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Ricky Williams cross free agency bridge, then burns it

Ricky Williams is a lot of things. He's a solid, old running back. He's not very well rooted. He's an articulate man. He's a classic me-guy. And he's a hypocrite.

He's also pretty much done with the Miami Dolphins and I believe the feeling is mutual. And so with his Miami career pretty much over, a bridge Williams knew he would cross eventually, the running back went about burning that bridge on Monday Joey Porter style.

In his weekly radio radio show on WQAM, Ricky criticized coach Tony Sparano, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and took a subtle swipe at QB Chad Henne. He said, among other things, he is a closet New York Jets fan.

The comments you'll hear that seem most damning is that Ricky criticized coach Tony Sparano, saying among other things that the coach had lost his locker room toward the end of the season and the attention span of the players throughout the year.

“Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things it takes to win football games,” Ricky said. “Not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring touchdowns in the red zone. He spends a lot of time saying, ‘If you do these things, you win.’ And sometimes I feel personally that he does a little bit too much. My personal opinion is if you have the right attitude that you guys are going to win, then all that other stuff takes care of itself."

Ziiiing.

Interesting that Ricky didn't mention that during the season at any point. He refused to speak with the local media unless they paid him, which local radio station WQAM did in giving him a show. And even during those paid weekly appearances, Ricky never before complained about the coach asking the team to convert on third downs and score TDs in the red zone.

It wasn't until Ricky was clear of the season and felt he had cover that he made his point about Sparano's approach. Interesting. Maybe it might have been more productive had he brought the issue up with one of the captains to take to the coach. Maybe, as the longest tenured Dolphin, he might have brought the issue up to Sparano himself in private.

Nope.

“Coach [Nick] Saban had a saying, ‘We’re worried about mouse manure, when we have elephant [crap] all over the place,’” Williams added. “I want to really start focusing on what I want to accomplish and what it is I want to achieve, but not micromanaging this or that and focusing on the little things. It’s keeping my eye on the prize and putting myself in a supporting environment and going to work every day with a smile on my face.”

That quote in a nutshell is Ricky: I, I, I, my, myself, my.

I guess it could have been more accurate if Ricky had included a couple of "me" references.

Ricky is very self-aware. And that self awareness guided him to reach this conclusion last week as Miami was preparing for the season finale:

“I had," Williams said, "a little bit of a sense during the week of practice that we weren’t maybe as focused or preparing as well as we needed to.”

Did he tell anyone? Nope.

He surely didn't tell anyone that could have changed the course of the preparation, that's for sure.

Ricky, by the way, is not a big fan of some of his teammates that he shares a huddle with, we now discover. Marshall, Miami's leading receiver and perhaps the most vocal and open critic of what was happening during the season, is Ricky's prime target.

“Being around Brandon a lot – I like the guy, I think the world of him – but as a teammate, sometimes he makes it difficult to like him and support him,” Ricky said. “It’s not necessarily what he says, it’s when he says it and the way he says it. But for the most part the things that he says are things that everyone else wants to say, but no one has the courage, or the balls. And some of it is intelligence – they’re smart enough not to say those things, because they don’t want to burn bridges. But when you have $50 million, then you can get away with whatever you want.”

Let me get this straight, so Marshall is speaking truth. And Marshall is saying these things while there is still time to correct course. But that makes him difficult to support?

And the guys not saying anything are doing so because they're more intelligent than Marshall?

Oh, and by the way, having courage is a bad thing?

Ricky said the biggest difference between the Patriots and the Dolphins is, "they have a quarterback," and with that he threw Henne under the bus. Nothing wrong with that, but throughout the season on the very same show, Ricky often talked about how much he supported Henne and how much he was progressing.

Cough-hypocrite-cough.

Now the season is over and so it's OK to do an about-face and pile on the guy when he's down and everyone knows he's going to be replaced?

The best part of the interview to me was when Williams spoke in glowing terms about Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas and the New York Jets.

