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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: benz | January 19, 2014 at 07:27 PM

Doesnt everyone hate the Dullfins?

Posted by: Pargo | January 19, 2014 at 07:24 PM

Another Marco post.

4 great QB's today.

Thill is Gary Hogeboom.

Who is Marco another Thill hater ? Smart guy at least he knows his stuff better than you.

Doesnt Tannehill remind you of John Beck?

Posted by: Pargo | January 19, 2014 at 07:24 PM

Another Marco post.

Posted by: That's Obvious | January 19, 2014 at 07:32 PM

Tannehill's better than
Kapernik runs cuz hhe's a wussy, too scared & untalented to throw.
Our Man Ryan is a real man, unafraid to hang in pocket and take a hit.

Tannehill = Henne

All four quarterback playing today will have a better rating that Thill did in his last two games, with the season on the line. The boys have a lowly 44 to beat.

See, that's what a scrambler can do for you.

Marco very busy on here tonight.

Sure, thats what you do, blitz him.

Philbin made the same mistake Sparano did leaving Matt Moore on the bench. If Tanny starts again next year Philbin will be fired.

I'm out. The trolls own the blog tonight. Later.

I'm out. The trolls own the blog tonight. Later.

Posted by: We're Close | January 19, 2014 at 07:42 PM

Good night and only return when you have learned how to judge QB talent. Look its not too late to exchange your Thill jersey.

Marco very busy on here tonight.

Posted by: That's Obvious | January 19, 2014 at 07:41 PM

No football fans that love their Dolphins and despise blind fans that celebrate awful players, who only contribute to our teams downfall.

Basic psychology reveals that these Tanne bashers actually admire him. They envy him. He has a better job than they do. He has a finer woman than they do. For many unstable, under-achieving men this is hard for them to accept.

Take all these Tanne bash posts as compliments. It is themselves they are bashing.

Posted by: Pargo | January 19, 2014 at 07:45 PM

So by bashing Thill haters, your theory has you loving us.

Or maybe Jeff Ireland was acting with integrity .
Posted by: mattybfromnc | January 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Delusional out of touch out of towner, yes?

Why not give Tannehill a try at WR before we give up on him?

I would try Thill at kicker, he can't be any worse than sturgis. Him being on the roster at some position will keep his fans happy.

If Geno Smith had thrown as many passes as Thill, he would have gone over 4000 yards and had 200 more than Thill.

I'm willing to bet all these Tanne bashers have either a lame job or a lame wife or both. They are just envious. Pay them no mind. If Tannehill was so awful they wouldn't spend there precious nights and weekends trying to convince you of it.

We know better.

Posted by: Pargo | January 19, 2014 at 08:01 PM

That sounds like self reflection.

Verdict | January 19, 2014 at 08:10 PM

No surprise. Thanks.

Posted by: Pargo | January 19, 2014 at 08:17 PM

Same blogger talking to him/herself, pathetic really. Fall Philbin, Coyle and Thill to your promise land them, we are all wrong.

Lauren Tannehill has no a s s.

I'd rather bang the short fat chick who works at Boston Market.

The kid Threw for 4000 yards 24 Tds and was sacked 56 times camon man give me a break that's pretty damn good

Trolls suck

Those are very good numbers

The Dolphins have never played Tom Brady in a playoff game.

Peyton Manning only once.

In 2000, The Dolphins last playoff win.

Before 9/11.

How sad.

How pathetic.

The Dolphins are a heaping pile of s h i t.

Well gee,

If you say so Mr. Obsessive Blog Name Changer.

Please restore my blog relevance.

Then again you should probably be more concerned about restoring The Dolphins relevance.

As if that will happen anytime soon.

Lmao @ debating a Dolphins fan.

Why would I waste my time ?

Btw, I'm a Seahawks fan.


How's that for maturity ?

