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Hazing will be thing of the past for Dolphins

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today will meet with the braintrust of the NFL Players Association, including new president Eric Winston, executive director DeMaurice Smith and other members of the recently elected executive committee, and one major topic on the table will be workplace conduct.

The meeting, part of Goodell's attention to fostering respect and good conduct in the workplace, is a direct result of the Dolphins 2013 harassment scandal.

And out of this and other meetings may come tangible conduct guidelines from the NFL on how players (and others) should interact in the workplace -- which includes the locker room, the practice field, and practice facility as well as the football field every game day.

(Sad it has come to this, but grown men are about to be told how to act because a handful of guys on the Dolphins and elsewhere crossed the line.)

Anyway, one area that is most definitely in the crosshairs on a league and local level with the Dolphins is the subject of rookie hazing.

The idea of older, more established players wielding power over younger, newer players is not new to the NFL. It's been going on forever. And much of the time it has been innocuous.

The idea of rookies bringing breakfast to camp every morning, or meals for veterans to team flights, or singing their alma mater in front of a team meeting hasn't really bothered too many people before -- except Tim Bowens once upon a time. (More on that later).

But when you have an annual practice, which rookie hazing is, and you have no guidelines for it and thus no limits, and then some folks get out of control, the practice often is assigned governing parameters.

Look for rookie hazing on a league-wide level to soon be governed under some parameters. And do not be surprised if those parameters include prohibiting much if not all rookie hazing altogether.

And even if rookie hazing league-wide is not severly limited, look for the Dolphins to do so going forward.

Why?

Well, the NFL believes the players should operate in a workplace environment of respect and professionalism. And hazing -- which includes practices such as  players giving other players embarrassing haircuts and forcing them to do sophomoric things -- does not outwardly portray a strong sense of respect and professionalism.

You may recall during the past two preseasons Dolphins veterans have cut and dyed the hair of rookies in all sorts of unfashionable ways. In 2012 Jonathan Martin was made to look like a monk, with his hair shaven on top and allowed to grow out on the side.

Josh Samuda's hair was sculpted in such a way as to resemble a penis. And although Samuda tried to wear a hat to cover the carving, it was nonetheless uncovered during a team meeting ... on Hard Knocks.

You'll recall the scene on national television of coach Joe Philbin smiling uncomfortably as he saw the hairstyle unveiled. And you'll recall him joking about how classy that made the Dolphins organization look.

Well, Philbin last year got a taste of what can happen when playful rookie hazing grows up, gets angry, and is put in the hands of exactly the wrong people -- people who have no barriers holding power over people who have no ability to stand up for themselves.

Philbin obviously doesn't want a repeat of veteran players forcing younger players to do things they don't want -- such as pay for trips to Las Vegas, the strip club or expensive dinners -- which were some of the allegations of what was going on within the Dolphins.

So Philbin is going to draw a line on hazing in the coming training camp even if the NFL does not.

(Peanut gallery: But Mando, rookie hazing serves a purpose. It draws the players closer. It is a rite of passage. It brings the rookie outsiders into the fold. It is a team-building exercise).

Thank you, peanut gallery for making the argument used throughout time to defend the practice.

In truth, many NFL coaches past and present would not allow hazing at all and had close teams and, indeed, successful teams without it.

Bill Walsh, who won four Super Bowls for the San Francisco 49ers, would not allow rookie hazing. Pete Carroll, whose Seattle Seahawks just won the Super Bowl, does not condone rookie hazing.

"The way Bill saw it, if you hazed rookies you might get them so scared they couldn't focus on the game," running back Roger Craig said in the book 100 things 49ers fans should know and do before they die.

"You might destroy their confidence. So Bill didn't allow that. After all they were there to help us win more Super Bowls."

The Dolphins have had rookie hazing since, well, perhaps 1966 when the team was founded. Don Shula allowed it. But Shula's pragmatism always took precedence over tradition. Yes, the Dolphins had a tradition of hazing, but Shula believed more in the idea of winning.

And when tradition threatened winning, tradition lost.

In 1994, first-round pick Tim Bowens was ordered by veterans to sing in front of the team in keeping with the hazing tradition. Bowens refused and actually started packing his bags to leave the team and head home to Mississippi.

