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Thomas: Dolphins have to show respect

If a Mount Rushmore of Dolphins players existed, Zach Thomas would be up there with Dan Marino and Larry Csonka and a couple of others. He was a Dolfans' favorite player from the second in 1996 he stepped on the field as a short, no-neck-having, self-deprecating rookie to the day in 2008 he packed his belongings and left.

And to this day Zach Thomas remains a South Florida resident, a fan of the Dolphins, and someone the organization admires enough that it considered him to join the new radio team being assembled to work on a new flagship station -- the team by the way, would not consider me as a commentator because I'm not enough of a homer.

Anyway, the point is when Zach Thomas is peeved with the organization, well then, something is wrong -- not with Zach, but with the organization.

And Zach Thomas is steaming about how the Dolphins have treated his brother-in-law Jason Taylor (married to Zach's sister Katina). He's upset about the handling of the latest Taylor saga in particular and and about the way the Dolphins handle inconic players in general.

Yesterday on the Sid Rosenberg show on 560-AM here in South Florida, Thomas pulled back the curtain on how Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells handled his departure when he was waived by the Dolphins.

"The only thing that was like a punch in the gut to me was the day I was cleaning out my locker, the day they cut me, [agent] Drew [Rosenhaus] asked them if I could just say thanks to the fans through the media at the Dolphins facility and their answer was, 'No, he's not a Dolphins player anymore, he's got to do it off premises.'" Thomas said. "That's when you know, like, 'Wow,' the whole loyalty and everything they preach with team and things like that goes out the window."

None of this is commentary on how the Dolphins make football decisions. There is no arguing it was time for Zach to go. He didn't fit the Dolphins scheme. He was getting up there in years. He was coming off a year in which he had concussion issues.

But this is commentary on what happens after the football decisions are made. A player like Zach Thomas basically gets kicked to the curb in much the same manner as Abraham Wright would.

After he was waived, Thomas had to find a way to say good-bye to Dolphins fans. He had to call media members one by one, me and many others included, to say his farewell to ... you.

That is wrong.

This regime doesn't like making exceptions. They like to treat all the players the same. The Dolphins, for example, are one of the few NFL teams that do not welcome new free agents with press conferences because the team doesn't want to make it seem like the new players are more important than the ones already on the roster. The Dolphins also don't get mushy when former greats such as Thomas or, yes, Jason Taylor leave are or forced to leave.

And that is fine if you're talking about Shawn Murphy being traded. But if Jason Taylor is being traded, that needs to be handled differently.

The strange thing here is that general manager Jeff Ireland is aware of how great players should be treated. He sometimes talks about how he doesn't want to do anything that would sully the organization's great name or history.

Ireland's stepfather was a Hall of Famer E.J. Holub. His grandfather Jim Parmer was a former Philadelphia player and Bears executive. Those men knew the importance of legacy and standing. Those guys respected those ideals.

But Ireland, under Bill Parcells, isn't really holding up his end very well in that department. The Dolphins fumbled on the Zach Thomas dismissal two years ago. They dropped the ball again in the manner they treated Jason Taylor this offseason.

Their football decisions were probably correct in both instances. Their people skills were lacking both times.

"You've got to know to respect great players," Thomas said. "You've got to know that. Jason is going to be a Hall of Famer. He's going to be in the [Dolphins Ring] of Honor. His name is always going to be in Dolphin Stadium, and that's big. And you know what, you can do it in a different approach. It might not be their approach. But I get disappointed when I see guys that have put everything on the line for the Dolphins organization and have a Hall-of-Fame career like Jason Taylor and it goes down like it has the last couple weeks...

"I'm not trying to be hard on Jeff Ireland. But he's saying it wrong, especially for a guy who has so much history with the Miami Dolphins. He's the all-time sacks leader among active players, and you're going to talk about him like he's a first- or second-year player. He should know how to respect guys that have been great to the game. ... It's fine if you don't have a need for him. But you tell him up front. And you don't go through the media and act like you're shocked that it's being brought up. I don't like the organization to look bad that way."

Here is a quick suggestion to the Miami Dolphins, an organization that thinks it knows it all: Sign Zach Thomas for a day. Hold the press conference now that you refused to grant him in 2008. Allow Zach to say good-bye the right way.

You can't do anything about how you handled Jason Taylor's departure. Right the wrong you did with the Zach Thomas departure. And do it soon.


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Parcell's and Class?

Who cares? This is Professional football.

If your kid was going out for football who would you want coaching him?
A panzified looking classical music teacher, or a big ugly Joisey guy that spits when he screams?

I don't know about some of you guys, but thanks for the comical relief just the same.

