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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Poll: Face of Miami Dolphins' franchise?

By James Walker

The Miami Dolphins have had several issues during their five-year playoff drought. But one of the biggest had been lack of leadership from top to bottom.

In the past, it was Dan Marino or Jason Taylor or Zach Thomas. Regardless of the era, there were certain players who developed leadership roles within the locker room and fans could readily identify with.

That brings me to our latest poll question: Who is the current face of the Dolphins' franchise?

There are several candidates to choose from, starting at quarterback with Ryan Tannehill. He has a 15-17 record as a starter and enters a crucial year to prove he's the long-term solution. Only recently has he become more of a vocal leader.

Head coach Joe Philbin is another candidate. Like Tannehill, he also is 15-17 and enters the year on the hot seat after a pair of non-winning seasons. Is Philbin the current face of Miami's franchise, despite his status?

What about Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake? He has been the Dolphins' best player for a few years and takes care of business on the field. Wake is not a huge vocal leader in the locker room.

Finally, you have Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey. He's one of the top centers in the NFL but had his share of off-the-field questions last year. Pouncey says his leadership isn't questioned among his teammates.

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on the current face of the Dolphins franchise. You can share your thoughts in the comment section below or send a message via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.