By now, many Dolphin fans feel ready to commit themselves to an insane asylum. “I must be crazy to keep rooting for this team”, they must sometimes think. After interrogating Dolphin owner Stephen Ross at the NFL owners meetings, I can only say..Patience patients.
Ross will never win any motivational speaking awards, but he does make some sense. The Dolphins should not add overpaid free agents to this patchwork team. They should not pay mega-millions for ANY quarterback unless he is clearly better than Matt Moore, and are wise to bring in a guy like David Garrard who can at least push Moore to play better. They should build a team primarily through the draft until they reach the point where adding key pieces makes sense.
Of course, it will backfire if the Dolphins don’t draft the right players, and don’t coach up the ones they do pick. Ross is convinced Joe Philbin and his staff know how to make good players better. We’ll see.
Ross remains confident in Jeff Ireland, who actually drafted well in his first year away from the shadow of Bill Parcells. However, Ross can not afford for Ireland to be a PR liability. If the Fins are not better next season, Ross will have no choice but to hire a GM with more NFL clout.
Are the Dolphins a team nobody wants to join ? Not according to one coach who spurned them. Jeff Fisher told me he actually LIKED Ross and Ireland, and respects the Dolphins for playing so hard after a dismal start last season. He just thought dull St. Louis was a better place for him than sexy South Florida. To each his own.
What’s a Dol-fan to do ? Accept the fact that your team is rebuilding. Actually I should say re-re-re building…it seems they do this every few years. If they get it right, the Dolphins are gonna be really good…in the 2014 season.
Dol-fans will you go crazier waiting that much longer ? Patience..patients.