Taylor and Thomas both hated Ricky when he quit on the team in 2004, weeks before the season was to begin. Ricky, you'll recall, said he wanted a break from football to go discover himself. Then he changed that story when it was learned he had failed his, like, fourth drug test and was en route to a suspension anyway.

Taylor's disgust with Ricky was most obvious when he showed up at the annual team Halloween party in a Ricky costume, complete with dreadlocks. Well, this year, Ricky showed up to the Halloween party in a JT costume, including a giant JT shaven head.

Taylor had little taste for Ricky and Ricky knew it. And Ricky took his revenge in his typical passive aggressive style.

But now Ricky is a huge JT fan: "... When I got here, playing with guys like Jason and Zach, it was awesome. Just their professionalism, and the way they played the game, it was incredible.”

Ricky also thinks LaDainian Tomlinson is incredible. In fact he thinks what LT and the Jets are doing if pretty cool.

“I like watching the Jets play,” he said. “Because of LT. I’m an LT fan. And I like the fact that the Jets run the ball.”

Dolphins fans might have liked Ricky to run the ball against the Jets. He 62 yards on 17 carries in two games against New York this season -- a 3.6 yard per carry average.

Ricky is a free agent in 2011. I think he realizes that. Otherwise you would not have heard him say any of this stuff.

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Carolina will not take Luck after taking Clausen just last year, but they will make a deal with a top-5 team and pick up extra picks in the process.

Pete, I AGREE HARBAUGH HAS FAMILY IN SF BUT YOU KNOW MOST HUSBANDS LOVE TO SEE THEIR WIFES FEW TIMES A YEAR .I SAY HE WILL SIGN W/MIAMI UNLESS HE DOESN'T LIKE THE CHEESY PEOPLE IN FL .

Looks like Jeff Fisher won the battle up in TN and is sticking around.
One less quality HC on the market for now.
Marvin Lewis is next on the hot seat.

Sparano coaching blunder during the Pats game...

ST have been a problem all year, lack of big returns. Cobbs had done nothing, so Sparano FINALLY opted to try other options. Marlon Moore returned a kick about 40 50 yards. Experiment worked. Next kickoff, back to Cobbs. Expirement over.

Does this guy know what he's doing or what!

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed.
Go right to the source and ask the horse
He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse.
He's always on a steady course.
Talk to Mister Ed.
People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day
But Mr. Ed will never speak unless he has something to say
A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And this one'll talk 'til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking horse?
Well listen to this: "I'm Mister Ed."

Craig M...glad you saw it for the joke that it was....I know it can get "heated" in here sometimes....

IT'S OFFICIAL GUYS TONY SPARANO STAYING IN MIAMI! JUST REPORTED BY ADAM SCHEFTER ON ESPN

THE TALKING HORSE SAID I AM MR. ED AT THE END NOT IM MR. ED.

IRELAND AND MR. ROSS WILL BE TALK TO HARBOGH TODAY

SAPARANO IS FIRED .

1 person is saying Sparano is going,the other says he's staying?

WTF????

SPARANO IS HIRED

Ricky's comments sounded pretty accurate. As for the fact that he focused on his responsibilities and did not take on the role externally or internally of attacking his coach or QB - this is an issue of style. I am okay with players who focus on being the best they can be and I am okay with players who aspire to be leaders. Different strokes for different folks. Ricky does not feel the need to take on the role of telling other people what to do. He concentrates on what he needs to do and at 4.2 yards per carry he did it well - although he should have gotten a lot more carries. Bottom line is that Sparano/Henning did not use Ricky properly and he does not want to waste the rest of his career being under a coach who does not use his ability. On another note, I am an LT fan too regardless of the team he is on. A JT fan as well. A diamond is a diamond regardless of setting.

i just heard that he is being kept??? can anyone else comfirm this??

Well, It does get heated and that really does suck. I have my opinions and a lot of you don't like them.

