We all know that Bill Parcells has the pressure of rebuilding a team in the cellar of the NFL. What makes it all the more daunting is that he has to do this against the backdrop of NE, who just happen to be on the best run in the history of the NFL. His fingerprints are on that franchise as well. But the task Parcells faces is more than just reviving a bad team from the ashes. Every year, other mean (perhaps lesser) are tasked to do that with other teams (perhaps not as bad as Miami). There is more at stake this time. Hes not only attempting to restore a franchise, the very future of the franchise is in his hands. If BP doesn't turn this thing around, it very well could be that the Fins are sold and moved to either San Antonio (most likely) or Los Angeles (less likely). First, lets first establish some facts. I think we start by accepting the obvious that football in Miami isn't approached with the same passion as it is in Dallas or Green Bay. Part of it is that the Fins stink, but the Buffalo and New Orleans have supported worse teams in smaller markets. The demography has changed in America in general, and in South Florida specifically. The diversity that has taken root doesn't put football on the same pedestal in Miami as did the last generation. Many of the residents from Miami are new to the area and don't remember the days of Shula, Griese, or Marino. And if they do remember, they could care less if those glory days return. Another fact about South Florida is there is just much else to do. The beach, and all that it has to offer (nature, sailing, cruises, shops, restaurants, night life) is something other franchises don't have to compete against. Miami is also a favorite destination of off-broadway plays, concerts, and other entertaiment. These compete not only with the passion of the natives, but also the money. Lets talk about the money. As the talent, performance, and over all results of the Dolphins have all regressed over the years, the prices keep going up. Going to see a Fins game isn't a value. You don't feel like you've received a bargain. The tickets are expensive, the parking is expensive (and very time consuming), the refreshments are expensive...and you leave with so little to show for your efforts. The last challenge facing Miami is the climate. How many have ever sat in Dolphins Stadium at 1pm in September or October? Its hot as hell. Other places in the country are hot in the summer, but the heat in Miami is oppressive. And by October and November, when many other places in the country are experiencing football weather, Miami is still upper 80s and sunny. Now if they were winning, all of these points would be moot. The locals would show up in mass to support the home team. Right now, the locals showing up are mostly northerners there to support the Jets or Patriots, or the large contingent of Cowboys fans cheering on "America's Team". I know I used to make the trek from Tampa a couple of times a year to support the Fins. But when they stopped trying, I stopped going. And I am not alone. They could fix it. All they have to do is win. But the Fins aren't winning. Wayne Huizenga, who in the past has pledged undying loyalty to the Fins, recently hinted that he would be willing to sell the team. Hes since softened that stance, with the only difference being Parcells. If Parcells isn't successful here and leaves in three or four seasons, we could see the Dolphins follow. And I don't think they would face much opposition from the NFL. They actually might have their support. San Antonio is itching for football. Its a great town and growing. Texas is a great football state where passions run wild. High School stadiums in Texas hold 30K plus, and are full on a regular basis. The NFL could keep its presence in Miami by rotating Super Bowls and moving the Pro Bowl from Hawaii to Miami permanently. While the heat in Miami is unbearable in September and October, theres no place like it in January. Its a win/win. There is a case to make for LA, but being that they are a two time loser and face many of the same challenges of Miami, I think San Antonio makes more sense. And San Antonio knows it. They are gearing up for football. The NFL knows it. Its a huge market that the NFL would love to have a presence. And Huizenga knows it. He needs/wants to sell the Fins and he won't care where they go once he does. So the challenge for Parcells is to remake this franchise in the image of the Patriots, beat the Jets EVERY year and save the franchise for Miami. It'll be interesting to see if he succeeds in all, or any, of those areas. But if in a few years you are watching the San Antonio Gun Slingers (who used to be the Dolphins), you can remember, you heard it here first.