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Michael Sam’s coach singles out Dolphins situation as bad fit


Even though both Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito came out in support of Michael Sam’s announcement that he was gay, Sam’s college coach isn’t sure Miami would be a good landing spot.

In an interview on ESPN Radio, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel singled out the Dolphins situation as one that could be a bad fit for last year’s SEC co-defensive player of the year.

I think the incident that happened down in Miami with the Dolphins — I don’t know the people involved there, and I’m not really judging them, but when you have a locker room atmosphere like that, when people are verbally being destructive to each other and you call it fun, I think there’s a fine line there,” Pinkel said, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post. “I’m not one of the Righteous Brothers here, but we talk to our team all the time about how locker rooms are great in sports, locker rooms are awesome. It’s a great thing about being a member of the team. Guys like to bust each other, go after each other verbally. But there’s a certain point when what you say is hurtful and it doesn’t help the team, it hurts the team.

“If you have that kind of environment where people say anything they want and say mean, awful berating things to people, it probably will not work very well. But if you have a team that respects one another — I may be naive, that’s what we try to do.”

Just as Sam’s football skills might not be a fit for every scheme, his personality might not work in every locker room.

Landing in a stable environment with strong leadership will help. But even though Martin and Incognito won’t be back in Miami, not much about the Dolphins’ last season or this offseason lends itself to the idea that stability and leadership exist there.

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24 Responses to “Michael Sam’s coach singles out Dolphins situation as bad fit”
  1. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 11, 2014 8:09 AM

    Wow. Way to help your guy get drafted. Sam might want to tell his old coach to simmer down.

  2. marktroy says: Feb 11, 2014 8:10 AM

    hmm… so we all know rookies get hazed someway in different degrees. Picking up veteran’s discards or some ribbing and practical jokes. Is this guy’s coming out status going to make him think he’s being single out in such instances because he’s gay vs just what any rookie goes through?

  3. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 11, 2014 8:14 AM

    Still more negative fallout from Jonathan Martin choosing to publicly narc out his teammates.

    Seriously, Martin has to be radioactive as a potential OL hire. His play was never above par, plus everyone would be on eggshells worried about what kind of thing will set off his emotional side.

  4. wannstache says: Feb 11, 2014 8:17 AM

    Most owners would take a comment like this as a wake-up call that their franchise is a total disaster and needs drastic changes to get on the right track. Not our owner, though. If he hasn’t gotten it by now, he never will.

  5. 8drinkminimum says: Feb 11, 2014 8:22 AM

    So the coach says he’s not really “judging” the Dolphins locker room and then proceeds to do so.

    Don’t worry coach with Wake, Vernon and Jordan in place Sam is not in their draft plans. You can sleep easy now.

  6. mykpfsu says: Feb 11, 2014 8:23 AM

    So he is saying Sam is another player that like Martin can’t hack it?
    Here is a thought, if you want gay players to be accepted, try not to coddle them and treat them special.

  7. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 11, 2014 8:24 AM

    Send Sam to the browns. Six straight seasons winning 5 or less games and a crooked owner is stability.

  8. uglydingo says: Feb 11, 2014 8:33 AM

    I cannot think of a better way to address the image of a “bullying” lockerroom than to draft the first openly gay NFL player.
    The Dolphins are in the process of cleaning out all the bad character guys. The attention that Sam will receive will be significant.
    He is already a strong young man to be able to come out to his Mizzou teammates. If he is a good enough player, the Dolphins should seriously consider drafting him. Philbin would not be fazed by his presence.

  9. drainbameged says: Feb 11, 2014 8:36 AM

    The dolphins are set for defensive ends anyway…but like I said before as long as Michael Sams goes into training camp and plays good football he will fit into any locker room you put him in. Just because he is gay doesn’t mean he is not a good football player and it certainly doesn’t mean he needs to be coddled.

    I think, in fact, that the Dolphins would be a great place for him to be, considering everything that has gone on, the team will be very aware of everything that happens.

  10. nublar7 says: Feb 11, 2014 8:54 AM

    Gary “DWI” Pinkel should worry about the leadership in his own locker room.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 11, 2014 8:54 AM

    Or that was the kind of environment before Ross cleaned things up and fired Ireland and hired Hickey? What else is not healthy is when you assume somebody can’t improve or reform or make things right where once they were wrong, despite noticing they have taken obvious and overt steps since. He also goes on to say he isn’t judging Miami or even knows the people or anything really, but he knows enough to make an example out of them.

