« Burleson would have been insurance Dolphins still want | Main | Dolphins preseason schedule here »

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.


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. 


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

I didn't say I was opening my own blog.
But anyway in the late 80's I worked as a series 7 rep seling penny stocks from a Long Island office to suckers everywhere.

I think every company in that business was either on Long Island or in Ft Lauderdale. My buddies in FtL were in Pure Platinum every night so they say.

I just read today there is a thing called Williams Syndrome, which is the complete opposite of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. Affected People with this syndrome are abnormally social and give themselves freely to anybody without thinking of the consequences. Of course, they all have to be under strict supervision. Unfortunately, as in Autism Disorders, they are all Mentally Retarded.

Well, ETF, we are only suggesting the possibility of opening your own Blog.

ONLY 30 days left until the draft. Man this wait sucks. They should have made it earlier rather than later. I hate the draft in May. Hate it, Hate it....Hate it Goodell! I guess it wouldn't be so long of a wait if I gave a rats tail about B-ball.

Do not forget Cameron Fleming and Tyler Gaffney both from Stanford.

Actually having the draft before free agency would be interesting.

Mando..really another post? Most of which you already mostly said previously on the hyped and media fabricated story about bullying. The reality is this changes nothing and will fall on deaf ears. Thanks anyhow for the boring repetition.

Terrance West was a good invitee.

Same as we wish Armando would accept a position, a higher paying one, of course, in Connecticut and leave us to our means here, to deal with YG without his protection$.

Funny thing, just a little while ago, I entered into Walter Football Blog and an announcement came up saying I had 3 critical virus in my PC. Then I went to windows Defender and Bill Gates assured me it was not so. Uff!

Or better still, Armando can take Daytona up North to his better paying job.

The Fins are a trash organization.

You have a critical virus in your head, Oscar.

No, it has been my practice, as it should be of all other Psychiatrists, when I get Home to see what "viruses" my patients infected me with. I was clear of them Today.

I am not one to crush anyone's dreams. But Salguero isn't going anywhere. He didn't go in his prime and he won't now.

We are stuck with Salguero like we are stuck with Cote.

I have no problem with Salguero writing what he wants to write. As long as he is objective and from time to time drops pieces that show the fins in a positive light. I would be OK with a 70/30 split. 70 negative 30 positive.

It has turned for the better since Ireland left. And I know it is a process. But I prefer the young Salguero to this one.

I have been "infected" several times by my Patients. But those are another stories.

The Fins should have waited more before resigning Moreno. I know we signed him to a 1 year deal. But we could have signed him for a lot less. Nobody was knocking down his door, and with C.Johnson being released his price would have went down even more.

Dashi @ 6:16

Where is the 30% positive coming from?
How can any positivity get through?
When Hickey signed Albert I was positive. When he signed the DT and resigned Starks I was impressed.
But then he signs 6 or 7 career backups for positions where we need bona fide starters. So not only do we not have starters but we now have all these 1 year signings clogging up the roster.

The moves Hickey is making are designed to get the phins a top 5 pick after the 2014 season.

Oops forgot to change my handle back.

Most of my Patients are sick as hell.

Players should learn.

Unless you are under contract for multiple years. Do not become the union president.

E.Winston is bad. But he isn't that bad, that nobody will pick him up.

The owners are screwing him out of an NFL career because he became NFLPA president.

Some pretty sick People here in this Blog also but they don't realize it.

Don't worry fraud. I won't try and "Shame" you or "Expose" you like certain Hypocrites. Or Kris.

Who constantly trolls Dashi but won't admit to.

Just one last post on the nimrod(Kris, since I need to be specific with his dumbass). He doesn't realize most of the "Real" posters here have changed their name because they were tired of being trolled. So he isn't just bad mouthing Dashi. He is denigrating other "Real" posters who were tired of being trolled.

Kris is a condescending dick. Now I get why some of you guys use to ream his ass so hard.

oscar, what's the name of your MD office?

Dashi, homework done?

The 30% positive comes from it being the off season.

I agree. Hickey doesn't impress me much. (Yeah, I know it sounds gay)

Some of these "fans" are just so anti-ireland that they don't want to admit the truth.

But besides Hickey you can create positive news.

I know it is the off season and the news are slow. But a position breakdown. Pre free agency and post free agency.

Another roster breakdown post draft.

