Miami Dolphins: A Week Of Highs And Lows
The Week of Highs and Lows for the Miami Dolphins
For the Miami Dolphins, it has been complete and utter turmoil since the last time they took the field. What started out as an "illness" on the injury report for Jonathan Martin just before the Thursday Night Football matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, blew up into national media "bullying" coverage. Rather than the focus be on the gutsy defensive performance by Cameron Wake to win the game in overtime for the Dolphins, the spotlight has been on the Richie Incognito and his treatment of Martin. Since this past Sunday, there has been no talk of football for the Dolphins' outside what has transpired inside and outside the locker room between these respective teammates.
It's unfortunate that the season has spun out of control the way it has for Miami. This past week really encapsulates what it has felt like for some time. It appears the people in charge are willing to compromise their philosophy on player personnel in terms of quality character in the locker room if it means having an offensive line that ranks last in the NFL. Even with the Dolphins on pace to break their franchise sacks allowed record, the team is still right in the thick of the playoff race, and that is not being discussed because of this Incognito-Martin fiasco.
What a week. There was a thrilling overtime victory, a strange developing story, an indefinite suspension, a plethora of Incognito videos, and the discovery of a police report from a golf charity event, the retaining of an attorney, an awkward parade of press conferences and no talk of football. Speaking of, the Dolphins play the 0-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football for a chance to move to 5-4 on the year and stay in the hunt for the playoffs.
The High Point of the Week for the Miami Dolphins
Cameron Wake wins the game in overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals by sacking Andy Dalton in the endzone for a safety.
The Beginning of the Low Point for the Miami Dolphins
Reports about Richie Incognito's voicemail and behavior outside of football and the locker room become widely reported on various national media platforms.
Joe Philbin Discussing Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito
Joe Philbin's press conference where he states that character and player safety are top priority within the organization, and anything to the contrary is inconsistent with the philosophy of the organization.
Jeff Ireland: Miami Dolphins GM's Advice Also a Low Point
Reports come out that Jeff Ireland's advice to Jonathan Martin was to confront Richie Incognito.
Joe Philbin addressing the media once again about the Martin-Incogntio story instead of their upcoming game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a low point.