Most of the participating sites sat on the edge of their seat when Dee was asked about the logo change. Dee turned and said “Glad you asked that question”. He turned towards the big wall/screen and said “roll the tape”. For a split second we thought we were going to get the exclusive look but just as quickly it became clear that the was joking.
While we didn’t get a look at the logo, Dee did reveal some of what we can expect. Nothing specific unfortunately.
Dee said that three people have seen the logo from him personally. Dan Marino and Bob Griese were two of them and he said both former QB’s and Hall of Famer’s said they nailed it. Dee said that the logo will incorporate a little from all versions of the teams logo. He said it would be more modern looking and current while still holding true to the essence of the logo itself. He mentioned the navy blue specifically and said they kept part of that in the logo as well.
While he dodged the question of whether or not the star-burst would remain, or if the Dolphin’s helmet would change, or even if the Dolphins would not look so cartoonish, Dee made it clear that teams logo would look different.
“I was in New York and this Dolphins fan from the stands saw me and yelled at me. ‘Hey Mike…Don’t change the logo’,” Dee said. He walked to the rail and the man lifted his pant leg up to show a Dolphins logo tattoo. ”Hey, you can tell everyone you got the retro version” he said.
That was the end of Dee’s elaboration but a follow up question regarding the look of the uniforms and whether changes to the uniforms would be made was met with a boxers’ bob and weave. Grinning from ear to ear, Dee simply bounced and bobbed his way around the question and moved on. His silence, smile, and gesture, let everyone know that the logo was not the only thing being changed.
To what degree remains to be seen. The Dolphins are expected to role out the changes prior to the start of the 2013 season.
In terms of the Super Bowl, Dee did confirm that the NFL has the Dolphins pitted against the stadium home of the San Francisco 49′ers as hosts of the 50th Super Bowl celebration and told the contingent that a decision by the NFL is expected on May 22nd of 2013. He also stated that the Dolphins really want this because it coincides with their own 50th anniversary of the team.
Dee did let us know that the hosting of the Super Bowl is not necessarily contingent upon major renovations to the stadium. Built in 1987 the stadium, as pointed out by Dee is the oldest stadium in the NFL not to undergo major renovations. He said that the team is still looking to move the seating closer to the field and that a cover over the seating sections and NOT the field is still being considered. He said the team would not put any covering over the field. Making it clear that the south Florida heat is a huge advantage for the team.