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Ross requests review to put everyone on notice

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross over the weekend called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and asked for help in the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito work place misconduct scandal.

"Our owner Steve Ross, who had been involved throughout the entire process, contacted the commissioner, Roger Goodell, and requested the NFL become involved and conduct a review of the work place," coach Joe Philbin said.

This is important.

First it contradicts the narrative that Ross is an absentee owner. But that's inside baseball stuff that ultimately doesn't matter. No, what makes this significant is Ross wants a thorough and unbiased review that he might not otherwise get if the Dolphins did the review internally.

(Frankly, the Dolphins probably aren't as well equipped to do this review as the NFL. Philbin is a football coach not an attorney. General Manager Jeff reland is a personnel man not an attorney.)

Ross is apparently aware that everyone he deals with in Dolphins football leadership -- Philbin, Ireland, and executive vice president of football administration Dawn Aponte -- have agendas. That agenda is quite obviously keeping one's job.

And so, Ross understands if any of these folks were heading the internal review, their agendas might seep into that review. Ross instead wants a review that is free of self-defense by any of his employees. He wants the unvarnished truth of what is right or wrong within the Dolphins work place.

And the reason he wants it is key:

Jobs are indeed on the line.

Ross is prepared to use the review to make career decisions on various people within the organization if they are found wanting by the review. Ross is prepared to make changes. And that means more than just Richie Incognito or Jonathan Martin are in the crosshairs.

So this NFL review, requested at the highest levels by the Dolphins owner, has put everyone on notice.  

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The 2 biggest losers in this: Not Martin and Incognito. It's Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland. Philbin, as far as I'm concerned, should be fired. Credibility is flushed down the toilet. Mr.Ross, you need to start all over from top to bottom. You need REAL football people to run your organization, these people are failing miserably. I hate how Philbin are Ireland talk to the media, thinking that fans actually buy their BS. They must really think most people are stupid. Enough of this crap.

and I repeat for emphasis..."This will not end nicely for any of us, that I can promise you. LA is becoming a more viable option for Ross and his investors. He needs to sell and get out from under this PR nightmare just out of pure self preservation. I am sure that the minority ownership is not boding well with this situation as well. I mean who would want their name associated with a company that commits fraud, lies to the public and media, and allows racial intolerance in their work place? The only ones that can are in the Government and they can't be fired, because that is the ultimate "gentlemen's club"".

If Irland gets fired over this I'm ordering a Martin jersey!

FUNNY. NOW THIS IS A PROBLEM. NAME CALLING AND BULLYING.

HOWEVER, FANS ALL OVER AMERICA CHEER FOR WIFE BEATERS, DRUNK DRIVERS, CRIMINALS.

BUT YEA...NOW THIS IS A PROBLEM.

HYPOCRITES. EVERY ONE.

This is really a non-story. Most NFL players are barbarians/gladiators and we fans enjoy seeing the violent collisions. No one really cares about these players feelings, bankruptcy claims or future brain damage. WE JUST WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED!

If Irland gets fired over this I'm ordering a Martin jersey!
Posted by: I really miss Don! | November 04, 2013 at 09:16 PM
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Lol

I can't believe it but Don Soldy and Maximus are right. I still feel a disgust that my Phins have fallen to this level...


The horror.... the horror...

South Florida will always have a NFL team. Wether it be the Dolphins or who ever.

Maximus says he don't care about wife beaters. He just wants entertainment.

I think you only can go downhill so far before you hit bottom.

Hoping this is bottom

Hierarchical organizations that become corrupted do so from the top down, not the bottom up. The media will not criticisze an NFL owner or the FO because they risk being eliminated from access, and a journalist without access does not eat.

That being said, this organization needs to become a football first organization once again. The current org chart more closely resembles a public company than the management of a professional football team. No! The two are NOT the same Mr. Ross.

Too often I see the MBA influence of what transpires on the football field. This team's leadership has been gutted over the past several years. So, what can you expect when you have a huge leadership void? An Incognito was just waiting to happen.

The responsibility for this latest Dolphin debacle should sit squarely where it belongs, at the top of the Org Chart.

Anyway, no big loss...Our o-line is awful...Can the new guys possibly do worse? I've been screaming for Yeatman, Garner and Watkins to get more playing time. I always supported the idea of signing McKinnie. What have you got to lose when your o-line allows more sacks than anybody else in the league?? When your running game is below average??? Well, we already saw a lot of improvement against a pretty good Bengals defense, so let's not start crying a river over the loss of Incognito and Martin. Big deal.

I bet you Lyle Alzado, Mean Joe Green, Dick Butkus, and Randy White did there share of bullying/hazing. As Cam Wake was saying in the NFL you have to earn your respect on a team. Lyle Alzado probably put the fear of god in rookies. I am sure it was like a boot camp in that locker room. In those types of locker rooms you either broke and fizzled out or you became a gladiator and toughened up. The NFL now has become weak.

I am not condoning the racial slurs made by Incognito and for that he should never play in the NFL again. I am just upset by all these former jocks acting like a bunch of hypocrites. This is football!

Its not the loss of Incognito and Martin.. Its the stain that is now on our brand...

