I am 24 years old. I have been watching football since the season Marino retired. I missed the glory days of the 70's. I missed Marino at his prime. I was able to watch some videos of the past eras of Miami Dolphins football and observed closely. I witnessed the way Csonka bulldozed through defenders, how decisive and precise Marino was.
There truly was a different culture. Dolphin fans filled the stands and it seemed as though we had a home field advantage at one point. It gave me chills seeing how dominate we were. Times have changed and will continue to do so, as this is a new era for Miami Dolphins football, which started with our new coaching staff.
As easy as it is to be negative and pessimistic regarding the Dolphins, I believe we are next years 49ers. With an already a good defense, we improve our secondary and get a pass rusher on the opposite end of Wake. At that point we will transition from good to great.
It's safe to say that our starting QB will most likely be either Manning, Flynn, or Moore. Less likely to be Luck, RG3 or Tennehill. Worst case scenario is we start Moore. I'm actually pretty comfortable with this move. That is, if we have no other options, but I'd prefer an upgrade. Alex Smith played in 4 more games and barely had better stats than Moore and look where they made it this year.
Nearly every year there is a team that plays poorly one season, then turns it around the following year and makes a deep run into the playoffs. It's just a matter of perspective. Do you want to believe we are next or not?