But the truth is, I love you all, even if you hate me or my opinions. The fact is, as much as NJ does not belive it. We all want to win a SB and we all have enough passion to talk about it, in most cases, openly.

So everyone pull up the Love bus and paint it orange and teal.

OK, thats it, now its time to be nasty again. ;p

SPARANO IS MOVING OF HIS BEACH CONDO .

New post....

ARMANDO REPORTING IN HIS TWEET , the dolphinS in full search mood.

I for one hope the Dolphins don't trade down again. Forget the 2nd pick, it's gone. They need an elite offensive player. Whether it's a QB, OL, or WR in round one - just take the best player available. Do what Chicago did last year and make up for your lack of picks and spend in free agency on quality players.

Ross doesn't have the balls to make a change. I applaud the Vikings, Cowboys, Niners, Broncos. Half of those coaches were only 2 years in. When it was clear things weren't working, changes were made. Like in Poker, to win in this game you can't be afraid to lose.

We are. This team is stuck in neutral. They'd rather leave Sparano a lame duck. I don't think he'll make it past mid season. At which point, another year will have passed with nothing to show for it.

Get ready Dolfans, it's stone age football again in 2010.

Everyone needs to read Jeff Darlington's article in today's Herald. Jeff is the ACTUAL Beat Writer for the Fins. We all follow Armando and love him, but he himself has said numerous times he is not the beat writer for the Dolphins. Anyway, Jeff Darlington has made it clear Ireland and Coach Sporano are staying after yesterday's meeting. Coach laid out his plans to Ross and how he plans to fix this. There will be "drastic" changes according to the coach, and he has already started them, we will know about them shortly. Ross was on the sidelines yesterday making jokes and seemed at peace. Was Ross willing to clean house, Yes, did he want to clean house, NO. Read the article.

pete,

Sorry man, have to respectfully disagree. Claussen has SHOWN nothing in the pros to date. There's no comparison between Andrew Luck and Claussen IMO. If Luck comes out then that will be the Panthers pick and they will peddle Claussen for a 4th or a 5th.

some guys wnat to stay with tony as the ship sinks. some also wanted to stay on the titanic as it sunk.

some guys wnat to stay with tony as the ship sinks. some also wanted to stay on the titanic as it sunk.

Posted by: greg z. | January 04, 2011 at 11:51 AM

LOL

Is the media going to do another "poll" like they did with Shula?

MR. ROSS SHOULD TALK TO HOWARD SHELENBURGER HE IS ALWAYS NEAR HIS PHONE AND WIN GAME ALL OVER FLORIDA

noreastdolfan said "I see nothing wrong with what Ricky said yesterday or did not say during thr regular season. The Coach & QB are just not very good and Brandon is more selfish then Rick is or ever will be".

Rethink that statement. A guy who quit on his team because he wanted to smoke weed, has multiple children with multiple women, does a documentary about himself for espn, and bashes his coach who has protected him and treated him like gold for 3 years before free agency! That guy isn't selfish?

But the guy who gets frustrated about losing and is vocal about it MORE selfish?!

I'm sorry but that's the most idiotic post I've read in a while.

Obviously Ricky needs micromanaging. He needs to work on the little thi ga like how to not fumble the ball. That would have been helpful last game. Those "little" things do help you win

I don't think Ross has made a decision on this. Agreed with the other poster, though, that it's entirely possible Harbaugh says no. The 49ers have an advantage since he already lives in that area and his family is there. This could wind up being about more than money.

ten bucks says he goes to the pats. screw the pot head anyway.

Gosh Armando! Ricky a hypocrite? I respect your work but this is poor journalism at best.

Ricky did the right thing by being supportive and NOT being a loud mouth during the season. It would have been unprofessional of him to say these things during the season.

I agree with him that Sparano micromanages the team. For instance, he's so involved in screaming to get his special team off the field after a meaningless field goal; fist pumping in the air after a score despite being down by 14-17 points. That, to me is more hypocrite that what Ricky said on radio.

