Dolphins seem to troll Kenny Stills after he rips Jay-Z

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The Dolphins remain as dysfunctional as ever. Or maybe their new head coach is simply doing what Bill Belichick would do.

Regardless, one day after receiver Kenny Stills ripped Jay-Z for his decision to do a deal with the NFL without regarding to the ongoing unemployment of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the Dolphins dialed up eight straight Jay-Z songs at practice.

“I felt like he really discredited Colin and myself and the work that’s being done in our communities,” Stills said Monday. “I think he could’ve handled the whole situation differently. If he were to say, ‘I see the work that Colin and these guys have been doing, and I want to partner up with the league to further that work,’ it would have been totally different than some of the ways that he answered some of these questions.”

Various theories have been promulgated for the move, including whether coach Brian Flores was simply trying to help Stills deal with distractions created by the crowd at a game. Perhaps the more plausible reaction is that this is how Flores deals with distractions on his roster.

In New England, players don’t spend time at their locker criticizing business deals done at the league level. In New England, players have a narrow range of permitted subjects, to which they adhere with near-robotic precision. They do that in part because the Patriots target players who will do that. They do that in part because Belichick insists on it. They do that in part because they have witnessed what Belichick says and does to those who deviate from the permitted script.

In Miami, the latest Belichick disciple to become a head coach has a player who is willing to call out anyone and everyone, including the team’s owner. Flores didn’t seem to like that, and the Jay-Z playlist seems to be Flores’ way of expressing that publicly.

The more important question here is whether Flores wants Stills on the roster. The Dolphins owe him nearly $8 million for 2019, $3 million of which is guaranteed for now. As of Week One, the full amount becomes guaranteed as a practical matter. It will be very interesting to see whether Flores decides to keep Stills on the roster for the first game of the regular-season — and it also will be interesting to see whether other teams, cognizant of what’s happening in Miami, call the Dolphins about a possible trade.

Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see whether Stills wants to stay in Miami. One thing is certain: If Stills has any reservations about continuing to be a Dolphin, he won’t be afraid to say so.

30 responses to “Dolphins seem to troll Kenny Stills after he rips Jay-Z

  1. It just sounds bizarre that the head coach would get involved in the playlist for practice, but who knows? In a related topic, it’s about time for another story about how these guys all sleep in their offices because there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for all the important work they have to do.

  2. Kenny stills gets a lot of publicity for not being that good of a wide receiver: he should spend more time worrying about his craft rather than trying too make a point that you and 2 other bums are the only 3 apart of ur movement. Get over it Kenny cuz it seems like your going too be going Kaepernick soon enough. Colin could play anytime he wants the problem is he is not worth the amount of money he wants too be paid. If he really wanted too play he would have signed with someone already.

  3. How childish is this “Head Coach”.

    Nothing says “team” and “comradery” like purposefully alienating 1 player whether you agree with that player or not. Belichik is awesome. His coaching tree is full of themselves.

  4. Put the whole Jay-Z thing aside. Is Kenny Stills really the type of receiver that a tanking team pays $8M? Or would you maybe want to save money and carve out more targets for Jakeem Grant who you just signed through 2023? Stills is cuttable purely on a production vs. cost perspective. The Dolphins are probably weighing how to cut him without creating a sh– storm.

  5. Phenomenal – the guy deserves all of the trolling he has coming at him! Way to throw your boss under the bus. the guy who puts food on your table.

  6. Coach Flores just said to Kenny in musical form that old saying “if you can’t take a joke..*##*& ’em. Kenny to Oakland would be an outstanding move by Grier and Flores.

  7. If Stills is so offended by the NFL, he should put his money where his mouth is and quit the league. These guys complaining about Jay-Z signing with the NFL are the biggest hypocrites considering they remain employed by and reap in the lucrative benefits the NFL provides them. How can anyone take these guys seriously?

  8. Dolphins aren’t very good and won’t be this year. Flores is making it very clear what your role as a player is. Focus on playing football, that’s your job. If you’re not going to follow, take a hike or we’ll make it miserable for you. People all across this country make far less than Stills and disagree with their owners/bosses decisions regularly. But they show up day after day and “Do Their Job” and don’t complain. I have no sympathy for the Stills and Kaepernicks of the world. Do good work in the community and affect the people you can tangibly reach. I don’t necessarily disagree with his stance, but play football and do good in the community you work in.

  9. Cut him the last day possible making it hard for him to latch on with another team. BTW if Kap wanted to play, he would have signed a “1 year prove it” deal like many before him. He didn’t because he wants to be a martyr.

