« Wake Miami's most efficient pass rusher | Main | Jason Taylor wants to return to Dolphins in 2010 »

Porter talking to the talk but bumbling the walk

Trash-talking has its place in the NFL because, to a certain degree, it is entertainment. It turns up the volume on games and individual matchups. It piques the interest of the otherwise disinterested.

But trash-talking should be like a baton leading an orchestra. The words should be biting and true and sharp and, ultimately, should be backed up with action. Used that way, it sounds great.

Joey Porter uses it like a hammer banging on drums. It often has no rhyme, reason or rhythm. Lately, it is rarely backed up with on-field production. Coming from him now, trash talk sounds like noise.

And that's not all of it. Porter has throughout his Miami career made statements that give pause, and when he fails to back up those statements during games, he often disappears afterward. That's what he did last week when he ripped the NFL and Tom Brady, had a bad game, and then didn't speak with a crush of waiting reporters afterward.

Porter hung a bull's-eye on himself before the game, but dodged the bullets afterward.

So Porter's trash-talking ways, entertaining and even interesting when he first arrived in 2007, have grown old and tired. And the fact that Porter this year is not backing up his words with production on the field makes his trash talk a smelly, rotting pile of garbage.

That pile began to collect when Porter boldly predicted a victory over the Oakland Raiders in 2007. The Dolphins lost as the Raiders rushed for 299 yards.

He infamously called out the NFL and then-Jaguars receiver Matt Jones last year because the player was still performing after having been caught with cocaine in his car during the offseason. How could the NFL allow such a thing, Porter growled on a national conference call.

Except he didn't know the NFL had already issued a suspension for Jones and the reason Jones was still playing is he had appealed the ruling. Oops.

Last year he called out Matt Cassel.

Last week he called out Brady and the NFL.

He called out the Jets before the first meeting between the teams this year. The Jets lost, but that was because the offense had a great night even as the New York offense lit up Porter and the Miami defense.

Before the second meeting this year, Porter said he was focused on putting Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on the sideline "wearing an icebag." 

Porter didn't get close to Sanchez and didn't have even one tackle.

Fact is, even as Porter has continued to be one of the loudest voices in the Miami locker room, his production has dropped to a whisper. He is 15th on the team with 12 tackles. He is fourth on the team with 2.5 sacks. And he has not had a full sack since September, meaning October was a pretty bad month.

Last week Porter questioned the NFL and Brady. He suggested Brady is afraid of being hit and when he is, can basically call for an official to throw a roughing the passer penalty. And I guess one can say those things, questioning Brady's toughness and impugning the NFL's fair-mindedness, if you prove your point on game day.

But on Sunday, in a game the Dolphins needed to win to stay in the AFC East race, Porter didn't contribute a sack. Or even a tackle.

Someone working at Gillette Stadium decided to mock Porter for his big mouth and puny stats by showing the defeated player on the losing sideline as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Porter's statistics, or lack of them, accompanied the shot.

It was a bad move, as I wrote in my Monday column, because it showed very poor sportsmanship -- mocking an already defeated opponent.

But the reams of e-mails I got from Patriots fans basically made the point that Porter deserved it. And while I don't agree anyone deserves such treatment, Porter certainly set himself up for it with his big talk before the game and bumbling walk during the game.

So where do we go from here?

Well, it would be nice if Porter tipped the scales more toward tackles than talk, more toward hurries than harangue, more toward sacks than smack.

Talk the talk if you must, Joey Porter. But please walk the walk.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e2012875700a80970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Porter talking to the talk but bumbling the walk:

Comments

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

Look guys. I am here to torture you back to reality. as an ex dolphin addict I just want to see my fellow crackheads get sober.

That was not me carlito.

exdolphanforlife,

don't kid yourself you never were a dolphins fan and never could be.

ALoco


Cant figure you out?

You make little to no sense.

Neither Ace. just a guy with a badge. That's all i have to say about that.

So you are saying we should just subsitute drugs then? Excellent advice!

Look at all of you. You all seem to know how to fix the Dolphins. To bad the coaches and the footbal czar doesn't

very good carlito

I know hetero sex advice is a bit confusing for you, AL-
Don't be afraid to try new things...consentual sex IS good. You should try it sometime....

"Fellow" crackheads???
You're on your own there, EDP.

Aloco my friend, what is it with you and DONKEYS? Or should I say Mr. Menace. You are a very sad sad person.

Ok losers, its been real but I have to go. i will torture you some more tomorrow. DOLPHINS SUCK!

No he trabajado. Si el gobierno Ace a pensar en mí, como hermano mayor. el ojo en el cielo electrónica que Internet llamada. Así que el próximo año la necesidad se llevarán a cabo de Miami WR. en el proyecto o la agencia libre?

