Well before the Miami Dolphins began a successful 2008 campaign, a man named Bill Parcells was introduced as the Vice President of Football Operations. Basically, that title meant that he had final say in most situations regarding football.
As soon as the news spread around Miami and the NFL world, there was a buzz around the Dolphins, who were a once proud franchise.
With this once proud franchise now at the bottom, it was almost inevitable that Parcells would elevate Miami to the top...or so we thought.
When Parcells was hired, if someone asked you where Miami would be after four seasons under his direction, you probably would have agreed that Miami would be well on its way to contention.
We are now embarking on the fourth week of the 2011 season, looking at a Miami team that is dazed, perplexed and about every other depressing adjective you can think of.
Miami's play wouldn't inspire a winless team of grade-school children.
Sparing you any more sarcasm in regard to Miami's bleak future, it isn't hard to see that since Parcells' arrival in Miami, this team has lacked true direction.
It is as if the team, media and fans thought that the Great Tuna's presence would alleviate the combined disaster of all the quarterbacks that have played in Miami since Dan Marino.
Barring the failure of a physical, I'm pretty certain that most Miami fans still believe that Dan Marino, in this present time, would be better than any quarterback that has played since he hung up his own pads.
Will Tony Sparano be fired by seasons end?
While the current coaching staff hasn't been notified of its termination, the writing has been on the wall since the end of last season.
Once the imminent fortune of this staff is decided upon, Miami will be back to square one.
Not only will a new coach be in order, but a change of the culture will be necessary in order to fix a team that has been hung over since its glory-boy retired.
It will truly be gut-check time. The current players will be forced to hold each other accountable and right the wrongs before they too are sent packing.
What Went Wrong?
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. A combination of factors ultimately led to the collapse of this franchise. Amidst the turmoil, Miami still has 13 games to play this season.
Aside from the "Suck For Luck" Campaign, these players are paid to win football games and that is what they will try to do.
There are still many unanswered questions regarding what Bill Parcells was trying to do here.
Was Tony Sparano really the best head coaching candidate, considering the fact that he was an offensive line coach before being named the unanimous leader of the locker room?
How much of an effect did the feuds between Parcells and general manager Jeff Ireland have on the direction of the team?
What is owner Stephen Ross' role in the big picture of this franchise?
Something behind the scenes did go wrong. Feelings were hurt and enemies were made. Parcells burned his bridge back to Miami, while his absence seems to have buried a lot of emotions.
While it is hard for people to support a losing team with little hope for the rest of the season, fans must continue to realize that while one door is closing, another is opening.
We don't know what the future holds, but a new era in Miami is about to begin. Perhaps the Dolphins will add a little more 'Luck' to their fortune.