What Miami Dolphins' Blueprint for 2012 and Beyond Should Look Like

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What Miami Dolphins' Blueprint for 2012 and Beyond Should Look Like
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With a record of 0-7, a lame-duck coach and (hopefully) a lame-duck general manager, it's time for the Miami Dolphins to start looking forward. 

The most exciting day of the year for 'Phins fans will likely be January 2nd, the day after the final NFL Sunday. That's the day that the players will show up at Dolphins training camp in Davie to collect their things and be on their way out. Some of them might be back, but others will be saying goodbye to South Florida for the last time. 

A few days after that, the Dolphins will likely name a new head coach, new general manager and new vice president of football operations. At that time we can begin scouting the Senior Bowl, combines and various college pro days as well as looking ahead to potential free agents. 

Instead we're in November, but why not look ahead now? 

I have a blueprint for the future. It won't just help the Dolphins in 2012, but it should help put this team on a track to respectability. Slow and steady is the only way to go at this point in time; hopefully you weren't fooled by 2008's miracle, because in reality it should take about two to three years before the Miami Dolphins are back. 

I've set the target date of February 1st, 2015. This is the tentative date of Super Bowl XLIX, to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. This is the Super Bowl that Miami, if they follow my blueprint, will be most likely to play in. For the incoming 2012 rookie class, it will be their third season and it will also be the incoming head coach and GM's third season. 

This is the Super Bowl to shoot for, and if the Dolphins happen to be so lucky as to get there beforehand, consider it a bonus. However if they fail to reach that year's Super Bowl but are still awfully close, it can still be considered a success. 

So how do they get there? Let's see the plans. 

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