There are several teams in the NFL I enjoy watching them throw and/or run the ball. Unfortunately, the Pats and the Jets are among them especially when they play other teams.

Ricky quietly did his job despite a bang up O-line. He's right... We need to change the way we're managing this team. The fact that Ross is probably keeping Sparano and Ireland is disappointing. We're talking about the same coaches that run the ball on 3 and long inside the red zone; the same management who kept playing Henne instead of developing Thigpen.

If we let him go, I bet he's going to be a great back on another team like LT is now with the Jets.

I enjoy your work Armando... but I am disappoint in your recent posting of Ricky.


I've had mixed feelings about Ricky since '04 but he does speak a lot of truths: a) the Dolphins ARE uptight, micromanaged and play afraid to fail rather than to win, and b) there's NOBODY on the Dolphins now who plays with the passion, professionalism, intensity, dedication and LEADERSHIP of nos. 54 and 99. Name one player leader... (kickers don't count).

nm dolfan you are clueless.

Ricky is not a team player when he throws teammates and coaches under the bus. And to think, he ran for all those yards this year to show them the way the win? oh yea, not.
Ricky wants to play for a happy, positive environment without hard coaching and he talks about New England? Are you kidding? Yea Belicheat is so laid back and never gets on his players for mistakes. Ricky should go there and see how long he stays clean.

No winning on this one, if ricky made these comments during the season, he would be labeled a distraction. Now that he is doing it after the season he is a hypocrite...

Armando, you missed badly on this. Your perspective and mischaracterization of Ricky's comments is telling.

Your competitor, David Hyde, has a reasonable article on Ricky's comments.

"The Dolphins are trying to determine if they can land a higher profile coach who might be a better fit and play more attractive offensive football.

Harbaugh fits that description and, unlike some other big-name candidates, would not need to bring his own personnel people with him. Harbaugh has some ties to Ireland and likely would be more willing to work with him than he would be some of the less-established entities in the front office in Denver and San Francisco.

Harbaugh also could work with Miami defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, whose unit is coming off a strong performance there".

Jason LaCanfora is all over this Harbaugh story....this is the real deal anc could happen real fast according to Jason.

Sparano was too much of a micro-manager? If Ricky just held on to the ball and ripped off a few long runs every now and then the Dolphins wouldn't be 1-7 at home.

Pro football is about players, less so with coaches. If Bill Belichek coached this team they'd still be average. They just didn't have the personnel, especially at running back. Ricky would barely play on any of the top tier teams in this league.

Sad for him to say such things.

OK, why do you think they don't have the personnel? Did you know the o-line was Tony's pet project? Start there & let us know what else you come up with.

I don't think Armando can be objective with Ricky because he did not allow himself to be interview by the South Forida media, you included.

For the most part I agree with Ricky.

Fist Pump micro manages everything to the point where Henne and others can no longer think for themeselves and have regressed as players.

Sometimes I wish I can tell Brandon Marshall to shut the hell up and play. He dropped more passes than Run out of Bounds Ginn, and Derek Stone Hands Hagan. BM as a team mate rubs some people the wrong way. He is vocal and is going to get away with some things that other WR's that are less skilled will.

Ricky is a running back so you would expect for him to root for LT, and to like to watch teams that run the ball. This doesn't make him a Jets fan.

Everybody and their Grandma knew Ricky was not a vocal team leader. He lead by his work ethic, on the field, at practise, and in the film room. Not vocally. You can't crap on him now because he didn't speak up.

And the last time I checked you can't use Chad Henne and Tom Brady in the same sentence unless it's "Tom Brady outplayed Chad Henne.", so NE does have a quaterback. Maybe Ricky should have said "elite quaterback", but we all know what he meant. Well, except Mando.

Maybe Ricky could have articulated his comments better but I would have been surprised if he did it during the season.

P.S. Can anyone tell me when and where is Henning's and David Lee's farewell party?