  10. New Orleans didn’t want Stills. He’s an ignorant troublemaker. On the field, in 2018 he led all NFL receivers with four fumbles. Can’t beat press coverage, rarely open. The Dolphins would improve without this self-appointed social advocate, like Michael Bennett, who can’t write his name the same way twice. The 2019 NFL. Of course, the worst owner in the NFL, Ross, who literally has never made a correct decision — except maybe firing Gase — but Gase effectively fired himself — will keep paying Stills to humiliate the owner and team. Coprophiliac. Poor Brian Flores — quickly learning why no one wants to join this mess. Tyrod Taylor chose to sit on the bench in SD rather than start for the Dolphins.

  11. Run your route because your mouth will run you out of there. Any distraction outside of football will tear a team down.It probably has more to do than just this and Flores is giving him a not so subtle hint.

  12. Stills sure does like to run his mouth a lot for being a marginal WR. I wonder what he’ll say when he has talked his way out of a job in the NFL. Maybe then he’ll have time to devote to whining about anything and everything while doing very little to change the problems he’s whining and complaining about.

  13. Be a social activist during the off season. It’s time for football right now. Do what you are being handsomely paid to do. Save the world on your own time.

  14. I believe Flores is trying to show all that he does not cut good players because of their strong personality like Adam Gase did; and got rid of major talent just to make a worthless point.
    Also; if they cut or trade Kenny Stills; it will devastate the offensive unity just like it did with the defense when Came Wake was lost to the Titans.
    So Flores must look at the big picture. Because when the 3 omigos (Stills , Parker & Grant) are on the field; they are virtually unstoppable. If this trio is broken up then so will the offense be broken.
    In the playoffs of 2016; the Steelers could not stop the 3 omigos of that year; (Stills , Parker, Landry). The only reason Miami did not come back and win that game is because Matt Moore had a concussion. If it were not for Matt’s concussion; Matt Moore would have taken Miami to the Superbowl!
    Miami has 3 QBs who can function under pressure; like Matt Moore did in Buffalo / 2016 and get good receivers the ball in the clutch. If Miami gets a premier pass rusher they will be in the thick of things this season and have a realistic chance at a Home Superbowl!

  15. David Apollos says:
    August 21, 2019 at 11:39 am
    I believe Flores is trying to show all that he does not cut good players because of their strong personality like Adam Gase did; and got rid of major talent just to make a worthless point.
    Also; if they cut or trade Kenny Stills; it will devastate the offensive unity just like it did with the defense when Came Wake was lost to the Titans.
    So Flores must look at the big picture. Because when the 3 omigos (Stills , Parker & Grant) are on the field; they are virtually unstoppable. If this trio is broken up then so will the offense be broken.
    In the playoffs of 2016; the Steelers could not stop the 3 omigos of that year; (Stills , Parker, Landry). The only reason Miami did not come back and win that game is because Matt Moore had a concussion. If it were not for Matt’s concussion; Matt Moore would have taken Miami to the Superbowl!
    Miami has 3 QBs who can function under pressure; like Matt Moore did in Buffalo / 2016 and get good receivers the ball in the clutch. If Miami gets a premier pass rusher they will be in the thick of things this season and have a realistic chance at a Home Superbowl! Fins lost to the Steelers 30-12 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 what game did you watch ?

  16. I say you cut Stills purely from a performance standpoint. Stlls is a speed guy, and ONLY a speed guy. If he gets over the top and beats the CB and safety he scores…otherwise he’s just decoy….a EXPENSIVE decoy. Use the 8 million else where.

  17. I must have missed the official announcement where Stills was appointed arbiter of everyone else in the world’s intentions. He didn’t like the way Jay-Z answered some of the questions? Wah. I also like that he was offended that Jay-Z didn’t reach out to him first. That’s rich. Jay-Z probably doesn’t even know who Stills is, just like most NFL fans.

    Way to go, Coach.

  18. Trade him or cut him!!! The expectations aren’t that high this year anyway. Give some of these young receivers like Ford or Williams a try and see what happens. The Dolphins don’t need this drama queen on the team.

  19. Sorry, but I don’t buy it that Flores (or any head coach) would pull such a passive-aggressive move. If Flores doesn’t like what Stills is saying, I think he’d sit down with the guy, not pull that kind of juvenile stunt. I imagine somebody was trolling Stills, but I don’t believe it was Flores.

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