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In shadow of Bess trade, Dolphins looking for integrity

When Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement telling the world what kind of person he wants as the team's next general manager he included this sentence:  "This individual also must be a person with integrity who is open-minded and creative."

"Integrity" is a word that should not be ignored here. Ross, I'm told,  wanted that in there because right now the Dolphins don't have a very good reputation within the NFL personnel community for, among other things, the manner they traded Davone Bess.

Bess, as has been widely reported this week, is troubled. And as The Herald reported this week, he was troubled before the Dolphins traded him in April 2013 to the Cleveland Browns. Less than one month before shipping Bess out, the Dolphins learned Bess's family had him Marchman Acted so he could be evaluated and receive treatment for the emotional or psychological issues that seemed to be troubling him.

But while the Dolphins knew Bess was troubled, sources confirm they took a don't-ask-don't-tell approach on the matter when shopping and trading Bess. The Dolphins did not offer information on Bess's apparent personal instability, according to multiple sources.

[Update: Another source confirms the Dolphins did not offer information but did tell the Browns to "do their homework."]

Now, an aqua-and-orange bleeding Dolphins fan might smile and consider this a coup. They might think the Dolphins pulled the wool over the Browns. Ha-ha, yeah too bad. Buyer beware.

That is not how most NFL teams conduct business.

Most would have simply cut Bess rather than run the risk of seemingly serving up a potential lemon without some sort of disclosure to another team. Why is this?

Well, because even though players come and players go, and front office people come and front office people go, teams remain. And personal reputations remain.

And having a reputation as a team or individual that cannot be a trusted trade partner is a bad thing. You can be certain the people who made the trade for Cleveland will never trust former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland again. You can also be certain the Browns will likely be distrustful of the Dolphins in the future unless fences are mended.

Credibility and respect are currency in the NFL and no one wants to be bankrupt. 

You have no idea how many NFL people I talk to tell me about the respect they have for one another despite the fact they want to bash each other's heads in on game day.

Once upon a time the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys fought for NFC East dominance year in and out. And yet Tom Landry served up advice to young Bill Parcells. The Oakland Raiders roster was known an NFL rogue's gallery and yet Al Davis offered advice to practically any young coach or personnel man who called.

There was an honor code among these men and although the times have changed, much of that code remains. Not all of it, but much of it.

The Dolphins broke that code by not disclosing Bess's problems to the Browns. Indeed, if they'd decided they didn't want to break confidence with the Bess family because their son had been a valued member of the organization for four years, the right move would have been to simply cut Bess and walk away.

That message, I'm told has reached Dolphins ownership.

And that's one reason the word "integrity" was used in the statement Steve Ross released when he began searching for a new GM. 


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Don't tell me that n--a comes out at you at night you don't sh-t in your pants, man. Look what Richard did to that poor lady reporter and it was under the lights.

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 19, 2014 at 10:34 PM

"Oh, it's Mr. Black man. I'm white, so I'll totally crap my boots".

No dumbcrap Oscar, Its not because he's black, it's because she just may be an overly sheltered punkassbitch!

Man, that's a VERY ugly Black Man even if he graduated from Stanford.

Oscar does the color black spiral you into punkassbitch mode as it did to the white female reporter?

Time to go, looks like cro-magnums have been released of their million year slumber.

Depends on the situation, Sam.

Crabtree didn't even look at him, he just pushed his head around.

Oscar, no matter how seeming civilized or technologically mankind may get. The rudimentary level of his prehistoric history will come shining thru.

Even in such self conceived intellectuals such as you. The prehistoric club and cave are only as far away as speed dial.


Have to admit though, that ugly black a-shole is one hell of a CB.

Have to admit though, that ugly black a-shole is one hell of a CB.

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Oscar, with your severe black-a-phobia you display, if Sherman were a dolphin, we would lose you to witness protection. Correct?

Really, sammy. How bout you?

klapperdick showed his roots tonight.

Oscar, I prefer to wear tie with my prehistoric animal skins. Do you?

We had a somilar CB here, sammy, SS, but he was more civilized.

I fear those who fear those, far greater than I fear those who are feared by those I fear.

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Comprende' Oscar?

I know I'm an a-hole most of the time guys, but it's just that when I comment on the Jets comment boards they all laugh at me and say I'm stupid. That's why I spend all day here poking fun with you guys. I wasn't kidding about liking a good sword fight.

I'm only 4 inches but I have big hands, I love sword fighting

It is he who is me, who none greater cloaks, to destroy he who is only me.

Comprende Oscar?

Sure. Racism stems from Fear, Hate from Injustice. But what to do with Hate?

2 watts, Ape Tamer and me (FIRE ROSS) are the same guy.
I use different pseudonyms so you guys won't know how pathetic I am being on here all day and night making useless comments to anonymous bloggers.

I like sword fighting

You could see the Hate in MLKs eyes even as he proclaimed, "Violence is immoral...".

Posted by: FIRE ROSS | January 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

you promise no more posts!!!!!!!!!!!

Surely you must have meant, are the same gays.

if Ross moved his circus to London would anyone care?

But what to do with Hate?

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

It's but to conquer the inner fear of one's fear of self, grasshopper.

When you can snatch this pebble from my hand, you are free to leave grasshopper.

busted another nut, I'm back, where are all the dill holes,

I like sword fighting

You could see the Hate in MLKs eyes even as he proclaimed, "Violence is immoral...".

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 19, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Fear is hate. Even a thing God hates, is fear. There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

Without fear, none can ever hate. Thank you grasshopper.

Even to death is not to fear, Oscar my prized little springy grasshopper.

When you can snatch this pebble from my hand. It is time that you now go.

