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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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Lastly

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | April 08, 2014 at 03:55 PM

Yeah, and the sky is blue and grass is green. Why do you point out the obvious as if you're some kind of genius? Is there some kind of point to your constant criticism over the Dolphins qb? Will anything come of it? Are you trying to change the team by typing in a blog no one cares about? What's the point is the question.

Blah blah blah, Tannehill sucks tannehill sucks Tannehill sucks,,,,,dude, move on.

HOME=SAM=DUMBEST POSTER

ITS A 3WAY TIE

If u don't make it to the bathroom in time to make a Tannehill, then u will leave a "Dashi' on your white underwear

P78,

No problem.

I have thick skin. And I don't take every comment to heart like a little princess. (Yeah, that means you Kris)

Agreed Kris, see ya guys


Tannehill has improved based on statistics. It is your opinion that he has reached his potential.

Posted by: Yelü Dashi | April 08, 2014 at 03:57 PM

HOGWASH !!

MIT,

Haven't seen the paperboy but have heard good thing about it.

I like Killer Joe. Them scenes with the daughter. Yessirr!!

Dashi....

You can't find ONE post where I even IMPLY that....you illiterate.....I was gonna add an insult.....but I think calling you illiterate is daming enough (and clearly true)....

My stance on Tanne is that he is MEH......

if you don't understand what MEH means....than I will post it for you....
-------------------------------------------------------------
meh
mɛ/
informal
exclamation
1.
expressing a lack of interest or enthusiasm.
"meh, I'm not impressed so far"
adjective
1.
uninspiring; unexceptional.
"a lot of his movies are … meh"

Phins 78 says goodbye but never leaves. LMFAO!! Can u say INSECURE?

paperboy was dark, Dashi, very dark. Not for everybody...

I liked Kiler Joe. Matty M has done some very untraditional movies recently.

I liked Dallas Buyers Club. I liked the middle finger it gave to the FDA.

Kris,

I am already over it.

Like I said. I don't hold a grudge.

I don't even like to get angry anymore.

I have moved on.

I would advise you would to. Or the second glove is coming off. And then you would really want to fight Dashi.

Alright, Rambo.

Phins 78

Tannehill sucks

did u know he was the worst rated deep ball passer in the 2013 NFL?!

Didn't thinks so

How bout worst 3rd down QB in the 2012 NFL?

Didn't think so

and home has a lot more of those stat u know

Time to end the WR/QB experiment

How long before our favorite players are in suit, tie, and playing flag football Mr. Goodell?

Because of how watered down professional football is fast becoming, how long before our best young athletes begin choosing other sports?

We all know, the NFL is treading a very fine line with it's yearly offseason rule changes and mandates. Seems it wont be seriously long before the NFL eventually nukes itself.

Bet on it!

Then again dashi.....

you are a LIAR....so I should have expected that you would EMBELLISH and LIE about my stance on TANNE.....

It falls in line with EVERYTHING I have typed tonight....

I SET UP THIS BIG PRESENTATION IN MY MARKET

Which takes place tomorrow and since I QB'd the whole thing now I'm the one tying up all of the phkking loose ends.

If there is any fraud that I fail to expose today do not worry I'll expose twice as much tomorrow afternoon to make up for it.

I can't have my blog buddies being defrauded.

Only players Home has HAARPed on and HAARPEd on Reel bad
Satele
Sean Smith
Martin
Tannehill
Egnew

that was all within a day after them coming to Home's beloved team and the weakest link

even though most could never see it or never wanted t finally admit it, until it was too late

NostraHomeUs has Reel Dolphin in Sight

dashi....i could give an EFF what you think...or about your 2nd glove....what does that mean....you playing the "STRANGER" tonight......

MIT,

Matty M is one of my favorite actors of the moment. He has really turned into an actor. I like him way more than L.DiCaprio. Matty can act. He is showing great range in his characters.

I actually like dark movies. I am a fan of any movie that is properly written and is under 2 hours. Preferably 1hr 30min.

Even without Shula's intervention, errr, I don't think anybody could have forced Tim Bowens to sing. The reason? 6'5", 330 lbs and naturally strong.

REEL @ 3:47

You forgot bass player for all the biggest groups of the 80's, 90's and today.

Dashi, homework finished?

POLL: Who Will Have The Better 2014 Season?

A. Johnny Manziel
B. Ryan Tannehill

Home exposed the weakest links

Satele
Sean Smith
Tannehill
Martin
Egnew

since the day they were drafted

Home knows the Dolphins

Kris explain how R.Mallett and Flacco are better QBs than R.Tannehill.

That is what you said right. And please think harder than Flacco won a Superbowl.

Congratulations on your daughter Kris. To bad she is going to have you as a father.

(Glove off, Button pushed)

Exposed,
Home must have been absent that day

Mark states he also s a hip bass player too, Huh

lol

Flacco is a top 5-6 franchise QB.

Sam,

That is a no-brainer. Not only will T-Hill have a better year. He will have the better career.

I am telling you a couple of you are going to lose it when T-Hill signs his $100M extension in a couple years.

Thats weak....and very IMMATURE of you....

I how YG of you

Sam I am,

would be more fair to say
who will have a better rookie season

Tannehill w 3 WR TDs and a grand total of 12 TDs 13 INTs

or

Johnny Footballs rookie yr?

