Poll Friday: Dolphins' biggest issue?

The Miami Dolphins haven’t had a winning season for five consecutive years. They haven’t played in a Super Bowl in 29 years or won a Super Bowl in 40 years.

With this kind of lengthy ineptitude, it’s easy to see why so many Dolphins fans are disappointed in South Florida. The Dolphins were once a proud franchise. But the Dolphins have lately become an NFL punchline after a year that included a late-season collapse, a bullying scandal and in-fighting among the head coach and former general manager.

This week’s “Poll Friday” question is simple: What is the Dolphins’ biggest issue that needs to be fixed? Miami is hoping to get back on the right track in 2014.

Is it the internal drama? The Dolphins became a soap opera late last season as factions developed behind the scenes. Former general manager Jeff Ireland was on one side and coach Joe Philbin and executive Dawn Aponte were on the other. Owner Stephen Ross admitted he was aware of the issues but couldn’t address them until after the season when he parted ways with Ireland.

Speaking of Ross, is he the Dolphins’ biggest problem? Miami’s owner remained steadfastly loyal to the likes of Ireland and Philbin. He probably held on to Ireland too long and his loyalty to Philbin scared away top GM candidates. Do Miami’s problems start at the top?

What about inside the locker room? Do the Dolphins lack talent to be a contender? Ireland lost his job after five consecutive non-winning seasons. Miami got little from its latest draft class and has major holes on the offensive line, among other positions.

Finally, is poor coaching Miami’s biggest issue? Philbin is 15-17 in two seasons. He’s a below-.500 coach and is entering a make-or-break third season. Is Philbin holding the Dolphins back?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on Miami’s biggest issue. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below or send a message via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.