Here we are folks, just a day from the beginning of Miami Dolphins Training Camp and with it the official start of the 2015 season as far as I am concerned. We sit just hours away from hearing how your favorite offseason stalwarts are performing and the true construction of the 53 man roster starts to take shape.
I, for one, am filled with excitement, consternation, coffee, nervousness, a sense of wonder at the universe, bourbon, and an all around feeling of wellness. All of that is to say I am optimistic about the upcoming season. Of course I was optimistic about every season the Dolphins have played, so maybe a grain of salt is advisable.
I can tell you some good news, there has been no news, which this time of year is really good news. This time last year, just as we all were feeling the collective tingle of anticipation, we were hit with the news of Dion Jordan’s and Reshad Jones’ four game suspensions.
That was coming off the news that Mike Pouncey was injured and would not be available to start the season. This year, a few days away from camp, the blessed silence that we all were hoping for has settled into place. While other teams are dealing with highly visible issues in the media, the Miami Dolphins are biding their time, preparing for what is a most important training camp and season.
There is a quiet confidence emanating from Davie in place of the normal rotted fish smell. A quiet expectation that Branden Albert will be ready for not just the regular season, but maybe even some of training camp, providing the linchpin to fortifying the offensive line.
There is the sense that DeVante Parker will not just be ready for the season, but will be a revelation when he appears on the football field. A feeling is growing around an idea that Ndamukong Suh will change the whole dynamic of not just how the defense performs, but eliminates the ceiling of what it can be.
As the hours tick by and that first whistle draws closer, all of us deserve the freshness of a new season. Right now, no one can say anything definitive about what’s to come this season, we can project and speculate, and opine all we want, but these moments as a new season opens are filled with deserved hope.
We are allowed to dream and hope, there is no obligation to keep yourself grounded and no real excuse to do so. Why care if you cannot even greet the start of a new season with hope?
There is a crackle in the air for me now. I can feel the tension building as the conversations grow more heated on the radio and the rebukes come more swiftly on social media. I hope you all will join me in my excitement because there is no other way to say it.
That time is here, football season is here, and it is about damn time.
This column was written by Ryan Winters. Follow him on Twitter: @WintersNFL
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