« The choice on Porter: Cut him or, well, cut him | Main | Back to the Senior Bowl scouting report: OG »

The behind-the-scenes Dolphins soap opera

Like the sands through the hour glass these are the last days of Joey Porter's Dolphins career.

The countdown clock is winding to Porter's certain release from the Miami Dolphins. If that isn't clear to you by now after it's been written on this blog time and again, then you certainly must be getting the drift as Porter continues to slime the team in radio and television interviews the past three weeks.

I must say the best of those interviews came Tuesday and was done by the fine folks over at 560-AM (WQAM in Miami). It was the best because Channing Crowder, paid by the station, convinced Porter to come on for nearly 15 minutes and simply unload.

And by the time the segment was over, Porter had pulled back the curtain on exactly how dysfunctional the Dolphins really were in 2009. As he and Crowder talked you understood players don't really love coach Tony Sparano. You understood how Sparano's penchant for putting a happy face on everything is truly just propaganda. And you recognized how utterly, undeniably delusional Porter really is.

At one point in the interview, Porter actually let these divergent thoughts stream from his mouth as if they could ever belong together: "I got no problem being here," he said. "I think we're headed in the right direction. But I can honestly say I don't want to be back."

Anyway, forget the stuff about Porter being unhappy with being platooned. I've covered that in previous posts. Porter wasn't happy with that at all. But the guy has no grasp on the fact he was authoring a terrible season much of the year when Sparano instilled the platoon system. He doesn't recognize that Cameron Wake was increasingly looking like a sack waiting to happen every time he came in the game.

And Porter apparently doesn't recognize Jason Taylor was simply a more complete player -- defending the run and the pass as well as rushing the passer.

Porter? Regardless of what Sparano wanted you to believe, the next time Porter set the edge of the defense would have been the first time he did that.

And yet Porter apparently sees himself as vastly superior to his teammates.

"If you let us fight for the job, it's not even an argument," he said. "No shots at nobody (really?), but it's not even an argument. All them guys in my room, love them to death, but the outside linebackers, I'm the best one we got. Period. There's nothing to talk about. That's period. Who am I switching with? Why should I be switching with any of them guys."

Later in the interview Porter showed the disdain for which he held the guy about to replace him.

"If you want to play Cameron Wake and them in the game, go ahead," Porter said. "Good luck to you."

I told you yesterday Porter really only had one advocate at Dolphins camp and that was Tony Sparano. And then I told you he had lost Sparano. Apparently the relations went sour well before the end of the season.

"Last seven weeks of the season after missing the Tampa Bay game was no fun for me ...," Porter said. "Going in and being a captain, I went from talking to the coach every day to not talking to the coach no more. Only time I talked to him was on game day. Not talking to nobody. Seeing Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells and them and nobody saying nothing to you no more. It made me feel like an outcast. The writing's on the wall for me."

Porter was apparently hurt that Sparano lost trust in him and cast him aside like a three-button jacket. And he apparently was somewhat envious that Sparano continued to see Taylor as the team's leader.

"I'm your captain but I'm not in no meetings no more," Porter complained. "Nobody's talking to the captain no more.We lost [Jason] Ferguson. We lost Chad Pennington. We had four. We lost two to injury. So now it's just me and Jason, but Jason't the only one that's meeting with the head coach.

"And he's relaying a message to me: 'Yeah, coach said this because he said you don't want to talk.' Why I don't want to talk? Usually when we call a meeting, you say, 'Joey, Jason come up.' Not just, 'Jason come up.' So everybody don't know everything I went through. That last seven weeks was no fun for me."

BLOG PAUSE HERE. ALTOGETHER FOR JOEY: Aaaahhhh. Joey wasn't having the proper amount of fun as he was making about $5 million last year. Three million people lost their jobs in 2009 but Joey wasn't loving life every second he lived it. Makes me really sad.

Anyway, as I reported to you on January 26th, one of the things that got Porter truly torqued off at Sparano was his suspension for the Tampa Bay game.

