Friday, February 14, 2014
Venturi on Incognito: 'He's a runaway train'
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rick Venturi isn’t surprised that Ted Wells’ report determined that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito and two of his teammates bullied fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.
Venturi knows all about Incognito’s aggressive style.
The former Indianapolis Colts coach was on the St. Louis Rams’ staff when Incognito played there.
“He’s a runaway train,” Venturi said Friday. “When we had him, and I think actually for a while in terms of his actual on the field stuff, I actually think he improved in Miami. But for us, he was selfish, he was loud, tried to intimidate. It was just his style. I say selfish, from the standpoint that he was highly penalized. He cost us games, cost us yardage. I was never a fan of his.”
Venturi, who spent two seasons with Incognito in St. Louis, said the Dolphins were going to have problems because Incognito was looked at as one of their leaders.
“I’m shocked to the degree of this thing with the racial words,” Venturi said. “But as far as Incognitio being in the middle of it, it doesn’t shock me he was in the middle of any kind of intimidating type of behavior. To ever allow him to become a leader on your team, I really question that. You’re destined to have problems if he’s your leader.”
It boils down, according to Venturi, that Incognito is a selfish player who only thinks about himself. The lineman had a history of getting personal fouls while with the Rams.
“When he was with us he was loud, abrasive and he got us in trouble every other down with penalties,” Venturi said. “I always think those types of penalties after a while are selfish because it’s all about you, it’s not about the team. People saying he’s protecting players and things like that, that got nauseating. The sad part is he’s a very talented football player. He didn’t make the Pro Bowl for nothing. He just carries baggage you don’t want to handle.”