This is the craziest spin yet. That 7-9 would be some extraordinary achievement and way beyond even our wildest expectations. With our schedule and no major injuries in a division with 2 other terrible teams... It was going to be a real challenge for us to have a really bad year. Rookie QB and new coaching staff are valid excuses for struggles, but there was also a lot of continuity on this team. Ireland is supposed to have some master plan here that at some point might even include improvement and success. If your mind is blown by 7-9, you have outrageously low expectations.
Success is actually pretty obvious. People here try so hard to spin situations and create contexts that somehow find minor successes in failure, but that's an illusion. When we're successful, we'll all know. It's not ****ing reading tea leaves.
MIAMI just went away from "PARCELLSBALL", and into the 21st Century NFL. It required massive change. MIAMI put in 2 completely new "systems": a "4-3" D replacing the previous "3-4"; and a WCO and "zone blocking" replacing whatever you call PARCELLS' system. You would expect MIAMI to be even worse!!! But the team already has 5 wins, and except for a couple bounces and some unexplainable erratic play from a very solid FG Kicker, MIAMI could be 8-5 w/an outside shot at 9-4. It's better than we had a right to expect, and a testament to just how good MANY of MIAMI's players really are.
And now, all of a sudden, we have a LOT of "cap" space. And a lot of Draft Picks. And a GM that isn't under the thumb of his Mentor (PARCELLS) and the Mentor's outdated brand of football. And a Coaching Staff that belongs in the modern NFL, and not the NFL of yesteryear. And a team that needs some more talented players, but not--repeat NOT--that MANY more. I myself am encouraged, more than I've been in a very long time. What if, for example, we had a C AVRIL to play opposite WAKE? And what if we had a certain deep threat WR presently playing in PITTSBURGH? And what if we landed a certain very solid F/A G? And what if we keep our own F/As? And what if we just continue to follow Coach PHILBIN's approach, and keep trying to develop OUR OWN players as well?
Well, guess what, fellow DOLFANS? MIAMI can do ALL OF THAT...and perhaps more. And that's w/o even talking about the Draft, and the possibility of landing a top CB or two, or a certain unholy terror of a MLB from Notre Dame, plus a couple more contributors. I can't even REMEMBER when MIAMI was in a position to do as much. So, to all those who say that the glass is half-empty (or worse), I say no, it's half full...and there's a lot more Chateau Neuf De Pape '54 to pour into it!
All those in favor, say "aye"; all opposed, kiss my ever-lovin' a**.
In the words of Harold Lauder "Every dog has his day...."
I have enjoyed 2 Super Bowls XVII and XIX, 20 playoff appearances, 7 AFC East Championships, and 2 AFC Championships.
I just want us to win and be the franchise we once was. I miss it. I love the Dolphins like my own kids and I want to be proud of them one day again but, right now I just want us to be better and that's all I ask. Thanks Pasquale.
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