Hey all. I am a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan and new to the site. I am ecstatic to be a part of the Dolphin community. I met Dan Marino when I was 5 years old in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and the fandom has slowly escalated every year since. I am from southeast Ohio, so my isolation has only enhanced my love of the fins. When I was a kid, we were always on the cusp, but never won the ultimate prize. In the last 10 years, we show flashes, but it's never enough. There is no stability. Ownership changes, coaching changes, personnel changes. You can't be a Dolphins fan, and not be patient. The way I look at it, when we eventually win it all, it will be that much sweeter enduring this torture. With that being said, I ask you this: where will we be in 3 years?
Mock drafting is fun. Free agent speculation is okay. But what I really want to know is where are we headed. If we really want to win, it is my belief it begins with winning the division. Which essentially means, how do we take care of the Pats? (Sorry to all you contrarians, but the Jets don't scare me. I think they are in worse shape than we are.) If you watched week 1, and almost puked in your mouth when Wes Welker had a 99 yd. TD catch, then you will agree with me that we need two things: pressure on the QB and secondary. Scheme can only help so much. The two are directly related - pressure on the QB makes your secondary look good, an excellent secondary makes your pass rush look good. We were 25th in the league against the pass. Hopefully Coyle's DB background will improve the secondary instantly, but 25th will not get it done.
On offense, I am just crossing my fingers that Philbin's scheme will highlight the strengths of our players. The last half of the season, our offense was pretty good. Bush emerged. Moore made good throws. I am reluctant to spend many picks on offense, which might put me in the minority. But I think we have good pieces for an explosive offense, with the exception of some OL help. Bush and Thomas, BM (who I affectionately call Squirt), Davone Bess who is vastly underrated. Some decent role players. I think Moore deserves another chance (not to say we couldn't find someone to groom). Long is a perennial Pro Bowler and Pouncey will soon be - the two most important positions on the OL. When our offense finally clicked last year, it was fun to watch. If you can't tell, defense is my concern. We generated little pressure and didn't force enough turnovers.
For all you QB homers, finding a franchise QB is a matter of luck. Aaron Rodgers was passed on by dozens of teams. So was Brees. So was Brady. GM's and scouts are paid millions of dollars to find these players. Finding a QB is hard, and it's a complex myriad of factors that determines if someone will succeed or not. So I am not willing to mortgage our draft and possibly high picks for next year for one player. I don't care if it's QB. I know finding a franchise QB is our front office's number one priority, but that doesn't mean we spend our resources like a crackhead. We have plenty of holes to fill. If we take a QB in round 1, I sure as hell hope we trade down to do it, because RGIII ain't fallin' that far (who isn't a sure thing anyway).
With all this rambling aside, where will we be in 3 years? How will we get there? I open the floor to the best fans in the world. Much respect to you all. And again, glad to be a part of the community! Peace.
Year 1: Improve, become familiar with the schemes. Build through the draft. Reward our important pieces. Don't fire anyone.
Year 2: Win Division. Playoffs. Add depth. Don't fire anyone.
Year 3: Super Bowl.