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Dolphins America's team: For wrong reasons

In the last three days I've gotten calls and texts from former players and current players. I talked to people from coast to coast. I've turned on the TV and seen the Dolphins on every broadcast and cable station available.

The Dolphins are a hit!

They're national!

And it is terrible.

The Dolphins, you see, are a national story now for all the wrong reasons. The team's name? Sullied. Reputation? In the dumpster and on fire. The narrative? When is Joe Philbin being fired, when is Jeff Ireland being fired, when is Dawn Aponte losing her power, when is Stephen Ross selling?

By the way, speaking of Ross. He lives in New York City. You know what he had with his morning coffee if he picked up the New York Daily News today? A-hole

I present the back page of Friday's New York Daily News.

The Washingon Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Times have written stories localizing the current Dolphins scandal. The New York Post and Daily News both sent reporters to South Florida to cover the story. One Post columnist told me Thursday, "My newspaper can't get enough of this story."

And the problem with that for you and the Dolphins? People are laughing now. Not with you. Not with them. At them. At you for supporting them. (At me for covering them, by the way). The Dolphins an object of scorn and mocking.

None of this is graceful. None of it has a positive side.

The Dolphins are getting punked.

But don't get the idea that I think they're victims. They are not. Yes, the media is over the top and the attention is hysterical and overblown. But the Dolphins brought this plague upon themselves. It is of their own birthing.

They had Incognito in a position of team leadership. Leadership in the locker room and administration failed to see any signs of wrongdoing -- or at least that's the contention. Philbin? Offensive line coach Jim Turner? No idea? The personnel department was good with both Incognito and Martin on the team and actually counted heavily on both -- because, after all, Martin was supposed to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill's blindside and Incognito was supposed to protect Martin and help him grow into the job. Really?  And Aponte, who edits Philbin's post-game locker room speeches meticulously but fails to remove that uncomfortable part where he's reading from an index card ... Why did she allow the public service announcement at Sun Life Stadium that educates fans on civility and behavior to star ... Incognito?

Look, the people within the Dolphins organization claiming complete ignorance of the apparent tension in Martin's mind over Incognito and others are either lying, which makes them complicit, or out of touch, which makes them incompetent.

Either way, it is grounds for dismissal. 

The media didn't put Martin and Incognito in that locker room. The media's job is not to monitor the intimate relationships among teammates. Don't shoot the messenger even if the message gets too loud at times.

The Dolphins are a sad national joke now because the Dolphins put themselves there. That story about Incognito abusing a volunteer golf assistant at a team sponsored event? The team said it would handle the situation and the way it was handled was paying her to keep quiet. The National Football Post today reported Incognito called offensive line meetings at a strip club and fined players if they didn't show up. Sure, you can chalk this up to boys being boys, I guess, if you're a morally corrupt individual. But then you allow Incognito to be a member of the leadership council? You put him on the stadium HD screen preaching good behavior?

A coach, aware of Incognito's penchant for drinking and past drug use, overrides the player vote for leadership council. Joe Philbin this week hid behind it, saying it was players, not him who made Incognito a team leader.

(Note to coach: It's not a democracy. You know this. Did you forget in this one instance?) 

Some fans see what's going on. And they've had enough. Fans have been writing to me and telling me they are through with the franchise. Others say they'll never buy a ticket again until major changes in leadership are enacted.

Consider that the Dolphins had 70,660 people at Sun Life Stadium for the season home opener. Then 68,342 for the second home game. Then 60,592 for the third home game. And 52,388 for the fourth home game. Notice the trend?

Fans were abandoning this team in droves before the current scandal. You think any part of the last week is going to convince them to return?

We've seen this kind of situation before. You'll recall the New England Patriots had this little scandal called Spygate. And their reputation suffered. You'll recall the New Orleans Saints had this little scandal called Bountygate. And their reputation suffered.

Both teams got slimed. Both teams forged ahead. Both teams mostly recovered.

But both those teams enjoyed a reservoir of goodwill the Dolphins don't possess. The Patriots had three Super Bowl wins in their pocket. The Saints also recently won a Lombardi trophy. The coaches and owners that presided over those franchises in the time of crisis were the same that presided over the franchise in the best of times. So they got a pass.

