In the words of Ron Burgundy; “Well, that escalated quickly.”
Following a complete disaster of a season opener which saw the Miami Dolphins, who are not hiding the fact that they are tanking this season, get absolutely destroyed by the Baltimore Ravens 59-10, a handful of Dolphin players, reportedly, have already had enough.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, “multiple Dolphins players contacted their agents after Sunday’s season-opening blowout loss and directed them to attempt to engineer trades elsewhere.”
The report would go on to say that some of the players think the coaches “aren’t serious about competing and winning and, by all appearances, have bought into the notion that the Dolphins will take their lumps now in the hopes of laying the foundation via high draft picks for building a successful team later.”
Florio later doubled down on the report, but according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the Dolphins have denied the report, saying that no player has formally requested a trade.
It’s not hard to see why players would want out. Miami has traded away much of the little talent they had, jettisoning left tackle Laremy Tunsil and veteran wide receiver Kenny Stills to stockpile premium draft picks.
While the logic behind the moves have made sense, as the Dolphins eye the future, it can be hard for players to risk health, and ultimately money, by playing on a team that is not able to compete.
On the flip side, the Dolphins may be better served by telling those players to kick rocks, especially if they have been part of the underachieving units from the past couple of seasons.
A proper rebuild has been long overdue in Miami, and while everyone expected the team to start the painful process this season, nobody expected it to be this bad.
Furthermore, it’s only a matter of time before players start getting hurt, particularly quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who was battered all day behind a makeshift, and inept offensive line.
While losing is certainly one thing, be unprepared and unable to compete the way the Dolphins were yesterday is another, a dangerous situation for players.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores certainly has his hands full in his first season as an NFL head coach, and now a player revolt is reportedly being tossed on his plate.
If a culture change is being implemented, Flores is likely to stand his ground and ship off players who aren’t buying in, regardless of how hard the buy in is.
It’s getting hot in Miami, and for once it has nothing to do with the temperature.
Eagles’ Doug Pederson Upset After Loss to Dolphins
The Philadelphia Eagles are reeling after another loss, this time to the “tanking” Miami Dolphins, and yet another blow to their playoff hopes and chances to take the division crown.
The Eagles entered halftime with a comfortable lead only to see it evaporate in the second half with the Dolphins passing game and trick plays propelling them to an improbable 37-31 victory in Miami on Sunday.
Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson wasn’t too thrilled with how things played out, especially after their strong start, saying he was “disgusted” and “angry”, mostly at himself, for the game.
During a radio interview with 94WIP in Philadelphia on Monday, Pederson said the Eagles “self-destructed” adding that they were now a “long shot” to make the playoffs after falling to 5-7 on the season.
“I’m disgusted, I’m mad, I’m angry and I’m probably more so mad at myself,” Pederson said (h/t ESPN). “Our discipline, our consistency, the lack of that that showed up in this football game, that’s on me. That’s on me. And that’s why I’m disappointed. I felt like and I think most people felt like we were the better football team.”
Pederson believes that the struggling Dolphins played harder than his team did on Sunday.
“That’s why I’m disappointed in that. They wanted this a little more than we did and they made the plays and we didn’t,” he said, also crediting the Miami staff for how well coached the Dolphins were.
Pederson was also miffed about the 10 penalties that the team drew.
“Having watched [the tape] again this morning, it’s not who we are, it’s not who I am as a coach, it’s not how we teach things,” Pederson said. “It starts with me and I have to fix things this week heading into the Giants game.”
The Eagles will now look to snap a three-game losing stream next Monday night when they play host to the New York Giants.
Cardinals Acquire Kenyan Drake
The Arizona Cardinals have acquired veteran running back Kenyan Drake from the Miami Dolphins for a conditional 2020 draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Per the report, the Dolphins will receive a 2020 sixth-round pick that can become a fifth-round pick as part of the deal.
The move had been expected since it was announced that Drake was not traveling with the Dolphins for their Monday Night tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a Drake trade had been rumored since the start of the season.
While Drake e has been historically under-utilized during his tenure with the Dolphins, and seemed to be towards the bottom of the backfield rotation,at times, this season.
Drake has rushed for 174 yards this season.
The Cardinals add a playmaking element to a backfield in desperate need of some help as both David Johnson and Chase Edmonds have been dealing with injuries that are likely to keep them from playing in Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Drake is expected to be available for that game, and could also contribute in special teams as well.
Drake is in a contract year, and could get a chance to get some solid playing time in the Cardinals’ backfield.
For the Dolphins, it is another pick added to an impressive stockpile for the 2020 draft. Miami has 13 total picks in 2020 including three first round picks, two second rounders, and two expected compensatory pick, and their own draft pick is expected to be the #1 overall pick.
Bills’ Fan Says Dolphins’ Bobby McCain Spit in His Face, Threatened to Spit on 13-Year Old
A fan of the Buffalo Bills is claiming that Miami Dolphins’ veteran cornerback Bobby McCain spit in his face and threatened to spit in the face of a 13-year old fan sitting behind him.
The fan, Dylan Wentland, has been a season ticket holder for 15-years and says that McCain threatened to spit on the young fan after the teenager yelled “You’re irrelevant” to McCain during warmups.
“He’s the nicest kid in the world. He’s sat behind us for years with his dad” Wentland said, according to the Buffalo News. He was just having a good time, “I go, ‘Dude, what’s wrong with you? What kind of role model are you for the kid?’ “
Wentland said he didn’t interact with McCain anymore during the game, but when the game ended and players left the field, McCain sought him out.
“I haven’t even said a word to him. He runs right up to me and spits in my face and then runs down the tunnel,” Wentland said. “I mean literally wound up, hocked and just spit right in my face while I’m standing there.”
The boy’s father, Scott Hammond says McCain had “faked spitting” on the boy “five or six times”, adding that he made the noise but nothing came out.
The video below shows Wentland calling McCain a “bad role model”.
Wentland says McCain sought him out after the game and spit in his face.
Dolphins’ head coach Brian Flores addressed the issue, stating that McCain will face discipline from the team “internally”.
“I heard [McCain’s] side of the story and it’s unfortunate” Flores said, according to the Miami Herald.
“I feel like he needed to handle that situation better. We’re going to discipline Bobby for that. We’ll handle that discipline internally, but situations like this — we’ve got to handle those situations and I would say, before I say that, we take those very seriously. There’s a standard that we’re trying to set here of professionalism, of the way we go about things.
We need to live up to that standard and we’re going to, so I talked to Bobby and, again, I heard his side of the story, but we need to handle situations better really on the field.”
McCain later issued a statement expressing his regret over the situation.
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