« Faulk: Carolina or Miami RBs? Go young | Main | Pennington future not decided until March »

Ronnie out, Porter in versus Panthers

Running back Ronnie Brown will not play versus Carolina on Thursday, according to head coach Tony Sparano. Sparano also said linebacker Joey Porter will play against the Panthers and the coach thinks the linebacker "will start," against the Panthers.

That's what is happening inside the Dolphins at this hour:

Porter, the subject of a Chris Mortensen report in which the ESPN information man said the linebacker will not play against Carolina Thursday, was asked by the Herald's David J. Neal if he saw the report Monday night.

"Yeah, I saw the report," Porter told Neal. "I got no comment on that."

Sparano had a definitive comment. I asked him if there was any doubt in his mind whether Porter would play and Sparano said, "No."

So Porter plays despite a Mortensen report to the contrary.

A Dolphins In Depth report from yesterday that Brown would not play is correct, meanwhile, because Brown went to see a foot specialist today and isn't playing Thursday.

Running back Ricky Williams, expected to start for the Dolphins at running back because Brown is out, agreed to speak to the media for the first time in several weeks today. The reason he agreed is because he was told by the Dolphins if he did not cooperate with the media, he risked being fined.

So Williams complied. Sort of.

The interview:

Q. How does Ronnie's situation impact you workload if he can't go?

A. "Obviously I have to carry the ball a little bit more."

Q. And that would include the Wildcat and taking on that role?

A. "I don't know what the coaches are going to do about it."

Q. Ricky you've always said you're happy sharing time, how do you feel about stepping in and being the guy again. Feel like you can do that?

A. "Yeah."

Q. Well, how do you feel about it?

A. "It's my job right now."

Q. Do your legs feel fresh for the second half compared to the past when you carried the load?

A. "We'll find out."

Q. Ricky, how good would it be to get a victory within the span of such a short period of time.

A. "We're here to win games so I think every game is important we always try to get a win."

Q. Ricky, you've said before you prefer not to throw out of ...

A. "Alright, I'm done. Thank you, guys."

Terrible questions, I know. Thankfully, I didn't ask any of them. And I know you guys will always side with the player over the media, although you depend on the media to give you a view of the players.

But, seriously, does one have to be a total jerk to people trying to do their jobs? It's not like someone asked Williams if he's thought about quitting on the team lately. It's not like someone brought up his multiple positive drug tests.

One thing I can share. Williams is brilliant and does this on purpose. He told a Palm Beach Post reporter earlier this year that he intended to be a jerk to the media this year. Asked why, Williams responded because he wanted to stay out of the newspapers.

So this episode was hardly spontaneous. Williams planned his demeanor, sweetheart that he is.

In other news: Anthony Fasano (hip) didn't practice Tuesday. Justin Smiley (shoulder), Paul Soliai (ankle), Erik Walden (hamstring) and Gibril Wilson (hamstring) were limited in practice.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e20120a6ab5d73970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Ronnie out, Porter in versus Panthers:

Comments

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

I don't blame Ricky 1 bit for being done with the media - he was probably done like 3 years ago.

Porter should take a page from his book. Quiet but gets the job done.

wow ricky thanks for the time huh? let the man do his talking on the field which is usually ricky's style. maybe porter should try that approach? hilliard will back ricky up just fine.

I'M FIRST!!!!!

Ricky sounds like Bill Bellichick.

I WISH ALL MEDIA SPORTS, POLITICAL, WHAT EVER WHOULD SRIVEL UP AND DIE. THESE GUYS MAKE SITUATION WORSE THAN THEY ARE AND HALF OF THEM CANT EVEN GET THE TRUTH RIGHT. I DONT THINK RICKY SHOULD HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING AT ALL TO ANYONE IF HE DOES NOT WANT TO.

oh please armando quit PMSing.. we don't care that you didn't get your quotes. All we care about is that they play well Thursday night. If we don't get to read an extra 2 paragraphs of BS that you would have churned out with a better quote, so be it. I like your blog, but what the hell did you expect?

Maybe if certain players were not taken out of context for the sake of a reporter's ego, they would be more forthcoming. Maybe this is payback for having to deal with jerks..I mean reporters.

Some observations on claiming to be the first, but finding out you're not the first to post:

1) At first you feel embarrassed. ("Oh, God! Why did I have to say I was first?") Then you make excuses. ("But I really THOUGHT I was first!") Then you get angry. ("So I was wrong! Who the hell cares??")

2) Being first was very difficult for the Dolphins in 1975, 1977 and 1978. They tied with the Colts in 1975 and 1977 with 10-4 records, but missed the playoffs BOTH years due to tie-breakers. Then they tied with the Pats in 1978 at 11-5, but lost first place due to tie-breaker.