Sounds like ricky owes Armando some money. whatever. all of it does sound hypocritical but it also has truth. Can't deny that.

players shouldn't have to be the ones speaking up on problems, the coach should recognize them first. I fault sparano for his lack of action and judgement at times. He sat by and watch/let things fall apart far too often.

Oh please, Salguero.

Stop kissing up to Dolphins management and grow a pair.

I rarely read you column anymore because you're such an obsequious, self-promoting cheeseball. Here, Williams speaks truth to power. You could learn a lot from him.

Armando, this note seems a little bit "personal" hate note against a Good Dolphin player who never wanted to speak with the media including yourself.

I admire your work but it think this is the wrong way to say goodbye to one of the greatest runningbacks in Miami history.

Most of the things he said are TRUE, Henne is not a good QB (he cannot tell you that while he is in the team, can he?), It is also true that Tony Sparano lost the looker room (you also knew that and did not report it in season time for obvious reasons, he could not do it either), he is wrong about Marshall, we need more guys like him.

I'm not a Dolphin fan, and have never read an article from this guy before, but I think its clear that the author is somewhat clueless about the politics of football. Or maybe about the politic-ing in general.

I know nothing about this Ricky guy, but it seems clear what his intensions are, and you don't need to be a football fan to understand it either...

Armando,

You've had beef with Ricky for quite a while now and you know it, I know it. You just used this as your opportunity to bring out your sumarai knife.

Hipocrit? Really Armando, you the pot calling the kettle black? Had Ricky spoken any of these things during the season and you had gotten wind of it, you would be all over him just as you are today.

Armando have you ever even played and organized sport? I have and guarantee you at least 99% of all athlete no matter the sport, are total jerks to some degree or another. So where's the breaking news Armando?

Again, another capt. obvious blog intended on displaying your own likes or dislikes of a player. Ricky has done many goods too. You never report on that. Makes you sound equal too or an even greater hipocrit than you claim Ricky to be.

Breaking News:

"ARMANDO JUST DISCOVERS JOCKS CAN BE JERKS"

Breaking News:

"SO CAN MEDIA JOURNALISTS"

Armando,

NEWS FLASH:

Not having a criminal record alone doesnt qualify you to be pure as the driven snow. It could also mean you just havent been caught yet! LOL..........

OK, you wrote, "Pro football is about players, less so with coaches. If Bill Belichek coached this team they'd still be average. They just didn't have the personnel, especially at running back. Ricky would barely play on any of the top tier teams in this league."

To some degree I agree, however, if Belichek was the coach, it is possible that many of the players wouldn't be on the team, because he would get better talent. So, even though the players do the playing, the good coach is the one who knows how to obtain quality resources and maximize them.

I have no problem with Ricky Williams. Yeah, he's inconsistent in a number of the things he said. His philosophical journeys/verbal regurgitations prove he is a different bird. But he is a pretty good, physical running back. I give him credit for trying to speak what he thinks is true. He likes Brandon Marshall, and though Brandon speaks the truth (saying what others think and want to say) Brandon doesn't always do it in the right way or at the right time, making it harder on teammates. Ok, that's Ricky's opinion. He compared Henne with Brady, and I have no problem with him saying the truth here, given this past season. It's the truth that the Pats have a real QB. I have no problem with him having issues with being micro-managed by Sparano. Most people don't like a boss like that either. Sparano gets carried away with statistics and it never affected the teams way of thinking enough to lead to wins. I have no problem with what Ricky said, and would still welcome him back for another season. In fact, I think the Dolphins should not only resign him, but use him as the featured back next year.


Mando, I'm sure if Ricky would have given you some " juicy " gossip during the season for your blog that would have been OK .

The only hypocrite that I can see is YOU!!!!

