Finally, we had Mike Tannenbaum come in to talk to the group. He was asked many questions about the draft process and how he felt the way the draft played out this year with Laremy Tunsil falling to them at #13 in the first round?
He started to talk about the trade that dropped them five spots from 8 to 13. They felt that the drop of five spots would still land them a quality starter while adding two defensive starters with Byron Maxwell and Kiki Alonso at manageable salaries. Alonso will be under his rookie contract for '16 and'17 as he lost a year due to an injury that landed him on injured reserve. Mr Tannenbaum never thought Tunsil would have dropped to us at #13. When GM Chris Grier scheduled Tunsil for an interview at the combine in Indianapolis he thought it was a waste of one of their 60 interviews that were allowed during the week. But, he says you never know how a draft can play out
He was also asked if he thought the change of coaching has been why we have had so much more production out of our young players? Tannenbaum was very diplomatic in his answer. But, said that Coach Gase is a very good problem solver and is one of the reasons why they signed him to lead our franchise.
Saturday afternoon we will have our tour of training camp and talks from executives and former players which is usually quite entertaining...
WEB WEEKEND 2016 Part 1
We started the Miami Dolphins Web Weekend today on Friday November 25. Thank you to Dolfan UK for allowing me to represent the club this year.
We had a private tour of the stadium with the upgrades to the VIP clubs as the focus of the morning. "The Nine" is the over the top private luxury club for the Living Rooms. The price to join this is staggering!!! Mr Ross even had a private elevator to this level.
The 72 Club has another extremely luxurious club which has an entrance to the field. All the season ticket members are allowed onto the field at some point before or after the game. All of these clubs have free gourmet foods and free drinks with driver service to and from the games available to them. Also, a great feature is a large glass window to watch the Dolphins Cheerleaders warming up and they walk through the club to the field before the game starts
Since last season they have started to put in large amounts of art work inside the stadium. I have attached photos of some large wall murals including my favourite one of Coach Shula. Each end zone has its own private club for their use which is smaller but very nice.
On the opponents side (north) we went into the Hyundai club. This gets quite a bit of use as the seats associated are directly in the sun. All food and drinks in this club has to be bought and not provided for free. Phase 3 will be to upgrade the concourses and Club area. Along with the exterior of the stadium. I can honestly say as a season ticket holder for 8 years our stadium is something to be proud of...
As the second part of the Web Weekend we went to the Dolphins Training facility and were seated inside the training Bubble at midfield.
First, we had Andre Branch come in for a quick talk before his defensive meeting began. He is a very nice and humble young man talking about how he had to make the most of the chance he has received from the Dolphins this season. He spoke about how close the team is under first year coach Adam Gase and the atmosphere of the environment. It seemed they really believe in the whole organization this season.
Next we were very lucky to have Jarvis Landry pop in for a talk. He is a very engaging and well spoken young man who echoed what Andre Branch has said about the team environment and Coach Gase. My favorite question asked seemed to be Jarvis Landry's, as well. He was asked about the play against the Rams where his teammates pushed him into the end zone which can only be compared to a Rugby Scrum. He said he saw Ju'wan James come in first as the others followed and his feet didn't touch the ground until he was in the end zone!!!