Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Porter resents losing snaps to Wake
By Tim Graham
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Joey Porter can't fathom why the Miami Dolphins preferred to use outside linebacker Cameron Wake ahead of him last year.
That's the crux of Porter's dissatisfaction with the Dolphins and why he wants to play elsewhere.
"You got a Pro Bowl player, asking to play," Porter said Tuesday afternoon during a long interview with Miami sports radio station WQAM. Porter sat down on Radio Row in the Super Bowl media center. "If you let us just fight for the job, it's not even an argument. No shots to nobody, but it's not even an argument.
"All them guys in my room, love them to death, but at outside linebacker, I'm the best one we got, period. There's nothing to even talk about. Who am I switching with? Why should I be switching out with any of them guys?"
He later said "If you want to put Cameron Wake in the game, go ahead and good luck to you. Let me go find a new job somewhere."
Inside linebacker Channing Crowder was a guest co-host for WQAM's program and claimed he wasn't alone in being baffled when head coach Tony Sparano took Porter and Jason Taylor off the field. Taylor and Porter were named to the NFL's All-Decade team Sunday.
"If the game's on the line, I want my two Pro Bowlers coming off the edges, Crowder said. "That's my mind as an inside linebacker.
"If I see different guys out there, not bad mouthing anyone, I'm going to be like 'Peezy, you straight? You good? You healthy? J.T., you straight? You healthy? Why aren't you all out there?'
"It was a funny situation among the team. The coaches and team are all supposed to be together as one, but there's till that camaraderie that gathers. It was an uncomfortable situation among the team, and I know I'm not the only player that thinks that. I know a lot of the other guys were, too."
Porter said playing behind Wake and Charlie Anderson so frequently deflated him, especially for the final seven games after Sparano deactivated him for a game.
Porter, speaking to Crowder, said "You've been to me 'Come on, man, I need you right now,' and mentally my mind wouldn't be there because I'm distraught and frustrated that I'm on the sideline a whole quarter, watching the game, and there ain't nothing the matter with me.
"It's hard for me to accept that after being Pro Bowl just a year ago, 17.5 sacks, making the all-decade team. All of a sudden I'm taking back seat, and for who, and for what? Explain that to me, and I'll have a better answer for you."
Porter had a team-high nine sacks, but half of them came in two games. Wake finished his first NFL season with 5.5 sacks. Anderson had two sacks.
Porter suggested he turned into a ghost around the Dolphins' facility after Sparano benched him, claiming Sparano, general manager Jeff Ireland and football operations boss Bill Parcells wouldn't talk to him.
"I went from being a defensive captain and talking to the coach every day to not talking to the coach no more," Porter said. "Only time I talked to him was on game day. I was talking to nobody, seeing Jeff Ireland and Bill and nobody's saying nothing to you no more. You just kind of feel like an outcast. The writing was on the wall for me.
"I'm not going to let them take my fire out of me, and they did that."