It doesnt seem that Ricky is saying anything bad about Sparano or Brandon. Its not like he cussed out the whole team. Cmon Mando that was kind of a personal attack on Ricky thats not cool.

i'm not sure what he is talking about but Bill Belicheck does the thing that he hates sparano for. that is a mantra of BB, it is written all over Foxboro " do your job"
He always is preaching that "this is what we need to do to win. If you take my coaching then you will win.
Long time Pats fan from Boston

Armando, what do you see when you look at the 'blue' sky. Is it green? Red? or Purple? I don't get any of what you are saying from what Ricky said. Yet you try so hard after each comment to convince the reader of what he really meant. I love the "Ziiing"...what the hell was that?! It was obvious and true. I mean seriously, how can you take someone seriously after a while of having convulsions on the sideline when playing for a field goal and as calm as can be if they score a TD. Stop bringing the Dave Wandstache thing up. Wandstache was an idiot. He got Ricky no help and made it known during the off season that he planned on running ricky 400 more times the next year. If it wasn't for Ricky, Wanstache would have been here even longer because WH refused to fire his incompetent arse. Ricky got him fired. What he said about B. marshall is true...he's vocal and brash but look where that got us Penalties on productive drives for throwing balls out of bounds and at opposing players. Did he get fined? No. Did he get benched? No. He has 50 million dollars and he can pretty much do what he wants: Truth. The fact that Ross keeps these guys around...he gets what he deserves. The heat will hopefully get me through next season, or a lockout.

to VA FIN FAN: Very well said. We havce similar opinions on the construction of the team. Our opinions differ in that I believe the Head Coach sets the tone for the entire team and the way he empowers leaders is by relinquishing that CONTROL little by little, bu NEVER relinquishing team discipline. The great coaches can do this and Sparano has proven that he is incapable of balancing this player/coach relationship because in my opinion, he is not a great enough leader to allow this transformation to occur. Sparano stifles the growth of his SKILL position players ie Leaders (Quarterbacks, WR)and has not provided an environemnt for those players to create a synergy that is independent of the Head Coach's influence. Its the same as parenting a child for success. Do you hold your kids hand all the way to his first post college job interview? Heck no, because that kid will never learn how to find his strenghts because those strengths were never allowed to DEVELOP. But of all these responses, VA FIN FAN, I thought you were for the most part accurate. I just hope this torture of being a Dolphins fan will someday reward us true fans. I must say though, Im getting tired of waiting.

A repost of my article last night:


I agree with every doggone word that Ricky Williams just said. Tony Sparano coaches to stifle the growth of his players with his micromanaging style. The Funny thing is that his micromanaging still shows obvious flaws because he doesnt see the little things and correct them ie. Chad Henne does a worse play action fake than Dan Marino did. The differnce is that Marino was a legitimate QB with pinpoint accuracy. Chad Henne hasnt done a damn thing to be so lazy and aloof with his arrogant attitude and non-chalant post game analysis in which he tells the world he had a productive game when he threw 3 damn interceptions. Sparano is a mindless fool!
2. BRANDON MARSHALL IS A TEAM CANCER AND RICKY SHOWS MORE RESPECT FOR THE TEAM TO KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT AND BE A TEAMMATE DURING THE SEASON INSTEAD OF BEING A DOGGONE DISTRACTION AS MARSHALL HAS BEEN SINCE DAY 1. REMEMBER HIM KICKING BALLS IN TRAINING CAMP TOO? WHAT WAS TONY'S REACTION THEN??? "OH BRANDON'S AN EMOTIONAL PLAYER AND I DONT CARE IF HE DOES THAT IN PRACTICE!"...What a way to nip it in the bud there Sparano (AKA PUPPET CHEERLEADER). You have lost my respect as a leader when you allow one player to mouth off and disrespect your team with personal fouls and a penchant for harassing your QB for the ball in the huddle. I wish Henne would just sock that loud mouth punk in the huddle and tell him to stick it where the sun dont shine. I wouldnt be suprised if YOUR LITTLE WONDER BOY MARSHALL BEATS SOMEONE UP AGAIN THIS OFFSEASON BECAUSE HE IS A HOT HEAD AND TODAYS AND TOMORROWS HEADACHE. YOU WOULD THINK THE IDIOTS IN OUR FRONT OFFICE WOULD HAVE SEEN THE WRITING ON THE WALL BY THE FACT THAT HIS PAST BEHAVIORS GOT HIS TAIL RAN OUT OF DENVER.

