Here the Miami Dolphins are again. Like bachelors, left standing with a giant rock in a jewlery box. Prior to last season, they tried to propose to Jim Harbaugh. He declined. Instead, Harbaugh chose San Francisco and led them to a 13-3 record and a trip to the NFC title game. This season they were down to the “final two” vying for the services of experienced NFL coach Jeff Fisher. They made their pitch, they got down on their knee and they proposed. He declined. Fisher chose St. Louis who had the noted advantage of a “franchise” quarterback. Undaunted, the Phins turned their jewlery box towards the definition of a “franchise” quarterback, Peyton Manning. Initially, Miami seemed like a likely destination for the future Hall of Famer. He played golf with Marino, he had a condo in South Beach and he had been throwing with University of Miami alum Reggie Wayne. All the pieces seemed to fit, get the number 18 jersey’s ready! Then Peyton’s first visit came. It wasn’t with Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland however. It was all the way in Denver, Colorado to visit with Pat Bolen, John Elway and the Broncos. Miami would become third in line, in fact. Arizona would be second to make their recruiting pitch to Peyton. All of the sudden Miami was mentioned less and less as a possibility. That’s okay Dolfans thought, we’d get him to Miami last and close it out like Mariano Rivera. Peyton would instead make Miami come to him. Making the Dolphins visit seem more like a “courtesy sit-down.” The Dolphins brass returned to Miami, with less optimism and yes- their jewlery box. Later in the week, Manning would declare what many had already assumed, he declined Miami’s proposal. It’s now down to Denver and two late contenders, San Francisco and Tennessee. So where does Miami go from here? They have the money, the resources and the sunny destination that should lure just about anyone to play or coach for the franchise. Yet, they’ve been continually left standing at the alter no matter what they do. Why do they keep getting turned down? Is Stephen Ross opening a jewlery box with a cubic zirconia inside? Did he not go to Jared? The Dolphins have the seeds to build a winner, no question. Joe Philbin may have not been the sexy name Jeff Fisher was, but Ross may have lucked into the best decision he’s made since running the Dolphins. Philbin is even-tempered and has a cerebral football mind. He may be just what the doctor ordered. And while he may not be coaching Peyton Manning this year, he will be coaching a talented football team. A team that, even as currently constituted, with Matt Moore at the helm, should be in the mix for second place in the AFC East. Undoubtedly, Matt Moore will have some competition, whether it’s Matt Flynn, Alex Smith, David Garrard or Ryan Tannehill. Ross will have to “settle” and hand that jewlery box to his second or third choice as his next quarterback. This road seems awfully familiar. All Dolphins fans can hope for is that Joe Philbin and whomever calls the signals next year knows how to make a turn off this tired path.