Sitting outside in Orlando as I write this: you can feel the pressure drop, the wind has just picked up, the sky is darkening. A storm is coming.
That is how the Miami Dolphins must feel. After a poor 1-3 start, after the team not living up to off-season hype and after the whirlwind of the last two weeks-it must feel like they are in the eye of the storm.
Dan Campbell is the oncoming storm. Storms do not truly destroy, they simply clear the decks so something new can grow.
Make no mistake something new is growing down in Miami.
The fans can feel it, the media can feel it. Most importantly every single player, coach and even the owner can feel it.
Owner you say? Yes. Did you see the look on Steve Ross’ face after Campbell’s first win. That was unadulterated joy…it has been a long time coming.
Campbell had an impressive introductory press conference. Even better he has followed through on everything he said he would do. Competition has a home again in south Florida. From Oklahoma drills to rugby scrums to the winner wears black…he has found a way to reach everyone from Ndamukong Suh and Ryan Tannehill to Bobby McCain.
The team is playing with their hair on fire. You believe the entire team will run through a wall for their head coach. It has shown on the field over the first two weeks.
Thursday night is the real test. The measuring stick. Blowing out the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans is one thing. Walking into Foxboro to challenge the defending Super Bowl champions and division leading New England Patriots is entirely something else.
Campbell himself calls Bill Belichik one of the greatest coach in the history of the game. Beating them will be no easy task but I believe this team is up to it.
If the Dolphins do pull the upset, well I have a job for owner Steve Ross.
If Dan Campbell leads this team to an incredible three game turnaround then I want Ross to step to the podium after the game Thursday night. Look out at the media and announce Dan Campbell as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins for the 2016 season. He deserves it.
Campbell and his Miami Dolphins will step into Foxboro unafraid and they are bringing one hell of a storm with them.