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This is an off-field issue for the Dolphins, which is why it isn't ranked.
It's also an important offseason priority for the Dolphins, one that can be changed only with time (although winning definitely helps).
The perception and reputation of the team isn't very good right now, and that's a fact. The Dolphins have been making the news for all of the wrong reasons, and it's very concerning—at least it is to myself, and I'm sure it is for coach Joe Philbin, general manager Dennis Hickey and owner Stephen Ross as well.
I wrote about this last week, and I was not only critical of Mike Pouncey and Don Jones (two players who were in the news for the wrong reasons during draft weekend), but the organization as a whole (I disagreed with Jones' punishment despite disagreeing with what was said in the tweet itself).
The reason for Jones' punishment made sense in the Dolphins' bubble in Davie, Florida, but let's not fool ourselves—it was a public relations move done in response to the white noise surrounding the team following Bullygate. It was one of many moves made by the Dolphins this offseason to attempt to distance themselves from that past.
The draft was another piece of the puzzle in the team distancing itself from the past. Miami went for high-character players regardless of what school they went to. That wasn't the only factor in drafting players (the Dolphins' draft class is a talented group that filled most of Miami's needs), but it was a factor.
Miami is working toward fixing its off-the-field issues, and so far as an organization, it's doing a fairly good job, despite the miscues by the two players last week.
Solving the off-field issues will come with time, though, because that's the only thing that can heal those problems.
*Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com. Salary info courtesy of Spotrac.com.