3) I was the first to say that the "c" in Marc's name is creeping everyone out. Get a klue. Get a "k."

ARMANDO,

LET ME ENLIGHTEN YOU: RICKY HAS A SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER! THATS WHY HE DOESNT WANT TO TALK TO THE MEDIA, EVER! DOES HE STRIKE YOU AS A BAD GUY? TO ME HE SEEMS LIKE ONE OF THE COOLEST, MOST HUMBLE, NICEST ATHLETES I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. BUT HE HAS A DISORDER, SO HE CANT TALK TO YOU GUYS! I KNOW THAT SOUNDS HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT HE HAD THE SAME ISSUE WITH THE MEDIA IN NEW ORLEANS. HE IS NOT TRYING TO GIVE YOU GUYS A HARD TIME, TRUST ME.

Just found out some jackass that sold me tickets for the game on thurs backed out of the sale on stub-hub. God I want to kill him.

Good lord, don't you realize when you write this stuff you look like a panty waste girl ?
Grow a pair, your job is so freakin easy, you should thank the lord every day for it.

I think that the senario the team finds themselfs in gives them a perfect opprotunity to not give the Jags any info. Wouldn't it be great if this is a smoke screen? I don't think it is but hey, I can't blame Ricky for his comments, whats he going to say?

"Ya I am glade Ronnies hurt now I can show you guys what a real running back can do..... and wait until you see ME throw out of the Ricky Cat!!! I'll make Marino look avarege?"

If thats the kind of player this team wanted Moss wouldn't be in NE and TO would be lining up opposet him for Us....

and Ted and his family would be unemployed.

I think Ricky is showing class telling the media he is done but keeping up his end of the NFL deal giving you guys your five miniutes.

Ricky is so cool.He knows the Media controls the public via propaganda and lies.The media took a crap on ricky a while ago.I would do the same.matter a fact I think he should wear a helmut when talking to them.

I CANT BELIEVE YOU MISSED THAT ARMANDO. DID YOU FORGET WHAT HAPPENED IN NEW ORLEANS WHEN HE HAD TO GIVE AN INTERVIEW WITH HIS HELMET ON? HE'S GOT ISSUES. I'M SURE HE WOULD LOVE TO GIVE YOU GUYS A FEW QUOTES, BUT HE CANT. HE JUST CANT DO IT.

Oh, one more thing, since when is Chris Mortenson the ruler of truth ? He's a peddler of rumors, many of which turn out to be false, like most sports media reporting.

Right answers for stupid questions. Ricky's the MAN.

Well Armando, you guys might be doing your job and playing victim when something like this occurs but when you say: "It's not like someone asked Williams if he's thought about quitting on the team lately. It's not like someone brought up his multiple positive drug tests.", then I know why Willimas would be a jerk to people who put him down and don't let go of the past. About him quitting because he wants to retire, I don't see anything wrong with it considering his age

Police and judges do their job, and it doesn't mean that people have to like them.

The shocking thing to me is that Ricky Williams is really being threatened by the front office with his job? If it is in his contract he should talk, but if I didn't want to do it but was forced to or get fired, I would not only give a lousy interview, I would also be a very disgruntled employee. If this is how management is with employees, I am shocked and can't imagine players will want to play for this organization. Horrible people skills!!!!

The man was diagnosed with Social anxiety disorder, could it be he was just on the wrong side of it today? Even with the right medications people with mental health issues can have "off" days. While I have no idea whether this was the case today, considering Ricky's history the possibility should at least be mentioned as a reasonable explanation for his behavior. Especially if your going to take it upon yourself to criticize his actions.

You just did Mando.
Chill out.

"It's not like someone brought up his multiple postive drug tests."

You just did Mando.
Chill out.

Seems Ricky has always had a love hate thing with the media. When he wants to talk philosophy, it's game on, football, not so much...

Nathaniel...You will all have to get over the "C"...It's not going anywhere

Armando:

The interview does not read as bad as you make it sound. I know delivery can be a big part of the message that is not translated in your posting but the info was all pretty up front. He wants to win, he does not know how his legs will hold out and he can't nor should tell you if he will throw out of the wildcat. Give Ricky a break the guy has exceeded expectations since his come back.

Aqua and Orange: They said Ricky would get "fined" not fired.

aqua and orange....That's fined not fired.

Sparano just showed the media and their man Mortenson, spread rumors and lies as usual.

You guys crack me up. Ripping on the sports writers, but here you are, reading the sports writers.

Logical? Not very.

Guys, give Mando a break. Yes, reporters ask STUPID questions sometimes, but notice we're all here reading what Mando has to write for a reason! He's close to the team, and gets reports on our favorite team and players while we go about our normal lives. Thanks Mando! Yes, you are wrong sometimes, and a bit of an alarmist, but I appreciate what you do. Was Ricky being a jerk? Probably, but you can't blame him after what he's been through (yes, a lot of it is self-inflicted, but he took a lot from the media). Keep it up Mando - I refresh your blog about 10 times a day for a reason!

