The new color scheme is supposed to return the Dolphins to their founding.
The new logo is supposed to have a more active approach for the Dolphin. (Did I really write that last sentence?)
The mascot will be parallel to the ground and seem to be flying through the orange sunburst, which is bigger now. The mascot on the old logos seemed to be leaping through the sunburst almost perpendicular to the ground.
The Dolphins recently took a liking to wearing their white on white uniforms almost exclusively. It used to be a strictly practical matter because playing in South Florida in the heat made wearing white on white cooler for the players and that was an advantage.
The theme will carry on and now the Dolphins will add white face masks to the look for the first time. The white face masks will make Miami only the second NFL franchise with that look, as Kansas City also uses white.
Uniform and logo changes might seem trivial to the disinterested but are actually a visceral topic for fans.
The Marlins did it last year, and it was hideous.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did it in 1997 to applause from fans and players alike because the skull and crossed swords on the pirate flag is endlessly more intimidating than Buccaneer Bruce ever was despite the dagger in his mouth.
The purists will complain the Dolphins should never change their logo. They point to the New York Yankees or New York Giants as teams with tradition that have kept the same uniform and logos for decades and done quite well.
The Dolphins have actually changed their original logo a handful of times, and the current one is actually only 16 years old.
And as to the Giants never changing?
They changed their logo years ago and then changed back. And on Tuesday they announced they would unveil an alternative uniform in 2013, replacing the familiar grey pants with white ones.
So much for tradition.