Dave Wannstedt left the Dolphins during the 2004 season. In the 12 year span since (including that season), the fins have averaged 6.6 wins per season. And considering they had 11 wins one year, it's actually much worse than it sounds.
And even that 11 win season is coming around to its 10th anniversary.
And a new coach and lots of new players (and of course tannehill!) doesn't make me optimistic that it's going to get better anytime soon.
The playoffs seem elusive, made more so by the current state of the NFL. Of course, only 6 of 16 teams make it in the AFC.
Year over year, 3 teams (Patriots, Broncos, and Steelers) are virtual locks and another 5 (Colts, Bengals, Chargers, Chiefs, and Ravens) are vying to unseat them and/or be one of the other 3.
And then there's everyone else trying to break in to the group. Sure in any given year, any team at the top could falter. And any of the rest might have a breakout season.
But it's rare. And going past the first game is rough going for any of them - because the teams at the top have the (elusive to everyone else) experience of winning those games.
So the reality is that Miami is stuck in neutral and has limited prospects to win more than 8 games with a new coach and a new roster.
And the playoffs remain but a dream...