Seems like not that long ago we got Parcells as our VP of football operations and things were looking up after a dreadful and franchise worst 1-15 record. We had no talent, no reliable coaching staff and once again no Franchise or even capable QB to look forward to seeing for the upcoming season.
Then along comes Parcells & Ireland and they bring in Tony Sparano who people raved was an up and coming coach in this league and that the attitude and mentality of this team was going to do a complete 180. They got rid of a lot of meaningless players and coaches and did what any successful team rebuilding did, which was building for the future through the draft.
We go out and draft Long as our # 1 pick and Franchise LT, We draft Chad Henne who a lot of people thought would be a terrific NFL QB along with some other solid picks (not including the Pat White disaster) and Chad Pennington falls into our laps after the Jets cut him loose in favor of Favre.
The 2008 Season turned out to be an amazing and completely unexpected year: 11-5 record & AFC East Championship. The Birth of the wild cat. Winning our last 5 games to make the playoffs capped off with one of the best Dolphin/Jet games to end our Magical season.
Since then we have had 7-9, 7-9, & currently 0-6. We have had solid drafts under Sparano & Ireland that brought in guys like Jake Long, Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Dan Carpenter, Koa Misi, Kendall Langford, Mike Pouncey, Brian Hartline, Daniel Thomas, Jared Odrick along with some good free agent pick ups like Karlos Dansby, Cameron Wake, Anthony Fasano etc.
This is a team that has very good talent on both sides of the ball. I am happy with our core of receivers in Marshall, Bess & Hartline. I think Fasano can be overlooked and underrated at times. He is a great blocking TE and has had some big games with us. He has shown to have great hands and is just a tough SOB.
Main problem that we have, that we have ALWAYS had: Quarterback
16 and soon to be 17 different QBs since Dan retired.
That is a joke and a disgrace. Henne in my mind has the potential but along the same lines I think the fact that Sparano has been responsible for his developement has been Henne's downfall.
That is why the next QB they draft must have an entirely different regime to groom him for success, especially playing for the Miami Dolphins where they will always have to be in the Shadow of Dan Marino.
Its ultimately sad for Sparano that he has tried his best to get this team to compete week in and week out but always come out on the losing side. His first 3 years with this team, even the 2 7-9 seasons, they had chances to make the playoffs. It wasn't until the last games of the season that Miami was "Mathematically" out. Whoever the next coach of this team will be is going to inherit a team with quite a bit of talent on it.
Its just sad that 2008 seemed so long ago that things were looking so very promising and now its 2007 all over again. Sorry for such a long post.