Hard to put fans in the stands when we don't have a lot of fans to begin with. Winning "creates" fans but that doesn't mean that they're "fans" like those of us posting here on this board.
That stadium sucks to begin with. That's not a football stadium. Miami v. Florida State is a huge game every season. Stadium is packed. Tons of Hurricane fans. Tons of Seminole fans. And it won't matter if both teams are in the top five. That stadium won't provide either team with a home field advantage because it's not designed to. First row of seats is forever away from the sidelines. There's a disconnect between player and fan. At the old Orange Bowl, we could reach out at slap opposing players if we wanted to.
The Orange Bowl was a true home field advantage. Not a day goes by that I don't think about that stadium. You guys missed out if you never got to see the Dolphins in that stadium....back when football was great.
As for other teams with losing records who fill their seats, what the **** are you going to do in Buffalo other than hang yourself? It's cold as **** there damn near all year. Girls in Buffalo don't own bikinis. People in Buffalo go to Canada of all places because Buffalo sucks. Imagine that your city sucks so bad that you're willing to go to Canada to get away lol. The Bills offer some kind of entertainment and escape. Any other time you're stuck inside trying to stay warm because there's 17 feet of snow on the ground. The Bills get you out of the house from time to time.
Completely agree on the BORING part. Since Danny boy left (and towards the end of his career anyways) Miami football has been tailored to run first and play good defense. It has been reflected in our coaching decisions and personnel. The modern average NFL fan doesn't want to watch for three hours as the offenses have three and outs and the running back goes for 3.5 yards a carry. Few teams can make that brand of football exciting. The defense has to be completely dominant and FORCE TURNOVERS ala Ravens, Bears, etc.
We are reflective of our society that is enamored with stimulation and instant results. We want fantasy football numbers, turnovers, touchdowns, trash talking, drama, big trades etc. Realize when I say "we" I'm talking as a general fan base and I would most here at finheaven just want to see a W in the win column. It is amazing to me with attendance falling for so long that Miami hasn't put forth more effort for a first round QB the last decade. The team needs superstars and if Tannehill can become that while yielding an exciting brand of vertical football then Miami may find the attendance creeping back up. This team has stars but not ones the city of Miami will embrace ie. Long, Starks, Soliai, Wake. This is why we will see Reggie back next year even if his play is mediocre. Ross realizes marketability is just as important as wins. I realize our secondary and pass rush has holes but speed and firepower on offense may be more priority in the draft to get the franchise back on track.
Someone up front needs to figure out how to win and win quick. Teams are flipping their fortunes in this league in a hurry. Rules are changing and some franchises are adapting, some are struggling to make transitions.
The NFL is big business. Time to get with the program. If not we may not be worrying about the team moving. The Dolphins might make the switch to Arena Football.
Piss on that.
We are always grateful for donations and we appreciate it from you. If I want to support the Dolphins, I will buy tickets, buy merchandise, things that send money directly to the organization. I am not going to randomly pick a person in Miami and offer to buy them tickets to the game. That isn't a donation, that is a handout.