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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.

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The Patriots are arrogant but what are you going to do about it? Shut them up where it counts - on the field. I wish Joey Porter would button it. He's like a defense version of Terrell Owens. I don't like all the drama. It's about what you do on the field and he ain't doing much. I actually think what the video board stooge did was funny and justified. He talked and didn't back it up. All this trash talk is garbage anyway. Just play the game. Words mean nothing - it's all about action. Is it just me or is Miami the only team in the league with poor wide receivers. It seems like everyone in the league (with the exception of the Browns) has at least one good receiver. Unless someone becomes Superman in the next 8 weeks there won't be a solution to this problem until the offseason.

Has anyone ever sat close to the sideline at a game? Can you get autographs or meet players not sure of the rules at a game.

KillerDolphins do you have a college degree? High School? Drop out? Only because you sound ignorant

Exdophinforlife you are ignorant F*** Puerto Ricans have been US Citizens almost 100 years they don't need green cards you racist F***!

Yosoymejorquetu really you ignarent Bast*rd

I mean Ass Monkey!!

Killer are you a PR??

Maybe I dont like your kind ignorant PRs

C'mon guys, the comments in this blog are Mirroring a Jets blog. Break out the wet wipes and flush the BS.

Killer sound like a name for PR dog. Here killer, come on boy. You wanna eat some gandules and green bananas. ahhahahahahhahahahahha

No not Rican but unlike you I know what I'm talking about Monkey

Killer Dolphin,

Are you Puerto Rican?

LMAO you F Loser!

exdolphinfanforlife,

Go away. NOW!

Odinseye screw you, you Viking piece of @ss monkey chit

Doesent anyone talk football anymore? No need for racism we are all teal and orange!

Calm down KILLA!

I was just asking. I aint one the pyschos here.

I'm no rascist, but you sound a bit touchy about your heritage.

Odinseye what's up?
This place has been nuts the last three nights. All this krap hurts my head. No NJ or dying breed tonight. LOL
We get exdolphin and Indiana instead. LOL

The go's The Cuban Mange Again with his multiple personality Disorder

Their

Sure H8dpats(cool name),

I don't know if it was Parcell's or Ireland that made the decision to stand pat with the WR's we have. He or they screwed us for this year.
In all fairness, during the draft/free agency, we did have a lot of other pressing needs.
A good example was using our 1st and 2nd's on CB's. Without these two youngsters we would have started Nate Jones and Jason Allen against the Patsies Sunday.

Ace,

It's been a little hectic here too. I had a major Sunday afternoon football party. I hate the Patsies way more than any other team ever. After the loss, things got out of hand quick. On top of the Bud Ice and Dark Barcardi, I was drinking Everclear(it's what they were calling it).
I've been wanting to put a new deck on my house so we tore off the railings and threw them in the bonfire. Then later on I rolled my truck over in a mud bog out back.
It was crazy. The Sheriff's Dept. was here and my Hottie wouldn't speak to me until just about an hour ago.

How was your weekend?-LOL!

Odinseye, I have been house hunting in Tampa for the last four weekends. Pretty busy with work. Had to watch both the playoffs/World Series and football. Aint it funny how some of the characters are not around tonight?

You have to pull it out once in awhile so she can speak. Hard to speak with your mouth full.LOL

He testicals enorme para su madre para lamer

what's going on odinseye? miami needed corners more than a bigtime wr. next year i think miami drafts a wr or playmaking safety in the 1st. would like to see more corner help too. what have you thought of henne?

Su madre, ama de salchicha garganta

soy dying breed

soy NJ

ahh, mi tiempo perdido dobles

Ace,

I know I know. She always says she choking, but I wouldn't let her die.

ACE, para que su madre ama a su salchicha garganta mucho

ody how she choke on toothpick???

Sammo,

My long lost friend from Cleveland. How have you been?

I think Henne's been doing as good as we all expected him to.
Unfortunate that the Offensive Coordinator and player personel are holding him back more than opposing defenses.

carlito del golfito(fake) tu eres un hombre muy amable y sincero. Tu eres un hombre muy bueno y honesto......NOT

Ace es un hijo muy bueno para no permitir que su madre a morir ahogándose en su pequeña salchicha de Viena.

carlito del golfito is also KillerDolphins, we can smell the hispanic in them

gracias Ace

carlito fake/cuban menace that was real nice.

ody how she choke on toothpick???

Posted by: exdolphin | November 11, 2009 at 12:27 AM

I don't know about any toothpicks huckleberry. I'm sure you could tell us all about it though.......PinDick(sweet dude-just like highschool-only we're on the internet)!

NOW BEAT IT(snicker)!!!!

Good grief...when will this blog start staying with football as a topic instead of the BS bickering?

I'm with those who remember how bad this team was 2 years ago, and can appreciate that we've at least got a decent front office now. I've been frustrated for YEARS at how the Fins were not a physical team and were not able to finish games. We did get rated as having the hardest schedule in the league this year, didn't we?

What I see as strong points:

1) Offensive and defensive lines. Much more sturdy, able to control the game (not consistently, but getting there). I'm not 100% sold on Ronnie and wouldn't mind seeing Ricky get a full game of reps to see what he has left in the tank. He still seems to have the speed to turn the corner. I'd like to see us upgrade NT to continue to improve run defense.

