For years, I have been logging on to read about my Dolphins, full of hope and curiosity, only to have the seeds of doubt repeatedly planted in my mind. The special victim of these doubts has been Ryan Tannehill, whose statistics in no way reflect the gloom and doom articles that follow his performances each season. But the culture of negativity is far broader than that directed at Tannehill- it greets every draft pick after an uncertain first year, every free agent after a flat game or two.
Every coach knows that a culture of pessimism is pure poison for his players. But I have become a believer that these noxious environments are equally destructive for fan bases. I feel pessimism creep into the crowd at Dolphins games after the first moment of adversity. I move away from other fans at the sports bar when I feel their negativity winding up. I can't look at the threads of texts sent my way, despair creeping in when the team falls to 1-2. I wonder, how much of this "culture" originates in journalists who make dark predictions and then secretly wait for the first sign that the wheels are falling off?
We Dolphins fans deserve better. A new era is starting for our club. Let's be on board, as positive as the man at the helm, awaiting real change with open hearts and minds. Props to you, MadPhinsFan, for calling out for better coverage. Props to Coach for doing the same.
I know you reporters are reading this, even though you won't leave a comment and will slink away in the night. I know it the same way you know Tannehill reads your coverage of him. The only difference here is that if you've read this article carefully and take it to heart, you will become better at your job. If RT reads your coverage, you have only made his work harder.
So I say to you reporters: we are building something great. Get on board the positivity. If you can't, follow Philbin to his new post in scenic Indiana. There will be plenty to hate on there- you will be spoiled for choice. If you are staying with us, lose the poison.