Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Fans Embarrassed!


Raise your hand if you’re embarrassed. Raise your hand if you think this will set the Miami Dolphins back years. And, please, raise your hand if you think everyone from Jim Turner to Stephen Ross has mishandled this situation.

If your hand isn’t raised yet then either you’re in denial or you have no idea what I’m talking about.

It’s time for the fans to speak out. I know head coach Joe Philbin said in his press conference today that this has been embarrassing for everyone—including the fans.

While Philbin is right, everyone is embarrassed; I don’t really think he knows what we’re feeling. The Dolfans.

And you know why? Because he’s been with this franchise for two uninspiring years. We’ve been with them for decades, but most notably, the last 14 years. We’ve seen almost 20 quarterbacks try and fail, seven head coaches, 0 playoff wins on a measly two appearances.

So he doesn’t know. He doesn’t know what it was like when running back Ricky Williams quit football, he doesn’t know what it was like when the Dolphins went 1-15, he doesn’t know what its like to watch Wes Welker turn into what he has, and he doesn’t know what it was like to watch Nick Saban lie about leaving and then turn his college program into a historic power house.

Yes, we share this and this event, one that will probably turn out to be worst of all, but its everything together that has culminated in this feeling. And you know what’s embarrassing? The Miami Dolphins are one of those teams people use as examples when talking about bad football teams.

They have unstable, often head scratching, leadership. No franchise player. (Okay yes Cameron Wake, but he’s no Calvin Johnson or Tom Brady). No impressive fan base (Yes, often I’m impressed by the number of fans I meet away from Miami, but I’ve yet to see the stadium full in the last decade). No innovative, state-of-the-art stadium. And a head coaching and general manager position that NO one wants.

Sometimes it goes past the point of embarrassing, though, and moves closer to sad. Today when Philbin took responsibility for what happened, but then admitted he had no idea what was going on, that’s a moment of sadness. This is support to be our leader, our henchman to lead us out of the darkness.

So needless to say he fell short.

We have one other option. Its our last option before relinquishing all hope and some might not even consider this an option because they’re already given up, but those who haven’t still have one more reason to show a sign of faith.

Ryan Tannehill.

The quarterback had flashes, sure, but Russell Wilson just won a super bowl and Andrew Luck has made the playoffs both seasons in the league. Griffin made it once. Flashes might have once been enough to inspire the fan base for at least a third season, but not anymore.

There are questions and everyone knows he’s going into the season with one-shot left, so its time for him to answer. If he can lead this team, Richie Incognito will be a distant memory. Winning solves everything. Just ask Kobe Bryant.

No matter what success Tannehill may have next season, though, it’ll never erase Jonathan Martin. No, I don’t think anyone associated with the Dolphins will forget about him for a long time.

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  • Christian Paige

    you know what is embarrassing? this fickle fan base and the beat writers that cover them. Don’t get me wrong there are some solid fans out there but the majority have made this team what they are today. period. Outside of the amount of money the player’s get paid to play I feel bad they have to play to an empty stadium and wake up to here all this dribble. All the solid teams out there have solid fan bases to catch them when they fall. this post is directed at the same people that ran Don Shula out and still try that shit today. Get a new team in you are embarrassed. I would really like to go one day without everyone bitching about every little thing. Hey Ray rice knock his fiancee out. Hey Darren Sharper drugged and raped 8 confirmed women. Hernandez is an alleged murderer. Do I seriously have to continue? get a new team. for those that still have hope I say stand strong our day is near!! Phins Up 2014!

  • Mike Miller

    the Dolphins fan for over 30 years I was born in upstate New York in 1964 started rooting for the Dolphins in 1970 and I’ve never changed even through this mess in the last 15 16 years but I’ll tell you one thing when I move down here and bought my season tickets I thought wow this is going to be great then I realized I was out numbered by the other teams fans there’s no Loyalty with people from South Florida it’s all about what have you done for me lately they don’t know civic pride it’s amazing. what went on in the locker room, goes on in most locker rooms did when I was in school did when I was in college did when I was in the service the only problem with this one is Jonathan Martin has some psychological issues and he didn’t belong in NFL locker room did anyone miss the fact that he did this immediately after he was moved from left tackle back to right tackle. do you think he was just embarrassed and couldn’t handle it?didn’t want his name portrayed in the media as a guy that couldn’t handle the left tackle spot anyway again thanks Jeff Ireland aren’t we supposed to do psychological tests on the people we draft Wow thank god he’s gone hopefully we can bring this franchise back to the proud proud franchise it was

  • DragonFly34

    Im coming to this party late, but Im recovering from back surgery. As a Dolfan since 1965, I can say we are not fickled as some state, we are tired and confused over the last 15 yrs. And if some of you Dolfans who think you are the cream of the crop, well, you are very wrong. We old fans have the right to be pissed with resent developments, for its one more incident for a very embarrassing franchise. And Mr Ross is by far the worse owner in franchise history. I think everyone knows the very long lists of his FUBARS. P/S I don’t give a F*** about what other franchises do or don’t do.