The next time Ryan Tannehill fires a pass for the Miami Dolphins, the logo on the side of his helmet will be much different—as will the team's level of play.
The Miami Dolphins logo change comes at an appropriate time that perfectly characterizes the promising direction the team is heading.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald first reported on Wednesday that the team was going for a new, fresh look, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick posted a humorous picture of himself on Twitter rocking a shirt that featured the fresh logo:
An aggressive offseason in the free agency pool has completely retooled the Dolphins' roster with exciting playmakers on both sides of the ball. Former Baltimore Raven Dannell Ellerbe was the most notable addition on defense, along with fellow LB Philip Wheeler, who racked up 109 combined tackles with the Oakland Raiders in 2012.
Offense is where the biggest overall splash was made, though.
The acquisition of electric wide receiver Mike Wallace gives the Dolphins an outstanding big-play threat to complement Brian Hartline on the opposite side. Underrated St. Louis Rams WR Brandon Gibson also joins the fold, along with TE Dustin Keller, who weakened the AFC East rival New York Jets by taking his talents to South Beach.
As the team's official website reports, the Dolphins' brass is pushing for a completely revamped modernization of Sun Life Stadium.
CEO Mike Dee implied that the new emblem paid tribute to the historic teams that defined the franchise's early history. Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun Sentinel logged Dee's comments.
There’s a lot of history in this in that we went back to colors, the true aqua and the true orange that were part of the first 29 years of the franchise’s history,” Dee said. “But the logo design itself and some other things you’ll see respect that tradition in the past but also have an eye on the 21st century Dolphins.
Speaking of centuries, the Dolphins have not had a true answer at the game's most important position since the turn of the millennium following the retirement of legendary quarterback Dan Marino, who also digs the logo:
Marino's implication of a new era is as accurate as his precise, powerful passes used to be, thanks to 2012 No. 8-overall pick Ryan Tannehill finally providing stability at the quarterback position.
Despite having a dearth of weapons at his disposal as a rookie, Tannehill played exceptionally well for much of his first year under center for Miami, given the fact that he had just 19 starts as QB at Texas A&M.
Tannehill is built strong, with a cannon for an arm, outstanding athleticism and surprising poise in the pocket for a quarterback so early in his development.
How will the Dolphins fare in 2013?
With Wallace's ability to stretch the field vertically, the Dolphins should have an explosive passing attack. The backfield is also young with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas leading the way.
It's also feasible that as Tannehill continues to develop under offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, Miami will catch on to the league trend of running the read-option, capitalizing on Tannehill's shocking speed.
As long as GM Jeff Ireland can shore up the secondary in the 2013 draft, this is a team that is suddenly built to contend following a 7-9 campaign under head coach Joe Philbin.
While the division is dominated by the New England Patriots, there is no question that the Dolphins are a team on the rise. They will be a force to be reckoned with sooner rather than later for the Pats—and for the entire rest of the NFL—and their new logo parallels the signs of progress surrounding the organization.