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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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Posted by: TruthhurTs | January 19, 2014 at 06:33 AM

right on

You're way off on this one Armando. The Browns and Dolphins merely swapped draft picks. I'd say the Browns got the better deal, even if for just one season.

Posted by: Phinbo | January 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Wow that's right I forgot that all it was a swap of 5th round pick position. This was fair dealing by Miami.

Mando is searching for something to post. Trying to get on TV and radio again?

JT, read that Barry Jackson report. Other websites picked it up too. Makes you wonder what prospective GMs think about Philbin & Co. You gotta know they've seen it or heard about it.

Why is he constantly trying to put the Dolphins in a bad light? He should be canned and not allowed to write about this team anymore. This is always like a personal vendetta with Armando. Smut writer...

I am sure there are a lot of positive things this team does on and off the field.

Posted by: cocoajoe | January 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM

oh ya what about the Bronco's? They knew all about Brandon Marshalls condition and they got a lot from us for him.

Cocoajoe...it's a real eye opener. I just tend to think more than ever that Philbin just didnt have the experience to be a HC. He is making Sparano look good. The hires he has made to date explains an awful lot. Not sure any GM can fix this, hence all interviews and lack there of. Sad state of affairs.

err, Mando's blog

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

JT and COCOAJOE wake up guys....

All it was a swap of 5th round pick position. This was fair dealing by Miami.

Mando is searching for something to post. Trying to get on TV and radio again?

Hey Wally, we're NOT talking about Bess or anything close ...wake up. We're discussing Barry Jackson'r report. I suggest you read it.

For all the idiotic Tannehill haters. This article breaks it down perfectly. I will paste a tidbit. I hope that Marco and MarC see it.


One of the biggest problems Kouffman mentions with Tannehill's deep ball is the play design. In many cases where Tannehill seemed to underthrow Wallace, the issue was that there was simply too much going on during the play.

Instead of dropping back to pass and letting it rip, in most cases offensive coordinator Mike Sherman would instead design a play that calls for other elements—such as play-action, a hitch step or even both—that would add an extra second or two to the play.

For a slower receiver like Hartline, this is the extra count he needs to gain a step on his defender. However, for a burner like Wallace, who can get that step on a corner almost immediately, the extra time results in underthrown balls that allows the defender to get back into the play.

Even with an inconsistent deep ball, Tannehill's 60.4 completion percentage still reflected a clear improvement in accuracy to other areas of the field.

Freakin Ireland. How did this guy keep his job for so long? Advisers to Ross were advising him to keep Ireland for the sake of continuity and because he was "figuring it out" now that Parcells was gone. I9f I were Ross I would get new advisers.

Also, hope your day is going well 2watt/ape tamer. How many other characters do you play? LMAO

TannePuke cant hit the broadside of a barn if its more than 10 yds away. Ranked 37th in yards per pass. He's worse than Henne ever was.


When Parcells screwed us Ross should have removed the entire mgmt. structure. Continuity is good if you see progress. We didn't see progress. 6-10, 7-9, 8-8 are all the same.

Wally, you're the one who needs to wake up. I was replying to JT about the Barry Jackson report on the inexperience of Dolphin coaches. It has NOTHING to do with Mando's blog comments.

If Ross knows anything he'll bring Parcells back no matter what the cost.

Phins78 the following are all the same loser

YG, Daytona, Ape Tamer, Oliver, CadillacDeVille , TGH , FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY , HEAT WORLD CHAMPS, M is for Moron, Zonk , Dagnel , Hypocrites, Confirmed, Poops, deity, Marco, 2watt and any other name that states the same garbage time after time.

I mean it wasnt Ireland or Sparano that made us 11-5 lol

Ross leaving the country w/o decision.
Reports that players don't respect coaching staff.
The Bess debacle turning off qualified candidates.
This franchise is still the Laughingstock of the League.

I love how a blog post about Bess and Ireland being a dirty trader turns into a soap box about "Tannepuke".

You guys can't help yourselves.

This franchise is still the Laughingstock of the League.

Posted by: Emo | January 19, 2014 at 01:17 PM

Maybe its time for you to stop being a fan of this franchise if this is what you believe??

You're way off on this one Armando. The Browns and Dolphins merely swapped draft picks. I'd say the Browns got the better deal, even if for just one season.