The Dolphins get no pass. Stephen Ross has not presided over one winning season during his four-and-one half seasons as owner. Jeff Ireland has not put together one winning team during his four-and-a-half years as GM. Joe Philbin's career record is 11-13.

Fans recognize this. Media recognize this. These facts are not in dispute.

None of this sewage sandwich that is the Incognito-Martin-NFL scandal is good for business or morale or reputation. All of it reeks. And now everyone on the Dolphins smells bad.

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Armando the coward! How can you post a blog like this and not have the BALLS to respond to your posters.YOU ARE GUTLESS! I hear Cube is nice this time a year. Screw you sackless coward.

I didn't realize dashi was only 11. That makes sense now.

Dashi told me he's 16 but I dont know if he lied.

dashis actually old as balls. hasnt watched a nfl game since 87

You got to admit that the NY Post headline is damn funny.

Coach Ditka had perhaps one of the best defenses ever assembled and WALTER PAYTON. Got his ass to one Superbowl after getting in the way of what could have been more. Seriously under-achieved there.Stunk it up with the Saints and was a horrible actor playing himself in a Will Ferrell movie!

Go Phins!!!

I saw Dashi waiting at the bus stop in the sweltering Miami humidity. Thin, frail, kind of a mal nourished poor immigrant look. Old, old, jeans. Kinda a sad actually.

I think its safe to say Incognito has severe mental problems.

In a nutshell Armando is saying it was ok for the Ravens to support ray lewis cause they were winning. It was ok for the Lakers to support Koby cause they were winning. It was ok for Kraft not to fire Belicheat for outright blatant cheating cause they were winning. Off with Philbins head he hasn't won fast enough with a raw young qb and a completely made over new roster. Take them to the gallows. To bad. If they were winning it would be ok.

Your a piece of work !

Bingo 913...dudes a douchebad hypocrit and wishes he was in NY...why the FK do we give a shyt about the NY media...we don't even like Armando...

Armando plays you all like suckers. He rarely even shows up. Just posts a bunch of nonsense to get you going. He is like a troll really.

Posted by: Brickhouse | November 08, 2013 at 09:13 PM

Brick, Your Flip-Flopping like YG4L/Thousand other aliases......

Flip Flop/Flipperpotumus........

LOL At Miami Dolfan...........

Just in Incognito is throwing eggs at Martins house...

Notice how the national media has moved away from slamming the Dolphins and are concentrating on Incognito alone for the most part...but the douchebag writer off this blog can't stop trying to...shyt in the Dolphins mouth...hmmm...irony...

Armando, Crawl out from under that rock or sewar cover you are hiding under and answer me. It would be ok if they were winning right you tool. So you are saying if they go on a big winning streak all will be good right?

Grow a pair and reply you spineless coward. Is thet what you are saying ????

Think there will be a live game blog this week??? No way...doucher. Won't answer the hard questions...plus he will be brainstorming idea for article to shyt all over a franchise he hates...Armando is the Jets fan...

Cuban Menace .... No it's me Brickhouse ( Boston area )long time reader of this blog. First time posting and i'm f #cking pissed

Maybe the local media is blowing this up and way out of proportion, not sure till all facts are in. However, if that is what it takes to get changes to improve the management and coaching staff for this franchise, then I welcome it.

Good luck Brick, Keep up the good fight....

Oof brickhouse...we don't like anything Boston...the NE is hell...NY is the devil and Boston is his Sadam Hussein...

Cuban,

The Koolaid is spiked with Homer Rum!!

But seriously, we should whoop the Bucs, personal problems and all.

The only thing I am mad about is the Fins Should've drafted M.James instead of M.Gillislee.

The Gators have produced 2 RBs in 100 years. E.Smith and F.Taylor. and Emmitt was a product of the Dallas Line. Barry would've gained 2500 yds a season if he played for Dallas.

UM is a RB Factory!!

The way this thing has been covered by the press and blown out of proportion is ridiculous. There is no rape here, no murder, no drunk driving and killing of a pedestrian, no animal abuse and killing, no discharge of a firearm in public. But if you looked at the coverage of this story, you would think it was a more serious issue.This is probably more about the mental health issues of an individual in a football locker room where you have to take it and dish it out.This is not the real world.Thank you ESPN for finally covering the Dolphins.

