I like Miller also because he was often electric at the University of Miami.
But can anyone guarantee Miller is going to meet expectations when his résumé offers all of 51 NFL carries?
Dolphins players shouldn’t be criticized for showing confidence in what Ireland and coach Joe Philbin are putting together. They’re asked questions and give honest answers.
But big talk, big contracts and big moves conspire to raise expectations. And high expectations are often too burdensome for newly formed teams to carry.
High expectations mean Tannehill actually has to play like a star instead of just being compared to one.
High expectations mean Hartline racking up 1,000 yards but scoring only one touchdown again is not such a good season anymore. High expectations mean Wallace must be among the league’s best receivers because he’s getting paid like it. High expectations demand that Jordan become great and Cameron Wake continue to be great.
High expectations mean that the defense that was a very good No. 7 in points allowed last year should be in the top five this season. High expectations allow the offense no excuses for being anemic again this season.
High expectations are a killer sometimes.
Some Dolphins fans wanted Shula fired because, near the end, he only got the team to the playoffs but didn’t win Super Bowls anymore. Some fans wanted the Heat dismantled or coach Erik Spoelstra fired when the team didn’t win it all two years ago. Ask the 2012 Marlins how unmet expectations led to a manager’s firing and the payroll being slashed (again).
Maybe the Dolphins don’t mind that kind of no-win scrutiny. It doesn’t matter whether they do or don’t. It’s on them.
It’s what happens when you’re the NFL’s offseason champs.