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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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Bill, how will you feel about the team if they lose to a winless team? Or if we reach our 9th loss this year? How forgiving will you be (be honest)?

I said it before and I'll say it again.....Mando and Kelley and the rest of the local Miami media are the problem in Miami... They're constantly negative and influence people's opinions the wrong way and if they're not careful, they're going to cost Miami a sports franchise.......don't think it could ever happen ......... see Cleveland

Hey Armando. Idiot. Didn't you write this yesterday...

Daily reminder: We don't know the entire story. Please withhold judgment condemning or condoning either side until we know everything.

What a moron. You get paid for this?
Re tard

Lots of wins are the only cure here

Look @ Chad Henne asking for a job at 12:54 ... shameless

SELL MORE CLICKS!

this is as bad an article as there ever was. So Armando have you contacted Jake Long and Reggie Bush or Dansby since Martin's treatment has been goin on since his ROOKIE YEAR! So they are as quilty as the current counsel, so go ahead and asked them what they think. Well maybe not since that would be actual work you have to do. all the other members of the orhganization didn't have an issue, but one man says he does or has his lawyers say he does and now the whole organization is a cesspool. Track the money, that's what this is all about. having gogs on the council didn't make it better or worse, you have no clue ehat is going on in the locker room. All the players say they didn't see an issue or ever heard Martin complain about harrassment, but hey they all must be lieing, since one man who hasn't been seen since he left the team, has his lawyers saying so. Open your eyes, the national media is stupid and we expected that the local media really dig in and find out the truth, but the shame of it is, you don't want the truth you want to keep chirning the pot...

DC if we lose to any team we are "supposed" to beat I get very angry. That is the reason that I have no faith in this regime. We have CONTINUALLY played down to the competition. We go out and beat a very good Colts and Bengals team yet we lose to the Bills and Ravens?? Go figure?

Chad henne @ 1:00 ..,. and French Canadians!!!

After reading Martin's lawyer's statement......Martin looks like more of an idiot now. The sad thing truth is that this dude is going to get paid. To make matters worse......our local media is going to get someone fired. I know a lot of people don't like the HC or GM, but fire them because they don't fit, these people are going to get fired because of the media and lawyers.......sad

ARMANDO WONT INVESTIGATE.

HES TOO BUST TRYING TO PLAY CATCH UP T REAL REPORTERS.

SO HE HAS TO SELL HIS CRAP BY PLAYING THE DOLPHINS ARE A SHAME CARD.

PUTZ.

Anyone beta enough to put a woman in charge of an NFL team over the head ball coach deserved to lose every game.

Anyone beta enough to put a woman in charge of an NFL team over the head ball coach deserves to lose every game.

What's next?.......the military.........what someone in the military file a hazing lawsuit........"I was hazed in basic training"


Am I the only one who sees the media crucifying Incognito and the Dolphisn for what they do yet Mando and the NYPost publish that picture of Incognito??? Isn't that bullying??? Isn't that taking a shot at someone who can't defend themselves right now???

Interesting to see media stay unbias in all of this...

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | November 08, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Spot on Mark. The media is about selling newspapers, and ratings, they aren't cocnern with the tuth it's just an inconvience for them...

This could spark the team to a Super Bowl run

SB run...with that OL and WR corps....REALLYYYYY???

Mando wants to know what I should tell my kids ......... simple ........"Don't read the Herald."

Mando that pic u posted in this blog entry still makes me sick. You're some piece of work ...

I think the NFL, when punishments are handed out, should take Miami's 2nd round draft pick for the next ten years. They would probably improve.

Posted by: gulfdiverdown
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LOL - Classic example of addition by subtraction (at least with Ireland as GM)

I feel sorry for Ross that he has to live in New York. I would rather live in Iraq. Some of the owners who own a team and live in other states is just wrong.

Mando....you just get worse and worse--why do we need a link/pic of the back of the NY Daily News?--dude, its accessible on the internet, like alot of other things, so why do you feel the need to deliver it to us?--also, do you know how many times the Daily News has had headlines/pics trashing their own Jets?--too many times to count.....how come you havent shown us those?--thats what that paper does, and they've done it hundreds of times to their own teams---I'll repeat....NOT ONE of my many NY friends, Jets fans for the most part, have called/emailed/texted me about this, to rib me....not one--you/the media is overblowing this, as many IN THE MEDIA have stated--the NFL has so much baggage its laughable....add this to the list--and hey, make sure you get your face on TV and get that appearance on ESPN again, thats obviously so important to you

Mando you're being a hypocrite man. Why are you always trying to get people fired? My goal is to create a new sub media that follows all media members around and reports everything on your life. Im sure you have a lot of skeletons in your closet. All you juding you do on other people don't worry you will be the first to be judged!

