Being a Dolphins fan has become rather interesting… and never more so than this last season. Being a fan of a team so sucktastic lent a certain objectivity to watching everyone else play.
Of course, there was the faint glimmer of optimism at the beginning of the season, but the ever-faithful ‘Phins quickly stomped on that, like a bug at a picnic, and lent me cruel, hard detachment.
So… the ‘Phins hired Tony Sparano, a talented assistant Head Coach from a successful program. But isn’t this exactly where Miami where a year ago?
Cam Cameron came across from San Diego, and was going to be the guy who led the Dolphins back from relative obscurity.
Little did fans know that ‘back from obscurity’ would equate to toying with having the perfectly dismal season. Yes, the ‘Phins were in the spotlight again, but for being perhaps the worst team in the history of the NFL, narrowly avoiding a season with no wins – only just eking out a victory against the Baltimore Ravens in overtime on December 16th last year.
Cam Cameron came to Miami with ideas, plans on how to turn the franchise around, hoping to return to the playoffs – where they haven’t been seen since 2001. The Dolphins chewed
him up those plans piece-meal.
Tony Sparano comes to Miami with ideas, plans on how to turn the franchise around, hoping to return to… well, you get the idea.
Part of the problem that Sparano will face will be that he’ll have to break the expectation that they will lose… that they cannot compete. Well, perhaps that’s a little unfair on the ‘Phins… but the complete and utter failure of the last season will reside at the forefront of every players mind.
That get’s tough when you consider that the Miami Dolphins dwell in the same division as New England. It’s gotten so bad that you should almost pencil in two losses (one home, one at Foxboro) at the beginning of the season. There’s a definite correlation between the rise of the Patriots, and the struggle with relevance of the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.
It was never more true than this season, when the New England Patriots had their “Pursuit of Perfection”, the ‘Phins pursued pathetic.
I do so long for the days when the Pats were the Patsies, and the ‘Phins were phantastic…
The Dolphins need pretty much everything. If Ronnie Brown’s at full health, then RB’s covered. But Trent Green isn’t the answer, and if we’re going to play him then we need an O-line that doesn’t let him get hit so goddamn often. A receiver would be nice… or two. And please, don’t trade the best assets we have to division rivals
who will beat you over the head with him at every opportunity. There really needs to be some thought at the top of the organisation.
So, can Tony Sparano turn it around? To be fair, it’s not really his job. Bill Parcells will be running the show, make no mistake.
Forget competing for a playoff berth, can Miami actually compete next season?
Will the fact that his name holds a very close approximation to a certain TV mobster hold any sway?
Questions, questions, and more questions.