Player turnover has become a synonymous phrase with the Miami Dolphins for more than a decade. It seems every few years the front office make a splash in free agency and draft players that are supposed to be the cornerstone of this franchise for years. Unfortunately, that hasn't quite happened and once again we have found ourselves yet again in a situation where this organization is swinging for the fences in pursuit of the playoffs.
But something seems different this year. This fanbase can smell it, the coaches and owners can visualize it and the players want it. No. The players YEARN for it.
Owner Stephen Ross has been a big part of this transformation that the football world are witnessing in Miami. No longer does he look like an owner making the headlines in the national media for all the wrong reasons.
There has been an air of confidence, almost arrogance in the pursuit of one of the biggest free agency signings of all time, Ndamukong Suh. Ross also clearly feels he has his franchise quarterback. The front office had no hesitation whatsoever in signing Ryan Tannehill to a brand new 6 year contract, a sum of money that will put him among some of the best paid quarterbacks in the NFL. And how about the new wide receiver that somehow fell into the Dolphins' laps at number 14 in this year's draft? He'll have a big part to play not only this season, but for many more to come.
Conviction. Execution. Being methodical. Call it what you want. These are moves of a winning team. No hesitation, no second-guessing. The team clearly know what they want and they have a plan to get there. This is so refreshing, and it won't be long until the Miami Dolphins finally get over the playoff hump. The players deserve it, the front office and coaches deserve it and most of all the fans deserve it.
So lets raise a glass: here's to a new team, a new stadium and a new era.
I'm ready for success; are you?