Shula stepped in.

Bowens didn't have to sing. He didn't have to be hazed.

All he had to do was play well and help the team win. 

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Attention all 49'ers players

That new OL named Jonathan Martin that got traded to you is the reason your fun locker room is no more. Your conduct now will have to mirror that of corporate America. You cannot use profanity, make inappropriate jokes or listen to gangster rap freely.

I hope you all realize, this stems from a little wussy mama's boy, who doesn' know how to stand up for himself or block a defensive linemen.

Jim Harbaugh,

Please feel free to cut this butthole. I speak for all Dolphin's fans who would gladly give up that 7th round pick, just to know he failed again, especially under his former college (would make it feel even better) and hopefully will get this potato head out of the NFL all together.

Thanks

Rdubs

ugh, this again

Sophomoric?

Should have used a better word.

And Martin was in his 2nd season, not a rookie.

Roger Craig is a hypocrite. Saw the same quote yesterday about hazing on a 49ers website. Ninernation.com, I think they call it. He also said that it was him and not jerry rice who instilled the running out plays. Just straight hypocrisy.

Oh, and your BFF won't like the length of your post. To long for him to read.

Martin is gone, this won't be a problem.

Poizen, I agree with your concern about the linebackers. We all know Wheeler was terrible. Ellerbe was also pretty bad too though. Misi was average at least.

There were only a couple good linebackers available in free agency, Beason, Daryl Smith, and maybe DQwell Jackson.

I want Ryan Shazier from Ohio State to be our first pick if we can't get Lewan. I'm not sure if he could play middle, but he would be a very good 4-3 outside linebacker.

He had great pro day numbers and great stats and was a playmaker. He also could be a very good special teams player, I remember a blocked punt against Michigan State in the Big 10 title game.

In what decade will the Dolphins finally get a franchise QB?

I'm fine if Philbin doesn't allow rookie hazing. But I think it doesn't HAVE to be either/or. I think setting parameters is pretty simple. Tradition doesn't matter, times have changed. Rookies no longer make more than vets, so anything involving money is out. Anything that's done to a body part of a rookie that's permanent (i.e. haircut) is out. But making a rookie carry a vets pads should be accepted. Making a rookie sing in front of the team is fine. Taping a rookie to the goalpost is borderline (I'd be fine with it, but see the dangers it could cause).

Basically, having fun while being mindful this is not something that should be intended to hurt or embarrass so much the rookie no longer wants to play for the team is how rookie hazing should be handled.

But I don't see Philbin being able to split the baby like that. There will probably be NO rookie hazing allowed on the Dolphins.

There is nothing a franchise QB couldn't fix on the Dolphins.

Philbin should have realized the animals were taking over the zoo when he saw that penis on his player's head. Not too bright, IMO.

It's the same way with his approach on the field. He has to be hit over the head with something before he figures out something is wrong. Think about it, he still thinks the OC did a good job last couple of years.

Bowens was a man.

mando once asked the Dolphins which player would you want covering your back in a street fight. Dolphins gave him some answers. mando then asked about Tim Bowens, I believe it was Jason Taylor who said - we wouldn't want anyone to get killed, now...

hahaha, beauty.

Dashi,STFU !

And mando, perhaps when you come up with a new post, we should like something different than this fukking HR related bullshite which doesn't impact the fans interest in the least ...

Armando
great job
as always,don't listen
2 the clueless
out of touch
out of town homers
.
lol

Long for the days when posters could conduct a good conversation or debate about the topic at hand. But Mando, you've got too many idiots on here. Think it's time for a flush again.

hahaa, 2 watt dikk head...

If it's good enough for Super Bowl winners, it should be good enough for the Dolphins. I was actually embarrassed for the organization when I saw that scene on Hard Knocks. Terrible.

but scourt when the topic sucks... what to do???

You really want to talk about this.

Great, ok, no more head shaving...

No more buying lunch, great...

This impacts a fan's interest in the team how???

What up JS, you were the one who said Weeden was going to be a really good QB in the league, much better than Tannehill. That is who you thought the Dolphins should have selected. How does a penis indicate things are completely out of control? When dudes are in a group thinking up funny azz chit to do to one another, does not the penis always come into play? (Not talking to you Home-O so wipe that drool of your lip)

no
fun
league

MIT,

Great post on Bowens.