Maybe Ricky didn't want to talk in fear he may say something unsuitable to the trifecta. We all know how those things work out. I'm still waiting to find out about Ronnies' foot. Oh wait, they don't elaborate on injuries either. And players can't even say the word. What was it last year, something like two weeks before we found out that Thomas had a broken foot? I guess the I.R. forced them to say something. Oh well.
Let's just hope Hilliard, Sperry, Garner, Clemons, Wake and Anderson get some good results. They're the young guns we've been waiting to see. Might as well activate Turner too. Even if for just one or two games. It would be interesting to see the third round pick.

Missing our #1 RB creates many issues. With the press continuing to ask questions that the master of teh obvious can answer creates additional pressure. There is a lot of scrutiny on the Fin's consistency these days, and I agree they deserve it (coaches & players). I reside outside of DC, and you should see the daily bloodbath the Skins experience. Ricky's flat responses come as no surprise. How would you respond?

HAHA, I remember that article FTW...The headline was sensationalized a bit. Wasn't that 2 years ago?

Oh snap FTW, you got CENSORED!

When somebody says they don't want to talk to you, it generally means they don't want to talk to you. Being an athlete doesn't change that.

There are other players to talk to Armando so don't get too upset by this.

Armando thank God every day that their are fools like us that read "sports writers"...good to have a job isn't it.

Truth is we understand you are doing your job when asking questions and we appreciate it but the fact that Ricky or others don't want to speak with you does not make writers victims..

Wow, Armando did someone push you down at the playground during recess? what a baby! Ricky did not give the Media a sensational headline so you wrote an article anyways? Run Ricky Run, and if you don't want to talk to a bunch of know it all's, don't.

Armando, per your reply of:

"You guys crack me up. Ripping on the sports writers, but here you are, reading the sports writers. Logical? Not very."

Maybe you should see this as some constructive criticism instead of laughing at it...

He misses his vaporizer

Guess I hit too close to home... Go Ricky!

Armando,
Regarding your job, I understand it's a tough place to be. You have to create discussion without losing the confidence of your readers. You really can't talk about the coaches or management like a regular fan can. If you did, you'd never get into another interview, or have another question acknowledged if you did get the interview. When you do write something negative about a player, you lose them as well, yet they still have to respond to interviews. Ricky and his latest interview is a result of this problem. The same can be said of Ginn avoiding the media when he plays poorly. How about trying to work on the young guns? I'm sure they have their lips taped also, but they may let something juicy slip here and there. Like, why we're not seeing Turner. You know, the guy Sparano keeps saying is getting better in practice. Like I said, it is a tough job.

Ain't censorship grand? Grade A journalism here.

Why do so many of you keep referring to victimization.

I am not a victim nor feel like one. If a player wants to speak, great. If he declines, that's fine with me also, although it is against NFL policy.

But be a jerk? Sorry, I don't agree that's OK.

And you are free to disagree with me. You can give your opinion. But insult me personally? Nope, that's not OK, either.

ricky is a jerk. It's not right to treat anyone like that. No wonder Nick Saban loved him so much.

Armando,

So you can call Ricky a jerk all you want, but we can't point the mirror at you?? Ummmkay...

When somebody says they don't want to talk to you, it generally means they don't want to talk to you. Being an athlete doesn't change that.
Josh


If I read this correctly, Josh, Ricky agreed to do an interview with the media. If he agrees to talk, then he should talk instead of being an a ss.

People insult each other on here all the time. His insult at least had insight. I don't see you deleting every post in which one person insults another. I wouldn't have many at all if you did. I must also say that I am 20000% against CENSORSHIP, in any form or fashion...Never a good reason...EVER

Oh Mando! Dont be so so hurt by all these logical comments on your ridiculous snipe at Ricky. By the way I think the guys here are ripping on a particular sports writer (singular). You've gone after Ricky so many times before. Why dont you just be up front about it and admit you cant stand the guy? BTW Dont you dare call one of our best players a jerk. We're Dolphins fans you know.

Finally, you get the jist of this blog and why alot don't post usually, Armando.

Juvenile.

On that note, good for Ricky. Too bad for you guys and us the public. I would rather he run for 150 against the Panthers with two TD's than have him tell me what he thinks.

Dear Mr. Salguero

"So Porter plays despite a Mortensen report to the contrary."

Look for Dolphins Head coach Tony Sparano to be fined by the NFL this week.

The Dolphins Organization had been told to deactivate Porter for the remainder of the season by NFL commissioner pal Tom Brady Buchum.

