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Dolphins: Thank you (the fans) for not jumping ship

The NFL has officially restored labor peace by all intents and purposes. Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith just held a joint press conference to announce a new labor agreement. And Patriots owner Rober Kraft, in what is a classy move, apologized to fans for what has been an offseason of bickering and negotiating instead of free agency and trades.

The Dolphins have gotten into the picture.

"The Dolphins would like to take a moment to send a sincere THANK YOU to all of our fans for hanging with us during this very difficult time," the club tweeted moments ago.

"Another thank you to our wonderful season ticket members; we can't wait to see you all at Sun Life Stadium! Now...BACK TO FOOTBALL!"

Nice gesture. But it's only words by a team tentatively scheduled to open training camp Thursday.

Deeds speak louder.

So here are some tangible ways the Dolphins can thank folks like you for continuing to follow your team and, as is the case with some of you, continue to attend games at home and on the road while rooting on the aqua and orange.

1. Show the fans you mean it: Don't just dabble in the coming free agency and trade period and try to argue with  uathat this team is close and needs only minor tweaks. You go 7-9 in back to back years and finish third in a four-team division both times, the only thing you're close to is the division cellar. The coming few days must, must, must improve this team signficantly because the gap between Miami's 7-9 and New England's 14-2 is wide. The gap between Miami missing the playoffs the last two years and the Jets making the AFC title game over the same span is huge. Time to close the gap.

2. Get a legit QB. At the very least find someone who can legitimately challenge Chad Henne for the starting job. We will know if your QB acquisition is real or a fraud. And we will know if the competition that follows is equally legitimate or not. If you don't offer up a legit competition, you are not showing us you intend to be a legit playoff contender. The quarterback position is the most important one on the field. Treat it that way, please.

3. Make the home field the ... home field. Last year Miammi had a 1-7 record at home. Then, last week we find out the team doesn't really take its home field advantage seriously even from the business side because they were selling "Home of the Jets" T-shirs at the team store. I was promised those Ts would be permanently off the shelves last Wednesday. Wrong. They were on the racks this weekend. The "Home of the Jets" shirts, which one Dolphins staffer called "offensive," were indeed still on the racks over the weekend. Want to thank the fans? Don't lie to them.

4. Speaking of merchandise at the team store: The Dolphins reduced the price of their Jets shirts by 50 percent to clear them out. This obviously was meant to cause a run of New Yorkers on the shirts. Nice move to serve the New Yorkers. How about they reduce the price of Dolphins gear to serve Miamians? To serve Dolphins fans?

5. Much offseason talk has centered around running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Both are free agents. The truth is both are OK. Neither is a star anymore. Williams is aging. Brown seemed slowed last year following several years of recovering from foot and knee surgeries. Maybe it is time to go in a different direction. One cannot expect to significantly upgrade to the running game by using the same running backs behind an offensive line that is seemingly unchanged with maybe only Mike Pouncey as the difference. You gotta do something different to get different results.

6. Get Cameron Wake some help. Speaks for itself. He can't do it all by himself.

7. Speaking of getting Wake help, do not fall for the failed thinking that the defense doesn't need improving. Yes, the problem last year was primarily on offense. The draft was largely meant to address that. But a team is offense, defense and special teams. Improve the defense, too, if there is a worhty stud out there.

8. Make the special teams, well, special. Can we get a returner that does not merely makes the first tackler miss, heads up field and gets tackled after 7 yards by the second guy? One word to cure this: Speed. Add speed at the return position, please.

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Paul Pozlusny......im gonna say it till im blue in the face....id love to see him in dolphin colors smashing running backs...penn state style baby


Noel devine for speed in the return game and change of pace back...screens...etc

1.- GIVE US A WINNING SEASON & PlAYOFF BERTH & A PLAYOFF WIN THIS SEASON!!

Scott, playoff's?, What team are you watching, They'll be lucky to back to there patented 7 and 9.LOL

The Dolphins are already at around 115 million against what will probably be a 120 milion dollar cap.

Extending, restructuring contracts or releasing players like Fin is describing is certainly possible. But some choices are going to have to be made.

If the Dolphins throw the bank at a high profile FA RB (Bush, Williams)in the 8-9 million range then that pretty much does it for signing notable players.

Fin, I like your 1,2,4,5. I'd like to see the team go after VY, draft Pryor and target Justin Blalock G Atlanta or Davin Joseph G Atlanta in FA.

Unfortunately doing those two things would pretty much take up all the cap room the way I'm seeing it.

There you have it, an admisson I was wrong@! LOL....

Posted by: DyingBreed | July 25, 2011 at 05:05 PM

CHIEF BREED RIGHT 12% CHIEF BREAD WRONG 88%, AT LEAST YOUR CONSISTANT.

Dodsworth @4:44,

See your point given I have a Raiders Jacket I wear now and again in the winter time but a puke green jacket? I`m not saying were gang members or anything just would honestly feel very uncomfortable wearing it. I know that might sound weird but I feel that way about it, I tell you it would have to be cold as hell with me in a T-Shirt to even consider putting it on, would try to trade somebody for there Detroit Lions gear 1st.!!!

Now that said I don`t care what they sell Jets Merch. at the stadium or not. If I took offense to it at the store then I guess I should take offense about it being sold anywere in Miami because if you walk into the Sports Authority in Kendall they carry not just T-Shirts but Jerses as well for the Jets and Patsies, it`s a matter of personal choice if you like to wear the puke green.

Oregon,

Forgot all about Davin Joseph, good call!! put him high at the top of my list as well!!!