I was going to say, when was T.Bowens a rookie?

That was one mean SOB.

STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES

POSITIVES: Ideal length and proportion throughout for an NFL offensive tackle. Does a good job of exhibiting patience off the snap as he routinely establishes width and good bend in his base to either absorb or mirror his opponent in pass protection. Makes good use of his long arms by extending and punching to keep defenders off his frame. Displays a fluid, consistent kick-slide when asked to track and dictate a speed rusher around the edge.
Exhibits a strong first step and impressive burst for his size, when asked to fire through to the second level as a run blocker. Powerful hands to latch and steer against opponents of all sizes. Does a good job sustaining effort and contact to the whistle, and makes a concerted attempt to drive his opponent off the block rather than simply occupying him. Impressive lower-half flexibility and anchoring strength when absorbing a bull-rush.

NEGATIVES: Lacks the ability to stop and start with suddenness or redirect in a short area. Struggles to get low and snap into smaller opponents at the second level, and will over-pursue as a run-blocker. Isn't always decisive in space and lacks commitment at times as a lead blocker on outside runs.

Collapses at the elbow or will simply drop his head and ram his target when on the run, leaving him susceptible to whiffing or losing his balance and toppling forward. Has struggled with weight fluctuations throughout his career.

COMPARES TO: Ryan Clady, OT, Denver Broncos - Like Clady, Morgan enters the draft with plus movement skills for his size, but comes with many of the same questions that Clady did in terms of his ability to gnerate power enough to move defenders consistently as a run-blocker. If he can improve in this area, Moses has the upside to be a top-notch blind-side protector at the next level, as Clady has become.

--Derek Stephens and Dane Brugler (2/2/14)

PLAYER OVERVIEW

Moses is the definition of a "dancing bear" with his mammoth size and nimble feet. He likes to use his limbs to get his hands on defenders and take them wherever he wants, but needs to continue and refine his technique. If he continues to develop while staying in shape, Moses will be an attractive blocker for the next level.

Thank Home 4 - Reel Dolphin In Sight

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | April 08, 2014 at 12:02 PM

pre NFL size weight

Morgan Moses 6-6 315 lbs

This Mammoth Dancing Bear is still a cub
In a few yrs Moses will be one mean mountain of a man

great interview lately on NFL Network w Moses and his beard

lol

Dolphin need to draft Lewan & Moses
and we will in fact have a very good 0-line

Armando is like listening to an annoying parrot that only knows 4 or 5 words squawking for hours on end..

Did anyone catch the Nate Burleson 180 Armando made..?

Three day's ago he's questioning why Miami needs to bring a 92 year old washed up WR who got hurt driving a Pizza home last years.... Then yesterday he's wondering how Miami missed on a guy who could take the place of one of the Current WR's who is rehabbing a knee..?

Perhaps when Burleson came through the Dolphins facility lobby eating a slice of Pepperoni and Sausage pizza Hickey took a rain check..?

And perhaps Armando has gone from being a decent Miami Herald reporter to jockeying for his own "shock jock" sports drama radio show and keeps getting passes on..?

I believe Scourt just means, he would like to talk football without all the Drama. Or the 8 pages of Dashi!! Dashi!! Dashi!!

Moses is gonna be great
Can already do everythng Fat Albert can do
Butt on the right side

Mark Stuck Up in toronto
don't know shiet about Moses

as uusghe
mark don't know shiet bout American Football

Really? I can't make a post with the word PENIS in it twice? What grade is this?

Armando,

Roger Godell should have his hair shaved in form of a Penis for the Draft telecast.

mark
r u pixxing
in2 the wind again?
.
lol

Hey Home-O!!

Post a link!!

We all know you came up with zero of the information you spew.

Mark, you are of the opinion the topic sucks. In fact, I think it is very newsy. Did you KNOW before reading this that rookie hazing was going to be stopped by the Dolphins? If you did, please post the link where you found that out.

Secondly, this was the most important thing that derailed the Dolphins season last year. I like knowing that it is being addressed.

