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Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers give Dolphins a lesson

On the first day of training camp one of the housecleaning issues that should have been properly handled was putting the "Free Hernandez" issue in the rear view mirror for Mike Pouncey.

The Dolphins fumbled badly in the attempt.

After an internal debate on how to handle the issue of Pouncey wearing a cap that read "Free Hernandez" during his and brother Maurkice's birthday bash at a South Beach nightclub, the Dolphins decided not addressing the topic and definitely not apologizing for any lack of sensitivity was the best way to approach it.

Coach Joe Philbin wouldn't discuss it publicly other than to say he wants players doing the right thing. Pouncey did not address it in his first availability, saying he was only prepared to talk football.

This approach came after a debate that had multiple people within the organization saying Pouncey should apologize for the cap that asked for the release of jailed and accused murderer Aaron Heranandez, a former roommate of the Pouncey twins at the University of Florida.

But what set the Dolphins approach apart was its contrast to how the Pittsburgh Steelers handled the situation with Maurkice Pouncey, the starting center in Pittsburgh who apologized almost immediately.

Well, apparently the reason Mike Pouncey didn't apologize or even address the issue is because the Dolphins wouldn't allow him. Unlike the Steelers, who wanted the situation handled quickly, the Dolphins took the bunker mentality approach.

Even when Mike Pouncey felt bad about the situation.

"I talked to Mike, and his team handled this situation a lot different than (the Steelers) did,” Maurkice Pouncey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I'm sure Mike wanted to apologize, but that's how they handled it.”

So Pouncey wanted to apologize but the Dolphins prevented him. And, according to sources, Pouncey wasn't the only one who wanted this issue handled differently. I'm told several people within the organization wanted to have Pouncey apologize and let the issue simply die right there.

Those folks obvioulsy lost the argument. The winner of the argument?


He wanted the bunker approach and got it.

I assume the coach figured not saying anything and definitely not apologizing would make the issue go away quicker. He was wrong. It makes the issue linger because the question is still out there, new details now arise from Maurkice that Mike wanted to apologize, and there's the whole idea of the coach going against owner Stephen Ross's stated approach on how the club is going to be run.

You'll remember in March of 2012, Ross said that to the extent it didn't hurt any competitive edge, his team would be run in an open and transparent manner. He said the team had to emerge from "the dungeon" of the past tight-lipped football administrations.

He made this proclamation after hosting his football people -- including Philbin -- at his home in Palm Beach the day before and giving them marching orders about his new way of doing business.

Well, that is not how the Dolphins approached this. And the fact the Steelers, an far more successful and respected organization, handled the same issue in a vastly different manner makes the Dolphins look worse.

By the way, how does Mike Pouncey feel today? I mean really?

He's an open guy. He speaks his mind obviously. But he was clearly told to shut it down and not apologize for asking the release of an accused murderer. He feels he made a mistake, according to his brother, but the club won't let him make amends? You think he appreciates not getting that off his record, so to speak?

An apology makes it go away. Claming up makes it linger. Philbin, a second-year coach, apparently doesn't understand this. The Pittsburgh Steelers do. Maurkice Pouncey, a third-year player, does.

“I think manning up to the things you do is always important for any man with any position in life,” Maurkice Pouncey said. "I think I came out here and did that in front of everybody. I think it'll mean lot to everybody in Pittsburgh and all around  the country."

Except in Miami. Where Mike Pouncey was stifled. 

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Congrats! You brought daSheba to the brink of her collapse. Now she is dazed and confused and clutching at straw like a cockroach that just got sprayed with RAID!

Your Hate For Women Astonishes Me.

Why Is That?

I'm not YG molly! LOL. Keep your obssession for as long as you like! One day, maybe, you will grow up...You can't escape the embarrassment....only postpone it :)

I demand an apology from Mando for his stale reporting.

odin, tell us...what is your take on your dasheeeba changing his name to yg?

be honest now ;)

dasheeena, tell me what my ip is!

U can't sis?


BwhaaaaaaaHaaaaa Haaaahaaaa

Ok now.

My work is done.

You Can Ask Anybody You Want.

All The People Here Who Aren't You Will Agree. Dashi Got Your Number. And Now I Have Your IP Address. Next I Will Get Your Physical Address. Then It Is On Like Donkey Kong.

And Like I Said Yesterday. Even If You Are Not YG(Doubt It) You Will Be Treated As Such. You Are Just As Worthless As He Is.

Heck, Your Only Ally Was Oscar, And Even He Is Tired Of You.

And Don't Worry About My IP Address. I Have It Bouncing Off A Couple Different Places. I Make Sure To Cover My Tracks.

And Don't Worry About My IP Address. I Have It Bouncing Off A Couple Different Places. I Make Sure To Cover My Tracks.

Posted by: YG=Sociopath | July 28, 2013 at 01:00 AM

Wbat a sad child. Anyone who has ever set up a network knows this guy has no clue what he is talking about.

Never try to fool those that know more than you.

This fool couldn't explain if his life depended on it what he is trying to bs about.

Seriously folks. Nothing this dude is saying about ip addresses could possibly be true. He is yapping about something he knows nothing about.

