Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has addressed the not-so-surprising decision to part ways with receiver Chad Johnson in Monday remarks to the media.
Via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, Philbin said, “I didn’t think the fit was going to be beneficial to either party. . . . It just wasn’t going to work.”
Philbin, per Volin, talked about Johnson after saying that the first-year coach didn’t plan to talk about Johnson.
And while we were told that Johnson was on a “one-strike” policy in Miami, Philbin seemed to suggest there was more to the story. “It was not an easy [decision],” Philbin said. “And not one that was made based on one single incident.”
In the interests of completeness (and of propping up our report), we wouldn’t expect Philbin to expressly hinge the decision on Johnson’s Saturday night arrest. Even though the standard player contract contemplates termination when s player “has engaged in personal conduct reasonably judged by Club to adversely affect or reflect on Club,” hinging the decision on Johnson’s arrest opens the door for a $925,000 grievance from the NFLPA, which would argue that it wasn’t reasonable for the Dolphins to fire Chad for allegedly head-butting his wife when he claims that she allegedly head-butted him — and when he has no history of off-field violence.
The arrest surely was the one thing that persuaded the Dolphins to move on now, regardless of whether Johnson engaged in other activities that would have prompted the team to fire him later.