I prefer this to a stupid mock draft any day.

haha, dancing bear, fool, the dolphisn aren't going to draft the OT who finished 18th among Ots in the 40, 14th in the cone and 17th in the shuttle. Your own post even said it, the guy can't move side to side...

the team just got rid of similar guys in Richie and Jerry.

Troop, I have no idea what you're reading because on Burleson what was first posted was that Mando didn't know the reason why it was necessary to get him. Yesterday he explained the reason and said look for the Dolphins to keep open that possibility.

Stop hatin' for the sake of saying something. Makes you look stupid.

No, I actually come up with facts while Home-O sees the guy bneing interviewed on NFL Network and now thinks he's great.

he uses the same homework strategies you do.

You're both pusti ...

lol

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com ...
www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/.../morgan-moses‎
CBSSports.com
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia - NFL Draft player profile pages at CBSSports.com and ... 02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 35.

"Josh Samuda's hair was sculpted in such a way as to resemble a penis. And although Samuda tried to wear a hat to cover the carving, it was nonetheless uncovered during a team meeting ... on Hard Knocks."

It would have been funnier if he said, although Samunda tried to wear a hat to cover the carving, you can still see the nuts hanging out the back of the hat.

I know you have to be PC, so he would never say it. But we all were thinking it.

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com ...
www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/.../morgan-moses‎
CBSSports.com
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia - NFL Draft player profile pages at CBSSports.com and ... 02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 35.

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | April 08, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Everyone knows the zone blocking scheme requires more athletic sometimes smaller players who move around with greater ease.

Moses can do anything Albert does

hmmm

Albert 40 5.17 - Moses 5.35

Bench 23 v N/A

Cone 7.97 v 7.93

Shuttle 4.78 v 4.95

Vertical 26 v 21.5

Broad 9.03 v 8.08

See how Albert is noticeably faster, more agile, and more explosive than Moses?

If you want a player who fits the athletic profile try Taylor Lewan, joel Bitonio, jake Matthews, Greg Robinson, matt Patchan, Zach Martin, Billy Turner, JaWuan James, or even Antonio Richardson ... but Morgan Moses?

NOPE!

More on Morgan Moses:

Huge player with a hulking body.
Described by Senior Bowl director Phil Savage during the week of practices as "The Great Wall of China" and the "Rock of Gibraltar."
Boasts an octopus-­like seven-­foot wingspan.
Clearly possesses terrific range and reaching ability.
Very strong and naturally fluid attacking the play­-side end in outside-zone and stretch principles within Virginia's zone­-blocking scheme.
Doesn't "latch on and drive" with raw power in the run­ game; rather, he seems to latch on and "get opponents moving" with finesse and instincts.
Depth and technique of kick­ slide is choppy and machine-­like but very consistent.
Overall footwork is above­-average to strong on most snaps.
Faced off against a true outside speed­-rush threat in Auburn's Dee Ford during Senior Bowl practices and more than held his own.
Started for two seasons at right tackle before moving to the left side, proving versatility to at least provide swing-­tackle depth at the NFL level.
Averaged eight knockdowns per game through the 2013 season.
Registered the 11th-best broad jump of all offensive line participants at the combine.

Home drafts Lewan & Moses

the rest is conversation

just like Home drafts Kuechly over Tannefail

and superior Foles and Wilson were available in the 3rd

not a reach for a fake QB experiment

Moses great RT for the Fins

just like Home & scouting report says

Don't listen to Mark Stuck Up in Toronto

he simply does not know American Football or the Dolphins

period

MIT,

You forgot to add my Boy S.Henderson. He is ten times the Athlete Moses is.

Yeah, nice counter there Home-O, cut and paste a scouting report...

tell me this, have you ever read a scouting report that said anything negative about a player in the positives part of the assessment?

No worries, you won't see him drafted by the phins...


