- Fins sign OT Clabo Miami signs former Falcon OT Tyson Clabo to a 1 year deal
- Fins select CB Jamar Taylor Boise State CB Jamar Taylor is the Fins selection at the #54 pick
- Davone Bess traded to Browns Reports that WR Bess has indeed been traded to the Browns
- Miami takes DE Dion Jordan Miami trades up with the Raiders to select DE Dion Jordan
“True Fans” and “whining”
Yesterday Omar Kelly from the Sun Sentinel made a post titled: “What do Miami Dolphins fans have to whine about now? ” Among the comments to Kelly’s post, several fans essentially posted that fans who whine about the team aren’t true fans.
Whine? Kelly’s implication is that (1) everything has been or at a minimum is now perfect with the Dolphins; and (2) that it’s inappropriate or illogical to express dissatisfaction with the team despite is eroding record (3 consecutive losing seasons, only one trip to the playoffs in the past 10 seasons, 12 seasons since the last playoff victory, 20 seasons since the last trip to the AFC Championship game, 28 seasons since the last trip to the Super Bowl, and 39 seasons since the last Super Bowl victory) and string of nationally publicized blunders (pursuit of John Harbaugh despite not firing Sparano, selling Jets merchandise in the Dolphins shop, etc).
Does being a “true fan” mean you don rose colored glasses and blindly accept that all is wonderful with theteam?
Inmy humblest of opinions I believe rooting for the team to win does not mean you can’t be criticalofpoorperformanceson or off the field. 2012 will mark the 36th season that I’ve followed the Miami Dolphins as a fan. I’ve gone to games, bought merchandise, and watched almost every game on TV. I have been a fan of the team *long* before anyone presently employed by it, and will continue to be a fan long after every last one of them is gone – from the owner, to the players, to the groundskeeper.Miami has made a lot of very good moves this offseason, from hiring Philbin to drafting Tannehill and others. I’m delighted to see Miami shift its approach to building the team and it certainly gives me hope for a return to greatness. BUT, is everything suddenly perfect? Seriously, can Omar say the Dolphins are now Super Bowl contenders? The honest answer is “Of course not”. There’s still room for improvement. I recognize that the team isn’t going to be rebuilt in just one offseason and that some patience is in order for the new coaching staff and personnel acquisition model. However, the state of dissatisfaction that many fans have achieved as a result of the Dolphins decade+ long deterioration isn’t going to disappear like the flick of a switch. So, this team still has warts and there’s still lingering dissatisfaction. Forget that the fans who are whining still care enough about this team to consume news about it daily and to analyze every Dolphins move and non-move to see how the team could be better – even though it’s the offseason.There’s only one cure for the dissatisfaction and the whining that it brings: win. Talk is cheap, the Dolphins need to win. They’ve used up all of their get out of jail free cards between Saban, Cameron, and Parcells/Sparano. Does that mean they have to “win now” like Parcells/Sparano did in 2008? Kelly would probably say yes, that the whining fans are inpatient and unreasonable. However, I think the answer that long term fans, who are among those who “whine” the loudest, is no. Regular season wins and one and done playoff appearances aren’t want the long term fans really want. Instead, they want the Dolphins to build a Super Bowl challenger. Do it right, and the wins will come. The Dolphins have taken a good first step in the direction with the moves this offseason. Stay the course and the wins should come. The seeds for optimism (and with it less whining) have been planted. Keep building correctly and win, and you’ll see the optimism blossom.
Here’s hoping 2012 marks the year that the Dolphins return to glory and that 20 years from now Stephen Ross, Jeff Ireland, Joe Philbin, Ryan Tannehill, and others are remembered as fondly as our other past Dolphin greats.
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