Brian Flores on Mark Walton: “I think people deserve a second chance”

AP

The Dolphins have brought former Bengals running back Mark Walton to town for a tryout at rookie minicamp. So why are the Dolphins providing an opportunity to a player who faces pending criminal charges?

I think people deserve a second chance,” coach Brian Flores said Saturday, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “I believe that. I think that’s the case. I don’t want to judge people based on one incident. Two incidents. [Editor’s note: Three incidents.] I think it’s a case-by-case situation for a player and for people in general. That’s kind of my stance.”

Of course, it’s not like the Dolphins have given Walton a job.

“He’s here on a tryout,” Flores said. “Obviously, talented player. But we want to take a look at him and see if he was a fit for us, on the field and off the field. I think he’s done a good job, really in the one day that he’s been here. So we’ll see how it goes.”

Flores said that the organization “discussed” Walton’s pending legal issues.

“[A]gain, it’s a tryout,” Flores said. “And just that’s kind of part of the process. Getting to know him. And getting to see him on and off the field.”

That’s fair, but here’s the point to remember when it comes to second chances for NFL players. With a fixed number of jobs, every player who gets a second chance necessarily takes away someone else’s spot — quite possibly, someone who never did anything that would require a second chance.

But talent continues to fuel NFL second chances. If a guy is good (and Walton was good enough to be a fourth-round pick in 2018), he gets a second chance. If a guy isn’t good, no second chance.

So that’s the key addition to Flores’ stance. “I think people deserve a second chance . . . if they’re talented enough to deserve that second chance.”

30 responses to “Brian Flores on Mark Walton: “I think people deserve a second chance”

  1. don’t worry dolphin fans,even if he does make the team,he will do something stupid again and give the team a “legitimate” reason to send him packing.

  2. They’d be better off a RB with a higher YPA. He only got 34 rushing yards last season, and most of that came from one run off the field.

  3. Drafting Aaron Hernandez after many teams removed him from their draft boards isn’t going to keep Bill Belichick out of the HOF. This is football and it’s 2019 in America. Look around. It’s not like we have a bunch of choir boys running our country. None of us are perfect. If we only hired perfect people we’d all be unemployed.

  4. Did Riley Cooper get a second chance? No.
    Did Kramer (Seinfeld actor) get a second chance? No.
    Did they commit any crimes? No yet they are vilified while actual criminals like Flores, Hunt, and Hill get every “second chance” possible.

  5. Walton was a complete flop for the Bengals last season so I question his true ability. The Bengals turned around and drafted 2 backs in the sixth round this year that are better than Walton. I just don’t see the sense in bringing in a guy like him. Just for the record Walton’s arrests include; battery, marijuana possession, felony weapon charges, resisting arrest, fleeing police and reckless driving.

  6. I know you’ve been on this notion that players who are getting second chances are weeding out those who haven’t done anything wrong and are looking for their first chance. However, where do we limit the opportunities? Only players that have committed crimes? Should they be convicted? Should they be just charged? Where does it end? Can you banish players without any criminal charges? For what non-criminal offenses should they be banished? What about players that did something in college but not the NFL? What about saying something offensive vs. committing a crime? I’m interested to know where this line of “second chances” should be drawn in the sand. Who can come back and who can’t?

    Teams want to win. They want the best players, and if you have the talent they will overlook certain things and give you a longer leash because you can help them win, which is the ultimate goal.

    I don’t think you should limit the potential career of someone who made a mistake at 21, 22, 23 years old and should then forever banish them if it’s not something egregious.

  7. dryzzt23 says:
    May 11, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    Did Riley Cooper get a second chance? No.
    ———

    Gonna have to stop you there. Not only did Cooper not lose his job after the incident you are referring to, he got a contract extension.

    Making bad points is one thing. Making bad points with incorrect information is a whole other level.

  8. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    May 11, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    No downside here the Dolphins get a starting caliber RB for the league minimum. If he screws up he gets cut it is that simple.
    _____________
    Is a bad look is all. I’ve been a Redskins die-hard since birth, but after we signed violent misogynist Reuben Foster, some bros and I decide to take a break and follow the Vikings until he’s no longer with the team. #skol

  9. dryzzt23 says:
    May 11, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    Did Riley Cooper get a second chance? No.
    Did Kramer (Seinfeld actor) get a second chance? No.
    Did they commit any crimes? No yet they are vilified while actual criminals like Flores, Hunt, and Hill get every “second chance” possible.———

    The ol reliable race card I see. Riley cooper was caught on tape being a moron. He then became team captain, got a raise, and a starting job for 1 season. Hes doing just fine. Keep race out of it, and call an ace an ace. Theres right and theres wrong. Plain and simple.

  10. So long as the NFL keeps giving chances to bad people, the NFL will continue to have the reputation that it does.

  11. I can agree guys who are self destructive can change and should get a second chance, but people who hurt others i have a hard time believing those kinds of people can actually change. I think they just learn to hide it better.

    and this is why the chiefs havnt cut Hill, and honestly i dont blame them. because we would read about how some team believes in second chances for him because he is a great player.

  12. He got punished.
    He got cut, and lost his income.
    Isn’t that enough?
    And he still has to face the criminal justice system.
    if he’s convicted, then punish him according to the law.
    Otherwise give him another chance.

    Should someone who does something stupid forever lose the ability to get a job?
    What happens to them then?
    It’s not like he was a rapist or murderer.

