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Two young players, two different approaches

Josh Samuda and Will Davis are two young Dolphins players. They're both trying to impress coaches. They both had difficult moments during Saturday's preseason game against Houston.

But despite those things they share in common, the two took vastly different roads in the manner they handled the adversity of playing poorly and dealing with the apparent social media criticism that followed.

Davis, a rookie cornerback, gave up a long TD on fourth down in the second half and dealt with the bad play by actually apologizing to fans and promising better:

"I apologize for the double move, 4th and short and I jumped the double move. Glad I learned it now then later, learning everyday," Davis wrote on his twitter handle after the game.

Samuda, a starting right guard who gave up a sack of Ryan Tannehill early in the game and was sometimes good, sometimes bad throughout his time in the game, took a different approach.

He tweeted that people who were critical of his play didn't know what they were talking about and challenged them to try to do his job. He suggested that anyone that cannot do the job better than he does has no right to be critical of him.

The tweets were up for a day but Samuda apparently came to his senses or was told by Dolphins staffers how dumb that sounds so he deleted the tweets by Monday. He then tweeted:

"Thank you to every one who has showed me support. Also, I apologize for my tweets and to anyone who might of took offense to it."

Wise move because the original tweets made Samuda seem overly defensive given that he plays in front of 60,000 people every week and they pay to cheer or boo or judge his play. His coaches, by the way, also judge his play and are critical and none of them can play right guard for the Dolphins, either.

He would be better served concentrating on blocking defensive linemen than twitter followers.

Davis, meanwhile, continued to engage fans and seemed to disagree with the approach Samuda took -- perhaps not directly, but definitely on a philosophical level.

"iKnow you guys cant do what I do, but I know if you guys could, you'd take advantage of every opportunity. Thats why iWork hard," Davis tweeted.

"Don't like when people use the excuse, "if you were in my shoes" cuz I know many would kill to be in them. #phinsup #LoveLife."

Davis shows incredible maturity. He gets it.

 

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Tracy, no one cares about the hapless Dolphins. Do you remember when the Dolphins were relevant? Me neither.

According to Brian Miller at Phinphanatic, the Miami Dolphin's "FANS" are ranked 29th in the NFL according to TicketCity.com. Just above Kansas City, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay. And, just below Jacksonville, Oakland, and Cleveland.

I remember the days when teams hated to play the Dolphins in Miami because of the homefield advantage Miami had. The place was rocking, it was loud, and those white towels were waving. Maybe, if the fans got behind this team again...uh, what am I saying? That'll never happen! People are too busy whining, complaining, and finding fault. And, those people get exactly what they deserve; another losing season! Misery loves company...

Crap team = Crap fans

Friends dont let friends buy Dolphin tickets.

Tracy bro,

The Dolphins had talent and a good team and the fans came out in the 70's and 80's. Now there is no talent and the team stinks. They lose every friggin year. No one likes to pay good money to buy a horrible product!

The Marlins drew 28,000 last night in a win over the Dodgers. Thats more then most Dolphin games draw.

Fanatic-noun-person overenthusiastic about an interest. Synonyms: addict, devotee, enthusiast, freak, maniac, visionary, zealot, follower, junkie, practitioner, buff, aficionado, connoisseur.

Pessimist-noun-person who expects a bad outcome. Synonyms: complainer, crepe hanger, cynic, defeatist, depreciator, downer, killjoy, misanthrope, party pooper, prophet of doom, sourpuss, wet blanket, worrier, worrywart.

Tracyh474,
People who are offended by vulgarity are guilty of being hypersensitive, thus they have weak minds. My generalization is true more often than yours. Furthermore, I'd say that the people who write scripts for Hollywood have extensive vocabularies, yet they choose to write words that some may consider vulgar into their work. Yours is a fallacy...it doesn't hold water. Joe Blow cusses, therefore he lacks a vocabulary. Wrong stupid. Btw, go fukk yourself for being an ignorant and judgemental pri*k. You were just put in your place by an "adolescent."

I don't believe that! I've been a fan ever since they were an expansion team in the 60's! And, we were relevant not too long ago when everyone in the NFL scrambled to find out what the "Wildcat" was and how to defend it! There ARE a couple of Lombardi Trophies that belong to the Dolphins! This team is relevant because the play the game every year. It's the so-called "fans" that are irrelevant! How can you be a fan of something (a fanatic about it), if all you do is hate the team? Yes, they haven't been good for a long time. But, a "true" fan roots for the team win or lose! All those years that other teams sucked, their fans stayed true to their team. Cleveland comes to mind, with their "Dog Pound". If you're only a fan of a team that's winning, then you're not a fan...just a bandwagon jumper! If all you spout is negativity and hatred, what does that say about you? Yes, criticize when needed, but to just hate on a team all the time? Don't you have something better to do with your life? Apparently not...

Old News from twitter ... move on

HATED IT!

Tracy used the term "hate on"...says a lot about her vocabulary. A middle aged to elderly woman using MTV Hip Hop slang. You'd have to be at least middle age to remember when the Dolphins were good lmao.

Btw, what you've called hatred is part of the fun of following sports. Human beings like to complain...now gtfo here.

Great article/post Breeze...Thanks for sharing. I could not agree anymore with his views and statemennts.

The consistency and volume of negativity expressed by so called Fins fans is pathetic. It's something that constantly adds to the spiral of failure this team has been plagued with for the past 2 decades.

I am no saying to be blindly optimistic but fans should be fans first and not immmediately jump to be pesimists and cry babies.

All we need is a good Coach and a good GM(powers separate so they complement each other.)

IT'S THE OWNER STUPID.

IT'S THE GM STUPID.

IT'S THE QB STUPID.

IT'S ALL 3 STUPID.

PERSONALLY I LIKE BOTH PLAYERS BECAUSE THEY ARE YOUNG AND ARE THROWN INTO THE FIRE. YES THEY ARE GETTING BURNED NOW BUT WATCH THESE SAME PLAYERS AROUND GAME 9/10. THEY WILL GET BETTER OR WE WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEM. I'M MORE CONCERN WITH CLAY REPLACING KELLER AND THE OFFENSE CONTINUING TO MOVE FORWARD. IF THAT WORKS OUT. I STILL SEE 10-6.

It is true that separate GM and HC powers last twice as long. When Dorothy Shula passed away, Don Shula was never as efficient, even as a HC, as before. When his mother was ill and passed away , Jimmy Johnson ceased to be any kind of GM and HC. After all, even if we think or are forced to be machines, we are only Human.

Stupid troll! Bite me!

Twitter and Facebook and all the other social media is for all the nerds who don't know anything and hide behind their cell phones.......Everything Samuda said was 100% correct

Great story. So much better than the tripe you usually pass off as writing. I'm thinking this must have been written by someone else.

go finsssssssssssssss

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