I know Salguero and the Herald are a serious institution. But this is the time of the year you fill up the fans with Fluff and High Hopes.

So when the season comes you can start shattering their dreams and blame the team because you expected more out of them. Since you filled them up with false hope.

I would prefer that to the 12 months of negativity. After a while it just sounds like useless complaining. 3-4 Months of gassing up the fans. Then spend the other 8-9 months slapping the team around.

Heck, I would even write how the Fins are selling more season tickets this year. Just so I can tell them how disappointed I am on the team when the stadium is half empty come November.

You have to play with whole spectrum of emotions people have.

I bring up Ed Pope because he was the greatest. He knew how to play the game. He would hit you with positivity first, just so he can get on the good side of the team in the off season, then during the season whenever the dolphins lost he would rake the team through the coals the next day.

Kris is a condescending dick. Now I get why some of you guys use to ream his ass so hard.
Posted by: Yelü Dashi | April 08, 2014 at 06:35 PM

I think the problem people have Dashi is claiming to be right all the time or 95% or whatever it is. People don't like know it alls. I mean men own up to their mistakes, hell I picked 10-6 Dolphins last year, totally wrong, I'll admit it.

Healing Touch.

Healing Touch.

Posted by: oscar canosa


Facials...aromatherapy...and PSYCHIATRIC CARE?!?

Only in Miami.

You're just a pill pusher.

POST OF THE DECADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think the problem people have Dashi is claiming to be right all the time or 95% or whatever it is. People don't like know it alls. I mean men own up to their mistakes, hell I picked 10-6 Dolphins last year, totally wrong, I'll admit it.

Posted by: Darkoak | April 08, 2014 at 06:52 PM

I also like to add, Dashi does not allow others to be wrong either. He'll still remind you of being wrong decades later.

Dashi never forgets wrongs of others, only his own. "To Err Is To Be Human". Dashi is not human. :)


95% of the time? Why....... Dashi of old was right 98% of the time. The gene pool is becoming diluted. :)


That is the thing. I have never admitted to knowing it all. Just knowing more than certain people. And even then I still listen to what they have to say. Even if you know it all, anybody can teach you something you didn't know. I was taught that at an early age.

And whenever I am wrong, I admit it. Even when someone is going in on me. If they are right and I am wrong, I will admit it. I am just not wrong a lot because I don't talk out my ass, I like to make educated opinions based on facts.

Darkoak, I also have even admitted that Dashi isn't 98% right or even 95% right anymore. I am down to a 90%. But with my recent predictions that number should go back up this year. ;)

Now should I respond to every lie they attach to me? No, right.

I call him condescending because that is what he is. You saw the way he was talking down to me. Calling me an idiot left and right. Talking about how he is better than me.

The only reason I will call anybody out of their name here is if they call me out of my name first.

Have I ever disrespected you or acted condescending towards you?

No, right. Because you treat me with respect and I treat you with respect.

Even when a certain 3 treat me with respect, I treat them with respect.

I don't hold a grudge. Anyone here can tell you that.

If he wants to talk to me like a man or his equal. Then I will also talk to him with the proper respect he deserves. But if you want to act stupid. Dashi can act stupid with the best of them.

I even told him. Get over it, move on.

Yet, he kept on with his grudge. Which he doesn't even know why he is mad at me anymore. He was just mad once and he won't let it go.

Armando is following in the footsteps of the great Edwin Pope and may even surpasss him.


We all know I am not human. I am a God.

Dashi stands for "Dolphins Artificial Super Human Intelligence "

And Yes. You are one of the people that I am smarter than. And you know it.


You are demented as hell. You lie your ass off. You never admit to wrong, not ever in this blog. Many witnesses would say otherwise.

90% Right? Now that's a brand new one you just "snatched out of your ass for Darkoak. Show that post buddy. You cant, its another lie.

What, did you think you were writing a "private letter to Darkoak? Come on Dashi, you know that post to Darkoak is literally seeping with lies. :)

Posted by: Yelü Dashi | April 08, 2014 at 07:10 PM

Well ya just move on then, and leave those stuck in a rut behind. It's hard to get too upset with faceless strangers on the internet, especially the ones just looking to push buttons. They're transparent as a glass, and as hollow emotionally.

I can't respond for the place, man, and only for my work. They let me work in the fashion I have always been used to, very close to the patient, even if I get infected. No fraud.