We are now officially a prime time joke due to the press on this...

Now we know why the line was garbege, unable to proted from each others, Wonder yf Tanny was also harrased with his wife on mind by a psycophat like this. Lack of institutional involment is the issue.. I sugest we get the NCAA infraction commited to investigated and maybe Shapiro has some more info or tweets to self

Next year it will be about building the offensive line. Try and keep your defense intact, you have the playmakers (Wallace, Hartline, Gibson, Keler and Clay) and an up an coming QB. I also like Lamar Miller.

They are a great coach and an offensive line from being a playoff team. I would spend big FA on a LT and a LG and then I would draft a RT with the 1st pick in the draft and a RG with the second pick. It is all about the offensive line.

McKinney-Gartner-Pounce-Jerry-Clabo with the Flex formation did pretty well...maybe they can repeat that performance....but we def need to sign someone for back-up, 0r elevate from PS

...this entire Martin-Cogs situation will blow up exponentially if it turns out that Cogs involves the staff in encouraging the "toughening up" of Martin...

....Philbin claims no knowledge...says he didn't view Hard Knocks"....reporters saying on radio that in one episode, he referred to items that appeared the previous week...

....now the question becomes...if he lied about watching it, why did he lie...


...who in the real world believes he didn't have knowledge of the treatment of Martin?

Po, we've been irrelevant and a joke for years and years now...Big deal...If this is what it takes to clean house...Great!!

Ireland does deserve some blame as he brought in Incognito to this team and now Incognito has set this team on fire. Basically, he has burned this team down.

The Dolphins will probably be blown out by the Bucs next week. No way that their minds are going to be into the game next week. How does Philbin even prepare for this game? The Bucs will win by at least 20 points next week. I hate to say it but this ship is starting to sink. Philbin and Ireland will not survive this debacle.

Philbin should have hired a snitch.
John Jerry knew something, lol.
I saw ETF and 2 watt momma on the price is right game show.
Wife beaters like Ocho and BM are Saints compared to slum lord Incognito.
Dolphins still in the hunt...

I wonder what the over under is for wins right now for the dolphins? I cannot see the dolphins winning more than 6 games after this debacle. That will net the dolphins a top 8 pick. Who ever gets this team will end up with a real good young defense, a good RB (Miller), an up and coming franchise QB, and some pretty good skilled position players. Concentrate on the offensive line next year and with a good coach this team could be next year's KC Chiefs.

I could not help but think that Brandon Marshall has to be laughing at Philbin right now. Philbin got rid of one of the best WRs in the league because he saw him as a diva (bad guy) but turned around kept Incognito and named him to the teams leadership council. Philbin has not shown good judgment and will probably never be a HC again. He had his shot as a HC and blew it.

UP AND COMING QB?

PAT DEVLIN?

CUZ IT SURE ISNT GO=PASS, GO GO=RUN, IDIOT TANNEHILL.

Wow! With fans like us in the stands maybe that's why the stadium is half empty. Chill out. Obviously we are all disappointed with this situation (understatement). But we don't know the facts. That's why a neutral party will help. Until then let's lower the volume.

I think we're getting a little ahead of ourselves here...
I realize that Ritchie must have enough evidence against him if the Dolphins are willing to release him at this point...however, saying you're "turning in your Dolphins gear," or "this is my last day as a dolphins fan." Really? Aaron Hernandez is on trial for murder. Yet the chowderheads are still packing Gillette stadium. Ritchie treated a teammate like s*** and is being held accountable (AS HE SHOULD BE); but let's not throw stones until others are PROVEN guilty

I love how we baby Martin. Incognito is a numb nut.
why is this news.?

I refuse to believe Ross will fire Ireland even if this "review* proves he was in on it and made threats himself. I also refuse to believe Aponte will be gone since she seems bulletproof as well.

And really, what good will only firing Philbin do? Did firing only Sparano help matters any? Doesn't look like it to me.

So ultimately all that'll really change is Incognito being gone and a new coach coming in who's bottom of the barrel since no coach who's even mediocre will even interview for this job right now. In other words, pretty much business as usual.

The Dolphin front office including the owner Ross are just trying to protect themselves against any future lawsuit.

Unless the coaching staff was encouraging this type of hazing I can't see any losing there jobs over this.

What's being lost in all this is that the Dolphins just beat one of the hottest teams in football with a bunch of young players including a second year QB, running back, and head coach.

Actually the Dolphins have beaten two out of the four top teams in the AFC...and should have beaten the third, NE, if not for some poor play calling in the third quarter.

The offensive line has really been the only disappointment this year and it's no wonder that these issues have come out of this group.

Whose the offensive line coach?

In my opinion "Boys will be Boys", if there's no crying in baseball what should be done with 300 offensive lineman.

Incognito needs to go... there's a big difference between tough football players and "Want to be Thugs".

Without both Incognito and Martin I see the offensive line improving the rest of the season

My prediction Miami will go 4-0 over the next four games... unless some other major scandal hits this team.

"I love Richie, Richie is a great guy" Mike Wallace
"No way is Richie a racist, he is the first guy I want next to me. Most guys on the team would want Richie as their #1" Derrick Shelby

I have no idea what all the fuss is about. Big Fn Deal.

