Another week, another distraction.
It seems like every passing week is a premier for a new drama on Dolphins Network or better known as Dolphins camp.
Last week was the announcement of the starting quarterback, before that was Ochocinco‘s behind the scenes look that was preceded by David Garrard‘s poolside misstep.
This week’s jettison of a talented first round pick yet to reach his prime isn’t even a distraction anymore, just another episode in the daytime soap opera “Dolphins Of Our Lives”.
For a month now the Dolphins roster has gone thru enough adversity and public humiliation to make last season’s 0-7 start feel like it happened decades ago. So far I’ve been impressed with this team’s resolve not letting the distractions and disappointments break their spirits.
They have said all the right things in the wake of their bosses decisions, but with season’s kickoff nearing, the players in this locker room need some momentum on their side.
For all the tempo this team practices with on a daily basis, without momentum the tempo will feel forced. That’s why this team has suffered from lack of energy in the first two preseason games or a lack of focus dropping passes in the dress rehearsal.
Joe Philbin has asked his players to conduct themselves like professionals and believe in his program, well Philbin needs to act like a great coach and INSPIRE. Inspire a passion that spreads like wild fire though the locker room building momentum towards team unity and flawless execution.
Philbin’s tactics have instilled a strong work ethic and cultivated a culture for learning but have yet to feed coal to the fire that fuels the steam train. Instead it’s been decision after decision acting like buckets of water getting thrown on an open fire.
As a fan I can sense Philbin has a plan, so I’m sure players can sense he has a plan too, but at some point Philbin has to give players tangible evidence that helps players make sense of the vision like cents make dollars.