Armando is a thoroughly average writer working at a financially struggling paper whose best days are way in the rear-view mirror.

If you want superb football writing at a top-shelf paper check out Judy Battista's work in the NY Times.

This is the minor leagues.

Actually when I got there, the place was dead only 2-4 patients to be seen. Now, it's standing room only with 2 Psychiatrists and 3 Psych Techs. I do seem to attract crazy People, wouldn't you in this Blog say?

Ed Pope was an award winning journalist. Considered the "Best Writer of Sports in America". Wrote 2 Books.

The Press Box at Sun life stadium is named after E.Pope.

The man was a Poet.

Ed Pope is the reason I read the Herald everyday since I was 8. He made reading fun and a learning experience.

Now it is almost a task to read the sports section. It isn't even my favorite section to read anymore. Now I read it when I get to it.

This is the minor leagues.
Posted by: and so is this blog | April 08, 2014 at 07:19 PM

Then why keep coming back? I don't read stuff I think sucks.

I'm getting insulted here as a professional for no reason. I am the real deal, no nicknames, Oscar Canosa, MD. Of course, the poster that has insulted me, I don't know, but The Miami Herald might.


Water under the bridge. Agreed. How can you get mad on the internet. But even in real life, I have outgrown that.

They are repercussions for fighting as a grown up. I have learned the best thing you can do is walk away. It is the hardest thing to do. But it is the best thing to do.

Just last month I had to walk away from a fight at the Beach. The guy was asking for it, but I just had to walk away.

It would be best if everybody on Internet wrote with their real identity. We are firm believers in that. More advantages than disadvantages now.

Congrats to J Martin for saying enough is enough. A hero is born.

(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.)


C'mon on Mando. Young men are going to be young men until some jack wagon legislates them not to be.

Although it's unfortunate that someone has to be a dirtbag, it's human nature. We are not robots.

Unfortunately the NFL does have to get a handle on it though because everybody is worried about what everybody thinks anymore.

Knee jerk reactions are the theme of the decade with more and more media, camera's and microphones in every corner.

I don't see how Richie Incognito is any more a reflection of the Miami Dolphins than any other team in the NFL though.

The guy was a meathead idiot with the Rams ad he'll be a meathead idiot with whichever team he signs with next.

The sad part is with the sorry state of what the Fin's offensive line had become, Cogs became a team leader.

While I don't condone bullying and have some sympathy for Jon Martin's state of mind, I get the feeling that the so called "scandal" would have never happened had Martin excelled at the LT position.

If the coaching staff was singing his praises instead of demoting him I don't think the hijinks would have stung quite as bad.

Dashi, there are remedies for diarrhea, no need to plop on the blog.

oscar, how is it you are on the blog 24/7? Clearly, you are unemployed.

Incognito and Pouncey are not only young men but IMO, and who better than I to opine so, are a psychopath and a sociopath respectively. This criminal element, eventually they declare themselves by their actions.

Maybe he would never become great because the bullying Dolphin Rick, ah well moot point now.

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | April 08, 2014 at 07:47 PM

Bringing Incognito on the team was another error in judgement bye Jeff Ireland.

OH LOOKSY ! A few of the PUZZZIES from the day shift are still here, HEY PUZZZY Homers,have you figured out that IT'S THE FKN QB YOU MORON HOMERS eH? jajajajajajaj eH?

ONLY 30 days left until the draft. Man this wait sucks. They should have made it earlier rather than later. I hate the draft in May. Hate it, Hate it....Hate it Goodell! I guess it wouldn't be so long of a wait if I gave a rats tail about B-ball.

Posted by: Bad Phans | April 08, 2014 at 05:21 PM


I'm with you on the draft being moved back. After the draft in April though its such a downer with such a long wait for some actual football to happen.

As far as baseball if that was what you were talking about, even if your a fan it doesn't get very interesting until after the all-star break.


I was watching the great George Carlin yesterday. The man was a genius. He called it the pussification of america. And he was right. We have become a nation that is OK with being sensitive to other peoples feelings. We now frown upon being tough.

Pouncey isn't a sociopath. We just got the twin who is a follower and not a leader.


Pouncey is on drugs. He'll be traded if/when he passes his psych test.

Get a new line lord of monkeys.

Anyway Dolphins staff worked out Terrance West. 5-9 225lbs.
Born in Ft Lauderdale.

« 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 »

The comments to this entry are closed.