Fans -myself included- are clamoring for something from this team. The Dolphins haven't won a playoff game in this century. They've been pretty awful most of the time. They've been through 4 head coaches and 3 entirely renewed rosters in that time (essentially since Dave). And yet it feels like they're running in mud.
And that brings me back to Bill Parcells. Kudos to H Wayne for getting him and making the effort. Jeers to Stevie for letting him walk away without a word.
So, there a couple of thoughts I had on this topic. As I've noted many times, the Falcons tried to lure Parcells there and he rebuffed them, to come here instead. The Falcons are in much, much, MUCH better shape. Some of you argued with me that the Falcons started off with a better roster. But with 4 years worth of churn, I think that argument is pretty much moot now. There has been enough time to "rebuild" but it never happened.
And then there's the Carl Peterson factor. Carl's a friend of Stevie's, and a lot of you were wary of him coming here and "ruining this franchise, like he did the Chiefs." But I would argue that his time with the Chiefs wasn't that bad. He was there for 20 years and (according to Wikipedia) "The Chiefs were the NFL's winningest team in the 1990s, won four AFC West championships, and played in the team's only AFC Championship Game in January 1994. Over Peterson's 20 years, the Chiefs' record was 176-141-1 and qualified for the NFL playoffs nine times."
Hmmmm. Sounds like (a) he was committed, and (b) he actually brought some winning attitude to the team. Two things Parcells did not do. In fact, I would argue that what Parcells did here was far worse than what Peterson did to the Chiefs.
So we lost out there, too. In retrospect, I would MUCH RATHER have had Carl Peterson running this franchise with a modicum of dignity!
But we are we is. All I can hope for is something better. Maybe it happens mysteriously with the team we have, and if not, we're years more away in rebuilding...
Oh how I long for the Don Shula days....