If I could only find my violin!

Will Mando continue to talk about JT throughout the draft?

JT is a has been. Get over it, there are football games to be played.

So Carlito, your fist pick is?



Companies don't care about their employees. Doesn't matter if it's a small company or a big company they just don't care. The Dolphins are a company just like a Publix or the carpet cleaning company you hire to clean your carpets. Every employee, regardless of longevity or status, is replaceable. You can be a 10 year employee or a 3 month employee when they feel it's time for you to go you're gone. Companies talk about teamwork and say that there is no "i" in team but there's no "we" either. Funny how people are making comments supporting the "company". Hopefully they'll support their company when/if the company they work for decides that they have to downsize.

Any thoughts on Hughs versus Kindle or Weatherspoon as a LB to fill the void?

To hear pro athletes talk like they had their feelings hurt is pathetic. Thomas and Taylor were both good players but in my opinion, not Hall of fame. 2 playoff wins since 96' Not hall of fame if you ask me.

When JT decided to miss team workouts to dance with the stars, that's when he became a wuss and someone who thought he was bigger than the team. Old school football guys don't like that kind of stuff.

Should have taken the contract in Nov.

Ortega Dolfan,

I know this is your first post, and I hope it's your LAST.
I'm sorry if the business end of NFL football hurts your sensitive feelings.
However, don't you come on MY Dolphin blog talking about JT and the p u s s y Jets getting 6 sacks on MY Chad Henne.

You're obviously NOT a true Dolphin fan.
Why don't you give www.jetsblog.com a try wussbag!

Fxck the Wets,

Right now I would say Derrick Morgan... but that could change... and probably will again before the draft, but I would be happy with (in no particular order) Earl Thomas, Dan Williams, Sergio Kindle, Roland McClain, and even Jerry Hughes


Who would you pick for your first pick?

Eric Berry is my favorite player in the draft, but there is no way he is there

These two guys were the cornerstone of our defense and the face of our franchise for YEARS! Show them some DAMN RESPECT!!!

Earl Thomas Fxck.

WIN SOMETHING!!!!!! and then you guys can have your good-bye party. We lose with you - we can lose without you. Win the damn Super Bowl already and then you can be considered one of the greats. WIN SOMETHING ALREADY!!!

Earl Thomas might not be around at 12 pick. LB position is still key,


I agree with all but McClain. Not that I don't like him. I just don't think they will go for him. My top one out of your list is Earl.

Here is a question: In the unlikely event that both Berry and Thomas are still there (I know it won't happen but humor me), who would you chose?


AS far as I'm concerned Jason Taylor can go and be old for the Jets this year - the Dolphins are getting younger, faster, bigger and better. The past is the past - I'd love to be adding a Jason Taylor to this team - Jason Taylor 8 years ago!

You ppl want a "free-market" you got it!

The Dolphins can get a good safety later in the draft - we need front 7 help and WR help. One can never have too many good o-lineman either. They do need a safety but we can get someone better than what we had back there last year in the 4th or 5th round, I'm sure of it.




Jamillion - I thought he said 87 at his press conference.

any one thinks Earl Thomas will be at 12 ?

the stock market is fixed ,it never goes down .

What's the deal with Chris Clemons? I remember hearing how everyone was impressed with him last training camp and then he looked lost during the season when he managed to get on the field. Anyone think he will be a factor this year?

not for nothing but JT or Zack are not on the same level as Dan Marino and or Larry Csonka, PERIOD!


99 just opened up! LMAO

what about no 55 or 66

JT you were a blessing to watch for many years...and wish it could have ended different...maybe in a couple of years the Dolphins front office can sign you to a day contract and you can retire a DOLPHIN! MAYBE! Hope you suck for the two games you play the Dolphins and get pancaked by Jake and Vernon a few times....but other than that good luck in NY...you will figure out first hand how bad the JETS suck!

oh...look for MIAMI to trade #12 pick to PHILLY for #24 and #37....you heard it here first!


I think they might trade down, but if they don't I would LOVE to see Earl wearing a Phins Jersey. Imagine the possibilities!!

Mount Rushmore of Miami Dolphins???

Don Shula #1, Bob Griese #2, Larry Csonka #3 and Dan Marino #4! no room for Zack or JT...sorry!

anybody see Earl's sit down w/Coach Chucky??? lol good shyt

"They don't owe me anything .. I owe a lot to Dolphins org. They afforded me a lot of things, my spot in life. " I pulled this from your twitter Armando. It sums it up. JT needs to get over himself. So do you. Less whine, more write.

