Hello Phinsiders, long time no post. I have not had much time to post as of late with school and work taking up much of my time. With that said, I have had much to think about over the course of the season and would like to share them with you all. By the way, what happened to the fanposts? I remember I used to whine about my posts getting shoved down the list because of how many people were sharing their insight with the Phinsider community. It was a complaint then. Now, I realize I took it for granted. Anyways, here it goes.
First off, I must say, I approve of Philbin and this coaching staff. They have shown enough for me as a fan to feel confident with them moving forward. Too early for me to make this judgement you say? Say what you will, but I have a good feeling about this coach. If it means anything to you all, I did not have this feeling about Sparano. Philbin is an intelligent coach and has been willing to take the risks that are sometimes necessary to win. How can anyone forget the onside kick in the 1st quarter against the Jets? That was classic. I could not help but scream "PAYBACK BITCHES!" I feel like that one was for the fans (let me dream).
While this obviously is not shaping up to be a great season, it was a necessary one. It was a year of growth. We have had some young players emerge and some veterens step up. Hartline and Bess are a good pair of receivers, but as we all know, we need to add more explosive playmakers to this offense. Fortunately, we are in a great position to do so this off-season. We have stockpiled draft picks and have money to spend. With these luxuries, it is time for Ireland to make some big moves. This is his final audition as far as I'm concerned and I'm sure many of you would agree. Frankly, I'm sure many of you wanted him gone for a while now (think Ireland protestors in Davie).
It has been a tough season to watch. Probably the hardest thing for me to watch personally is the success of Wilson, Griffin, Luck, Kaepernik, and lately, Foles. It really makes me bitter that the Colts were such a great team for so long and enjoyed the success of the Sheriff. Suddenly he gets injured and they tank the season. Consequently, they receive the 1st overall pick and have as smooth of a transition from legendary QB to rookie as I have ever seen. We all know the story. Am I saying Tannehill is not showing flashes of brilliance? Absolutely not. Especially considering his supporting cast.
We have talent, but we did not put Tannehill in the best position to succeed. This MUST be addressed during the off-season. Still, I find myself a bit envious of Washington and Indy fans. Those two QB's look incredible and we were so close to drafting either. I have faith in Tannehill (even if it does not sound like it) and I am behind him 100%. I realize he needs time to develop and I am excited to see what he can do.
Those are my thoughts. Fire away!