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After yesterday's press conference to announce the modernization of Sun Life, I was talking to a some Dolphins officials when one of them brought up the point that the push to get the public funding portion of this deal would have been much, much easier if the team on the field was better.

No doubt about that.

The 49ers won an ballot measure for funding of their new stadium right after going to the NFC championship game last year. The Heat got their new arena on the heels Pat Riley coming to Miami, promising a parade down Biscayne Boulevard, and trading for Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway. Yeah, the team was in the middle of a 61-win season when the measure was approved so nice timing.

The Jets and Giants got their new digs amid multiple AFC Championship game appearances by one and a Super Bowl title by the other.

The Atlanta Falcons, by the way, are really good these days so they're going to get a new stadium.

Good things happen off the field when good things happen on the field, folks. Politicians are more prone to jump on bandwagons. Fans are more apt to accept team requests for, say, a bed tax increase that doesn't really affect them anyway.

Unfortunately, the Dolphins are making this request right smack in the middle of the team's worst four years. Ever.

The team's current four-year string of losing seasons and failure to make the playoffs is the worst in club history.

And that brings me to this:

I just found another reason the Dolphins should be aggressive, big players in free agency and alike this offseason.

Look, I know it's bad policy to make football moves for the sake of helping the business side of the organization. But the truth is the Dolphins football moves have been hindering the business side for years now.

Why do you think the stands haven't been full and owner Stephen Ross has had to swallow hard and pay for his own tickets the last few years?

This offseason, which starts in mid-March, is an opportunity to help both the football side and the business side. If, unlike the past two years, the Dolphins can identify two, perhaps three bigtime free agents that are worthy of rich contracts instead of shopping for bargain basement dolts that end up cut or on the roster's margins, that might also help the effort to get the stadium modernized.

I grant you the tether between both issues is frail. The Dolphins need action from the Florida legislature and Miami-Dade government before the South Florida Super Bowl bid goes to an NFL vote in 18 weeks.

But free agency begins in nine weeks.

If Miami can play big and play to win the first few days of free agency when the prized players go anyway, that might sway some elected officials while also, you know, improving a roster that sorely needs the upgrade.

Understand me. My priority is the roster. That was proven Monday when I didn't ask any questions at the stadium presser. Even Ross kidded me about how quiet I was. I was quiet because I'm more a football and big picture guy than a micro stadium question guy.

I care about the product on the field more than the field itself.

But I've also seen how the stadium doesn't help deliver any sort of homefield advantage. I've seen how uncomfortable the place can be. I travel around the NFL and understand Sun Life is aging compared to other facilities that have come on line.

So I make room for the idea that success on the field can lead to success off as well.

By the way, Ross also busted my, um, chops about telling him which free agents I want signed. He apparently read my GM Salguero plan and wanted names.

I told him I would get him names of guys I want.

(Yeah, that will get tossed in the garbage).

Names not withstanding, I want to remind you of the philosophy I believe the Dolphins should follow this offseason: Go big!

Don't shop at K-Mart. You get marginal guys looking for bargains. The past couple of seasons have proven that. And the last thing the Dolphins need to do is add more marginal talent to a 7-9 team. The club would be better served not adding free agents than signing cheap, broken ones that will be competing to play special teams.

The Dolphins need difference-makers, folks. Yes, find them in the draft, by all means. That should be the nucleus to the team. But please, please, please don't avoid them like the plague in free agency or if they become available in trades.

Premium players cost premium money or picks. Anthony Gonzalez did. Robert Griffin III did. Peyton Manning did. Pierre Garcon did. Brandon Carr did. Aqib Talib did. And that was just last season. The NFL is filled with players acquired through free agency or trades that made a difference for their new teams, contrary to what the Dolphins said last week.

Wes Welker, Anquan Bolden (which I advocated for over Brandon Marshall in 2010), Jared Allen, Julius Peppers, John Abraham, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson (another one I advocated for), Greg Olsen (another one I advocated for), on and on. All went to new teams as free agents or via trade and made an impact.

The Dolphins need to identify two or three such guys this offseason and do work.

Hint, Mr. Ross: WR Mike Wallace. DE Paul Kruger. TE Martellus Bennett (yeah, how about signing a former Cowboy that can make some plays). This off the top of my head. And assuming they're available, which is still to be seen.

I say identify two bigtime signings. And go get them. And then add somebody else that maybe thought himself a big-money guy but whose market has come back to earth. I believe Greg Jennings may find himself in that market.

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it pours in may june july and aug,
those mexican laborers wont work the entire time. it will take years 4 the upgrades.
lol

ross will move them 2 toronto.
lol

If Ross gets 200 mill he'll use 100 mill for renovation and put 100 mill in his pocket.

Yo Jeffy,

Is your momma a hooka?

Dont you hate when announcers on TV say "Welcome to South Beach" when really SOBE is a good 35 min away from Pro Player Stadium?