Posted by: Phinbo | January 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

To get Bess, the Browns traded their fourth-round pick (No. 104) and fifth-round pick (No. 164) to the Dolphins for Miami's fourth-round pick (No. 111) and a seventh-rounder (No. 217).

The Dolphins got the better end of the deal but we're talking late round picks so who cares? It's not like they payed their players to injure the opponents or video taped walkthroughs before big games.

What pi#@es me off about the story is all of the "Dolphins did this" talk when everyone who follows the Dolphins knows Ireland is a GM who already wasn't trusted. He alone was in charge of background checks and releases on a player before a trade. It wasn't the Dolphins, just the incredible idiot that was their GM who is no longer here. So go chase Ireland and ask him why he did this, The Phins are obviously moving on.

Fans don't say that stuff Bill.

Back to my old mantra.
Ross, sell or die.

Posted by: Bill Arnsparger | January 19, 2014 at 01:06 PM

great read.....

THill got Sherman and Ireland fired. If he didnt stink it up both of the last 2 games the team would've been in the playoffs. Lets hope the new OC goes with Matt Moore or a new drafted QB after training camp.

Gotchya Bill

Posted by: cocoajoe | January 19, 2014 at 01:09 PM

sorry then, my bad...

These coaches are clueless and the players know it.

My point Darkoak....its the same troll posting under a thousand names. A lonely sad jerk off jets fan who has 3 division championships to since 1970 to brag about. Yup 3 in 43rs!! ohhh and the super bow they tripped over in 1968. Yup tripped over...they didn't even come close to winning the division the next year!!

This team is DooMed as long as Ross owns them

Wow are things really that bad in the locker room I guess that explain the up and down play of this team and no adjustments made by coaches this guy can't handle his job clueless joe must go

HAHA. Bill. Idiotic? Really? I could write an article using cherry-picked stats to support whatever theory I have as well. But, I don't really need to. RT is average. The end.

dont know but a number of things just dont add up, on several levels….bottom line, IMO, is that integrity, for the most part, is a thing of the past regarding many situations--its a very thin line, it seems, for most organizations…..so how much "integrity" should we really expect?--teams (not just Miami) talk that talk, but then…..Harbaugh puts a clearly troubled Aldon Smith on the field, then the kid (KID) checks into rehab hours after the game……Ravens certainly didnt seem to want to dig too deep into the Ray Lewis situation, did they?……how many teams have signed Rogers-Cromartie, he of the 48 kids by 73 women….Jets signed that very troubled RB, who then was in trouble again soon after on gun charges…..several top level Browns execs were arrested earlier in the season for drunk driving, and/or other similar offenses--etc, etc, etc……c'mon, gimme a break with integrity--where is the line?


The Browns knew.specially if they gave him a 3-yr Extension after trading for him.

As an Ireland sympathizer I am disappointed in his actions. He almost gave Bess away though. It wasn't like the Browns traded a 2nd rd pick for Bess. The Dolphins basically got Gillislee for Bess. Big Coup!!

Even a full blown Crazy D.Bess is better than a Perfectly Sane M.Gillislee.

Plus, The Browns Shouldn't be crying about any trades. They got a 1st rd pick for T.Richardson.

Talk about being Sharper than the next Guy.

Failbin has lost the locker room like Cam Cameron did.

great read.....

Posted by: wallyfin | January 19, 2014 at 01:23 PM

Yes it tells the story well. I truly hop that Craig M and MIT read it also. Guys like Marco and MarC will read it and quote only the negative stuff cuz they just hate TH so much...makes you wonder if they truly are Dolfans??

Bill Lazor as Coach!!

R.Farmer as GM!!

Philbin should've fired Coyle!!

ie. "expectations" folks…..its always about expectations…..and as I've said here for now many years, when it comes to pro sports (all of them)…..dial the expectations down--NEVER be surprised by just about anything.

Posted by: AtlFin | January 19, 2014 at 01:24 PM


Eff off.
30 yrs had season tix.
Sick at what's gone on last decade or so.
Enjoy your Unicorns & Sparkly Ponies, especially if you think I'm the only
Fin fan OR NFL fan who thinks Fins franchise has become a disgrace. Pollyannas may see it differently.


HAHA. Bill. Idiotic? Really? I could write an article using cherry-picked stats to support whatever theory I have as well. But, I don't really need to. RT is average. The end.

