So now what, Miami? We're back to football, that's what!
In light of being ranked the second worst team in the NFL in ProFootballTalk's preseason rankings, there is cause for optimism going into the 2014 season.
"I think now I'm more apt to step up and say something, make a statement. That's part of playing the QB position. Now I feel more comfortable. I have the respect of my teammates around me and I can do that."
Yes, Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is going to miss some time to recover from hip surgery. Yes, this is significant because you have four new starters on the O-line; one of them a rookie. But the line can't be much worse than it was last year. Ju'Wuan James is a plug and play and I think Bill Turner is going to be a Miami Dolphin for a long time.
MY GLASS IS HALF FULL POINT: Dallas Thomas is in the starting unit. This shows me he can improve and the coaching staff is developing players. This is in large part due to the acquisition of new offensive line coach John Benton.
"John is a teacher first and foremost and I think when you watch his film the techniques and the fundamentals he teaches show up on tape." Philbin added, "I'm confident he's going to do an excellent job."
The wide receiver group boasts the most talent on the team after the defensive line. Mike Wallace will most certainly benefit from the movement in Lazor's offense.
And of course the defense - consistently the Dolphins' biggest strength. But just as reported by Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel, the "Dolphins need to forge their identity through defense."
Before the King arrived in South Florida, Miami Dolphins football reigned supreme. The Undefeated Season, the winningest coach in NFL history, and the greatest pure passer the game has ever seen, Dan Marino, all own our undying loyalty. Now that James has left Miami, the Dolphins can retake their rightful place on the throne. The new king, who was the old king, will rule South Florida again. Let's hope this season's campaign results in rejoicing and not in an uprising.