If Ross gets 200 mill he'll use 100 mill for renovation and put 100 mill in his pocket.

Posted by: Fin 77 | January 15, 2013 at 01:15 PM

If Ross gets 200 mill he might give Irescum a raise. YIKES!

Phins, a struggling Jake Long last year was still ten times the player and man J Martin was

stupid announcers.
lol

This is a BAD football team.

the heat need a cnt.

I see YG is here so my question is how long before ALoco shows up?

YG, are you ninja trolling today??

hahaha, everybody was ninja trolling, their posts were quite annoying ... (to the rhythm of kung fu fighting)

ghetto trash YG

Oh lookie, YG disappears and ALoco starts posting. ...

2 Watt, lead the charge to bring the Dolphins here! It would make me happy and you'll also see the stadium packed every Sunday!!

mando,
you always seem to have a good pulse of miami's
status and direction, but no matter how much the media repeats itself about the NFL being a passing league, it is always the post season that brings argument to that statement as teams that have powerbacks that impose their will so effortlesly seem to be the regulars year in and year out, they are the teams that look as tough as their runningbacks, the play upfront is stepped up by linemen who dig down deep as they see their back giving it all they have, these backs are A.P., gore, turner, ray rice...these teams can move the chains on the ground as well as threw the air...and the draft is where to get your fresh legged runningback, did you see LACEY destroy notredames top ranked defense? and if he does enter the draft do you believe miami will ante up? this to me, hands down is our #1 NEED. and if you don't see it that way, just think back to how easy it was for miami to move the chains with a healthy ronnie brown... draft the best powerback, sign two of the best freeagent recievers!

Dolphin 78,
With all due respect, you are nuts. Bowel games don't come anywhere near the numbers you quote. Stadiums are economic black holes. Is Miami Gardens better off today than 1987? No more welfare for BILLIONAIRES!

I'm not trying to kiss Mando's butt -- why would I? there is nothing he can do to benefit me -- but I actually think Mando's current knowledge would make him a great GM or advisor to Ross.

I'm not saying an actual GM, because then he might have the problem I'm about to describe. (Read carefully, you slow ones.)

From his vantage point as the Fins beat reporter, Mando has access to all the key information, yet he is free from the "stress" or "pressures" of actually being the GM.

It is a scientific fact that extreme stress clouds judgment and leads to poor decisionmaking.

Sitting right here on Jan. 15, 2013, indeed Mando probably has all the right answers for Ross. He's got a front row seat, has decades of experience carefully analyzing football.

In fact, Mando probably literally has more experience watching football than Jeff Ireland does.

THE DOLPHINS ARE NOT A CHARITY. THEY MAKE PLENTY OF PROFIT! NO HANDOUTS TO BILLIONARES!

THE DOLPHINS ARE NOT A CHARITY.

Posted by: NO MAS DINERO | January 15, 2013 at 01:59 PM

I have to strongly disagree with you there. The Dolphins have been a charity to the New England Patriots for a decade now. We should be a tax-exempt entity.

JOBS THATPOSTERS HAVE...

YG/DB/YG4E/LOL................UNEMPLOYABLE
MARK IN TORNTO................WORKS AT GAS STATION
DASHI........................GARBAGE COLLECTOR
KRIS........................DONKY HEARDER
MAGEE........................BUTCHER
PHIN78....................HES IN PRISON
2WATT....................GEOGRAPHY
FIN4LIFE.....................CENSOR
CUBEN MENACE.........UNEMPLOYED,LIVES IN YG'S CELLAR
ODINSEYE.............IN DRUNK REHAB
DCDOLPHAN.........OBAMA ADVISOR IN CHARGE OF ECONOMY.

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

I don't know about Dion Jones. Certainly he is very tall, strong and fast even for a DE. But they play him at so many positions that it is hard to evaluate him. Physically, he reminds me of JT.

Ross move your garbage team to L.A. and stop embarrasing S Fla!!

"Mando" like some guy named Taiwan Jones who I don't if hes still in the League.

"Dee says not getting renovations would call into viability of the long-term prospects of the Dolphins and their tenants." from Adam Beasley

This is so typical of PR flacks such as Lee: Create a "crisis" to get what one wants. A billionaire wants a few hundred million more so he has a high ranking employee suggest sports as it is know in Miami will cease to exist unless the hundreds of millions are paid into his pocket.

When taxes go up by hundreds of millions there is NO win-win. Somebody is paying those taxes. And when they fund the PRIVATE property of a billionaire, then that is NOT a public service.

GEEZ! I thought Ross was going to refund fans money for his lousy on field product. He gives tickets away to get the stadium half full.

Ross can fund the upgrade himself as he surely has the funds or credit to do so. Or he can ask others to take an ownership stake so he can share the risk.

If the County/City funds these renovations, then they should get a share of the gross revenues so all of it plus a handsome profit is returned to the taxpayers. No shady accounting permitted.