SOLOMAN ELIMIMIAN.......plays for the BC Lions.....awesome linebacker from nigeria played at hawaii i think....google his highlights....WOW....outside the box thinking that has paid off before

DB,

I don`t think you should read to much into what Bucs sites are saying about Joseph. The only thing that interest me is the fact his Q.B. loves him and if you google Bucs games from last season and focus on him you`ll see the grader that he is. If he underacheived last season then I don`t want to even think about how dominating and sick his game could be. I think it`s more a matter of the Bucs feeling like a jilted girlfriend who know`s she`s about to get dumped.

I`m out fellas, peace!!!!!

Yep, add in stop charging us full price for Pre Season Garbage....The league should have went to 18 games, instead they kept 4 garbage games.Stop screwing ur season Tix holders

Nathaniel Dodsworth,

"I'd wear a New York Jets shirt in a second, if that was all that I had, because it represents the National Football League....."

You write very well for a twelve year old. Keep it up!

Unbelievable. Your first two posts after the lockout ends are both negative toward the Dolphins. What's more unbelievable is that I'm somehow surprised when I should've fully expected it.

First you say the Dolphins made a huge mistake not signing Solai to a long term contract back in October when he was still an enigma. And here's the kicker, you admit in your article that he was not deserving of such considerations but on your blog post you paint a completely different picture. And that just shows you have no confidence in the intelligence of the people who read this blog as opposed to the readers of the paper.

Second post takes a shot at the Dolphins for not apologizing as fast as the mighty Patriots and then a long list of absurdly obvious moves the Dolphins should make as if they are unaware. And here's the hilarious thing about that, the Dolphins are already in the process of doing at least 70% of those things because it's what they've been talking about doing since the end of last season. But when they accomplish those goals you can now write your obligatory "I told you so post" furthering my belief that you have absolutely zero trust in the intelligence of the blog readers.

Football season has just started and you're already crapping all over the team. I just can't figure out why you seem to have this "us against them" mentality regarding our Dolphins.

BUILD IT (through a strong Free Agency) AND THEY WILL COME (to the home games)!

You would think that the fact that they have all those Jets shirts that they couldn't sell at regular price (or at a discount) would have told them something, huh?

All that being said I will keep coming back as I always do. Hopefully you will write one nice post about the Dolphins this year? Maybe? Please? And as negative as you are I guess there is something to be said for having someone not always painting a rosy picture even though things are not perfect, we have the website for that. But my God, once in a while it would be nice to see that the man who brings me half of my Dolphins news isn't a hater!

Instead of reducing those Home of the Jets shirts, the organization should have held a end of the lock out pep rally by publicly burning those garments!

LouD,

Your last 2 post are right on target. My sentiments exactly about Armando!

Flipper13,

If this organization held any "organized" event that included public burning of any other team's jersey's or merchandise. It will end in a huge national and public relations nightmare for our franchise.

We would also be fined and amount totally unprecedented in league history for that unprecedented farce. Thanks but no thanks. That would be classless for any team to do no matter how much the opposition is hated.

Is there really any positive news to write about the fins? New, inexperienced offensive coaching staff, only 1 puzzling QB signed, zero proven RB's, lame duck coach and possibly GM. Will they improve this year from 7-9? Not promising.

sign bulger! bradshaw!

From any angle you want to view it, this is a BIG relief.

FYI the ravens just cut Willis McGahee. he could come at very affordable price

Why do fin fans think every cut player or every free agent is an upgrade to what we have now?

Grass is always greener friends...

Vince Young. There i said it.

Oh no. Does this mean no scrubs this year so we won't make the super bowl like last strike? Drats. That was gonna work our pretty well for us.

Why should the organization thank the fans??? The Dolphins have some of the lousiest fans in football. The team wins, they complain, they post on here the draft picks they should get, the players they should get. When it doesnt go their way, they come on predicting losing seasons before the season even starts..lol. Sorry, but I wouldnt be thanking such fans as those who have no faith in this team whatsoever year in and year out. This is a very disloyal, unappreciative, and flaky fanbase and should not be appreciated until they start appreciating this team in return.

Armando, forget about the players on the field.. what this organization has done over the past 4 months shows exactly what they are all about... cutting the salaries of your employees by X amount of a percentage only shows how much of a douche bag this owner is..... and that reflects on the coaches, the team, the city and on himself...... I DO NOT WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS ORGANIZATION EVEN IF THEY WON 10 SUPER BOWLS IN A ROW.... IT MAKES ME SICK!! THAT A BILLIONAIRE WILL TAKE 20% THE SALARY OF A GUY MAKING 70K..... HE IS A HUGE DOUCHE BAG.... THE WORST SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIS BUSINESS PRACTICES!!!!!

By the way for all you DIE HARD Dolphin fans, this lockout only benefits the same teams over and over..... PATRIOTS, STEELERS, COLTS, EAGLES, SAINTS.... everyone else, specially those teams with new coaches..... you can kiss the LOMBARDI TROPHEE bye bye..... you are not going to get close this year, we will see mediocre football for 6-8 weeks... only benefiting those teams who DID NOT HAVE mayor coaching changes.... every one else... if screwed by the same league who sells you aT-SHIRT FOR $40 BUCKS AND A BEER FOR $12 at your local stadium...... keep supporting these aholes.... spend your hard earn money and college tuition on this b.s...


For all you Vince Young lovers..!! HE SUCKS.... LETS FACE IT.. IF HE WAS ANY GOOD THE TITANS WOULD NOT LET HIM GO NO MATTER WHAT THE COST WAS!!.... GET REAL... THE GUY WAS A BUST JUST LIKE BUSH FOR THE SAINTS!!!........

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