I know us Dolphans are upset over the last few years. We have squandered some Millions in free agent signings, trades and draft picks. Some of that is to blame on Bill Parcells, some Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano. The VP and GM just draft the players, its up to the coaches to properly coach them up to be NFL players. Tony Sparano and his staff failed to do this. You see so many ex-dolphin draft picks finding success on other teams. Any ways, it was Bill Parcells who picked Sparano to be his puppet. Jeff Ireland just got caught along for the ride. It wasnt failed picking of players, it was failed coaching of players. Tony Sparano and Dan Henning effectivly ruined Chad Henne, who given the right coach could be a successful QB in this league. I dont think he will ever be the same player because of them.
It is now time to wipe the slate clean. New year, new regime. Jeff Ireland finally got his chance to bring in HIS coach. Not someone he knew from a past position, but someone to work with him to rebuild this franchise into the shinning star it once was when Don Shula was coach. You are seeing a fresh, talented draft class 100% better than any of the other past 4 seasons. This is because Joe Philbin is not only good at recognizing talent and character, but put together a crack staff that can properly coach the talent that is drafted into solid NFL players. This is the difference between average teams and perinnial playoff team studs like New England, Green Bay, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. People think these teams are just good at drafting good players. But the truth is yes, they do draft well, but they coach the players they draft even better. That is the key to being a successful drafting team, and why you see teams like Oakland, Cleveland, Kansas City and Jacksonville fail at drafting players (and Miami in the last few years sadly) they dont follow up on putting their players in the best position to win.
Be patient with this team. We traded away Marshall and Davis in the offseason because Philbin knew, even with them we werent going to be a superbowl contending team with a rookie qb starting (yes I believe Tannehill starting day 1 was the plan all along). Yes, he knew that with them we probally could have gotten a wild-card, maybe even sneaked off a #4 sead division title. But be honest, even those situations arent reasonable and even if they are do you think we could beat Denver in the second round the playoffs, and then if we do then beat Houston on the road in the Championship game? probally not. Meanwhile Marshall is a year later and a headcase, Vontae is on the bench cause he cant cover.
Anyways the point is, we went into rebuilding mode. We have a very promising Qb with a very high ceiling and lots of young talent. We have a bunch of cap space next season and 5 picks in the first 3 rounds. Our team has a bright bright future and all of you should be excited and PROUD to be dolphans. All of you who think this team is garbage and have negative attitudes can just leave. Cause Im going to be enjoying this team when we are dominating the league in a couple years. The NFL Franchise isnt about year to year success, its about long term success and superbowl wins. Joe Philbin and his staff put us in a position to sustain this.
Give this team some time. Have some patience. Look past this year and the next. Dont worry, the world isnt ending Dec. 21, 25, Jan 1 or anytime soon. We are on the right track. Damn it feels good to be a dolphan...