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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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You know Dashi said that Chad Henne was our franchise QB.
And we'd be 11-5 last year.

Dashi,

Not sure I agree with the, "they're all at the Senior Bowl" argument. True the players that are being scouted are the same but having no GM in place doesn't seem optimal.

Mr. Ross where was your integrity when you& JI went to meet with a possible new head coach while you had one signed already. Did we all forget?

ross is a clueless clown
and the other owners kno this
fatcells f'd the franchise ^
as bad as yimmy and wanny and h. put 2gether
fax jax.
and there r a bunch of also rans giving ross tips now
wow!
3-13
.
lol


My butts always sore after a long night with the Ape inside me. He's like the energizer bunny eh?


lol

yeah,
the phinz r close 2 compete with the 4 teams that
played yday.
u f'n clueless homerz
need u'r p brains removed from u'r rectums

lol

Mr. Ross where was your integrity when you refused to fix your own stadium and instead begged for charity from the poor taxpayers?

proof of how dumb the
phinz fans r
@ 8:57
clueless morons
.
lol

and a week later gave
mich.
a 2 m$ gift
wtf is he thinkin'?
.
lol

Mr. Ross where was your integrity when you refused to fire Jeff Ireland after racial insults to Dez Bryant?

I accomplish so much spending everyday on here posting useless comments to anonymous bloggers, I change my name all day long so they won't realize how truly pathetic I am. I do this cowardly act hiding behind anonymity.

Finfan71,

If we were going into Free Agency. Or the Draft. Then Yes, We need a GM bad. But you can do without having a GM around at the senior bowl!

If the Senior Bowl was so important they would've had it after the Season. That way all the teams can attend. You think the Broncos and Seahawks coaching staff is going to attend?

Also, over 100 Juniors have declared for the draft. None of those guys are at the senior bowl. About half the draft is going to be underclassmen.

Now again, If we have no GM and the Combine is coming up different story. Who is going to ask the prospects about his Moms employment history.

Players haven't even started to really train for the draft at the senior bowl.

The Senior Bowl is full of Mid-level prospects. Most guys that are guaranteed to be drafted in the first 2 rounds don't even go to the senior bowl.

The Senior Bowl should be renamed the Acorn Bowl.

nobody else understands how truly cool I am, I can say "eh, and lol" I spend all day every day on here proving how intelligent I am. eh?


lol

Dashi,

All good points.

Dubs,

The problem with PFT is that Salguero and Kelly are his only 2 Dolphins Sources. So you already know what type of info he gets. Plus, Florio has admitted he is a Patriot fan and doesn't hide his feelings about the dolphins.

I understand why Florio hates the Fins and gets to rag on them all he wants. It is his site.

What I don't get is why the local media always feels some type of way about the fins.

Look at the Heat reporters. They baby Spo and the Heat. The Heat are underachieving and they don't say anything negative. Spo has shown that he can't Motivate!! That the players motivate themselves!! Yet, the media is as quiet as a mouse. The Man has admitted that he doesn't call plays and that the players are the ones that run the huddle. And what does the media do? They applaud him.

Heck, even the guys that write for the Marlins have a more positive outlook on the their team from time to time. And if someone should be allowed to be consistently angry at ownership it should be Marlin Fans and reporters.

I take it back. It isn't SFLA sportswriters. Just the Twinks we have writing for the Dolphins.

Finfan71,

Thanks.

On my original post. My bad if the generalization I made sounded like it was directed towards you. It wasn't. It was referring to those who only know how to type FIRE ROSS, T-Hill SUCKS!! And all other ignorant stuff that gets posted on here without explanation.

I understand that having a GM in place is important. Even if it is just to show other teams and the public that you have structure in your front office. I just feel that they are making the senior bowl into a big event, when it really isn't that big of a deal.

The one thing you do get at the senior bowl. You get to see how D-2 and D-3 guys do going up against D-1 guys. The Acorn Bowl.

That's the Catch 22. New England with multiple SBs and no ethics, and with a sportswide amnesia about how they conduct business, or Miami doing the right thing and....

If this has been said, apologies. How about the fact the Dolphins should nothing in the way of loyalty, or humanity by not treating Bess as FAMILY and trying to help him?

Not that it matters, but whom did the Fins get in return for Bess?
My guess is that neither side won on this one, and Bess suffers.

BTW, honor among coaches and teams stooped about the time Bill Belicheat arrived in NE.

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