As for you Armando (probably a former pink tights wearing ice skater)you say the word "Hate" with such recklessness. You really think JT and Zach hated Ricky. You are a frieken fool man and the idiots at the Miami Herald that allow your high school gossip column to be displayed is a discrace to the journalism profession. You have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to team dynamics and chemistry. You would rather have the loud mouth cancer than a guy that works his tail off like ricky and does his job like a man and a good teammate. Armando, I bet you are a loud mouth, overzealous, uninformed primadonna in your organization as well. You and Marshall can have each other.

Finally, THE DOLPHINS SUCK BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO HEART! A FAN OF 35 YEARS

Mando, you are criticizing him for not saying these things during the season but, if he would have, you would have criticized him then for being a distraction. Ricky is just speaking his mind now that he is free to.

Oh and by the way, he clearly said he likes that the Jets run the ball. Never did he say he is a Jets fan. If he is a Jets fan, then you are a Jets fan. You have criticized the Dolphins countless times for not matching the Jets ability to make big-name acquisitions. Obviously you like what the Jets are doing as well. OH NO! MANDO IS A JETS FAN GUYS!!!!

everyone is entitled to their opinion, including you Armando.

That said, I respectfully disagree. I think most coaches would be thrilled with the off the field behavior of RW if he was on their team. No drunk driving charges, no airing dirty laundry. Doing what is asked of him in the game plan each week.

In short, his behavior is the prototype of the NE Patriots team first player. Every good player wants to get paid, wants the ball, wants to succeed.

Your complaints (IMO) seem to stem from your job as a reporter -- RW didn't make enough news. Well, now that he is pretty much done with the Dolphins he is making news -- that should make your job easier ;^)

"Ricky often talked about how much he supported Henne and how much he was progressing.

Cough-hypocrite-cough."

Man Armando "Bronca" you got a hard on for Ricky don't you? Did he not accept an interview with you or something. You sound kinda pissed at him.

So with your comment above your pretty much saying that EVERY player in the NFL during the season is a hypocrite? What NFL player complains or throws any other player or coache under the bus during the season? Hardly ever happens. Everyone one is politically correct.

Ricky is smart to not throw others under the bus during the season. I see nothing wrong with what Ricky said at all. Ricky knows he's not coming back to the Dolphins next year so now he's speaking out. That's not hypocritical. By not speaking out during the season he's supporting his team and being a team guy. Hypocritical my ass man.

To to honest, i heard the interview live and i think you and other reporters are blowing it way out of proportion and to me did not sound so scandalous.

Ricky Williams has been the best Dolphin football player for at least a decade now. I'm sad to see him go. And he has a right to be ME, ME, ME. This will be his first, FIRST chance at free agency. Everyone of you would be ME, ME, ME.

YOU SUCK ARMANDO BRONCA!!

This article seems to be written out of pure anger on your behalf Armando. All year you have criticized the dolphins for everything Ricky was talking about. Why are you so angry now that he is saying it as he is leaving?

How did this guy get a job covering pro sports?
During the season when you are under contract and you have several kids and you are not making that much money for a pro, you don't say anything to compromise your income.
When you become a free agent you can say whatever the hell you want. DUH.
As for what Ricky being a me guy. Um, I think he was talking about his future. SO he would say I many times.
As for what he said about Marshall. I agree. Marshall should be looked at like a T.O. or a Jason Taylor type. They are players that actually believe that they have a say in what the team is doing. I dont like it and it hurts the team. Ricky knows this and he just said what he knows.
As s pro athelete your job is to show up and do what you are told. Not get frustrated at what play was called and throw a fit like a baby on the sidelines.
As for the rest. I have said it many times on this web site. Sparano coaches to play perfect. That is too much pressure. Great teams just win games.

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