It's not a regular "company" or business, and I guarantee they would make more $ with him, than without, but, whatever, that was JUST the "business side" I was referring to.


So, he didn't have double digit sacks...He had 7, FF's, FR's, and SEVERAL defelections

He's a playmaker, and more so than Anderson or Wake!

EARL THOMAS OR BUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marshallito says he will be # 87

buy it now and burn your # 99

What has JT done for the trifecta?
Was he so great that they had to resign him?
Was he so below average that they let him sign with the jest?
It seems that our trifecta would rather play against him than try and carry him.

Can anyone name 1 good hit on anyone by JT?
He always had a hard time getting a tackle or sack because he wanted to dance instead of take some guys head off.

Mount Rushmore of Miami Dolphins???

Don Shula #1, Bob Griese #2, Larry Csonka #3 and Dan Marino #4! no room for Zack or JT...sorry!

Posted by: JerseyPhins | April 21, 2010 at 03:46 PM

WHAT?!?! No Mercury Morriss?-LOL

So Marc,

You didn't answer my question. How much out of your money would you pay him?

lol odinseye...sorry no room for him either.

Just saw Earl Thomas on Gruden Camp (ESPN) and I want him bad!! Not in a Jet kinda way, but in a manly, non-sexual Dolphin kinda way!! The dude is quick as hell & a ball hawk!!!! He'd have a bigger impact than buffalo rookie safety last yr (IMHO)..

of course only my opinion..

Peter King has us trading down with the Eagles in the first round and acquiring their first and early second round picks. I think that would be ideal!! But then he has us drafting Ryan Matthews with the 24th pick. I really like Matthews but you have to admit, that would be a surprise. Wouldn't love that to happen. Surely it has to be OLB in the first.


Merc's mount would have to be made of coke.

Jason Taylor is a jet now! Out of all the teams he could have signed with and he picks the worst one of all! He has done lots of great things with the Dolphins I will never forget...but the jets?!


It’s not a regular company? I beg to differ. It has to be ran according to business principals. Football players are their assets. These assets have values placed on them according to certain factors like productivity, health, etc. The owners investments on these assets are worth millions, which is why the poke and probe them, and do extensive evaluations on them to assess their value. The FO extended an offer with what they thought he was worth according to certain benchmarks. He disagreed and went elsewhere.

You f-ing morons banging on JT. Say what you need to say. But when you are done whining, watch JT's press conference. Notice when he says "I hope I can come back someday without being booed...", the reporters in the room laugh, but JT's face is serious. The guy wanted to help the team. I bet if they offered him 500g he would have took it just to help the team. He was probably just as excited about the Marshall trade and the emergence of Henne like us fans are. I think he would have HELPED this team. But now we'll have to watch him help the f-ing Jets. If he was goin to the Rams or some other lowly team like that then fine. But not the Jets. The FO gave him to the the Jets. I just hope they find someone with half the motor JT has. To me this is as sad a day as when the Don was shown the door.......

pistol.... that ready rock huh lol

These are football players. They get hit for a living, and now they want to be loved? If he didn't like the way this business is ran, go dance then.

If I was a BILLIONAIRE I'd pay hom the lowly 13 mill the Jets offered. that's less than Ferg, Less than JP, less than he made when he left. How much would you pay the only DE/OLB that had 7 sacks, 2 FF's, 1 FR, and 6 Pass deflections? playing out of position, and off the filed on 3rd downs? What's that worth?


On the contrary....JT was offered an extension back in November for MORE than $500K and he turned it down. Get your facts straight before you start spouting about the great JT.

There is no way in hell Parcels is taking a safety in the first round - its not happening. Forget it.


On the contrary....JT was offered an extension from the team back in November for MORE than $500K and he turned it down. Get your facts straight before you start spouting off on here about the great JT.


I am not claiming to know what value they placed on him. I am sure it's a rigorous process as every sound investment should be conducted. No one gets to be a billionaire making bad choices and giving away money for assets THEY deem aren’t worth it. Ultimately, it was a business choice and that is it. By the way, I most certainly would not pay him 13 mil. To be honest, I do not have an amount because I would probably submit him to the due diligence that process merits.

Based on our sched. who are we gonna beat?


And everyone wonders why the guy talks so much, too.


By the way, I think sacks is an over rated statistic.

How about Trindon Hollidy KR/PR/WR/RB as a late rounder.
He's only 5-6 160....But..........

During the 2010 NFL Combine, ESPN reported that he ran a 4.22, which would have beaten Chris Johnson's NFL record fastest time of 4.24. However, NFL.com said he did not break the records, listing Holliday's times at 4.27 and 4.32

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