The Miami coaching staff reportedly has a respect issue with players. The problems may run deeper than that.
Per a league source, some players also have trust issues with the Joe Philbin regime.
The concerns date to the aftermath of the 2012 season. After Philbin abruptly released receiver Chad Ochicinco during the Hard Knocks days following an arrest for domestic violence, the Dolphins created a leadership council. The team ultimately appointed tackle Jake Long, running back Reggie Bush, linebacker Karlos Dansby, and receiver Davone Bess.
Then, after the 2012 season, each of the four players ended up with other teams.
While reasonable excuses and explanations exist for each player’s departure, the collective absence of all four members of the inaugural leadership council was met by some players as a sign that disagreement with the coaching staff isn’t necessarily welcome.
In 2013, the six players voted to the leadership council were quarterback Ryan Tannehill, defensive end Cameron Wake, defensive tackle Paul Soliai, center Mike Pouncey, guard Richie Incognito, and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. While there definitely won’t be another clean sweep, the 100-percent turnover from 2012 has contributed to a sense of uneasiness among some players, we’re told.
It could get worse, once the report regarding the Jonathan Martin situation is released. If coaches pointed fingers at the players when meeting with investigator Ted Wells, players who believe that coaches knew or should have known about the interactions with Martin — and arguably should have taken action — could be even more upset.
Ultimately, the situation makes it even more important that the Dolphins hire a General Manager who has the skills and the determination to fix all of the various issues facing the franchise,and the willingness to take on the challenge.