It's too bad that the Dolphins are so bad that we fans are left with talking about logos and welfare for Ross. Yes, we talk about the draft - starting in October of every year. Lol.

South Florida does not deserve the dolphins you are a bunch of fair weathered fans this is a decent team sometimes even a good one its all your fault for not supporting them you people are a total embarasment great support south Florida 40000 a game are you kidding me really YOU PEOPLE SUCK

SIGH,YOUR TALKING TO A BUNCH OF UNEDUCATED POSTERS HERE,YOU NEED TO EXPLAIN IT IN 7TH GRADE LANGUAGE TO SOME OF THESE POSTERS.

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

mass hangings if ross moves 2 la. i will make a mint selling 1" nylon rope.
lmao

How do you like that you cry baby's can't take the truth huh

This is just in good fun:

Jobs ALoco has:

Supreme Talent Scout for Parcells/Ireland.
Coach of Denver Secondary
New Yorks Jets Quarterback Guru

;) Just kidding.

I say we change the name from "Sun Life Stadium to "Get a Life Stadium". That way it's named after Ireland and Ross.

I remember the great Ted Hendricks from right here in Hialeah and DE for Oak, he was a basketball Player also in HS and was very tall, 6'7 or 6'8 and very strong(and mean).

If cheapskate Ross gets his handout and upgrades his stadium you know what comes next....raised ticket prices!

2 4 1.
buy 1 phinz tix and get a marlins tix free.
lol

Nj, what really sucks are the Dolphins.

I have been a dolphins fan since 1970 I have never given up on them not even now how can you people say the things you say about your team I just can't fathom it we can be a lot worse off .think about it then make a post . A top ten defense a good young qb what's the problem we have a big offseason coming up.we are clearly on an upward trend

The Sun Life company announced they are pulling their sponsership at contracts end. They dont want to be associated with losers.

buy i phins ticket and get 2 Heat tickets free

Mike

Ok we are far from elite but we are on the way back I see improvement

The only way to come out of a Recession is to raise Taxes - This I learned watching TV.

NJ, the people in this blog are nuts. Also a good portion of the screen names are the same person.

Basically, just read the article n laugh at the comments...

hahahahahaha

OSCAR, TELL US ABOUT THE ROMEN COLISEUM,YOU WERE THE OVER-SEE'ER O THAT PROJECT,SHOULD DOLPIN STADIUM BE BUILT THE SAME WAY?

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

the phinz made us all mad.
lmao

So many unbelievable Athletes in this year's Draft, there is enough for Everybody.

I'm not sure ALoco. At that Time, we wanted a very comfortable place where we would take hours enjoying People killing themseves and being eaten by Wild Animals. In the present Time, I don't know if it will work out.

Ross's team is pure garbage.

Aloco, Thanks for the compliment earlier.

I agree with a lot of what you say in your posts and enjoy reading them.

I guess YG wants to post in his other alias ALoco today. Enjoy being a nut YG LOL

BENGALS DE #93
M. JOHNSON HAS THE OUTSIDE SPEED & QUICKNESS TO PLAY AT THE LEFT DE POSITION.

PACKERS WR #85
G. JENNINGS & PACKERS TE #88 J. FINLEY ARE
MORE POLISHED VETS AND THEY'RE FAMILIAR
WITH HEAD COACH JOE
PHILBIN.

RESIGN DOLPHINS WR #82 B. HARTLINE.

It has never seemed to me that YG=ALoco. By his language, when he becomes insulting, YG is from the gutter. While I've never heard the Loco use foul language.

oscar, for a shrink your not very bright. ALoco is YG aliases, meaning thats his other character which also means while he posts as ALoco he stays in character and when he posts as YG he stays in character hint the word aliases.

YG BEING ME???
LOL, ONLY BROWN DONKYS WOULD THINK THAT.
ASK ARMANDO< BUT MAKE SURE ITS IN A SHORT SENTANCE,HE TO WAS A SOUTH FLA.JOUNIOR HIGH DROP OUT.


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TRUTH IS ACTUALLY FIN 78 THE PRISONER THAT HAS ACCESS TO A COMPUTER.

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

Really? Cam Wake, Randy Starks, Karlos Dasnby and Reggie Bush are all just bargain basement, on the fringe of the roster players. Salguero never disappoints those of who like to point and laugh. (let's not even mention Kevin Burnett, Jorvorskie Lane, Davone Bess, Richie Incognito, Matt Moore, and maybe Armon Binns and Richard Marshall pan out as well.)

Then, if that is so, Truth, YG is a great writer and is wasting his Time here.

FERRIS, ALL PLYERS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTE TO 6 AND 10,^ AND 10 AND 7 AND 9 SEASONS....
THESE PLAYERS DESERVE A RAISE???
RAISE MY AZZZSZZZSZZZ.........................


(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

6-10,6-10 AND 7-9 SEASON.

Well, we improved by 1 Game this year with a Rookie HC and a Rookie QB. We shoud do much better next year.

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