I think slamming this staff is stupid...and I've bashed sherman plenty in october...the Phins had a bad october on the field and you jack!asses think we should tear down and start over again...a year and a half in...and don't say its just because of this grown men playing football "bully" BS...we gave Sporano 4 years...by default Philbin should get more...

Help the fins Please.........

Dashi, Agree.
BTW, How you doing in Fantasy Football???
I'am at a Ireland like record at 4 and 5..........

To the Guy who repeats the same insult 1000 times,

If you saw a 6' 220lb Light skinned (White) Dominican on the Bus Stop and Consider him Malnourished? More Power to you.

But you are right Most Dominicans are Athletic Studs who make other people's wives Suck & Swallow on the Regular. You know your typical Latin Lover.

If I was on the Bus Stop next to where you live I was knocking down your Floosy!! Giving her the Induveca by the Pound.

Let me guess you were that fat Slob in the little red Honda going 20 MPH but sounding like that little engine was going 100 MPH.

Vroom Vroom, B'tch!!

wow redskins drafted Jordan reed from FL 3rd round pick # 85...this kid can play...

fins took 3 guys who can't make the active roster...

•Jamar Taylor/CB/Boise State (second round/54th overall)
•Dallas Thomas/OT/Tennessee (third round/77th overall)
•Will Davis/CB/Utah State (third round/93rd overall)

I've been supporting Ireland but come on man

And Cuban Menace comes back after a year in hibernation.

I also agree that these Dolphins will BULLY the Bucs up and down the field...that is after all...WHAT THEY GET PAID TO DO!!!

Cuban,

I thought since it was my first time playing with everyone I would give them a 5 game head start. But enough is enough. Dashi is coming for his title.

It's hard enough being a Fins fan in the Boston area never mind watching some second rate reporter trying to strike the final blow to our season.

LOL, Good luck Dash...........
I'am out good nite Finfans...............

Yeah wally...what's the redskins record again...oh yeah that's right...worse than the Dolphins...no offense BTW...I HATE that team in "washington"...

What is really stupid is watching 4 more years of stupid draft moves and stupid free agent moves and stupid play-calling and stupid defensive schemes and stupid game-plan changes within games and stupid use of personnel, and etc....before one realizes that this management and staff is stupid.

Your Funny Brick, Like I said keep up the goodfight.....

Cleo, maybe I will take a dump in your mouth, all you do is talk crap anyway. You wouldn't know the difference little girl.

Any room in there for stupid fans Joe???

He's a bum eh?
the QB for you morons out the re Eh

Cuban Gay Eh?

I notice as soon as E.Lacy is doing well everyone(Mr.1001) has stop criticizing the Dashi.

Isn't E.Lacy leading the League in Rushing since coming back from the Dirty hit by Merriweather.

Wouldn't the Dolphins need E.Lacy for those failed 3rd and Short. E.Lacy can get you a yard even if he has to run thru 5 guys and spin move thru the other 6.

Nah, Let's talk about how T.Austin and those first Rd TE's are doing. Yeah, Exactly.

T.Brady was drafted in the 6th rd, doesn't mean that he deserved to be drafted that low. Where you are drafted doesn't mean that is what your talent level is. It just means most GMs don't know what the hell they are doing.

J.Martin should've been drafted in the 7th with the way he has turned out.

Gentleman I propose that this thing could have been handled quietly in house. Extortion perhaps? Monistad 7 is used to treat a yeast infection.

Jack!

You might have a problem cause Armando Loves that Team in Washington. He has said before that is his favorite team.

If Martin would've wanted to still play football he would've called his union rep when he left the team. Not his parents and their lawyers.

This was never about the game, it was always about the Money.

The Union is there for a reason. To protect the interest of the players.

Why didn't J.Martin call the Union in April? When he first wanted to quit Football.

Any Union Job the last thing a company wants to hear is that I am going to call the Union for the way I am being treated.

You don't think D.Smith wants to screw R.Goddell and the Owners after what happened with the CBA.

