The helmet with the iconic M will be gone. The plump Dolphin with the cartoonish scowl is also out. The orange sunburst will be bigger and have more spikes. And the face mask on helmets will go all white for the first time in team history.
Bottom line? The Dolphins are changing their logo and uniforms. The club originally planned to unveil the new gear April 18 but has changed that and will now do it April 25, which is also the first day of the NFL Draft.
And yes, last weeks Internet leak of the new logo was indeed the new logo, multiple club sources have confirmed.
Let the celebration begin. Let the controversy begin.
The Dolphins expect both.
They know some fans will initially dislike the new logo because, well, people are different and no one quite sees things through the same prism. So a number of people are bound to dissent. But the team also expects many fans to embrace the change and flock to stores to buy the Nike gear and jerseys that will bear the new logo and new look.
The Dolphins know there will be no consensus.
But buzz? Oh yes, there will more of that than there was a couple of weeks ago for things that actually have an effect on winning and losing such as the addition of new free agent receiver Mike Wallace.
Fans have been discussing possible logo changes on social media for months. This newspaper held a contest to have readers submit possible changes. Other websites have done the same.
But the Dolphins new logo comes straight from the top of the organization.
There will be so much buzz about this change that the team is uncertain how media covering the draft and the official logo and uniform reveal on the same day with one event at Sun Life Stadium and the other at the teams training facility will divide resources and determine priorities.
Is the arrival of a new logo going to get more attention, more play, than that of the teams first-round draft pick or the other way around? No one knows.
Either way, when Miamis first-round pick is announced and hes handed a cap and jersey by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, hell be getting the new gear, and it will be the first time the gear will be on national TV.
The Dolphins originally planned to unveil the new gear one week earlier. But those plans suddenly changed after the NFL owners meetings last week. Some believe the NFL asked for the move and owner Stephen Ross, vying to land a Super Bowl in May, compromised in order to gain favor.
Its also possible the club is using the draft to shield the new logo and uniforms from a chorus of criticism.
The Dolphins, by the way, are not publicly commenting on the new logo or the authenticity of the leak. But it is real. There is no doubt.
It has been in the pipeline for a while, as new gear doesnt just magically appear at the teams stores and other outlets on the day of the unveiling. Many people have seen it.
Back to the roots
I havent seen the uniform. But Im told the color scheme going forward will be a throwback to the teams roots. The aqua and orange somehow morphed over the years sometimes getting darker, sometimes lighter, sometimes even looking a bit turquoise or teal or even somewhere in the green family when none of that was the original intent.
Aqua and orange, folks.
Yes, with some white and some blue in the mix.