Just when things seemed better in Davie, Miami radio media dealt an ugly blow to the Miami Dolphins Franchise. This morning, while conducting his daily program, Sid Rosenberg launched an offensive by having defensive player and team captain Karlos Dansby on the program.
Dansby is quoted as saying:
“I hate that we didn’t stand behind him. I know the guys in the locker room would. But the organization felt a totally different way about the situation, and they probably had more information than we know. And they had to do what they had to do.
“It’s going to be an even bigger distraction right now, I think, because of the simple fact we let him go. I think if we were going to be with the guy, if he was going to be our guy, we have to stand behind him ‒ even though the situation came about. He didn’t get that third strike.”
First, Dansby is right from a team standpoint that they really wanted to help Chad as a teammate and friend. That is a very human response and very family like thing of him to say. Dansby as the captain and often interviewed spokesperson has a right to respond to media questions on his own time. There is no issue there. However, the main issue that a fan may have with this is that Dansby erred in responding without knowing all of the facts. It’s one thing to say something supportive, but it’s another to take what Dansby doesn’t know and place indirect blame on Head Coach Joe Philbin.
Interestingly, a tweet that did catch my attention was from @ckparrot (Chris Kouffman) who said:
“might be the only one happy to see Karlos Dansby speak out against the Johnson release. My reaction if I’m Philbin? Message sent.”
This idea of media swirling around during this important time in Dolphins training camp is not absurd. It is a fact. What’s also very interesting is how the media took exacly what happened yesterday at face value and accepted the decision of the Dolphins. Many media members echoed the sentiments of the Dolphins having only “high character guys” and sticking with it.
Even Peter King yesterday said that Chad Johnson was just plain “dumb” in his time in Miami, while writing his MMQB.
So, where do the Dolphins move on from here?
First Philbin has sent a message and he needs to stay consistent. I think the same conversation will be had with Karlos Dansby and Karlos Dansby might want to stay on his good side.
Next, there are 7 receivers that are all vying for a shot at this team. Of course, fan favorite Robert Wallace wants to take Johnson’s spot, but he has to do a better job of reading the defense and catching the ball in the redzone.
Dolphin land is always ripe for reality TV especially in the year that is officially Hard Knocks, so as a fan all there is to do is: buy the tickets, merchandise, and root for the Aqua and Orange!