Winning fixes everything.
It is an idiom that we often hear in reference to sports teams going through a rough stretch. Regardless of the problems, the mismanagement, the blown calls, or anything else that has caused some sort of tribulation for the franchise, winning will cure it all. Winning will ease the pain, increase patience, and allow the world to overlook the failures of the past. After all, winning is the goal every time a team takes the field, and successfully accomplishing the goal is what matters, right?
Usually these wins take place on the field, court, diamond, or pitch, but for the Miami Dolphins, the victory has happened in the latter half of the offseason.
Just a month ago, fans and critics were pointing fingers at the team, accusing them of being incompetent. Fans had held protests, demanded that the General Manager be fired, and were critical of owner Stephen Ross’ attempts to calm the masses.
Yet, here we are just a few weeks later, and there seems to be a sense of excitement in South Florida; the kind of excitement that comes from winning.
Before the 2012 NFL Draft, there were many fans and critics, including myself, who were critical over the possibility of the Dolphins taking a risk on a quarterback with the 8th pick of the Draft. Those reservations were not unfounded, but now that the powers that be have made their choice, there is a certain assurance in knowing that the team has a plan.
Selecting Ryan Tannehill with a top ten pick was risky, but there are a lot of positives to be considered, one of which is the support he has gotten from the Dolphin coaching staff. No one knows Tannehill better than his former coach, and current offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman. If he felt secure enough to tie himself to Tannehill, then he must have a strong belief in the young quarterback’s ability to become a franchise type of talent.
The biggest positive seems to be simply feeling like the team is heading somewhere.
Earlier in the offseason, it felt as if the Dolphins were lost at sea, chasing big name free agents around, releasing long tenured fan favorites, and making no significant improvement, while the rest of the division was making major improvements.
Now, Miami has clearly stated the course they feel will lead them to be a constant contender, and if nothing else, this has bolstered the faith of the fan base. There is still a split out there among the Tannehill believers and his detractors, but that is to be expected. Many are just taking it for what it is, and waiting to see what type of team the Dolphins will put on the field come fall.
The offseason may have not began the way that fans and critics would have liked, but there is no doubt that the NFL Draft, and subsequent free agent signings, has brought about a feeling of success, the satisfaction of achievement, and a hope for the future.
And, that is what winning is all about.