One of the first — and probably justified — reactions when Bryant McKinnie was traded to the Dolphins was a concern about his penchant for the South Beach nightlife in his hometown.
For a guy who found trouble on a boat in Minnesota or a bus in Baltimore with Sweet Pea, giving him home field advantage might be tough.
But McKinnie said that’s not a concern, because he’s able to compartmentalize.
“That’s when I’m off,” McKinnie said of his reputation, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “See, that’s Big Mac in the offseason. Bryant McKinnie is the person who comes to work and handles his business. That is what you’ll get right now.”
Of course, if all his indiscretions were limited to the offseason and his focus laser-sharp during the season, he’d perhaps still be a Raven (or a Viking).
For now, he’s a Dolphin, trying to shore up an offensive line that has been a problem all year. And though they want him to behave, the Dolphins are more interested that he play competent left tackle than sing in the choir.
“I don’t mandate what people do outside the building,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “I enjoy my free time when I have free time. We expect him to be a professional, just like we’d expect anyone.”
If they can get the McKinnie that played with focus during the Ravens’ Super Bowl run, they’ll be happy.
But if they get Big Mac, watch out.