We are fragile!!! And yes I mean we. We as in the the Miami Dolphins team and us.....me, you, him, her, them, us. We are fragile.
It has been such a long time since we have had a consistently good team that it has worn thin on us. It doesn't help that we were consistent contenders for so many years. Before this long stretch of mediocre (at best) years; and for several years into it, we were the most winningest franchise (with regards to wins not Championships). But this very cruel last decade of football has about done us in.
Our team fragility became most evident to me in the NE game when we had multiple "Bellicheck bought calls" go against us. We held our own through most of them but the demeanor of the players on the sideline after the "batted ball" said it all. We are a team that is on the verge of becoming relevant but we still need some things to go our way. We able to weather some storms now but large ones are still too much.
If our fanbase fragility wasn't seen after the first loss it became very evident after the second. Now the recent "scandal" doesn't help matters. We are calling for heads of our head coach, T hill (after much praise initially about both) and after Ireland....again (man am I tired of hearing that...not that I am for or against it). In addition, and probably the worst, it is turning us against each other. Some of the most recent posts have been the most heated, upset and even sometimes most disrespectful we have been to each other in well....probably ever. I get that we are all passionate about our fins but when we can't start turning on each other. We all want the same thing. We want to win.
We all knew at the beginning of the year we weren't going to go to the Superbowl and yes we have had a lot of things go against us....ACL injuries to Keller and Gibson, Oline issues (which we knew we had at the beginning of the year) only worsened by 2 other starters now being absent, defensively being riddled by injuries (by the way I think the real reason Jordan isn't getting more snaps is because he is still having some issues with his shoulder). All that being said, we are one game back from a playoff spot. Something we NEED!.....not want but NEED....the team needs it......I need it.....you need it.....we NEED it. A winning record isn't going to help anything......nothing will change if we don't get a playoff birth. We will cont to argue and fight and debate negative points. We need it because we don't need to debate whether we need to start over again with a new coach. It takes too long to change culture and put a team in place. We NEED a playoff birth or we may be doomed to more painful arguing and painful Sundays, Mondays and even Tuesdays and Wednesdays.....
If I was to go back and change my vote about what will define a successful season I would change it to a playoff birth because if we don't get that (even though I do feel we are going to right direction; just need another draft or now two) we will lose even more of our fanbase and we can't afford that!
(at work so sorry about any typos....rant over)