So Martin missed 2 days of OTA's after fat boy left the notorious VM.

NOT GOOD FOR PHILBIN...

THE CLOWNS ARE RUNNING THE CIRCUS!!

This team can either rally and come together over this mess or they can choose to lay down like little bi*ches on Monday night. It is all about attitude, a winning attitude promotes, well , winning.

If this story doesn't motivate this team than nothing will, and if the house is divided then this season is done. I agree with coach about a team needs to respect one another and their staff and visa versa in order to have a winning attitude.

This team needs to come out swinging regardless of the distractions, plus they need to remember that winning cures all ills. Let the guilty parties pay the bill and let the players cash the check.

Montreal... How many times will we "clean house"? Will it ever end?

The players are only behind Incognito now because they're scared to death of the media finding out they were all in on it. Funny how last week they were all about welcoming Martin back. It's all about saying what they think people want to hear.

Dysfunctional Dolphins are the talk of the league?


LMFAO!


Glad that racist pig Incognito is off my team.

Problem is, even with a regime change, who would we get as a coach? Who as a GM?
I mean, should that day ever come...

"Montreal... How many times will we "clean house"? Will it ever end?"

When this team gets a new owner. And GM. Ross and Ireland have been the common theme for the past 5 years.

I wouldn't be shocked if the league winds up taking over the Fins after Ross can't find anyone else to sell them to. Who'd want to pay a billion $$$ for THIS hot mess?

Incognito has a dark side.

Incognito = Jack the Ripper

Incognito is a mole...

He's just a thug that nobody wanted....except us.

Pouncey will be in jail before 2015. More serious info coming out makes him an accessory to murder.

Winters... You seem to have all the answers... You by the team...

What an embarrassment to S Florida and Fin fans everywhere. Ross is a moron owner hiring incompetent amateurs in his FO. I wish he'd move the team to London or California.

Numbers don't lie.

Pouncey is another jackass that needs to be gone.

Winters.... Once you buy the team you can get the AFLAC Duck to whip us in to shape...

The tweets defending Incognito either show how little the players knew about his actions, or how little they care. Salguero reports that there is a recording of Incognito using racial slurs at a bar while Pouncey was laughing. Pouncey himself will probably be gone soon.

On a different note, the roundtable discussion on ESPN countdown was laughable. There is Chris Carter grandstanding about how terrible this issue is, stating that guys like Belichik and Parcells would never have allowed this to happen. Excuse me? Didn't Parcells sign Incognito? These guys are ignorant. ESPN hates the Dolphins, led by Bills fan and Patriots suck-up Chris Berman, whose daughter works in the Patriots office. The amount of energy they are putting into criticizing Miami dwarfs their criticism of the Patriots after signing a murderer to a contract extension. Should the Patriots have known about his off-field activities? No more so than Philbin should have known about a stray voice mail Incognito sent to Martin in the off-season.

ALRIGHT MIAMI!!
FINALLY WE JUST MIGHT GET TO SEE THE LAST OF JEFF IRESCUM. AND PHILBIN THE CLOWN AND HIS CIRCUS STAFF. ROSS FINALLY HAD ENOUGH, CLEAN HOUSE PAY THE BIG MONEY GO BUY A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH STAFF PLAYERS WHAT EVER IT TAKES, BEFRIEND PAT RILEY LEARN FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO RUN A CLASSY ORGINAZATION...GO ROSS SURROUND YOUR SELF WITH WINNERS NOT LOSERS..AND YOU SEE CHANGE WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR! THIS TEAM WITH SOMEONE KNOWING HOW TO DRAFT IN KEY ROUNDS CAN MAKE THIS TEAM A INSTANT PLAYOFF TEAM...ROSS GO GET THEM SIR YOUR ARE VERY SMART DONT BE FOOLED ANYMORE! THANKS DOLPHIN RAY!

Po, Ireland has been here for 5 years. Enough already. He's had more than enough time. Most GMs don't have that luxury.

You TROLLS have fun; he11.. just get a bag of puppies and kittens and stomp em... There is more sport in that than pickin on the Phins...

Bill Cowher and Mike Ditka both blamed idiot Philbin. "I knew nothing." CLUELESS COACH

What is more of an embarrassment, the Miami Dolphins or Armando's loser sissy blog?

Ireland and Philbin will both resign by the end of the week. Pouncey may get suspended also. You heard it right here.

I'm with you Montreal... Just tired of the "just over the next hill answer"..

Cheapo SOB Ross will be buying boatloads of his own tickets if he wants the games on tv. LOL

We have talent but no leadership...

We have ZERO talent.

It is not Ross doing this alone, it is the league that is getting involved because this team scandal may actually morph into something bigger league-wide and because Goodell's main goal these days is to expand the brand abroad and the Miami Dolphins are a big part of those plans.

Indeed everyone but Ross will be gone sooner rather than later and whether or not you agrermor disagree with Martin's position on this it is beyond any arguement that this team sorely needs to clean house and start from zero.

Much Ado About Nothing

Okay troll... That's why we beat Cincy and Indy...

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