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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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I would think the Tonton Macoute are more scared of the Macheteros. Than the other way around.

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Hi Guys,i'm new here,what's the m.o.?

MIT,

I like Echy. He has good stuff.

I am a huge fan of M.Redmond as a coach. I believe he is the best coach in sfla in any sport. He gets the most out of his players and his team. They overachieve, not underachieve. Sort of like him as a player.

Talkin' chit.

em que década é que os golfinhos, finalmente, obter um qb de franquia?.

é o estúpido qb.

Look at Home learning how to use google translate and as usual not smart enough to pick up on the errors that crap google translate makes..

it's dolfinhos, not golfinhos

and no such term as franchise quarterback in portugues, actually no such word as quarterback period.

Always wanting me to pay attention to him ...so sad...

Marcar o cor huggers porca que você usa?

oscar quando marca estava em Cuba que eu pego travesti porque ele estava bêbado.

Mark,

We're actually having an Expo's Day at Nats stadium (I think next month). I'll have to rock my old Andre Dawson jersey (if I still fit in it).

I haven't blogged since last week but did the Dolphins get a QB yet?

você é louco.

Rd 1 Zack Martin OL Notre Dame
Rd 2 Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
Rd 3 Andre Williams RB Boston College
Rd 4 Ed Reynolds FS Stanford
Rd 5 Russel Bodine OG UNC
Rd 6 Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon

@ 12:09, dam right I was drunk ... among other things.

Sweet DC, the hawk... I read somewhere that Expos merchandise is still among the league leaders in sales?

They should bring the Expos back. People don't realize how bad that park was that they played in.

That organization was always among the best in drafting and developing talent. Go back to that 94 team that was whipsawed by the strike.

Tell me if you could find a better collection of talent on a team...

Quote from Finnegan..Uh Oh?

“I’m going to come back on my worst behavior in a very modified way. I don’t want to hurt the team by any stretch, but I wanna show these guys that you don’t back down from anybody, said Finnegan. You compete for everything, and at the end of the day when the smoke clears you know you gave it your all, and that’s something I wanna bring."

Hope he brings 2009..

yeah, i'd take that draft too beerphin.. not crazy about drafting martin ... but I understand.

Still should never have got to this point though.

Spo sucks. He can't beat J.Kidd as a Coach.

J.Kidd is and will be a better coach than Spo.

The Heat should get Tim Hardaway on the Phone. Or Alonzo Mourning. He is more respected in Sfla and is also a Great Basketball Mind. He would instill toughness on the team.

Alonzo Mourning as a Coach won't allow other teams to go all WWF on LeBron. Even if he has to go all WWE on a Ref or a player. Or the other teams coach. Mourning is bigger than that, he would just put Birdman and Hasbeen in to lay some respect. Correct the Calls or Bodies are dropping.

If the game gets called how it is supposed to be called, Lebron and the Heat shouldn't lose a game. And LeBron would be averaging over 30pts a game, 10 pts coming of FTs alone.

LeBron Cries because 'His' Coach won't complain to the Refs.

Spo Sucks!!

Dashi,STFU !

Just practicing in case Spoelstra manages to lose another title.

Cause this losing games for no reason makes ZERO sense right now.

He should have just sat LeBron.

Meh every QB has a down yr..difficult to evaluate like fins had a terrible Oline last season.

Jennings I thought was a nice p/u?

^. ^
Posted by: Garn79 | April 09, 2014 at 12:33

WTF? Supposed to be a txt to a buddy. I'm a poor multitasker apparently

posted this mock yesterday and Charlie Casserly on Path To The Draft last night also said we should take Z. Martin and then J. Bitonio..Lewan will be gone way before pick 19.

Ideal draft options:

1- Martin G/T
2- Bitonio G/T
3- Borland ILB
4- West RB
5- Norwood WR
6- Watt G
7- Boston FS

Posted by: wallyfin | April 08, 2014 at 01:17 PM

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Me Go gogo once went to the republic. The island looked like if it was hit by a mean hurricane many decades ago and was never rebuilt

Good mock wallyfin. Finally someone not in disconnect with reality

Me Go gogog proud of u

wally, it's a boring draft but I think it's a very probable draft.

As I said yesterday, just thinking of the draft investment we have paid and will pay into this line, so sad.

