« Tony Sparano's take on game, practices | Main | Thursday morning doings at Dolphins camp »

The Dolphins evening doings -- with '99 moment

The news first: The Dolphins dumped Eric Green after Wednesday's morning practice. If you are surprised he's gone, you haven't been paying attention because he struggled in the Jacksonville preseason game, struggled in training camp practices before that, and struggled in offseason work before that.

Green's short Dolphins career can best be described as a struggle. He starts a new career with San Francisco on Thursday because he has agreed to terms with that team on a new contract.

I have also confirmed that Venus and Serena Williams will be two of the three new minority owners announced by the Dolphins next Tuesday. That's all I got to say about that.

Now let me give you some perspective.

The Dolphins didn't get rid of a cornerback to simply keep an open roster spot. They probably looked at the landscape and identified a player, likely another corner, who they believe will be an upgrade. I do not currently know the identity of that player.

But the list of available cornerbacks is fairly large. There is Mike McKenzie, Ty Law, Lewis Sanders, Daven Holly, David Irons, Aaron Glenn, David Macklin, and of course, Patrick Surtain and Sam Madison for the nostalgic Dolfans among you.

So Green becomes a free agent now. And Nathan Jones is now running with the second team at right cornerback. This Green termination improves Jones' chances of making the team, although he seemed fairly assured of that already as he's starting in the dime package. The move also helps Jason Allen move closer to making the team, assuming he doesn't play awful the next few weeks.

Allen did get beat by Davone Bess out of the slot in 7 on 7 drills in the afternoon practice. Allen whiffed at the line of scrimmage while playing press coverage and then never caught up as Bess ran a post. This is disappointing because one would expect Allen to try and show out in a practice after the door for him to make the roster is opened by the cutting of another player.

On the more news front, left guard Justin Smiley is hurting with some undisclosed injury-discomfort. It doesn't look serious, whatever it is because Smiley dressed out for practice today and was then held out when the team went into team periods.

Andy Alleman took one repetition at left guard in the team run period and then Brandon Frye took over every snap of every period after that. Smiley declined to discuss why he rode the bike for most of practice, but again, it doesn't seem serious.

He actually asked back into drills during the team period and was waved off by offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.

It was a tough practice for Brandon London. He dropped two passes on consecutive plays, one when he clearly lost concentration on a post pattern because the safety was coming at him.

This Classic Training Camp moment is to celebrate the fact yahoosports.com's Jason Cole was at camp today. Cole and I worked with and against each other for many years and although that isn't true anymore, we are still friends.

In August of 1999, that friendship was tested a little because I somehow got caught in a swirling vortex of curse words, threats and anger that Jimmy Johnson directed at Cole.

On the day The Miami Herald's annual football section came out that year, I got a call very early in the morning from a Dolphins official demanding I be at camp that day. "Of course, I'll be there," I said. "That's my job."

"Well," the official responded, "be ready for what's coming because Jimmy Johnson is [peeved] -- not at you, but at Jason Cole. And he wants to talk to both of you when you come out."

I called Cole and told him to be ready for a lecture. New to the Herald that year after covering the team for the Sun-Sentinel for many years, Cole was advised to simply say nothing if Johnson got angry or yelled at him. We didn't need Johnson hitting Cole or anything like that.

Anyway, I arrived at the Dolphins' facility to find the team in the middle of a morning practice. I was there maybe one minute -- no exaggeration -- when I saw Johnson jogging toward me from the far practice field.

He was there in an instant and Dolphins PR man Harvey Greene summoned Cole and myself into the player lounge that used to look out onto the practice field. Once inside, Johnson pulled out a Cole article that was crumpled in the back pocket of his shorts, one that appeared in the football section and he had highlighted and written notes on.

And then he began to viciously lambaste Cole.

By lambaste, I mean it sounded something like this: "What the [bleep] are you doing writing this piece of [crap] you [bleeperbleeper]," Johnson said to Cole.

For perspective you must remember that I wrote a story after the 1998 season about Johnson quitting as Miami's coach for 36 hours, going so far as to pack his belongings in a moving box and celebrating with friends over beers that his days in coaching were done.

Johnson was feeling burned out and emotionally spent and that led to his decision.

I also wrote that owner Wayne Huizenga was not going to accept Johnson simply quitting and would try to change his mind. And yes, incredibly, I later found out Huizenga offered to let Johnson coach only home games and let Dave Wannstedt coach the team on the road, if that meant Johnson would stay.

Anyway, following that offseason episode, Cole wrote a story for the football section saying that Johnson was taking things easier for the start of 1999. He wasn't making certain trips -- such as the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. -- and he was generally not driven as hard as he had been previously.

And that made Johnson livid.

"You [bleeperbleeper] you've made it seem like I don't give a [crap] anymore," Johnson told Cole. "You've made it seem like I've quit on my [bleeperbleeping] team. What kind of [bleeperbleeping] position do you think that puts me in with my [bleeperbleeping] team you [bleeperbleeper]?

This excoration went on for about two solid minutes. During that time, Johnson referred to the highlighted portions of the article, categorically denying what was written was true or accurate. I stopped counting the times Johnson called Cole a word that begins with "mother" and ends with "ucker" at 13. There were more, but after the 13th, Johnson turned to me and threatened me.

"You talk to this [bleeperbleeper] and set him straight or I'm going to stop talking to you," Johnson told me. "I'll go to your publisher and get you both fired, you hear me. I'm not having this [bleeperbleeping] year ruined by you two [bleepers]."

Well, the year was not ruined by Cole or me. Johnson and the Dolphins did that all by themselves. Johnson and Dan Marino feuded all year long. And it ended with a 62-7 playoff debacle in Jacksonville that sent both men into retirement.

