Miami Dolphins owner Steven Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland spent the majority of the team’s offseason feeling the wrath of the Miami Dolphins fan base. Upset with the failed attempts to land head coach Jeff Fisher and QB Peyton Manning, fans of the Dolphins became upset with the direction the franchise seemed to be drifting. Fans are fickle however, and after the Dolphins concluded their draft last month, a large segment of the Miami faithful now however give the Dolphins a favorable rating.
In a recent poll conducted by the Palm Beach Post, less than 10% of the 2,000 respondents suggest that Jeff Ireland has to go. Steven Ross is pleased with that news and is very pleased with the team’s offseason moves.
Speaking to reporters, Ross said things are starting to turn around for Miami. “You can see how things are starting to come around. I’m excited about it. The response from the fans has been excellent. We had a great draft and the team has a lot of good prospects,” said Ross.
The Dolphins front office did not cave to fan pressure early on in the offseason but suggested that the team had a plan in place. Miami was not overly active in free agency. By connecting the dots, it was widely speculated that the team would select former Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn after losing out on the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. Flynn would be reunited with his former Packers coach, Joe Philbin who has been hired as the new Dolphins head coach.
When the team missed out on Flynn to Seattle, fans saw the move as yet another failed move in a string of them by the team’s leadership. Protest were held outside of the team’s facility. Miami has been seemingly drifting aimlessly season to season and has only reached post-season play once in the last 10 seasons.
Steven Ross might be happy with the offseason moves and the fans might have eased their ire towards the team, but posting yet another six or seven win season will quickly fan the flames of anger towards the franchise.