Now I know I just a dumb Pollock (I can say that because I'm half Polish..... sarcasm intended) but did anyone catch Desmond Howard this morning......he said the Dolphin players were acting like Koons ......... I'm sorry isn't that a racist statement?

Bill A. Thats what I've been saying. I want to see Egnew get more action, along with those 6 o-lineman sets.

We can beat the Bucs and turn those thumbs around no ?

Football players saying unseemly things to each other and getting drunk and rowdy and crossing the line ... holy crap, this calls for a summit to discuss the state of the game ... sheesh

Marco yes I agree but we should no have any delusions that this Dolphins team can win the Super Bowl this year.

Bill, EXACTLY! It's all about winning.

Silverback, I'm sure the sports writers are the reason the franchise is in tatters. Do you realize how dumb that sounds? Did Omar draft Martin? Who was the genius who drafted a LT (who stayed on the team for 5 years) when they have been looking for a QB since Dan Marino left the team (and thought Chad Henne was just as good as Ryan or Flacco)? Was that Mando? Beasley? Did Greg Cote have the brilliant idea to become a run team in a pass happy league and think FGs would be able to rival TDs? Who was calling all the pass plays in the 2nd half against the Pats when we were up 14 points? Was that Hyde?

Here's how it works, the GM hires the players, the coaches come up with the game plan and teach the players how they want them to execute and the players play the game. The journalists write about what they see and include their own opinions. They have absolutely NOTHING to do with the presentation.

Here's a hint, when you're a football team and you've got a piece on the Today show (and not the sports section), then it's not because anything the home town journalists did. You either won the Championship or did something exceptional or YOUR. TEAM. FUKKED. UP!

all related, and involving many teams/players/execs....Bounty Gate, Concussion issue/lawsuit, A Hernandez issue, torturing/burning/killing dogs issue, the many instances with players involving prison time/guns/gun violence/assaults/domestic issues, etc--and now this issue....dont act like the Miami situation is so different than these others--alot of hype/hypocrites/enablers/liars.....and overzealous media.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | November 08, 2013 at 01:23

Mark....any man getting drunk and crossing the line for that matter

Tired of all the talk about this so called scandal. The bottom line they have a game to play Monday night
winning is all that matters to the players who will play. The investigation will take care of everybody involved.

If Wallace and Thill can get those deep balls working then maybe playoffs.

We have a D that when Patterson is healthy can keep us in games.

The o-line blocked so well against the Bengals. I hope we run the ball the same way against the Bucs, we should.

So Armando who was preaching patience until all the facts are out, has made up his mind and flipped. I guess The Herald is taking its cue from the bastion of journalistic ethics ( oxymoron ) the NYPost! Sensationalism sells. Talk about morally bankrupt!!!!!

This reeks of a calculated shakedown by Martin.

I have a million times more respect t for Egnew, who toughed it out & is beginning to pay dividends.

As for attendance? You might get away with those numbers with other crowds but we who watch the games know attendance was never up except for maybe one game!

I want to see Egnew get more action

Posted by: Marco | November 08, 2013 at 01:23 PM

I can't believe I'm saying this (how things change) but I actually want to see more Egnew too. Maybe the kid can become something after all. This Martin stuff might actually make Egnew look like Gronk in comparison.

Where's odinseye? He hasn't written here for a couple of days and that is uncharacteristic of him. He probably wants no part of the crap that is going on in here. I don't blame him, he's always been a smart one.

And right again. Success validates plans. The Saints and Patriots proved that their methods get results. They went overboard and got smacked. OK. People knew they would get back on track and back to their winning ways. No need to criticize further or pile on. With a perennial loser, though, everybody wants to take a shot.

Mark, did you get your shine box? You clueless homer.

Callin people taco & supporting cogs bad behavior.

Look up loser in the dictionary & you will see of this penil pushing, pocket protector wearing Schlep in Toronto.

Get a life you putz. You ripped Armando about the attendance comment he made.

Yet you could not even read that he stated the drop off occurred BEFORE the scandal. Yet, you talk all big n bad trying to look cool.

You're a joke for a man. Go study your measurable you ignoramus!

It's nauseating to see people who claim to be men, posting things that make them sound 3 years old.

Yea, you Dope in Toronto.

Taco, hoohoo, measaurables...GO GET YOUR SHINEBOX!

No way we make the Superbowl unless Manning, Brady and Luck get injured.

We have been in all our games until the 4th, except the Saints.

