It's that time of year folks! Midsummer in South Florida. It's hot, it's humid, it should be thundering and lightening (not so much this year). That means only one thing-DOLPHINS CAMP!!!!
The Miami Dolphins will report to training camp on the campus of Nova Southeastern University this morning. They hit the practice field for the first time at 2PM. Two-a-days will commence tomorrow morning at 9AM and 5PM.
Let the football year begin!
Now that I got all of my opening fanfare out of the way, let's look at this past off-season.
Since last January's 30-24 loss to the Steelers that ended a 7-9 campaign Bill Parcells continued to put his stamp on this franchise.
Gone are LB Joey Porter, DE Jason Taylor (gasp-I still can't fathom seeing him in Jets green), and finally and thankfully the Ted Ginn bust is finally over for good!
The addition of WR Brandon Marshall was by far and away the biggest addition of the off-season. The addition of LB Karlos Dansby has to be number two. First round draft pick Jared Odrick was signed yesterday and will be in camp this morning. I really like his size and he should fit in very well with a "Parcells" defense.
This team got younger, bigger, and stronger over the off-season. Is that going to translate into a trip to the post-season? That remains to be seen.
The first and biggest battle is in the AFC East. While the Dolphins improved, so did a Jets team that went all the way to the conference championship last season. The New England Patriots also added two new targets for Tom Brady.
So it will all start to unfold on the practice field in Davie this afternoon.
Following an off-season where South Florida welcomed Lebron James and Chris Bosh, kept Dwayne Wade and said goodbye to Fredi Gonzalez, Jorge Cantu and Nathan Horton, the NFL will return to the sports landscape.
Let the football season begin!