Dolphins must fill leadership void

February, 17, 2014
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One of the biggest things that upset Miami Dolphins players during their high-profile bullying scandal was thought they lacked leadership. But the Ted Wells report confirmed what many media members like myself have said and written for months.

An important piece to moving past the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin mess will be finding better and stronger leaders in the locker room. This is one of the many tasks of new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey this offseason.

The Wells report found three players -- Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey -- were all involved in the constant harassment of Martin. On Friday, I wrote about the systemic failing of the Dolphins. Smaller issues could have been stopped earlier and in-house to prevent one big issue that caused a national media firestorm. That includes players stepping up to stop the various issues going on inside Miami’s locker room.

Currently, there is no singular voice strong enough in Miami’s locker room. The strongest voice last year was Incognito, who was a member of the leadership counsel. That Dolphins saw where that ended up last season.

With more than 20 unrestricted and restricted free agents, there will be plenty of opportunities for Miami to turnover the roster. Leadership should be a quality in high demand for the Dolphins when considering new free agents and draft picks.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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