    Maybe high school players should think twice about joining Mizzouri’s team as long as the coach is going to hold their previous baggage over their heads and call them out as examples of locker room problems, not that he’ll judging them when downgrading them.

    Besides Miami is a mess because of idiotic GMing, it wasn’t an “incident” problem, when you have a bad GM then all kinds of bad crap can and will happen. Poor intelligence all season long isn’t an incident, it’s more like a logic disease. He’s confusing fallout with source.

  12. realitycheckbaby says: Feb 11, 2014 8:58 AM

    Pinkel, being a bit judgmental, no?

  13. finfan87 says: Feb 11, 2014 8:58 AM

    It will probably seem like a better fit when the report comes out this week and we find out that Incognito was a a good friend and said lots of things in jest like any other young male would say to a buddy of his, until he realized something was wrong with his friend and showed genuine concern.

  14. djteknision1200 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:28 AM

    Dolohins locker is NO different than any other NFL locker room. The non Martin/Incognito story was total BS and everyone sees that now.

  15. nickyleacy says: Feb 11, 2014 9:35 AM

    You see this, Mr. Ross? Do you see how the Dolphins are viewed by others outside your bubble? In a situation where every coach of every team is tasked with the job of making sure the culture of their locker room is accepting to this player, your team and, more specifically, your coach has been singled out as someone who can’t manage this. And yet it seems as if you never even considered replacing him.

    Good Job.

    (Yes, unfortunately, I realise Steve Ross probably doesn’t read PFT comments)

  16. garyhd01 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:56 AM

    the coach just stated the obvious nothing more nothing less. as the dolphins locker room make up existed last year it would not have been a good fit!!! have they addressed the issues ? even if he comes off miami’s radar there are 31 teams he will get his shot and be allowed to prove that he belongs move on

  17. garcia7168 says: Feb 11, 2014 12:18 PM

    CRAP!!! Thanks for mentioning the Righteous Brothers, coach! That caused a mental image of Incognito & JMart doing the clay wheel scene from Ghost!

  18. 1historian says: Feb 11, 2014 12:43 PM

    FYI – I am a Patriots’ fan, I am a Republican and I am a practicing Catholic.

    Now that a goodly number of you have decided I am a arrogant, obnoxious, cheater-loving closed-minded religious bigot, permit me to offer my opinion of Michael Sam”s sexual preference

    Who gives a s..t?

    P.S. – I plead guilty to charges 1 & 2 – arrogant and obnoxious – but the others don’t hold.

    Have a nice day

  19. craniator says: Feb 11, 2014 1:25 PM

    Good — we don’t want the media circus he would bring to South Florida , either.

  20. mykl954 says: Feb 11, 2014 2:50 PM

    Not that I like Hickey, but the Fins dodged a bullet on Farmer (and Dawson). And for the record there was no offer- he turned down a second interview. Beyond that, Lombardi and Chud say good luck with the stability over there. And Ross made his money the old fashioned way, he earned it – while it looks like Haslem who may or may not end up in stripes built his in a more questionable manner – so there’s that too. So bottom line: let’s end this revisionist version.

  21. whyrunbackwardsyoullvomit says: Feb 11, 2014 3:02 PM

    I don’t think Pinkel said anything bad about the dolphins and was more than likely answering a specific question. Dolphin players being verbally destructive to one another is a nice way of putting it. A college coach that cares anything about his players would not want one of his former kids to be subjected to that.

  22. jason8er says: Feb 11, 2014 3:05 PM

    Like the Dolphins even want another circus coming to town.

  23. palerider2x says: Feb 12, 2014 7:02 AM

    It seems the best fit for this Sam, would be a lockeroom filled with nothing but (A) (H)ole’s!

  24. dolfan72 says: Feb 12, 2014 7:50 AM

    I don’t know many heterosexuals who’d want to play for this COMMITMENT TO MEDIOCRITY! in Miami!

    Stephen LOSS needs to sell the team, and the new owner needs to do something LOSS doesn’t have the stones to do: FIRE JOE PHILBIN!

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