What happened with the Dolphins in the first two weeks of the 2019 regular season was painful to watch, and there’s absolutely no other way to portray it after they were outscored by a combined 102-10 by the Ravens and Patriots.
But for Dolphins fans, it needs to be about the big picture.
Just like the man who owns the team said after the end of the 2018 season when he decided to make a coaching change.
Stephen Ross then laid it out again when he emailed comments to the three South Florida newspapers — and that was before the 43-0 shutout loss against the Patriots in Week 2.
“We said it wouldn’t be easy, but it was something we are committed to and believe it’s the only way we can build a team to win continually,” Ross said. “Nothing great in life was ever achieved easily. There are no shortcuts or magic formulas. This is the NFL. There are no easy games and no one lucks into winning the Super Bowl. We have leadership that I believe in.”
This was no excuse-making by Ross after the disastrous season opener against Baltimore because he told everyone back on Dec. 31 there would be growing pains, that the Dolphins very well could end up taking steps back for the ultimate goal of finally taking steps forward.
Don’t believe me?
Just check out this collection of quotes from that
December press conference:
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Dolphins defense could use another playmaking linebacker
We understand that the offseason talk has centered on offense, and justifiably so. There are serious voids that must be filled both at running back and receiver. Just put in the tape from last season you’ll see that just about every Sunday.
Dolphins have tools to get better quickly
The challenge is clear and imposing. The Dolphins need to figure out how to go from good to great.
2021 NFL draft sneak preview
The Dolphins again will be prominent players in the 2021 NFL draft, thanks to the final returns from the major Laremy Tunsil trade with the Houston Texans.
NFL Honors, D-line coach, 2020 draft story
It was a disappointing, albeit not entirely surprising, night for the Dolphins when the NFL Honors awards presentation took place.
Flores goes with combo to run offense
The Dolphins have become pretty used to changing offensive coordinators in recent years, but they’re going to be trying a new approach in 2021.
DD's FREE AGENCY PLAN
Pro Football Focus had McCain rated higher than Rowe in terms of 2020 performance, though Rowe played the more difficult role of covering opposing tight ends (such as Travis Kelce and Darren Waller).
Offseason about to pick up
After a quiet February, the time is almost here for the Dolphins to start adding pieces to their roster to take the next step
Analyzing the Sanders extension
Jason Sanders had the best season ever for a Miami Dolphins kicker in 2020, and he was rewarded for it when he was named a first-team All-Pro.
2020 Free Agency Flashback
After reviewing the top pending free agents at every position, it’s important to understand that the Dolphins won’t be involved in the kind of shopping spree they had last offseason.
Time for yet another offensive coordinator
The Dolphins will have a new offensive coordinator again in 2021.
PUBLISHING AMID A PANDEMIC: How Board Games Survived and Thrived in 2020
COVID’s lasting impacts on our health and economy are still far from being understood. It will take many of us years, perhaps even a decade, to unravel what has changed in the last year. But some patterns are emerging, at least in the board gaming hobby, that indicate many publishers were well ahead of the curve even before the threat of a pandemic affected their supply chains worldwide. As the world began locking itself down to quell the threat of COVID-19, people continued to find solace in hobbies. Soon, the business journals and magazines of the world began tracking the increase of sales across a wide swath of interests as people did anything and everything to take their minds away from the weight of a pandemic circling the globe. Turns out, everything from toys, guitars, crafts, and board games were selling well despite a deflated economy. Report Linker’s “Board Games Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2021-2026” estimates that sales in the hobby will grow by 13 percent in the next five years, even with continued lockdowns. But what about the hobby as a whole? This article examines how 2020 affected the board gaming industry through three facets — big box stores, local board gaming cafes and stores, and the digital space — and how the pandemic has shaped them in the interim as well as moving forward. Is this projected forecast of its growth still as rosy?
Shaquil Barrett, Buccaneers 6-2 • 250 pounds • 29 years old
JELLY-BELLY BLAKE'S LOVE DIET!
Losing 10 lbs. for his bride
A circumnavigator's favorite ocean films
A still from the documentary Maiden, which tells the story of the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989-90.
The Real-Life: BATMAN
HOW ONE PERSON SEES THROUGH SOUND
GLAUCOMA BREAKTHROUGH WORKS AT DOC'S OFFICE!
No surgery! No drugs!
Boys To Men
Twenty years after their Super Bowl win, the 2000 Ravens are still talking about what it all means.
Out in the Open
In one of America’s least visited national parks, I find my authentic self.
JAYNE FOSTER: PORTRAITS OF UNKNOWN SITTERS
Jayne Foster grew up in a small town just north of London. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion and textiles at Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication before attending the Royal College of Art, from where she gained her Master's degree in Womenswear Design.