And in talking about that episode Porter and Crowder painted the picture of a team on which players don't agree with the head coach and assistants aren't agreeing with the head coach about a player's suspension -- one Sparano was absolutely correct about, by the way.

Team unity was apparently not so united.

"It was an uncomfortable situation amongst the team," Crowder said. "And I know I'm not the only player that thinks that. I know a lot of the guys were too."

Said Porter: "I put it this way, it wasn't a situation to where when [Sparano] sent me home, everybody was on board with that decision. Coaches and players. I got phone calls from coaches telling me, 'Just keep your head up. Fight through it, man. You'll be alright.' Now why you telling me this? 'Cause you know in your heart the deal was just wrong. It was just wrong."

Porter claims he was suspended because after missing two days of practice Wednesday and Thursday, he left his crib Friday night to get dinner. "I went out to get something to eat from 9 to 10:30," he said.

The Dolphins have a different version although they continue to hide behind their veil of silence that frankly has become sort of transparent now. The team believes Porter abused the privilege of being off Wednesday and Thursday by going out Friday night.

"[Sparano] wasn't happy about that, and I've never heard of that before," Porter said. "You know what I mean? Telling a grown man what to do on a Friday. It wasn't Saturday night curfew. I'm talking to him, looking at him and I'm like, "I'm not in here leaking alcohol, getting in the steam room trying to get it out of me. I'm here bright eyed and bushy tailed.' I went to sleep at 10:30. That's good for me. That's great for me."

"Amazing," Crowder chimed in agreement.

Amazing indeed. But not for the reasons these two think.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The behind-the-scenes Dolphins soap opera:


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

Porter has lost any feeling I ever had for him as a Dolphin. On his way out he doesn't need to cause any more trouble or create rifts with the teammates he claims to love. Why does he want to hurt them? He was definitely a cancer on the team the last half and I guess we can see what happened to our decline the last four games. He should have been cut right on the spot and order restored. Sparano is the head coach and the rest better deal with it or move on. Nobody questions Bellicheat even when he makes dumb decisions which he did alot last year. Crowder is painting himself on the outs too. Plus he really isn't very good so he better be careful. I don't think there are too many teams out there that would want him either. I am very upset with both of them for trying to tear into the team. Porter loves those guys in the locker room? He's a captain? Sure doesn't act like it last year or now

hey man these two should be long gone joey is an old not play maker and channing is a want to be like joey. the i love tony he has shown the last to years that he got what it takes to be a nfl coach and people want to remember the 17.5 sacks that joey produce two years ago then we have to remember how tony and his staff turn a 1 and 15 season to 11 and 5 with a team lacking of tallent like ours joey buy buy i have never like u and even those 17.5 sacks didn`t make me like u i don`t like big mouth players c`mon brothers the 12 overall pick can get us a mlb and a olb and by the way i love the way cameron wake play i just think he is not a lb just a de

I hate to say it but i think Joey is right about a lot of what he is saying he is a proven player why would you take him off the field on 3rd down or Jason for that matter these coaches are thinking too much let those guys do what they do best don't try to reinvent them. hey look I know he can be an A hole but he is still a solid player with a few years left, you guys in this form need to get a grip we just can't afford to toss away good players haven;t we seen enough of that over the last few years, okay maybe he is not as good as he used to be but who are you going to put in there, if we lose him and jason it is going to be a long year and besides it is the inside linebackers that suck, I like Channing , but he is just okay nothing great. Okay that said 17sacks and then 9 that is 26 over 2 years and you want to get rid of this guy no you pull him to the side and get it straighten out if you can ,but if we lose him and jason we are in trouble.

Get both of these scumbags off the team now. You have peezy and mini peezy! There fukin cancers!

Wouldn't it be great to trade Crowder to the Jets? Then he could fist fight Rex Ryan on the sidelines much like his idiot daddy did against Kevin Gilbride when they were with the Oilers. Porter has underwhelmed since his arrival, needed to be gone, and will gladly be gone soon. Crowder is a freakin' idiot too if he wants to publicly take a dump in the bed he's sleeping in. He hasn't made an impact play that changed a game since he's been here (must be the Gator coming out) and he wants to run his mouth? Please. Cut him this season without cap ramifications, and send him away or trade him to the Jets. He belongs there anyway.

