New uniforms. New offensive weapons. New defensive core. New personnel approach. The 2013 Miami Dolphins are looking to create a new perspective, with new players, and a new attitude. The Dolphins hold their first practice of the 2013 training camp on Sunday, their sights set on a new ending, one that has them competing in the playoffs. Second-year head coach Joe Philbin and the staff are assembling the team a little earlier than the other NFL clubs because they’re preparing to be one of the first teams on the field, as they’re set to face the Dallas Cowboys at the Hall of Fame Game on August 4th.
General Manager Jeff Ireland spent much of his time this offseason rewriting the opinion of him held by Dolphins fans in the signatures of the players he inked over the last few months. Miami managed to land perhaps the biggest free agent in the market when they signed former Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Mike Wallace to a five years and $60 million deal. Wallace, the deep-threat the Dolphin offense has lacked for too long, reportedly turned down a more lucrative contract offer from the Minnesota Vikings. He told USA Today that he “just wanted to be happy. Money isn’t everything.”
The team is hoping it gets it’s money’s worth in Wallace. Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill now has a target to blow off the top of an opposing team’s defense, and one he’s not likely to overthrow, as he did with some of his slower-footed receivers last season.
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