1st for Long which was in effect traded for Albert
1st for Pouncey
1st for lewan/martin
2nd For J martin
2nd for Bitonio or reasonable facsimilie or tradeup for lewan (or could be a third ina tradeup)
3rd for Thomas

No team in the league has paid this high a draft cost for their line. Should result in having the best line in the league ... but we won't.

Up to me, I take one OL in the 2nd round and none until the late rounds and force the coaches to make it work... anything more is just wasteful. SF is the only team in the NFL i know of that has 3 1st picks on their line but I think the rest of the guys were FAs or late picks...and they're dominant. WE should be at their level.

Wallyfin I like it a lot! I would switch the 4&5 though if Montcrief happened to be available in 4. Then Williams in 5th. Just me..

Would rather see headline substitute the word "Losing" for "Hazing"

I also listened to draft analyst from CBS on Dins today. He sAid he felt Martin was "right there" with top Oline guys & if he was there @19 he'd be a steal!

*Fins

If we did draft Martin or Sua'Filo, no other meaningful picks should eb spent on the o line. I mean we have two pro bowlers on the line already. You add a mid first round pick to play a secondary position like RT, you shouldn't need any more picks to make it work....

Agreed @ 1300

The OL doesnt need 4 1st and 2nd rounder/pro-bowl caliber players on it. I mean, yeah that would be great to have that. But there are other pressing needs also. The team as a whole is not 2 high picked OL away from contention. I dont think.

I am in the camp that RT/G can be addressed on day 2 of unt draft.

how did
the last
martin work out
4 the phinz?
.
lol

Agree completely with you're Oline analysis MIT. But with last years woes & so many jobs riding on 2014 success would you really be willing to go into draft & only execute 1 Oline pick in say 1st 4rds?

Normally I know I would without question, I'm just not sure under these circumstances..

Especially if my job depended on it .

"this line has the potential to be really good"
- S. Smith

Ummmm, so Mr. Smith if we are currently still missing 2 more lineman (please noticed that I am doing you the favor to count you as a starter) HTF do you know that?

Never in the history of the league have players with the same last name had varying careers. Right T'watt?

Albert is probably here for 3 years, and who knows how long we keep Pouncey. Getting these 2 very good O-linemen in the draft in round 1 and 2 will help solidify the line and rookies are cheap now a days.

BPA 1st. Get your OL on day 2 and/or 3 and.... Bob's your uncle.

ross likes cheap
.
lol

I say that with the understanding that the guys coming in need to have an impact this season plus account for potential injuries..

duhty
e manning 2 rings
m manning 1 ring
coinkydink?
.
lol

duhty
marq pouncey mixxed 10 games to injury
mike pouncey will mix 8 games with no pay in 2014
coinkydink?
.
lol

We have no depth at o-line so it is not the time to draft late round guards and tackles..we need guys who can start...

mark
r'nt u glad
I'm not pixin
on u 2day?
.
lol

wally
they can start
they just wont
b any good
.
lol

No T'watt not a coincidence. Manning BROTHERS, Pouncey BROTHERS. Pouncey wont even miss 4 games. Max punishment will be 4 and he will appeal that for 2. So I would say 2 max but probably not even that. NFL wants the exposure to go away, not shed more light on it. Everyone has moved on except you. Oh and Martin brothers? ah, nope. T'watt example fail. Keep trying!

duhty
Sammy smith
duhty
akili smith
.
lol

duhty
give them
a dna swab
and c if they have
the same bebby deddy
.
lol

duhty
u swine
u luv gett'n
dragged through
the mud ?
.
lol

Dude really? You are still trying? Do we have to compare you to every t'watt that comes in here to post?

duhty
fiedler > tpuke


19 OT TAYLOR LEWAN MICHIGAN
50 TE JACE AMARO TEXAS TECH
81 DE KAREEM MARTIN NORTH CAROLINA
116 DE MARCUS SMITH LOUISVILLE
155 CB CHRIS DAVIS AUBURN
190 OT MATT PATCHAN BOSTON COLLEGE
234 G JOHN URSCHEL PENN STATE

Hey I liked me some Fiedler now! How 'bout that dive FTW over da RAI-DAHS!

Agree Gorilla, I'd be very surprised if Pouncey got one game. Worse players have done worse in past & walked away with a fine.

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