If we get the 6th spot that will be a majoe achievement after the injury's and the 'Bullygate' sideshow.

Next two games decide our season IMHO.

Marco I'm old school when it comes to just making the playoffs. It is nice to make the playoffs if you actually win your division and then go deep in the playoffs. But to me just making the playoffs is like kissing my sister!

EVERY SINGLE DAY SERGEANTS SAY ALL OF THE THINGS THAT INCOGS SAID BEFORE 7AM

Rapistburger model cutizen.
Michael Irvin model citizen and now the face of NFL Network.
Not guilty "leader" Ray Lewis
Mercury "prison stripes" Morris
Bill "i did not have relations" Clinton
Bill "hack a luggie' Romanowski
NFL's poster boy OJ "if it don't fit acquit" Simpson
Kobe "do it in da butt" Bryant
C'MON MAN!

GO PHINS! 5 N 4 Makin a run?


EVERY SINGLE DAY SERGEANTS SAY ALL OF THE THINGS THAT INCOGS SAID BEFORE 7AM

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | November 08, 2013 at 01:34 PM

If RI was a drill sergeant this post would have made sense. But since he's not, I assume you know it doesn't.

I'm hearing that the woman Incognito harassed at the golf event was actually Johnathan Martin.
-Sorry I couldn't help but post that

Where can I sign up to be a fin fan?

Mark is the prototype to building the perfect idiot.

The Wolfpack in full flesh. Hey, Daytona, don't get involved with any of that kind here!

Martin has an agenda, it will be fully evident eventually and most of the media will look stupid.

Marco,

Has it officially been dubbed "Bullygate?" Let's ask our resident journalists.

Egnew, Egnew, Egnew, I can hear the fans, (40,000), chant his name at the homes games.

The guy took his lumps and on national TV too. He has been a surprise as a FB/H-back/TE. Egnew blocks well and caught a few balls. He could work as a safety value for Thill and has speed for seam routes.

Amazing how he has slowly turned his stock around. Quite admirable to be honest.

DC......seriously.......seriously....... people are not going to stop watching the Dolphins or stop going to games because of the GM or the HC......if that was true, then we all would have stopped watching when Jay Fiedler was QB or when Cameron was HC. People will however leave a franchise over issues that the press, with their liberal agenda and their push for ratings, turn into a hotly debated, political topic. And by the way......I lived in DC for 3 years and used to go to the Blackfin DC to watch Dolphin games......you guys used to complain that Tyler Thigpen should start........enough said

you're only so disappointed or surprised by all of this Mando, if you expected more from a pro sports team/players, local or not--the reason none of my NY Jet fan friends have said anyting about this to me is that their expectations of pro sports in general is so low it almost humorous--none watch the NBA anymore, because its awful and played by alot of hoodlums and bad dudes making 15 mill/yr (few players seem to care as well)....similar with the NFL and the MLB, where bench players make 6-8 mill/yr, steroids rule and clowns like ARod sign 800 million $ contracts--alot of folks have checked out of the sports world, or at least somewhat--alot of people dont care that much anymore Mando, like you seem to think, because its gotten so disconnected.....the money, the roids, the cheating, the conduct, the mentality....cost of tickets, etc--not like it used to be....

Nyfinfan,

Im not sure what to call it ? The story changes day to day, maybe 'Golfgate', you tell me.

Bill A. Once you are in the playoffs then the dreams can begin. The Ravens were real outsiders last season. Maybe this situation will bring the team together ?

I know its a reach but hey we all need to be positive I guess. Watching the Dolphins get bashed in the press has made me defend them more than normal.

I see my admirer is back, love you!!!!

Martin....humorous post

Not surprising me that Egnew is coming around. he has excellent measureables.

That one's for you, sweetheart!!

Yes, the Press is making a killing. Let them. It's their chance, now.

and big picture, whatever the circumstances.....I wouldve liked to give Philbin one more year but he hasnt been dazzling, lets be honest.....so if all of this ends up with Ireland and Philbin (and Aponte) losing their jobs, and a mediocre Martin and Incognito no longer on the teams....are many Fin fans here REALLY gonna care that much?--seriously, would losing any of the above be so terrible, or such a big blow?--many here wanted Ireland and Philbin gone before this.

Marco I get it....we need to be in to win it....the Ravens last year had a very good D and run game. Honestly...what are this Dolphins team good at?? We are middle to bottom ranked in most every category.

I guess Jonathan Martin doesnt click on the Bukkake category when he wgoes on lobstertube

Why does the media say "SOURCE" when more negative Incognito news articles surface. Wouldn't "From John Martin's camp" be more accurate

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