Coming into the preseason our strength was supposed to be our Defense, but be it by injuries, or the new scheme adjustments or just lack of motivation we have sputtered and just looked lost. Our offense wasn't much better, our offensive line looking as if Columbo was still starting, our running-backs getting nowhere and our wide receivers being inconsistent. Tannehill looked like the small glimpse of hope we have but that's another story, the truth is our beloved Dolphins are in preseason hell. How will we respond? Coach D'Amato from Any Given Sunday sums it up best.
"Either we heal as a team or we are going to crumble, inch by inch play by play till we're finished. We are in hell right now, gentlemen believe me, and we can stay here and get the shit kicked out of us or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell, one inch, at a time."
Though it may only be preseason we have a chance to do that this Friday, a chance to start fighting back into the light,to start taking those inches and climbing out of hell. Not just this season but for this franchise that has been stuck in hell for the past decade.
We have a new leader in Joe Philbin who may be the second coming of Don Shula or Cam Cameron. Clyde Gates says it perfectly, B.I.M. which stands for believe in Miami.So why should we believe in Miami or that Joe Philbin is the Next Bill Belicheck? Well he helped develop one of the best and most consistent offenses for the past 5 years, but so did Cam Cameron.
The reason I believe Joe Philbin may be the next great coach isn't just that he is a offensive genius, though that does help. It's his demeanor, he encourages professionalism,dedication,great work ethic, he sticks to his guns regardless of every one else's belief. He encourages respect and pays very close attention to detail. Is he the next great head coach and the leader that will help us claw our way out of this hell? I believe yes but only time will tell. But realize this he took a quarterback with the 8th overall pick that many believed would sit for a year, a quarterback with only 19 starts and already that quarterback has beaten out last years Dolphins MVP.
Is Tannehill the light of hope? is Philbin? Can they be what Belicheck is to Brady and vice versa? Again only time will tell, but this Friday against the Falcons we will see if the Dolphins can finally begin to take those inches and eventually climb back into the light of this once proud franchise.