Dude qué?

JET TROLLER ALERT!!!!!!

exdolphinfan4life is back. Dont you need to go eat hot dogs or something?

Chicos Wikipedia. Estoy aquí para la tortura de vuelta a la realidad. como un ex adicto a los delfines sólo quiero ver a mis compañeros drogadictos sobrio.

Torture, that’s a laugh.

Later Douche bag.

Tu madre está en la cama en mi casa

stupid impostor, I am in blue.

Anybody actually here to talk Dolphins football? Anybody know when Ferguson is coming back?

impostor, estúpido, estoy en azul.

Cualquiera realmente aquí para hablar Delfines de fútbol? ¿Alguien sabe cuando Ferguson va a volver?

Electronic eye in the sky? Hmmm

Ummmmm. Let me consult with Walter Mercado...

carlito del golfito

Dont you mean a trucker is in you bed?

Heard you like outies not Innies

Ojo electrónico en el cielo? Hmmm

carlito from golfito

We know its a douche bag not you.

Entiendo

this guy that try to steal my name in spanish is strange and creepy

No me refiero a su madre y hermanas amor de mi tubería de hierro grande

CARLITO,
1-tuna took the fins from death to life in 2 years.
2-if the wr's caught all these balls that they dropped HENNE would be 5-2.
3- in year 3 the tuna will add what's needed for the dolphins to be a great team all around .

viva the meatballs .i speak costa rica the beautiful .
HENNE THE HERO
BRADY THE MASTER

Creepy, Word!

After this season....cut. Sign Roth and Taylor, then utilize Wake. Or sign somebody better Roth if possible.

Carlito,
1-atún tomó las aletas de la muerte a la vida en 2 años.
2-si el wr cogido todas estas bolas que cayeron HENNE sería 5-2.
3 - en el año 3 el atún se agrega lo que se necesita para los delfines para ser un gran equipo a su alrededor.

Viva las albóndigas. hablo de la hermosa Costa Rica.
HENNE EL HÉROE
BRADY EL MAESTRO

Después de esta temporada .... corte. Regístrate Roth y Taylor, a continuación, utilizar Wake. O signo alguien mejor Roth, si es posible.

Atras impostor, carlito

CARLITO IN BLAK INK ,

TRANSLATE FOR ME PLAESE;

EVERY TIME I SEE YOU I FEEL
EVERY TIME I HEAR YOU I NEED

LMAO@fake carlito with his "tubería de hierro grande" comment. Just make sure you put it deep inside Aloco so he will go away.

Tuberia....sounds like a plumber.LOL

CARLITO IN BLACK INK HOW YOU SAY ?


ACE IS A DONKEY WHO FEELS ,

Carlito en BLAK INK,

Que me traduzca PLAESE;

Cada vez que veo que me siento
Cada vez que oigo I NEED YOU
Es lo que tu madre siempre me dice

me try spainish.

Mee gusta lamber huevos de los hombres and chupar los tubos de salchicha de los hombres toda las noches. Ah what do this mean?

Very funny cuban menace oh I mean aloco. I guess you never stop

I am checking out. You guys are not right.

ACE es un burro que SIENTE

FAKE ALOCO AT 10.25....MUST BE THE GYM GUY THE PLUMBER.

I just got tickets today for the Thursday night game vs Panthers on the 50 yard line in row 3. Has anybody ever sat that close at a game? Just wondering if you can get autographs, man I am excited have been a military fin fan all my life and never been to a real game.

Al monito le gusta bailar I meterse en los culito

fake aloco at 10:28

That's you Aloca AKA Mangey Crossdressing A*s Monkey

I HAVE TO TRANSFER ALL THE SONGS FROM ITUNES TO MY GIRL FRIEND'S IPOD .GOOD NIGHT FARMERS .

El monito que se llama carlito de golfito to vas a matar Kller Doplhins

Que venga a Hialeah donde se acaba todo el habladito...

Aqui queda el monito

Oh Monkey AKA Cuban Menace were are you!

Message to Sunday Silence: Shut up knob.

Donde esta el idoit de clase mundial que se llama ventilador fin NJ?

He testicals enorme para su madre para lamer

carlito and killer dolhpins go back to Porto Rico, you filthy pigs. Green card my butt. You people ruin everything you touch, go away

Killer dolphin y carlito te voy a dar una gran palisa, pendejos

LMAO!!!!

Monkey always with your butt?!?

EDP-You're back!
What's up??? Jets blog don't want you either?

And really- "Porto" Rico??
(you're better than that)

« 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 »

The comments to this entry are closed.