  13. The true story here is unknown on what his actual charges are. The firearm was LEGAL just not carried properly. The weed…well again, its weed BFD.
    The only thing he is guilty of is being stupid and running from the police. If he doesnt work out its nothing lost in giving him a chance. If it was the Pats picking him up everyone of you would be saying good move.
    Now cue the ones who will now say…”the Pats wouldn’t pick him up” and for that I say Aaron Hernandez!!

  14. This guys already got a second chance. He’s no even good enough to deserve a second chance let alone a 3rd. I love when people like Flores justify a bringing a felon in by playing the compassion and understanding card. I give Flores 3 years and that’s only because Miami is blowing the team up this year so they will give him 2020 and 2021 to make some progress. Without Belichicks coat tail to ride he has no chance and this is his first failure. What a joke

  15. Not trying to troll at all:

    Who is Mark Walton (I had to scroll back up after typing Mark to “remember” the last name)????

    And why exactly does he “deserve” another chance in the NFL?

    Let Home Depot offer that second chance. Not the NFL.

  16. Oh stop with the bullspit, Flores.
    We all know that with the NFL if you have talent, it doesn’t matter what you do off the field. Someone will always spout that b.s. about giving a guy a 2nd chance (or third, or fourth, or fifth …..) and want to sign them.
    I look back at Lawrence Philips. That guy was bad news right out of college and everyone knew it. Yet three NFL teams, two CFL teams and a team in the Europe League and one in the Arena League all signed him.
    I’ll never forget Dick Vermeil sugar coating the signing of Phillips with his Rams saying the same things Flores is saying about Walton, who by the way isn’t even close to as bad of a guy as Phillips was.
    If you remember, while still at Nebraska, Phillips climbed up to a third story apartment of Nebraska’s back up QB Scott Frost and attacked a young female basketball player, including dragging her down three flights of stairs by her hair then smashing her head against a mailbox. He was suspended just 6 games by his coach, Tom Osborne, and Osborne took a tremendous amount of flack for it. Still — it didn’t stop all those teams from signing him. Why? Because he had loads of talent. Frost, by the way, was so terrified of Phillips he did nothing to try to stop him from hurting the young woman. You can imagine the heat he took after not trying to help her.
    The ending for Phillips was even worse. While serving two separate sentences in a federal prison, Phillips was awaiting trial for strangling his cell mate to death. But before he came to trial, he was found unresponsive in his cell after he hanged himself.
    The NFL is better at not signing bad guys than it used to be, but there are still too many opportunities given to bad guys to suit me.

  17. Again, it’s about how “good” a player is. If you are good you can get 2nd, 3rd, 11th chances. If this guy was a borderline special teams player, he is not getting a 2nd chance.

  18. finzfan49 says:
    May 11, 2019 at 5:14 pm
    The true story here is unknown on what his actual charges are. The firearm was LEGAL just not carried properly. The weed…well again, its weed BFD.
    The only thing he is guilty of is being stupid and running from the police. If he doesnt work out its nothing lost in giving him a chance. If it was the Pats picking him up everyone of you would be saying good move.
    Now cue the ones who will now say…”the Pats wouldn’t pick him up” and for that I say Aaron Hernandez!!
    ————————————————————-
    Not one of your facts in your “post” is correct.

    Wreckelss/Driving Speeding (High Speed Car Chase)
    Resisting arrest
    Battery

    It wasn’t a GUN… It was a loaded rifle and numerous leaded shells.

    All in a THREE MONTH period…

    Yeah, just the guy I want around my team when I am trying to rebuild and start over. Apparently Flores is just another in a long line oif incompetent coaches Miami has hired.

  19. Flores will be gone in three years anyway. Another from the BB coaching tree that proves to be a bust.

  20. Lol@ some of you guys. This is football. Stop being soft asses. None of his charges are that bad. He was the back up to JOE MIXON last season. It is completely funny that Cincinnati even cut the kid. He’ll be fine. And if not, he gets cut. Who really cares. It’s not like he hurt anybody.lol You guys are like scared children. Kinda funny too.lol

  21. Do I believe in 2nd chances = YES!

    Do I believe 2nd chances should be handed out like candy on Halloween = NO!

    Second chances should be EARNED, NOT GIVEN!

    Make the players jump through hoops(suspensions, counseling, loss of pay, community service, speaking to victims of the crimes they committed, etc) BEFORE they get the second chance, don’t just hand them out! I was never handed a second chance in my life, I’ve had to earn the very few I got and most of the time there was no such thing as a second chance, these kids today get one second chance one after the other time after time like Pacman Jones, how many did he get in his NFL career? A dozen or more, these players need to be held to a higher standard, playing in the NFL is a privilage NOT A RIGHT!
    That’s the main reason these players screw up so much today because they KNOW they’ll be handed a second chance and a third and a fourth and they don’t even have to earn it, it’s just handed to them!

  22. All you dudes that ‘know everything’ should be the head coach of the Dolphins! If Flores believes in him and wants to give him a chance to make the team and he’s able to be a better person I’m all in. Walton didnt get enough carries last year to show what he’s capable of in the NFL. Watch some video of him in his last year with the Hurricanes and you’ll see why he averaged 7.6 ypc. Dude can play!

  23. If the team that gave Chris Henry 20 chances and Pacman Jones a dozen chances doesn’t feel you should get another chance? You probably should be out of chances in the NFL.

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