Yes, like last season the Dolphins have a leadership council again this year (although they are not calling it that). And yes, like last season center Mike Pouncey is once again on the so-called council.
But before you have a cow about how terrible and tone deaf this is, stop for one second and find out the entire story.
Unlike last year, the Dolphins are not voting on the leadership council. And unlike last year, it's not about a five-man council -- that last year included Pouncey and Ritchie Incognito.
The way the council (remember, they're not calling it this) was decided upon this year was simply by picking the one or two most senior members of a position group to take leadership.
So for the offensive line, Branden Albert and Pouncey are the reps.
For the wide receivers, Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are the reps.
Both QBs -- Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore -- are reps.
For the defensive line, Cameron Wake, Randy Starks and Earl Mitchell are the reps.
For the DBs, it is Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan.
Knowshon Moreno represents the running backs.
Charles Clay represents the tight ends.
The point is the Dolphins are drawing from a bigger group based on seniority. So more voices. Less chances a rogue voice gains power, according to one team source.
Coach Joe Philbin, who last year stood back and let bad actors get into the leadership council by putting it to a vote of players, declined to address the topic today. At least he learned not to conduct an election because, as we've seen around the world, sometimes the wrong people get elected.
“I’m not going to get into any of the specifics, but we’ve been trying to get on the same page and working hard at it really since April 21st, since the day they got back into the building, and we are going to continue to work on it as we move forward,” Philbin said.
Yes, Pouncey, who was prominently named in the Ted Wells Report in February, is still among the Dolphins leaders. And yes, it will reflect poorly in some circles.
But Pouncey won't be one of five voices. More like one of 15 or so voices.