Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/4/14
The last name printed on the back of the aqua jersey that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed the No. 8 pick in Thursday night's draft was "Tannehill." It may as well have read "Hope." There was none in South Florida this offseason when it came to the Miami Dolphins. A once-proud franchise had become a disaster under general manager Jeff Ireland's leadership and Stephen Ross' bumbling ownership. The quarterback position is symbolic of how far the club has fallen. No team had fielded more starters (16) than Miami since Dan Marino's retirement following the 1999 season. The problem was further magnified this offseason. The Dolphins couldn't emerge as a serious contender to sign Peyton Manning and were outbid by Seattle for Green Bay's Matt Flynn in free agency. The latter was a natural fit for a reunion with Joe Philbin -- the former Packers offensive coordinator who is Miami's new head coach -- but the Seahawks did a far better job courting Flynn than Ireland did. Even die-har...
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