Posted by: Marc | January 19, 2014 at 01:27 PM

Why in the world would ANYBODY even read an article by MarC.....whats your expertise? You have never played football on any level past pop warner bro?? What playbooks have you read or written?? What Offensive schemes have you devised??? What training do you have in football??? NONE!!!!!!!!

Content of Armando's blog topic, "INTEGRITY" makes me lmao. Ireland? Integrity?

Sounds the perfect storm for a tumultuous divorce. See Dez Bryant:

"Is Your Mother A Prostitute?" It's far from Ireland's first bout with blatant none integrity.

I don't understand the big disconnect between the owner and the inner workings of this franchise I have never seen anything like it . What do you think George Steinbrenner would do if he owned the dolphins

RT is average. The end.

Posted by: Marc | January 19, 2014 at 01:27 PM

RT stinks. He is average like John Beck was average.

Pollyannas may see it differently.

Posted by: Emo | January 19, 2014 at 01:31 PM

I think we can name 5-10 teams that are truly laughingstocks of the league. Yes the Dolphins have had troubles the last few years but a new owner that should not be involved in football decisions results in the problems we see. Ross needs to hire a FOOTBALL guy to oversee the entire football operation. Let this czar hire the GM's, coaches and staff.

as with the Martin situation……do we really think this type of stuff/dealing doesnt go on with most teams?--maybe different circumstances/details, but the underbelly is ugly for many organizations I'm sure--doesnt make it right or good…..but to act so righteous, to imply that its only an issue with the Dolphins…..to act like this really has some significant impact on GM search, or reputation…..is sort of a joke--NO teams want/should throw stones, because we/they all know its only a matter of time until the "PR mess/issue" is at their doorstep

The same morons that praised Henne are now praising Tannebust. TOO F'N FUNNY!!!

Bill Belichik is well known in NFL circles as a, "Defensive Genius". Can we now include Offensive genius after this year's results too?

Has anyone else noticed from year to year Belichik tweaks his offense so it's never quite the same offense as the year before?

The only year after year constant of a Belichik styled offensive is:

1. Tom Brady
2. A very good Offensive line

By tweaking his offensive style year after year, Offensively, the Pats seem to stay a step ahead of league dc's in exactly how to defenses them. You can never do it with last year's blueprint.

These sort of things are exactly why Belichik has had a stranglehold on the AFC Eat he past decade, and he's playing chess, while the rest of the division is still learning checkers it seems.

Coyle should be HC. He's the only coach that got good results.

WallyFin...I don't care about the Cleveland / Miami trade involving Bess and a swap of draft picks. My post was about the ill suited, inexperienced coaching staff Philbin has assembled. Given the Barry Jackson info provided through his blog, it begs the question why would any GM really want to come here?

What the f,,,


JT……because Philbin and his staff basically have 1 year to prove themselves at this point…..and if not, they'll be gone and the GM will have plenty of input in who the next HC should be--what GM couldnt live with that for a year?

We need a czar I agree

Right now Tannehill is better than more than half the QB's in the NFL. Tannehill is top 19 possibly top 10.

"Miami’s young signal-caller was also the sixth-ranked QB overall according Pro Football Focus, with a 16.6 grade on the season. This signifies that Tannehill’s performance was much better than his statistics alone."


I refuse to go back and forth with you MarC. I see the lil game you play with MIT...he respects you...I don't! I KNOW you're a racist, sexist troll that has no life. I exposed you too many times in the past...So go bother somebody else.

Our stadium will be a ghost town ,,,,,oh yea it already is , maybe his plan is to run the dolphins into the ground so he can move them and get his new stadium

Bill @1:06.

That was a masterpiece.

I only ask that we show the same objectivity towards Tannehill.

Yes, we understand this team underperformed and lacked talent in key areas. But this team also has bright spots.

Also, having a coach who pays attention to the position helps. I expect even more improvement with Lazor as his coach. Preferably More TDs and Less INTs. No reason For Tannehill not to have 30TD-10INT next season. With a better O-line of course.

Bill, offensively, Tannehill is the least of my worries until the oline and rb positions get huge upgrades. Then we can pour the oil in the pan and turn on the hots.

Right now, we want to fry the chicken, while being fresh out of Crisco.

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