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Dolphins operating by familiar script but will finale be different?

Dolphins fans are reinvigorated these days. I know this because the emails to me saying as much have tripled. The traffic on this blog has multiplied the past three weeks. I have more people following me on twitter than ever before.

The Dolphins are seeing the fruits of this excitement also in some areas.

As I write in my column in today's Miami Herald the sales of season tickets to new fans is proceeding nicely.

But ...

Yes, folks, there's seemingly always a but. The renewal sales are not doing well. Season ticket holders that spent their money last season are not so far buying in as well this offseason despite the apparent upgrades in free agency and the hope that some of the club's upcoming 11 draft picks will be contributors to turning the Dolphins into winners for the first time since 2008.

I have a theory why this is -- one I've shared with Dolphins CEO Mike Dee and others. I believe Dolphins fans who have seen much heartache and pain the past decade and have gotten their hopes up multiple times only to have them dashed aren't going to operate on sheer faith anymore.

Many want to see results before they invest in tickets again.

And here's the thing:

The Dolphins, who obviously want to make the point that things are different this time, are actually following a very familiar script this offseason in telling you why the results in 2013 will be different. It's uncanny, really.

So, bottom line, will things be different in 2013? I'm not sure. I think so.

I love the Mike Wallace acquisition. I don't know that the linebacker additions will produce as many big plays as the Dolphins hope. I believe the Dolphins will be just fine without Jake Long or Sean Smith because, frankly, neither player actually ever won a game for the Dolphins. I really would like the team to add a proven and experienced pass-rusher while one is still out there.

But I still have questions about the quarterback position. Everyone, including coach Joe Philbin, this offseason is telling me Ryan Tannehill is the real deal. He's going to be very good, they say. There are no warning signs for him failing, they say.

If that's the case, everything will be fine with the 2013 Dolphins.

But I simply am not certain that will be the case. I saw some good but some not-so-good play out of Tannehill in 2013 even as other rookie QBs were playing like Pro Bowl players. So I think the jury is still out and I'm not ready to endorse him as the real thing yet.

And if Tannehill isn't the real deal?

Suffice to say we've seen what will happen play out before.

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Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, is YG mad at Odie.

Tell me, is it because we exposed you as the main troll(aka ALoco, Cuban Menace, etc, etc add nauseum)? LOL...

Or is it because I called you on Odrick being a top 10 3-4 DE for all those years(though he wasn't and he only played the position for one stinking year year). LMAO......

Maybe it's because we laughed at you for weeks, while you cried and whined about Hartline. Then Ireland and Philbin resigned him just like me and Mark TOLD YOU they would. ROTFLMAO.....

Or was it(My Personal Favorite-lol) because SpOrano was going to be the most sought after head coach in the NFL after we fired his ass? Bhwaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaa!!!!

Yep YG, you're pretty good at talking shyt, butchering paragraphs and mispelling words.

But with your own words, you've made it PAINFULLY clear that you don't know Jack Squat about Football or the Miami Dolphins.

With 11 picks (2 of them r compensary and can not b traded) we have great flexability. We have needs at a OT,CB,DE,and RB. With all those picks at our disposal we should be able to address most of our needs and ad plenty of depth. I'm counting on a great draft to get us to the next level ( over NE ) next yr.

A newspaper reporter . They make up things so we will read their post. That is why only certain people can do it. Politicians, Lawyers, Insurance, Newspaper reporter,not a dime difference, They all feed of good working people to make their living by lying and saying things that destroy good people that are trying to make a honest living.We all make mistakes that is the first thing they jump on. Nobody would read their articles if it was about success.

Talk to me in 2 more years and we'll see where Wilson, Kaepernick, and RG3 are.

Luck is a lock to be amazing and while I am not saying the others won't, their skill sets are much more suspect. Randall Cunningham did not revolutionize the QB position and neither did Michael Vick. So lets see what happens once the professionals on the other side of the ball have some time to play these kids a few times.

It is true Armando , Tannehill was a below average QB last year,he was a rookie but the truth is you can either play or you can't this year we will find out hopefully he can, it is too bad we lost Reggie he would have helped this year's offense for sure, but thanks to Jeff he improves one part of the team and weakens another if this year goes south, Ross should show him the door once and for all.

how can people say that miami is far away from being a top team? didn't they watch the team play last year? how many GREAT teams did we lose to by only 3 points? how close were we to making playoffs? ok, we got holes to fill...agree...but to say we are way off of being a contender is just stupid...and real fans should be buying tickets..i spend thousands each year to travel from MT to come watch my beloved fins...win or lose....support your team and cheer em on..GO FINZ!!

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