By not deactivating Porter the rest of the season the Dolphins are violating the Buchum rule(getting to close to QB's that have no adams apple)

Roger Goodell,Robert Kraft,Gisele Buchum and Chris Mortensen will not be made to look like fools.

The memo was sent...Deactivate Porter for the season effective immediatly.


Soiled :)

Cutting out all the in between garbage, JUST WIN THE GAME THURSDAY NIGHT! That's all I want, I don't care if you want to talk, don't talk, not sure you want to talk and then decide you want to be a Chatty Kathy!...JUST PLAY LIKE YOUR HAIR IS ON FIRE AND WIN! Every player on that team has an obligation to earn their paychecks...I'm seeing great things from the young players and rewards are more playing time-that's the way it should be...your contract says you get paid, not how much time you get to play! Henne, Haynos, Hartline, the 3-H Club, Sperry, Wake, Bess, Smith and the others have really turned it on. THAT'S what we've wanted to see all these years. Who cares what Ricky says to the media-Say it on the field where it really matters.

Ricky IS a jerk...He single-handedly CRIPPLED this franchise, FOR POT, not cocaine, not heroin, POT...He's having a good year, good for him, and us...It's the least he could do

Mando! That's the thing with written words vs. a conversation, everyone interprets the tone, attitude and message in different ways. Also most will read a part of the article and make a snap decision without taking the full context into consideration. That is just the way it is. I do not envy the position you are in during blogs. The nature of the beast...

Now Please what is up with Turner and playing time? Anything from your sources on letting Henne air it out more from a base offense?

THKS

Mando, I feel you. I hate when people bring their attitudes to work. Doesn't make for a pleasant day. But, I think Parcells LOVES that Ricky acts that way (as opposed to Joey Porter who lays it all out to the media). Ricky's just trying to keep his nose clean, finish his career and retire. Don't take it too personally (it's just business, even though it's not polite).

MORE IMPORTANTLY, what's all this junk with Mortenson? Did you guys find out where he got that info from? And if it was Parcells, did Sparano just step up and overrule his boss (which is all good to me, since I think Sparano will be here long term, and Parcells won't)? Give us that backstory and you'll win back all these haters. And what's up with Ronnie? Is it a sprain, something torn, fracture? When will we know (I know what you'll say, right after you find out). So when will you find out?

Marc, I agree...couldn't you at least put a "k" at the end? Marck - now that's original. J/K.

Ricky must, absolutely must, come up big on Thu. If he gets 12 carries for 29 yds, we are done. C'mon O-Line. C'mon! Let's kill the Panthass D-Line gotta control. Linebackers gotta patrol. D-Backs gotta cover and roll. Ricky, don't smoke a bowl!?

Ricky wants to be left alone and go out there and play football. Nothing wrong with that. Best of luck to you Ricky!

PS-I am really thrilled that Ricky has comeback with the Parcells regime without any disappointment.

Orandge ... Orangde?

Anyway, the Dolphins have opened at least four games this year with deep passes to Ted Ginn. None were complete.

The idea is this team tries things and, if they work, they continue to do them. If they fail, they quit.

As Tony Sparano has said, if the Wildcat had been a failure at New England last year on the first few tries, we would have never seen it again. But it worked.

If, when they complete one of those long passes, they'll continue to call them more.

Dear Mr. Marc(K)

"He single-handedly CRIPPLED this franchise, FOR POT, not cocaine, not heroin, POT."

He used both hands..one to hold the bong and one for his lighter.

Crippled the Franchise LOlololloll0o


Soiled :)

"You guys crack me up. Ripping on the sports writers, but here you are, reading the sports writers. Logical? Not very."
-----
Mando, you are thin skinned (you've demonstrated this consistently over the years). Ricky Williams is a unique case and for you to not understand his Social Anxiety disorder is telling.

I'm a Fish fan and seek as much news as I can get, regardless of who delivers it. Not to be a jerk, but I won't lose sleep if you are no longer the source of Fish-news.

While I preferred Jason Cole (his pop. culture references, self-deprecating humor, and willingness to rationally discuss politics w/o personal attacks), I didn't lose any sleep when he left.

Don't you have to have Intelligent reports so Intelligent questions can be asked??
Run Ricky Run.........

This has to be the worst blog post Armando has ever done.

First, he gave credence to something that hack Mortensen reported on, then he cried that Ricky did not give him quotes.

Unreal.

Mando, anyword on how long Ronnie will be out?

I agree with Mando that Williams should at least be professional in his role on the team. He does not have to get in depth on answers, but he has a responsibility to represent the team in a mature way.

Ricky is in no spot with his history on this team to be nothing other than a true pro for the next 2 years.

1 2 3 4 »

The comments to this entry are closed.