It’s official: There are no NFL fans as hardcore when they’re team is in a rut as Miami Dolphins’ fans.
With GM Jeff Ireland — affectionately called “Fireland” for absolutely no reason at all whatsoever — pretty much tanking in the 2012 NFL Free Agency period, Dolphins’ fans are pretty ticked, and that’s being diplomatic.
We haven’t just missed out on key free agents: We’ve failed miserably, with Ireland ensuring that every time we go after a free agent, it’s widely publicized and a complete disaster.
And super dedicated Miami Dolphins’ fans agree. Because they’re out there, protesting outside the Dolphins’ training complex:
Yep, those brave souls who took initiative to be upset enough and plant themselves outside the team’s practice facilities are making it known how frustrated the entire fan-base is.
Of course, NFL fans who aren’t Dolphins fans are like, “Yo, dude, those guys are craaaaazy.” And they might be right, but they’re crazy with passion for their team. Hell, if I could be there, I would be.
I’m a hybrid San Diego Chargers/Dolphins fan (don’t make fun of me), and the reaction between fan-bases differs incredibly. While Dolphins fans are protesting and messing up Wikipedia pages out of pure disgust, Chargers’ fans are damn near ambivalent about A.J. Smith and Norv Turner returning next season. Sure, when the news broke out everyone was upset, but after that, the rationalizing begun, with “Well … I mean, it doesn’t make sense just to start over and implement a new system.” I would not be surprised if Stephen Ross was a Chargers fan.
It’s a sad state of affairs in South Beach, to be sure. And while people will ridicule these protesters, it seems as if it’s the only way to get to a tone-deaf front office.