There is a Sam(sammy) in the Cuban Community who is very gay, very good hair dresser. That wouldn't happen to be you, will it? You are FDR now, how about later.(te van a coger el cu-ito aqui)

Well guess I was wrong I called Pats vs 49ers. As usual HF matters!!

I think Broncos take it all. Manning seems destiin to win!

Like video games click on my name!

sammy, sammy, there are a bunch of buggers here, you should go as you really don't want to expose your Virgin A-s.

There is a Sam(sammy) in the Cuban Community who is very gay, very good hair dresser. That wouldn't happen to be you, will it? You are FDR now, how about later.(te van a coger el cu-ito aqui)

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 19, 2014 at 11:40 PM

If I were this this "Cuban Community Sammy" of whom you speak. Would this now make us lovers?

Integrity? LMAO!

^^^^ Any reason why this post would be deleted?

Lets all look at the bright side Seattle just proved you don't need a QB to go to the Super Bowl Wilson sucks and their still going

Players dissing coaches. 8-8 in 2014 will be quite a tall feat. There's no reason any player would feel great about playing under an owner such as Stephen Ross.

Except for cha-ching cha-ching. His paychecks never bounce.

Posted by: Unreal | January 20, 2014 at 12:36 AM

2 Great defenses. We've forgotten what they look like in Miami.

At 6'3, Richard Sherman is everything we wished Sean Smith would be.

Yeah, and the Dolphins also clsimed they didn't know anything about the Martin-Incognito scandal.

~ A Bronx Tale ~ " the saddest thing in life is wasted talent " screw bess!!

Loan me $50.

The word "INTEGRITY" left the building with the unceremonius removal of Don Shula (not able to 'choose' his successor!?) and the ushering in of lack of integrity, class, dignity personified - Jimmie Johnson. We've been in purgatory as an organization ever since, with all-time 'greats'(?) like FATuna & Satan following the slimy, slithering trail! Men of great 'character'.
To Sam I AM.....Sean Smith had the talkin' part 'almost' down - couldn't quite match She-man there either because he didn't have 1/2 the ability.

Former GM Jeff Ireland is the antithesis of integrity

Get his smell out of the locker room and then this organization can start talking about integrity.

Kind of surprised no GM in place at the Senior Bowl. I know by the time the draft rolls around the Senior Bowl is a distant memory. But this is the unofficial start of the draft season, what's the holdup Ross?


Its OK Omar Kelly will be there. the new Gm can just go over Omar's notes and make his decisions based on that LMAO

i am glad we follow Mando who holds the organization accountable in spite of their vow of "secrecy". we could be stuck listening to blowhard Omar kelly, a self proclaimed "know it all".

Hate to use common sense here.



So even if the GM isn't working for the Fins. Shouldn't he be at the Senior bowl scouting for another team.

Pluse, just cause the GM isn't here doesn't mean that the scouting dept stopped working. Only Ireland lost his job. Everyone else still has their job. Let the Assistant GM run the Senior bowl. See how he does. All they are doing is collecting Data at the senior bowl. NO FRANCHISE CHANGING DECISIONS ARE MADE AT THE SENIOR BOWL!!

But I know. The negative Nancy's in this blog need something to cry and be depressed about. It wouldn't be normal for this blog.

And Sam, Your opinion on R&R? Not once have you stated your opinion on Ricky and Ronnie. Unless you did it under some other name a couple years back in which case I don't remember. Plus, you are one of the few who claim we missed Reggie. So which one is it?

Yes, with Irescum gone at least the drafts wont be any worse. Bill

Sup Dashi,

Have you read any of the stories about how Ross is in London and the Gm interviewees are unhappy about how long it is taking.it is so crazy how our team is always being crapped on.

Why dont the Bucs get this fresh hell we read almost everday LOL

Ross picked Tannehill and Failbin. He can pick the players haha

No, Oscar, no matter how bad things go for you they will never match Dashi's.

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM


YG/Sam isn't the only one that forgets what sign-in name he is currently using. Well you would expect such clumsiness in people so similar.

Players dissing coaches. 8-8 in 2014 will be quite a tall feat. There's no reason any player would feel great about playing under an owner such as Stephen Ross.

Except for cha-ching cha-ching. His paychecks never bounce.

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 20, 2014 at 12:39 AM
and home every jan. 1 as a phin
the player$ don't care

So Seattle is in the Super Bowl with a 2nd yr QB and no OL. Hmmmmm.

fat lazy stupid slobs = phinz

kchoke = tchoke = marino

2 watt = Ape Tamer
I see you forgot to change your screen name earlier.


The problem is the Local Media. We have the worst sportswriters in the whole country. All they care about propaganda and gossip.

Bill dropped a masterpiece the other day from bleacher report breaking down Tannehill.

What do we get?

Bess has mental breakdown. Ms. T-Sizzle carries AK. Dolphins have Zero Integrity.

We sign a new OC. Instead of breaking the man down. What do we get? Players hate coaches.

These sportswriters in Sfla are like MLB umpires. They think they are bigger than the game. They want to be the center of attention.

You saw how they reacted over the J.Martin situation. No Facts!! All Propaganda!!!

You know Dashi said that whole thing was going to blow over. This is football not women's soccer. No, Crying in Football!!

u'r to stupid 2
c those r my rogues
clueless dumbaxx
typical 4 a phinz fan

Crap team = Crap blog

That's okay, 2 watt/Ape Tamer. The truth will set you free, eh?


You know who is even worse than the local media. Pro Football talk. These guys regurgitate other stories and then pile on with their own negative opinions. I really wonder why it looks like everybody hates the Dolphins. Seriously, what did Ross do to all these people?

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