Mark congrats on your wife having a black baby

Omar Kelly the Racist Dolphin Writer would be proud

At the end of the year when Tannehill tanks as promised
Lauren will be leaving him and
moving on to the next unsuspecting fool

yeah....

lets compare SB MVP Flacco to NO PLAYOFF WINs Tanne....

oh wait....you said I can't mention that.....

Yelü Dashi? Are fukking kidding?

China as never had a black island boy as it's leader and never will. Really, you're Yelü now? Your delusions clearly have no bounds.

A black island boy who thinks he's a Chinese Yelü Dashi. ROTFLMAO!

Flacco is HOFer. He's already won more road playoff games than any QB in the history of the NFL.

Mark
can also tie cherry stems in knots w his tongue

and wears backless chaps

REEL @ 4:16

I thought you were talking about Mark.

Exposed

was

the guy can do it all
just ask him

never mind he will give u the info unsolicited

like when he said he could kick Joey Porters arse

lol

The team won that game.

Not flacco.

Flacco has never thrown for 4000yds and has thrown for over 22TDs once in his 6 year career.

Again, how do you now my wife or me aren't black? Is that supposed to be some kind of insult?

Maybe it was in the 1960s when you went to community college...

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | April 08, 2014 at 04:18 PM


Tannehill will regress in year 3. I'm picking Johnny football to have a better rookie season than Tannehill will have year 3.

2014's conclusion will say goodbye to both Tannehill and Philbin. Hope he proves me wrong, but, I have very little faith he will.

Tannehill's fast becoming known as a coach killer. Little else.

I'm going to bed....

I hope you have learned your lesson dashi.....

if not...I will embarrass you just as much tomorrow....its like you got this "@ss getting handed to you fetish"....

stick to talking about your genitalia with the trolls....that seems to be way more your speed....


You are clearly out classed when it comes to dealing with me....

unless your gonna "take of the GLOVE...and push a button"...lol....

how old are you really.....

Gotta get ready
Going to the Panthers vs Flyer tonight

. . . only cuz the pair of tickets and parking passes were free

lol

will wave to u on tv and the Jumbo tron

peace
Home Out

(drops the mike)

Mando you might call us the peanut gallery but what are you? You wishy washy on almost every subject. You know as well as I do that what went on on the Dolphin locker room was NOTHING but simply attempting to get a mediocre ball player to be better, be more aggressive,,,I know you don't like that word to much,,,but what the hell do you think the NFL is,,,minus Rodger Goodell who is single handedly ruining the game. And playful hazing is nothing new or bad,,,,to you who have never played the game, don't knock it till you've tried it. Now go ask Philbin again why he wasn't aware of the locker room incidents until Martin left the team? Philbin is no Don Shula,,now is it?

Sam,

I thought Dashi was soup.

Not the founder of the western Liao dynasty.

Matthew McCounaghey was much better than DeCaprio in the Wolf of Wall Street both my 13 yr old son and I agreed.

hahaha, Panthers game, figures he would go to that sports funeral... stretch out, you'll have rows to yourself...

Rookie hazing is a bunch of BS for pro players. I can see a small hazing ritual if you are attached to a unit in the military, a unit that has been together for a few years. Most of these vets have the loyalty of a street cat. So if a guy has 8 years experience but has been on 3 teams, is he a vet? No.

Dashi, the game is about the W's. The only stat that matters.


DUUUUUHHHH!!

If Tannehill slips out of the top 10, Hickey needs to "play it smart" and trade up. Tannehill got a GM and OC fired last season. The OC, he got fired twice.

Everyone who trusts Tannehill gets fired. What a coincidence. Hope Hickey's much smarter.

Hell, ETF, that's one hellacious idea for you and the others 317.s here opening your own Blog. Nobody from here will bother you there, believe me.

Yeah, you out classed me by acting like a teenager who loves to hold grudges.

It shows how "mature" and grown you are Kriss.

You are the definition of meathead. It was either army or becoming a cop. And you couldn't pass the entrance exam for the police.

Alright, Gomer Pyle.

We all know why Army is the life for you.

You are a simple person.

Tannehill wins final 2 2013 games, 10-6, playoffs, and Ireland/Sherman are still employed by the Dolphins 2014.

No ifs, ands, or buts about it!

Hahhaa, Oscar, yep, it will be tranquil on ETF's blog ...

HELLOOOOOO

We can send Home over there to post for 87 straight hours about Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill wins final 2 2013 games, 10-6, playoffs, and Ireland/Sherman are still employed by the Dolphins 2014.

No ifs, ands, or buts about it!

Posted by: SAM I AM | April 08, 2014 at 04:35 PM

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Which is the reason Philbin threw the last 2 games. Philbin knew if he won, Ireland would still have a job.

SYT

Mando….."sad it has come to this that grown men need to be told how to act…..because a handful of guys on the Dolphins crossed the line", etc--dude, this is exactly how it works everywhere…..certainly in the corporate, where entire/broad based corporate policy/rules OFTEN comes about because of the poor behavior of just a few--what is this new?--do you really not realize this is the way it is, everywhere?…..geez, never heard of "a few bad apples spoil the bunch"?--rules/policy are almost always made because of the exception….1 rogue Wall St trader brings down an entire, company and many rules are created because of him--this is just the way it is…..and no Mando, its not ALL because of the Dolphins, which seems to be your recurring theme.

benz, mando would have no clue...

he hasn't been in an office or worn pants for the last six years...

Did the racism leave the Dolphins with Ireland and Incognito?

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