The Miami Dolphins have a history of racism. During the team's 1972 perfect season, African-American running back Mercury Morris would carry the ball down the field until the team was just a few yards from the goal line. Then Jim Kiick would come in to score the touchdown.
Later, amazing players would tear up the field in Overtown, but the team would refuse to draft them. Many Miami African-Americans stopped believing this was their team.
Now, finally, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who had no part in creating this problem, is changing it. He has hired African-American executives, including Nat Moore and Twan Russell. He can complete the transformation by making the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson, his head coach.
You may have heard of Jackson. He worked under Steve Spurrier with the Redskins, tutored Joe Flacco with the Baltimore Ravens, and spent a year in 2010 as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. So he's worked with the best and has experience at the top.
More recently, he's done a tremendous
The Dolphins should be able to do far more. There are talented players here. Running
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The 50th-anniversary season was supposed to be the year the Fins challenged the New England Patriots for NFL supremacy. Instead, the team has tanked again. Five of Miami's ten losses have come against division rivals by a combined score of 175-72.
To reach the playoffs and beyond, quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs Jackson, who can show him how to get the ball to top receivers. Ross would also make history by hiring the Dolphins' first African-American head coach, something blacks in Miami have never believed they would see in their lifetime.
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