Tannehill will be fine. Fixing the OL will lead to a better running game, more time to throw, play action which will open the passing game etc...
Now, all that said, this is a tall order for a team still dilly-dallying with their selection of a GM.
Tannehill isn't the problem. He got killed all year long.
The front office here hasn't put together a good OL here in nearly a decade.

That's why you keep running the ball.

Most white men have small equipment.

This is why they like women like Lauren Tannehill who have no a s s.

The big booty intimidates them.

Makes them feel even smaller.

I'll take the Boston Market chick thanks.

Your mom breast feeds me.

I'm off to suck her b o o b i e s right now.

Lmao @ the appearance that I got to you earlier today.

Maybe you can call mommy later and tell her your sob story.

After I'm done with her.

When you have a RB. Marshawn Lynch makes plays when they aren't there. So do DeSean Jackson, Adrian Peterson and even Matt Forte. We have NO RB currently on this roster that can make plays on their own. None.

Seeing the classless, arrogant way Boldin tossed the ball after the T.D. made me glad we didn't pursue him in FA. Philbin would not put up w/ such nonsense.

Homers are wrong 6 years straight.

Parvo you will be saying the same thing next season too.

I'd take on a Jets fan with 3/4 of my low IQ tied behind my back and still come out sounding like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein's love child.

When you have a RB. Marshawn Lynch makes plays when they aren't there.
Posted by: Julio | January 19, 2014 at 08:44 PM

Reggie Bush did that but Ross was too cheap to pay him.


wow look Wilson just nailed the deep ball for the TD. I guess he shows yet again the difference in class between him and Thill, yeah ? no... Thill lovers will claim otherwise.

every team in the league coulda had both of these QBs…

And Russel Wilson doesnt need an OL!

supporting my idea that finding a franchise QB……is mostly, or alot, about luck

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

Posted by: We're Close | January 19, 2014 at 07:07 PM

Yeah, you are right again, just as you are on your assessment of Thill... really how low rent.

supporting my idea that finding a franchise QB……is mostly, or alot, about luck
Posted by: benz | January 19, 2014 at 09:12 PM

Total Hogwash from you.

Totally unimpressed by this game. Neither Wilson nor Kapernik has done anything Tanny hasn't already done this season, and better by fsr.

no its not Ross…..how else to explain that Brady lasted till the 6th rd?……Rodgers late 1st……Kaep early 2nd…..Wilson into the 3rd…..Favre into the late 1st or maybe 2nd?……Marino late 1st?…….MONTANA into the 3rd?…..etc, etc…..dude, even the teams that drafted these guys, in some cases, initially passed on them, multiple times in some cases…..obviously not realizing how good they were…..luck.

Indy, a perennial playoff team, fell off the planet a couple of years ago and ended up with the 1st pick in the draft…..even with manning going down, it was still out of nowehere, shocking……and A Luck falls into their lap…..luck, no pun intended

Totally unimpressed by this game. Neither Wilson nor Kapernik has done anything Tanny hasn't already done this season, and better by fsr.

Posted by: I HEART Tannehill | January 19, 2014 at 09:16 PM

Ha ha ha, yeah Thill is better than Brady and Manning too I guess, in your world that is.

It is. But you gotta feel pretty crappy about not picking up Drew Bree's TWICE and having Jamar Fletcher and Daunte Culpepper to show for it.

forgot about Brees……2nd or 3rd rd pick……Foles a 3rd rd pick….

Diga…..dont know, but havent heard too many here say that

Diga…..specifically, tell me which sports writers have said that?--and when?

I guess it was LUCK that Don Shula had 3 HOF QB's

Horrible injury to 49'ers Bowman... nasty and horrible luck not to get the ball back. Nevermind Harbaugh turned us down so go Seahawks.

Yeah. Oh well, in the case of Brees it only cost us Fins fans about a decade of sanity!

agree Zilo…..you pick and hope, plenty of times

Idiots…..there are always exceptions, idiot…..but thats on the edge--talking about the middle 95%

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