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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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Can't see Seattle winning here but I've just been wrong. What you think, Marcnj?

Watching the Pats and Denver and give Denver their props, it appears the Fins are light years from playing at that level. Yes they did beat the Pats, but I venture to think if it was a playoff game the Fins would be outmatched in all facets.

Benz, Orlando, all...today's discourse has been an enjoyable slice. Time to watch the other two teams that are more light years ahead of what the Pats and Denver are ahead of our team. With any luck our new GM/talent evaluator/Personnel Guy or whatever title he will hold will begin combing thru the Fins roster and then hits Philbin with a taser shot to get him out of his coma. And yes, Benz, Orlando, Finfan, the coaches didnt tackle, halfass block, and drop passes. That said, they did inspire much either or leave the fans with confidence that says we're a year away! Enjoy the 49er / Seahawk game.

You can see Brady was not accurate on many long balls today. None of the trolls will mention it, so I did.

Posted by: Reese | January 19, 2014 at 06:15 PM

No-one has mentioned it ? I have. Brady had a poor game, it happens. Even the greats have bad days, whats your point ?

The Electric As-hole will lead his Team today vs Seattle.

Go Seahawks !!!

Fwiw, TB overthrew the WRs on the long balls.
HenneHill consistently underthrows Wallace or whoever.

First of all, my thoughts go to Davone Bess and his family as there is a young life out there that needs help. This is a young man who had seemingly turned his life around and was a good contributor both on and off the field when here. Somehow, the wheels came off the cart and now, the important thing is that he gets help and turns his life around.
As far as the trade is concerned, it is buyer beware, just like most anything in the business world. The important thing here is there is a life at risk.

Pulling for the Seahawks! In any case at least the Patriots lost. Brady is probably curled up in the fetal position sucking his thumb. LOL

How funny would it be if we don't have GM or scouting dept. attuned to GM's point of view until Señor Indecision returns to USA.
Might as well make it even harder for new guy to fit into our not-so-easy to navigate "organization"

I wish I could go by emotions but my highly analytical Mind, doesn't let me.

TannePuke cant hit the broadside of a barn more than 10 yds away. YIKES!

Russell Wilson looks kind of, hmm, well, you know.

You get a clear sense, even just seeing Harbaugh on the sideline, of how much he regrets not taking the Dolphins job.
Feel bad for him.

If ya think Brady feels bad imagine how Choker Marino felt... EVERY YEAR! LOL

Man, does Gisele Bundchen have some kind of body! Lucky Tom.

Man, does Gisele Bundchen have some kind of body! Lucky Tom.
Posted by: oscar canosa | January 19, 2014 at 06:47 PM

Lucky Gisele. Tom is the best QB ever. And a well built stud!!

Really, Mike, you know that for a fact?

Yes

Oh!

Tannehill is developing into a solid young quarterback you people need to get a life

Learn football please

Rome was not built in one day ,

Ryan Tannehill has developed into Chad Henne 2.0.

Brady has a bad game, "it happens to the best".

Tannehill has a bad game, "can't throw the long ball and that can't be taught."

Assinine.

Well

Haters you are all haters no wonder our team sucks you don't deserve to win

Ryan Tannehill, worst QB in the league?

That Big A-hole is fundamentally sound.

The deep ball is a very low percentage play for starters and we have no line and with fans like you how can anyone develope

i mentioned it a dozen or so blogs back that Brady has accuracy issues, and not just on the long ball. He at least always had guys who would go after his errant passes.

Geno Smith > Ryan Tannebust

Eli manning sucked for four years then bingo

I like tannehill I think he is doing just fine

Chad Henne sucked for four years then bingo

Wilson can't throw the long ball.

If we had a running game and better pass protection no one would ever complain about ryan

Stop being a hater dude it's ugly

Tannehill makes everyone around him worse. The sign of a crap QB.

Wilson lucky that wasn't picked. Can't throw the long ball.

You are a jets fan

If we had a running game and better pass protection no one would ever complain about ryan
Posted by: Marc from nj | January 19, 2014 at 07:05 PM

We heard the exact same excuses about Chad Henne LMAO!

Oscar what do you think

Reaaly, not many QBs are accurate-accurate. Manning, Rodgers. That's it.

Yea that's call football you must run and block

Man Russell Wilson is a midget , what do you think of him hater

Wilson sacked. No pocket awareness.

Mike Wallace HATES TannePuke!!

We should be happy to have tannehill he will get even better

Wallace is a punk

Wallace is soft man

Maybe they're judged differently because Brady's had a few zillion good/great days, & HenneHill has had maybe one good game.

HEY NONONSENSE MAKE SENSE. PHILBIN IS BLACKMAILING ROSS
BY NOT REVEALING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MARTIN/INCOGNITO
GATE. ROSS/APONTE/PHILBIN/PETERSON IS A MATCH MADE IN
HELL. PROBABLY BY THE PATS & JETS. EVEN THE BILLS LOOK-
ED BETTER & MORE PROMISING FOR NEXT YEAR THAT THE DOL-
PHINS. WE'RE THE LAUGHINSTOCK OF THE NFL & FLORIDA. E-
VEN THE JAGS & THE BUCS LOOK TO HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE.
NEXT YEAR I'LL BE FOLLOWING THE BUCS, AFTER 28 YRS AS A
DOLPHIN FAN.GOOD RIDDANCE

Yup, that was the plan going in. He's just too fast for Seattle, spy or not.

Posted by: Face It | January 19, 2014 at 07:07 PM

These Thill lovers are pathetic. They are all comparing Brady's, 'crap day' to thills season.

Last time I check Brady's resume is.....er a little better.

Bradys crap game against the Broncos also saw his rating at 94 and he ran in a TD, so please go back to the drawing board with your pathetic excuses for Thill. Do you think Brady would have chocked against the Bills and Jets ? I bet you do ?

With as many injuries to his o line and a decimated WR core and his TE's gone he took his team to the Championship game, you Thill fans really are the lowest form of Dolphin fan. We saw your SAD BREED when Henne was here. Thill is a clone of Gary Hogeboom.

oh ok, so now my posts are just deleted…..thats fine, got it

We should be happy to have tannehill he will get even better
Posted by: Marc from nj | January 19, 2014 at 07:12 PM

He cant get any worse. He's just terrible. Only a Jet fan would be happy he's the Dolphin QB. Geno Smith ate him alive at year end.

SF is just the better team…..period

Mando…..so, as my original post said…..are you just an agitator?--do you like to tweak Dolfans with comments like "all starters" coming back for the Pats tweet?--are you sure you're not a closet Jets or Pats columnist, with comments like that?

Tannehill is inaccurate.

So was Chad Henne.

Accuracy doesn't improve.

Name one quarterback whose accuracy got better over time.

Accuracy wasn't important to Ireland.

Phins franchise quarterback isn't on the roster.

He may not even be born yet.

Sad But True = Marco

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