Monday, March 24, 2014
Dolphins notes from league meetings
By James Walker
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL league meetings are underway Monday in the sunshine state.
Here are some Miami Dolphins-centric items that took place:
- There was some chatter on improving locker-room culture. The Dolphins set the stage last season when the Ted Wells report pulled back the curtain on their bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Different coaches offered perspectives in Orlando. "I think coaches are held to a standard that sometimes is impossible," Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians explained Monday. "We don't see our guys until April 21st. If they're living in New Orleans or somewhere else, I don't know how we're responsible for what they do. They're men. They have families. They have children. They're responsible for their actions, not the coach."
- Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel said negotiations for stadium renovations are ongoing, and owner Stephen Ross plans to pay about $350 million of his own money into improving Sun Life Stadium. But the Dolphins are seeking property tax relief in exchange. "Miami Gardens is our neighborhood," Garfinkel explained. "We want to work with them, as well as the school board, to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make this work for everybody." The Dolphins' stadium plan is in its early stages and not on the docket at this year's league meetings.
- Garfinkel also provided an interesting tidbit: The bidding process for the 2019 Super Bowl begins in the summer. Part of the reason the Dolphins are trying to renovate Sun Life Stadium is to make Miami more attractive for future Super Bowls. The Dolphins most likely would prefer to have all the answers on renovations by the summer in order to make the strongest bid possible.
- Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis didn't completely close the door on Incognito signing with his team. The embattled Incognito, who was the central figure in Miami's bullying scandal, told NFL.com last week that he'd love to play for the Raiders because they fit his bad-boy image. "I'd have to think about that," Davis responded Monday.
- The Dolphins will have a full slate of media availability on Tuesday. Miami head coach Joe Philbin will speak during the AFC coaches breakfast. GM Dennis Hickey and Ross also are expected to speak to the media on Tuesday afternoon.