Don't listen to Mark Stuck Up in Toronto

he simply does not know American Football or the Dolphins

period

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | April 08, 2014 at 12:30 PM

canadiens talking Miami football?? lol

Scouting report compliments Moses footwork

while dumbarse Mark Stuck Up in Toronto has been telling u how awful Moses footwork is on 22 posts so far this year

LMAO!

ps.
Home live 15 min from the Miami Dolphin Training facility
where he attends almost every practice

while Mark makes copies for his boss while Stuck Up in Toronto - indoors
lol

only mention of Morgan Moses feet in scouting report is nimble

nimble is a compliment

nim·ble (nĭm′bəl)
adj. nim·bler, nim·blest
1. Quick, light, or agile in movement or action; deft: nimble fingers. See Synonyms at dexterous.
2. Quick, clever, and acute in devising or understanding:

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | April 08, 2014 at 12:00 PM

PLAYER OVERVIEW

Moses is the definition of a "dancing bear" with his mammoth size and nimble feet. He likes to use his limbs to get his hands on defenders and take them wherever he wants, but needs to continue and refine his technique. If he continues to develop while staying in shape, Moses will be an attractive blocker for the next level.

Home knows football and who is a good/bad fit for the Miami Dolphins

period

Yeah, even hung over henderson fresh off 38 consecutive nights of partying still tested out better than moses. Even Cyrus and his arthritic knee did better..

james Hurst with a broken leg got similar scores.

Man, you're dumb...

Lacks the ability to stop and start with suddenness or redirect in a short area. Struggles to get low and snap into smaller opponents at the second level, and will over-pursue as a run-blocker. Isn't always decisive in space and lacks commitment at times as a lead blocker on outside runs.

Collapses at the elbow or will simply drop his head and ram his target when on the run, leaving him susceptible to whiffing or losing his balance and toppling forward. Has struggled with weight fluctuations throughout his career.

Does this sound like a zone blocking lineman to you???

Dumb fukk

Mark Stuck Up in Toronto

cannot handle being WRONG AGAIN !

like everytime

Freakin Canuck w a big beak squawking about an american football team 3000 miles from his rented house and shietty Canadian job

LMAO!

Can't move laterally, can't get to the scond level, isn't good in space, loses balance and does face plants and gets too fat...

great Home-o, got any more scouting tips?

Haze, Don't haze - I Don't give a Rats a## - win some damn games!!!!

Ha. Ha, ha

Moses has GREAT FEET as stated

Freakin Canuck
Go back to telling us how u bench more than Cam Wake and could throw Cam Wake all over the field or Moses has bad feet

A Ha Ha Ha

ROTFALMAO !

Home-O is the least knowledgeable football poster around. And Armando is the least knowledgeable football write ever!

Johnathan Martin will be recognized as the hero that cleaned up racism and harrassment in the workplace......even if the workplace happens to be sports.

guys in their laying in their underwear doing exercises really tells a lot about how they play football

a ha ha ha

Might as well just hire all female Jamaican Track athletes

excellent numbers

a haha ha

Mark is too much
oh no now he is gonna beat up and throw around DeMarcus Ware

A ha ha ha

Wow, great argument at 12:39,

I come out with facts and you come back with that...

This is why nobody gives a rats arse about what you say, because you ahve nothing.. you are nothing.

Insignifcant and lifts like a Michael Sam.

You lose in life and in this debate...

You should be used to do that ... all you do is lose...

deity speaks the truth @ 12:41...

Lets Haze!

Mark and his 30 reps on the bench is now tossin Randy Starks around

ha haha ha

and now Mark is scouting for American football team w more disinformation and lies

ahahahaha haha ha

Mark Stuck Up in Toronto

ah ha ha ha
Mark Stuck Up in Toronto
called out not knowing shiet about Moses or any NFL players

Go Blow that Big Beak, Canuck

ah haha haha ha

Now
Mark Stuck up in Toronto is vicariously beating up Shaq
and gobbling creatine to beat up Clowney

Go Marky Popeye Go!

a ha ha ha

Reel Scouting Report from CBS

only mention of Morgan Moses feet in scouting report is nimble

nimble is a compliment

nim·ble (nĭm′bəl)
adj. nim·bler, nim·blest
1. Quick, light, or agile in movement or action; deft: nimble fingers. See Synonyms at dexterous.
2. Quick, clever, and acute in devising or understanding:

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | April 08, 2014 at 12:00 PM

PLAYER OVERVIEW

Moses is the definition of a "dancing bear" with his mammoth size and nimble feet. He likes to use his limbs to get his hands on defenders and take them wherever he wants, but needs to continue and refine his technique. If he continues to develop while staying in shape, Moses will be an attractive blocker for the next level.

Mark = Village Idiot

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