I've grown up around the racist team in washington...check their history...riddled with hate and racism and it continues today...its just the european either killed all the natives or stuck them in poverty riddled reservation...kind of like what they tried to do to the african population...except they needed them to build their county...and their reservations are the inner city...but armando (ant the rest of the hypocritical media) thinks a grown man "bullying" another is a travesity...

Truth Hurts and the Media is a joke.

Dolphins will kick ass Monday night. I'm sorry am I being a bully. Ah Richie took my lunch money.

Armando,
Keep the good work man, don't pay attention to these Neanderthals. They are too the reason why this franchise is in shambles.

At this rate it is almost a certainty the Phins will not stay in Miami. They were already in trouble before this attendance-wise, and like you stated what politician would be so dumb to push any legislation favoring this piss poor team.

Most corporate sponsors will be gone too. I work for one not in Miami but elsewhere and no way in hell we would be renewing our yearly suites to bring high profile clients there. Some clients won't care but some would, I'm pretty sure that will happen. The only thing Miami had going for them was Goodell's international pet project but this is morphing into a league-wide scandal.

Best guess this team moves to LA and start all over. A sad state of affairs for a franchise that was an example of getting things done with less during the Robbie years and now it is a shadow of itself.

Incognito didn't do it. He wasn't there.

Jack!

Agreed, the least racist thing about the redskins is their name. And even that is pretty racist.

Why doesn't the Media talk about how the Redskins are bullying native Americans?

They did, but this is more interesting to them, they are crucifying Incognito and the Fins worst than Jesus. Don't worry the righteous will prevail.

It is understandable when you think about it. Most of these sportswriters had a frustrated youth from the Fins whooping their team.

Signing Incognito = Another Irescum blunder

The last thing Armando wants is the Fins to leave Miami. Don't be stupid you idiot. He hates the team, but I think he loves his life a little more.

Where will he work?

He has only worked at 1 place his whole life. And they have him on part time.

Who do you think he is?

D.Lebatard?
I.Gutierrez?
G.Cote?
B.Jackson?

The fins leave and he will be on a lifelong furlough from the Herald.

"For when all is said and done, it might well be that Incognito is merely the first domino to fall."

Follow Michael Silver on Twitter @MikeSilver.

No truer words have been spoken...this is going to get very ugly guys and most of you may get your wish. Ireland and Philbin if found complicit are done..end of story. New GM, new coach, new staff, and new regime. This may be a blessing to some, but my take on the whole deal is that the timing for this entire situation is far to convenient for my taste.

The funny thing is Jeff Ireland will probably lose his job over this scandal faster than he will over the bad draft picks and personnel decisions he's had since he's been here. Once he is gone the next order of business will be who to hire as the next GM. I'm hoping for Scott Pioli if he would even consider coming here with everything going on and will go on well after it is all over. The negativity from this scandal will be around for a long while.

Hahah!!! Yes!!! And they hate when the 72 fins pop the cork every year too...their absolute hate for the Dolphins truly sank in when the NYG allowed them to do it on the last game of the seaon...I personally think those guys should rent a freakin hotel in CT and invite evry stripper in a 100 mile radius...then have the after party in ESPNs parking lot!!!

Armando i am a longtime swedish Dolphin fan and back home only the Superbowl ends up in our papers. But this past week the Dolphins been in the major paper multiple times. Try google translate on this if you are intressted. http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/amerikanskfotboll/article17811483.ab

Suck & Swallow on the Regular. You know your typical Latin Lover.

Vroom Vroom, B'tch!!

Posted by: Dashi | November 08, 2013 at 09:46 PM

So I guess this is the full extent of Dashi's debating skills.

Also "Latin Lover" is an oxymoron. We all know they squirt and run and leave their women wanting more from any yahoo that has a fly.

It is easy to be a Latin Lover when 93% of the women in those countries are ho's or will do you for a cheap lunch. True indeed

Armando is the best Dolphin reporter on the planet. Thats why we are all here. Great insight and timely articles. Keep up the great work, Mando.

Armando I think this is the most clear concise blog that you have ever written. This is humiliating for Miami on so many levels. However you mention the Spygate, and Bounty Gate scandals those teams did not change coaches and went on to be successful. I don't think that any of the staff should be fired over dickgate.

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