. Trust me, for us to frequent this place day after day after what you have put on the field these last few years, we are the true fans.
First, we would like a real coach. Not a guy who has had several chances already, knows the systems of a half dozen teams and staffs and seems like a good guy. No, we need a guy who is hungry. We need a guy who wants this team to be a direct reflection of himself. We need a Jim Harbaugh. We will accept Bill Cowher. We would tolerate Jon Gruden if he signed a long-term deal. We want a serious coach and staff in here. If you are going to spend the money, buy the best.
Secondly, we would like to improve our draft pick quality. We understand the draft is often a crapshoot. However, given the history of this franchise selections in the past, we really never know where our picks are going come April. I painfully remember passing on Drew Brees to select Jamar Fletcher. I remember passing on Patrick Willis to select Ted Ginn, Jr. I remember not moving back into the first round when a top 5 ranked player (Aaron Rogers) had slid to the bottom of the first round. I remember the Jason Allen selection. I remember the John Avery selection, which I have yet to figure out. It has been a nightmare for the true fans. Lets move up for a franchise Qb. Lets do something that makes sense to the serious football fan.
Third, we want to be more agressive in the Free Agent market. Go after the impact players. Make NE pay to keep Mankins on their team. Make a play for an Owen Daniels/DeAngelo Williams/Sidney Rice/Santonio Holmes/Matt Light/etc etc. Lets get some proven talent in here.
We want to be able to show up to the ballgame and not wonder what crazy kind of crap is going to happen today with our team ( Wildcat/Pistol/Kumba Option Play/etc etc..). We want the other team to know we are about to run the ball, but be unable to stop it. We want the other team to know we are about to throw the ball, and hope they can just hold us to a first down and not the TD. We want to be able to be a factor in every game. We want to be able to realistically be a contender for a title, every season. In the end, we are the lifeblood of this franchise. Give us something to show enthusiasm for.
In return, we will show up to the ballgame with a very supportive attitude. We will buy the season tickets and pay the PSL fees. We will pay $9 for a pretzel and $7 for a cup of beer. We will buy the jerseys, the t-shirts and the foam fingers. We will wear our Dolphins attire. We will spend the money to support our team. We will spread the word about how our owner is an owner who is proud of his team, his fans, and will do whatever it takes to always keep us in the running. Do with us as you please.
This is what we are asking from you as an Owner. Help us help you, Mr Ross. Its a win-win situation, sir.
Thanks, and enjoy your holidays.
Fan since 1973