It was, shall we say, interesting.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Dolphins evening doings -- with '99 moment:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

where did my post go?

Now I know why Jason Cole does not think highly of JJ. Jimmy Johnson was an a#sH#le then and still is.

Anyone notice what a slacker Jeff Darlington is. His forum should be removed from this web site. Or maybe someone else could take over the forum for the slacker.

did the internet police remove my post? there was no cursing in it, plus i was in blue? i must be a marked man?

I've always been of the opinion that Johnson stayed one extra year too long. You're either in the fight or you're not. There's no halfway. JJ should have realized that the commitment wasn't there and should have called it a day.

An even bigger error was hiring Wannstedt and giving him power over personnel. And that we can also put on JJ, who recommended him in the first place. At the very least, Huizenga should have hired a strong, proven GM to work with Wannstedt.

After the 62-7 game the Dolphins just collapsed for many years to come. Thanks to that mother...... J.J. for leaving his passion for the team to the other mother...... Dave. W. who continued the loser tradition.
Bring McKenzie, try him out. Thanks to Bill Parcells & Co. we have a rather decent team.

Ross should offer Parcells a stake in ownership instead of celebrities.

That was such an interesting moment that u had lol kept me ver entertained... Wow never new u been writing about the dolphins for that long...

Bring back pat and sam.... The memories ohh the memories and then all we need is thomas and chambers... And I will be a happy fan again those guys all deserve to play for the dolphins when they are actually doing well...

Green's demise can in part be attributed to Davis's lack of development. Coaches generally want first round picks to come in and start day 1. In Davis's case, it aint happening.
With Green playing terrible and Davis "needing time" Parcell's and Co had to make a move.
As good as things might look right now, were one key injury away from being below average in the secondary.

"Just look at what the jew owners did in Tampa, they might not even win a game this year."

Posted by: Ramsterone

Where is your white hood ramsterone? basstard


you are so freakin' arogant! You are lucky to have your job.

"Well, the year was not ruined by Cole or me. Johnson and the Dolphins did that all by themselves. Johnson and Dan Marino feuded all year long. And it ended with a 62-7 playoff debacle in Jacksonville that sent both men into retirement."

JJ got the dolphins to the playoffs that year, with less talent than is on the team now. Your EGO is ruining your stories.

west coast kid dont let finheavenblows know you dont like Mando. He will get you

westcoastkid, you don't know me. If you knew ANYTHING about me, you would not say I'm arrogant or have a big ego.

Reconsider your words.

Also, the 1999 Dolphins had perhaps the best CB tandem in the NFL, a Pro Bowl MLB Zach Thomas in his prime, a Possible HOFer Jason Taylor in his prime, Dan Freakin' Marino at QB, Richmond Webb at LT, and a solid career guy in Brock Marion at safety.

That is A LOT of talent. So give me a break.

I love this FO. They don't waste time with players who don't fit into the plan. Green made the same mistakes over and over at some point you have to say enough spending time with him and give time to someone else......

Great stories Armando......keep em coming.....


of course I dont know you, I just know your writing, great story about you being pulled aside by JJ and being read the riot act...but to say that the Dolphins ruined that year all by themselves...because they lost to the team that went to the AFC title game.

Would you also say that last year we RUINED the year by losing to the Ravens?

Dont disrespect a great effort by a team that overachieved and made the playoffs.

Great story Armando...they all have been. This is the cool things about reading your blogs, you get all of the inside stuff, past and present, that the usual fan will never hear about.


Let's see what the racist dillweed has done. He talks about Jews, "Latinas, the black Williams bro's, oh I mean sister's, there really guy's in drag right. And you have a ass clown of a black rapper change the Dolphins fight song". I have a bad feeling for his chances of even getting to first base in the future. He must have a little shortcoming in the wallet as well as the sack. Just look at what the non-jew owners did in Detroit, Seattle, and St. Louis, they might not even win a game this year. As if a Jewish owner means the team will suck. Jeez.

Posted by: Ramsterone is a tool Root for the Pats you racist Mother Trucker.

westcoastkid, you fail journalism 101. You misquoted me. I didn't say the Dolphins ruined the season by losing a playoff game.

I said they ruined the season by having Jimmy and Dan Marino feuding all year long. I said they ruined it by losing 62-7. Let me repeat that. 62-7.

62-7, dude. Not 22-10, not 17-0, not even 28-7.

62-7. 62-7. 62-7.

What part of 62-7 is not ruination? None of it. It was terrible. It was the worst butt-whipping since Reagan beat Mondale, since the US beat Grenada. I mean, dude, come live in the real world with the rest of us. Please.

On Corner, is bringing in Surtain really all that bad a move? It looks like they are ready to commit to Smith as the starter. Why not bring in someone, who was one of the best while he played, to help mentor the guy? How much would he cost?

Armando, youre the professional, please act like it. Westcoast was respectful, said it was a great story, and he was right on the money. Penningtons picks in the ravens game did not ruin last year, and as another person who watched the whole of that season, including the 62-7 debacle, it was a great season, and as the dolphins, panthers, etc can attest, sometimes playoff meltdown just happen. Dan Marino didn't give up 62 points.
More to the point, we fans are a pain to deal with, I'm sure, however I think that if a fan talks to u in that manner, it should be handled differently. Remember, most of us paid to listen to YOU talk about our favorite team, and when one of us respectfully disagrees, match it, and in worst cases, rise above, as I'm sure u will in the majority.
Having said that, I'm a bug fan of this app, of you, and you're writing. It's amazing to know that two men I have loved to watch like Marino and JJ were such a problem. Keep up the good work!

« 1 2

The comments to this entry are closed.