This fiool want's you to believe he has someone's ip address. Well I guarantee you he wouldn't even know what server to hack into to figure it out. Not that he'd be able to even do that.

dashIdiot you can't even tell us what serve you would fine the ip address on, that is how freakin clueless you are.

Why Should I Explain?

That Would Just Be Silly.


Step up to the challenge big boy.

Tell us, what server do the blogggers ip addresses go to?

You can't, because you are full of camel dung. You know less than nothing.

Got Your Number Fool.

Another Armando article I'm not impressed with. Who cares ? Its over lets move on. So we get this article and absolutely nothing from camp today.

I gotta say Mando I had you and Barry Jackson up there as two of my favorite writers, but I haven't been very impressed with you lately. Just my opinion.

I thought dashi was 9, now I think he is 4. Lame.

Why anyone would take his nonsense seriously is beyond me. He has no clue what he is talking about. He is trying to bs about a subject he knows nothing about I have 15 years experience as a network engineer. This guy is looney tunes.

Anyone with real knowledge of how this stuff workds could tell you in 2 seconds what server would have the ip addresses. He is admitting total ignorance.

And I doubt anyone belives this character has the know how to hack in a server without a pasword.

Busted again. :)

This is a landmark rock bottom night for dashe.

Exposed and Embarrassed.


If any of you are so obsessed about one blogger or another, don't bother me with it. If you think I am someone else, just don't even bother responding.

If someone on a blog is irritating you that much, you are very fragile in the mind and maybe need something more in life than you are getting.

Posted by: 2015 | July 27, 2013 at 07:42 PM

YG usually accuses everyone of what it is he's guilty of. How about you, "Mr. If you think I'm someone else...........?"

Jesus Christ Man........C'Mon-ROTFLMFAO!!!!

So YG,

You Were A Network Engineer.

Like I Said. I Have Your Number.

This Also Explains A Lot Into What Makes You Who You Are.


remember that night you brought the blog to a halt with your multi hour temper tantrum? and days later you fessed up and admitted it? and today you try to blame someone else?

Gabbert is suffering from the same kind of trauma that Mallett suffered when he tried to follow Henne at Michigan: Henne set the bar so high that Mallett had to travel across the continent to try and continue his career. Same thing is happening in J'ville to Gabbert:

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | July 27, 2013 at 06:05 PM


Hernandez is accused not convicted. Innocent until proven guilty. Pouncey is his friend. He is fully within his rights to express his support. Prosecutors always try to create a hostile environment, to make a person seem guilty when they were not - whether with Zimmerman or the Duke students or other cases. You do not know if a person is innocent or guilty until after the trial.

I'm still ROTFFLMFAO! @ ETF's latest Henne post! This was intended as a joke right? If this post isn't an attempt at SARCASM?? Oh smack considering the source!

Bwaaaaaaaah Haaaa Haaaaaaaa ha haaaaaa ha!

You do not know if a person is innocent or guilty until after the trial.

Posted by: Alpha | July 28, 2013 at 01:44 AM

Cause the Jury either way always gets it right!


wow odin and his pathetic viking garbage, shade tree mechanic. go pay your child support you piece of skum.

Posted by: anti odin | July 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM

ROTFLMAO - That brought a smile to my Face ;)

I paid Child Support, TONS of it! That's been a "Few" years back-LOL. I even paid off a mutual settlement on one of my Sons. I basically paid her for Full Custody(And an agreement not to petition the Courts for support) A Real Sweetheart she was.

The smile........?

I actually RECEIVE Child Support on my Youngest Son. She's pretty good about it too, She's hardly ever missed a payment.

I got my Head out of my Ass in time to get Full Custody of my Two Youngest Sons. The BEST THING I've ever done in my entire Life!


IP central it's actually pretty easy to work through proxy servers in multiple locations and then run web queries from any number of servers in. It's not far fetched in the least, I've done it myself. Performance is crap unless you have dedicated machines worldwide. Which you could do if you had a net of slave computers with the appropriate backdoor software installed on them.

But I digress.

Odin, your act went stale here a long time ago.

Your are not "popular" or respected at all on this blog. You are just a dreary and stupid thing that appears every day. Like a traffic jam or a fart.

The only person who thinks you are clever, interesting, or relevant is the guy staring back at you in the mirror.

You are none of those things you decayed old has-been (and never was)

You lied, Darkoak. I'm pretty sure TMH has the ip address of all of us here in this Blog.

I know you guys secretly like Chad Henne as much as I do that is why I am going to make sure that you hear about every completed pass, TD, 300 yard game and victory.

Posted by: Darkoak | July 28, 2013 at 03:50 AM

D-oak opens the back door?

We are going to discuss every pass that Henne throws; today he threw 24 passes so we have 24 plays to discuss, one at a time.

The first pass he threw today was a slant; a quick-hit that went for 12 yards.

I like it when Henne throws the slant on first down because that means he is challenging the manhood of the defense right off the bat.

We will not proceed to the second throw that Henne made today until we have thoroghly discussed the first throw he msde today.

