“I’ve told Tony that, to me, I want an aggressive, creative offense, not playing just to keep it close, where people really are a little more unpredictable. So, I think I look for a different brand, seeing the Dolphins how fans want to see it, and how we win, going downfield, in the days of Dan Marino, the days we all want to go back to.” – Dolphins Owner Stephen “Crazylegs” Ross, in January.
Two months later we’ve imported the master of the “Peyton Hillis Ground and Pound”, and architect of the lowest scoring offense in the AFC last year. Tony Sparano is already saying that we’re going to be a run-first offense, since that is what’s in his DNA.
Doesn’t seem like a recipe for the most harmonious relationship we’ve ever seen, now does it? Is Tony downplaying offensive changes in the hopes that we can blindside teams when the season starts? Are he and Daboll secretly going to unleash an innovative, big play, unpredictable offense come fall?
This sounds like something very different than what the check-cutter wants. Has Tony been given just enough leeway to go down swinging “his way”? Could Sparano really have come within an inch of the unemployment line, only to return with the exact same philosophy in 2011?
It’s going to be an interesting fall, assuming there’s even pro football to be played.
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