There's always plenty of blame to go around when a team loses. The Dolphins linebacking was adequate - not outstanding - but not great. The biggest weakness of the Dolphins defense was the backfield which couldn't do jack to defend against the pass. Everyone dropped 40 and 50 yard bombs on the Dolphins backfield. Yeah, if Porter had put more pressure on the qb - some of those bombs would never have happened. Maybe Porter should go away - but he is not the reason the Fins defense sucked last year.

Why all the fuss about Porter? - he's washed up - there aren't any teams interested in him - if there is - very few.
He's done - he was done 2 years ago - so he had a few sacks in 08 - big deal. He never changed a game or dominated in the least bit. See ya!

Zach Thomas where are you!!!!!!!!!!!
We need more class and less trash.
Crowder and Porter would find it hard to make a good college team.

Porter, crowder, see you! Draft 5 lb's and get rid of them both!!!! Find someone who will play hard and respect the team and coach. Best linebacker on the team, not hardly, crowder gets burnt constantly on passing downs, porter only gets a sack if the coverage is perfect downfield and the qb takes a month to throw the ball and he can't hold the edge either, perfect example, buffallo game. Get these big mouth loosers out of here! I have lost all respect for crowder and porter, especially porter for pulling this shaqlike bashing, before he is cut, yes cut! He will be playing for league minimum next season of at all!!!!!! Looser!

There's only ONE reason Porter is in this situation; He's not the same player he used to be.

Joey, you got benched b/c you couldn't get to the QB in 2010. Injury or not, it's the truth. Is anyone surprised that Miami's done with him? NO! Is anyone surprised that Joey's whining about it? NO! But WHY THE HECK is Channing Crowder on there backing Porter up? Um, dude, didn't Miami OVERPAY for you 9-months ago AND stick with you (despite awful play week after week)?

Dolphin fans, send thank you cards to Crowder for this. Now we won't have to watch him get his A' kicked by a Patriot (AGAIN)!

get rid of brown and sign L.T. hell yeah!!!!

BP should wack both of these idiots TODAY!

We have wasted way too much time on cry baby Porter. Who wants to hear any more time wasted on him. This is as bad as "should I go or should I stay Farve". Enough is enough. Let's talk about the positives.

Two big little girls crying about their play time. BFD get these two jackasses out of Miami. Porter didn't do squat, and now he's blaming the coaches for not producing. Crowder is doing nothing more than giving his girlfriend Joey a bj on radio. I'm sticking with Sparano on this one, he got tired of Porter's pre-madonna crap and now he'll be showing him the door. Let's hope he does the same to Crowder.

Porter sucked monkey balls all year long.

And Crowder is just a trouble maker. He clearly thinks he can feather his retirement nest by being the local gossip boy until he retires and becomes ESPN's NFL gossip analyst.

Porter is an idiot period. I remember a early seaseon interview where he said "The city of Florida" right then I knew he was another moron who was just here for the money. Crowder, if he does back his words this year as well see you Later, Rex Ryan would kick his ASS! put up or shut up Crowder!

Porter out and Crowder out!

"get rid of these washed up bums and bring in more kids that want to be here."
Posted by: finsup | February 03, 2010 at 01:39 AM
IMO. yes, they may be "washed up' as you say, but I don't feel anyone deserves to be called a "bum."
I'm probably a bit sensitive, being a a former #1 songwriter, who, because I;'m over 50 is considered by some as "washed up" around Nashville. But I'm not a bum.
Let them call your dad that when he gets let go from his gig, the phrase "washed up bum' would be fighting words. You'd be pissed, and RIGHTLY SO.
I believe the Torbers, Ayodele's etc go after it as hard as possible. Less talented , YES.
Agreed that Porter is a major problem that must be dealt with ASAP.
Crowder is a NON-Playmaker, who happens to be the best we have RIGHT NOW.

« 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

The comments to this entry are closed.