There's nothing you can do. This has been written.

What? The second throw that Henne made today?
We cannot start discussing his 2nd throw before we have completely discuussed his first throw..


Whenever Chad Henne throws a pass it is a thing of beauty and manliness and that is why each throw must be discussed.

Mando..Great article today on Wake. That guy is so underrated all over the country. It's a shame actually, he's a high quality player on and off the field. Surely he's NOT the 89th best player in the league (the reason those popularity contests are bogus).

One week away from a game. Although it's only a preseason game I'll take anything at this point. It's amusing that that Philbin wanted this extra game to prepare and practice and Garrett doesn't think Romo needs it. I got news for you Garrett your team stinks, your a bad coach and your QB needs all the work he can get.

Suggestion.. how about you actually cover the dolphins and report on the Fins training camp.. The only time he needs to apologize is if Hernandez is convicted and thats to the family of the slain.

matty..I agree. I'm getting most my camp info from other sources. There are at least 2 others providing instant coverage. Phins in full pads today!

pouncey seemed so much smarter than that also, he let us down

2nd straight day Mike Pouncey plays G.

Where ever they put Pouncey he's going to be a beast. in any case...he isn't going to forget how to play center. I want the best 5 OL we have (uninjured) on the field and there is no better time than camp to find out.

Speak for yourself dusty, he let YOU down! Obviously he's a better American than you are, because he understands our system of justice. You are INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty. So supporting a close friend who's only been indicted (not convicted) of a crime isn't letting anyone down.

Add to that this story that he wanted to apologize for his actions but was told to shut it down, and what you have is a media-driven controversy that only interests the weakest of minds.

I'd much rather have a guy who's loyal to a fault on my team than a guy who's ready to throw a friend under a bus at the drop of a dime. This article informed me that Pouncey understood he might have been shortsighted with the hat, and didn't think of all the implications, and wanted to make amends but was told not to, and followed the orders of the team.

Nothing to see here, and anyone who wants to make more of this than it is should go be a fan of ballet or maybe debating societies and stay away from the big boy game of football.

Mando, your right the issue of the FH hat didnt die because you media type believe its not over till I say its over. Theres only one way to put an issue to bed and thats thru YOU. You have to be the ones who carries the message, you have(media) have to be the ones who say wether or not the suspect is contrite enough. And YOU are the ones who say when ITs over, and its not over till you say it is. Well In my mind it was over two weeks ago. So go be the "contrite" police somewhere else. We're tired of you and others who keep "picking the wound". Its now over, so write about something else Dolphin.

And not to mention the fact this article was a waste of my time, is this kind of reporting what you learned from that idiot Mike Florio? Pick, pick, pick. ProFootballTalk.com is written my a moron and his minions, including Mr Salaguero

Armando is a douchbag hack. He can't even cover the Dolphins accurately. If you want good Dolphins info then read Barry Jackson. Armando embarrasses himself with each post. You can't save face with a Sunday article about Cam you fvcking fahgot!!! You suck donkey dong!!!

act dumb all u want dc i could careless, wouldnt expect anything different from u. support a killer if u want, thats your right. hey maybe u can wear your oj hat today

agreed Armando , you are better than that , please stick to reporting football, no one cares about your thoughts on how the dolphins handled the Pouncey incident. furthermore the great majority of us agree with how it was handled, an internal matter addressed internally. End of story

Great practice. Devlin on fire. Odrick a disruptive beast.


Great points @9:01am. I agree. Pouncey is the kind of guy I want on my team. This is a guy who will go to war every Sunday and back his teammates when in need. I'll take a whole team of Mike Pouncey's, thank you very much.

Now if we can all put this stuff to bed and talk football that would be great.

Surprised the Herald pays you to write this crap! We're fully immersed in training camp...and you chose to stir this up!? When is your contract up??

Craig, what's irritating is Mando's reporting backs up the player (Pouncey). Mando would be the first to jump on a Dolphin player's "moral" indiscretion, but Mike was contrite (per his brother). But idiots who throw stones from glass houses (like dusty) can't let things go. Oh, the horror, he wore a hat to support an ex-teammate. BANISH HIM TO HELL!!! Then the joke that is dusty says to me "support a killer all you want." Overdramatize much Mr. Soap Opera. Did I EVER mention Hernandez? I could give a f*%k about him, if he's guilty, then he should rot in jail. MY FOCUS is on MY PLAYER (Pouncey) who hasn't done ANYTHING VIOLENT to ANYONE. All he did was wear a piece of clothing. And now he's a "killer?" dusty doesn't seem to understand the difference between murder suspect and supporter and friend of a murder suspect. I guess dusty you also hate family members who defend their loved ones during criminal prosecutions. The problem here dusty is your critical thought, but why would it surprise me that once again you're taking the wrong side of an issue?

I wonder why Odin never goes to the Sun Sentinel to post or other places?? He is a loser who belongs here, please stay here,,,,,really.

Armando, the PBP copied your Pouncey article. 24 HOURS LATER! LOL

Shula would've traded Pouncey by now to eliminate him being a distraction. He's obviously a piece of shyt anyway.

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