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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
How the Dolphins handle trash talking

By James Walker

When Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin took over the team two seasons ago, he quickly changed the overall personality to fit his mild-mannered demeanor.

Philbin got rid of boisterous players such as Brandon Marshall and Vontae Davis before he coached his first game. Philbin also reluctantly tried the Chad Ochocinco experiment and ended it following Ochocinco's domestic dispute during training camp.

Soon after, it became well known in Miami that you had to be a "Joe Philbin guy" to survive long-term with the Dolphins. That means work hard, stay out of trouble and keep your mouth shut.

Therefore, you rarely hear any trash talking from the Dolphins. I can recall various instances when there were opportunities but players in Miami's locker room passed. The brash New York Jets have tried to bait the Dolphins several times over the past two seasons with no luck. New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette also called out Miami's offensive line following the Saints' win in Week 4. The Dolphins simply shrugged it off in defeat.

"That's not part of our game. We're not trash talkers," Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said of Galette. "We're just playing football. Guys don't like when you play through the whistle."

One of the biggest complaints from Dolphins fans is their team doesn't play with enough fire and energy, especially in must-win situations. There is a small chance Philbin would take in boisterous, trash-talking players such as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman -- and it is debatable whether that's a detriment or an asset to the Dolphins.

On a scale of red (not allowed), yellow (within reason) or green (go for it), Philbin's stance on trash talking is: Red.