2) DBs. I think that this draft has gone a long way in giving us CBs that will be competitive. We still need a shutdown corner.

3) QB. I for one was sad to see CP get hurt; say what you want, he has done the best in game management since Griese (no, I didn't for Dan). We still don't have a #1 receiver, and I'm undecided about our possession backs. Henne seems ok so far, but I'm not sold yet. The mistake on calling a time out (when we were out) shows that he's not keeping his head in the game.

4) Coaching/front office. I wasn't all that jazzed about BP coming here, but I will eat crow all day long. He's created a atmosphere that hasn't been here since the mid-70's (competitive). Fins are recognized as a team that can win any day, and with a few tweaks could have won almost any game this year. Sparano is doing a good job at controlling players and putting people in position to succeed.

Let's try and stick to football and quit the BS bickering, hmmm people?

killerdoplhins and carlito leave the US, you are not legal, go back to Panama or Porto Rico

Can the Phins sit Porter out a few games? Let's get some playing time for Wake and Roth. Porter is not doing anything this year but running his mouth.


Go back to Mexico,
tuve relaciones knock the boots con su hermana pequena y ella muy buena en el booty.

i'm good odinseye. just been working and having fun an such. it was cool to see pat white finally show off his running ability. now if he could complete a pass.... maybe henning should call rich rod at michigan and ask for suggestions?

Delfines de Miami suck

Guiseppe from Oregon,

I'm not 100% sold on Ronnie and wouldn't mind seeing Ricky get a full game of reps to see what he has left in the tank. He still seems to have the speed to turn the corner. I'd like to see us upgrade NT to continue to improve run defense.

If it aint broke don't fix it. I like the one two punch. Wear them down a little with Ronnie and blast them with Ricky. Besides sharing the load has extended Ricky's career and probably will Ronnie's too.

2) DBs. I think that this draft has gone a long way in giving us CBs that will be competitive. We still need a shutdown corner.

I think we have 2 shutdown corners in the making. Some quality depth would be nice.

3) QB. I for one was sad to see CP get hurt; say what you want, he has done the best in game management since Griese (no, I didn't for Dan). We still don't have a #1 receiver, and I'm undecided about our possession backs. Henne seems ok so far, but I'm not sold yet. The mistake on calling a time out (when we were out) shows that he's not keeping his head in the game.

Get out of town. Dan was the MAN!!!!
As for Penny I never wished him harm post Jets. However, I was very happy and enthused for Henne when I saw Penny go down. Henne's made 6 starts and your biggest complaint is his calling a non-existent time out? Get real, Henne's the real deal. If any of his 2 recievers would have caught the passes he wouldn't have even needed to call the time out. I apologize if I sound harsh, but I'm tired of people trying to "check" Henne, he's been straight up balling.

4) Coaching/front office. I wasn't all that jazzed about BP coming here, but I will eat crow all day long. He's created a atmosphere that hasn't been here since the mid-70's (competitive).

I'm with you on this one. Competitive and physical!!!!

Delfines de Miami suck

Joey Porter es Tom Brady de la celula nino prision perra.

ody sound like an uneducated bum, burning his fence posts and running his truck over it. What a red neck viking crum bum.

ody sound like an uneducated bum, burning his fence posts and running his truck over it. What a red neck viking crum bum.

ODY sonido como un vagabundo sin educación, quemando sus postes y el funcionamiento de su camión por encima. Lo que un cuello rojo Viking bum Crum.

Sammo,

Rich Rod definitely knew what to do with Pat White. Hopefully Sporano and Henning can figure it out.
Rich Rod has another QB that will play in the NFL. True freshman Tate Forcier. I don't know how they do it, but Michigan finds the QB's.

Sammo,

Rich Rod definitivamente sabia que hacer con Pat White. Esperemos Sporano y Henning puede averiguarlo.
Rich Rod tiene otro QB que jugar en la NFL. Cierto estudiante de primer año Tate Forcier. No se como lo hacen, pero de Michigan encuentra el QB's.

So, what we can conclude from this latest blog entry is that if Porter ever calls Armando out, they will meet in the Herald parking lot, where Porter will whiff on a tackle and Armando will fend him off with a dull pencil and a partially completed crossword puzzle. Too exhausted and befuddled to continue, Porter will then call himself out, miss in an attempt to tackle himself and disappear in a puff of bad breath as he implodes in on himself because he suddenly realizes he doesn't exist.

The moral of the story: Paying attention to a non-extant noise is a waste of time.

carlito it is suena not sonido you idiot for Ody sounds like....you stupid F

me think carlito del golfito is NJ because he pretend to speak spanish, not to well

ody sound like an uneducated bum, burning his fence posts and running his truck over it. What a red neck viking crum bum.

Posted by: killerdolphin | November 11, 2009 at 12:54 AM

Chupar mi PENE!!!!

I burned my porch railings and rolled my truck over in the mud pit. You douche bag.
You couldn't hang with me you midget transvestite. It was the best party I had in a while!!!!

It doesn't matter if I'm going to my mailbox, to work, or to WAR! Full Blown and Top Down!

BigD

LMFAO!

Odinseye that idiot killerdolphin blew his cover he posted the same thing as carlito. I guess he forgot to change the name. stupid idiot

odinseye, you're welcome.

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