Right, I'm about to get all armchair philosophical. Consider this fair warning! Sitting here waiting for a new HC to be announced and knowing that after that will come a storm of discussion about coordinators, positions coaches, the sort of offense that will be run etc. etc. its making for a rather strange offseason. Some of you have been fans over decades and have maybe gone through this a lot but this time has, for me, been the hardest to deal with. I think because of all the emotional investment in a horrible tanking season/process leading to a rebuild and having a big part of that now torn down. The identity of the Dolphins is going to change again. We could go back further but even if we only stretch back one decade we can talk about a Dolphins team that was once Philbin, Ireland, Hickey, Campbell, Grier, Tannenbaum, Gase, Flores and Flores. Tannehill, Pouncey, Clay, Bush, Bess, Hartline, Fasano, Starks, Soliai, Wake, Vernon, Miller, Wallace, Grimes, Ellerbe, Landry, Fede, James, Aikens, Phillips, Parker, Ajayi, Odrick, Satele, Moore, Thomas, Tunsil, Howard, Drake, Grant, Harris, McMillan, Godchaux, Tankersley, Suh, Gesicki, Fitz, Sanders etc.... So many different personalities, different identities... it's starting to feel like Theseus' Dolphins (to make a philosophical reference). How many parts can you can on the Dolphins before it ceases to be the Dolphins? Long gone are the days of Superbowls and high-powered offences, hardnosed football and NFL respect. If that's the Dolphins, it has slowly been replaced, plank by plank, rope by rope, and does anything of the original now remain? On the other hand, this team still carries the name, wears the colours, and is on the register as the one and only Miami Dolphins, even if over these last years that identity has changed to mean mediocrity, or worse. All teams changes. Players come and go, coaches too (though ideally not as often as this). Even owners. What is it that makes the Dolphins the Dolphins? What is it that fans attach to? Maybe it's not unlike the different military branches and arms and divisions. Proud connections to history and traditions, even if the pieces have changed, the baton got passed down. But then, maybe that's the difference. The military at least tries to maintain standards and ethos so that the spirit of the unit never dies. I've never served in the forces so I don't really know. Still, we stand here with another ship filled with holes, under repair again, hoping it will soon sail again with the best of them. But looking around, there's not much left I recognise. Is this still the Dolphins? What does that even mean? Can it ever be the Dolphins again?