NFL Nation: 2013 Richie Incognito suspended

Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

December, 4, 2013
The Miami Dolphins (6-6) picked up an important, 23-3, victory against the rival New York Jets on Sunday.

Here is a look at whose stock is rising and falling in Miami:


1.Olivier Vernon, defensive end: Vernon has been arguably the biggest surprise for Miami this season. He began the season as an afterthought after the Dolphins drafted No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan this past April. But Vernon won the job in training camp and currently leads Miami with 10 sacks. He had 2.5 sacks against the Jets, and is playing his best football late in the season. Vernon’s production has kept Jordan on the bench all season.

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AP Photo/Seth WenigReceiver Brian Hartline is quietly having a productive season for the Dolphins.
2. Brian Hartline, wide receiver: Hartline is quietly on pace to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He consistently beat Jets cornerbacks to the tune of nine receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. He has a team-high 804 yards this season.

3. Offensive line: Miami’s much-maligned group had arguably its best game against New York’s rugged and talented defense. The Dolphins rushed for 125 yards against the NFL’s top run defense, and most importantly, Miami allowed one sack in 44 drop backs from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The healthy return of center Mike Pouncey made an impact.


1. Richie Incognito's chances of returning: The Dolphins have the biggest stretch of their season upcoming with a chance of making the playoffs. There is very little chance Miami would take a risk by bringing back the controversial offensive lineman. Backup guard Nate Garner is doing well, and the huge distraction of bringing Incognito back after his suspension would cause a media firestorm. Incognito is eligible to return to Miami on Dec. 16, but he’s most likely played his final down with the Dolphins.

2. Kickoff coverage: This is a small gripe in an otherwise solid performance from Miami. The Dolphins allowed Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie to gain 126 yards on four kickoff returns, which is an average of 31.5 yards. Cromartie’s longest return was for 41 yards. The Dolphins need to tighten up their kickoff coverage against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in what should be a much closer game.

3. Fourth-down offense: The Dolphins took the approach of being very aggressive in Sunday’s must-win game against the Jets. They went for it twice on fourth down in the first half and failed on both attempts. The biggest gaffe was at the 1-yard line where Miami went shotgun and threw a pass out of bounds to the side of the end zone. I like the aggressiveness, but the play-calling on fourth down needs to improve for Miami.

Jonathan Martin is likely done in Miami

November, 30, 2013
Second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin most likely played his final down with the Miami Dolphins. That was the biggest takeaway from Saturday's roster move by Miami that placed Martin on the non-football injury list without eligibility to return this season.

The Dolphins waited more than a month to see if there was even a slight chance Martin could play again after leaving the team last month due to harassment and bullying allegations involving teammate Richie Incognito. Saturday's decision is proof that all hope was lost for Martin and the Dolphins in 2013.

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Ron Schwane/USA TODAY SportsIf Jonathan Martin is done with the Dolphins, will the team be able to get value for him in a trade?
In addition, there is a strong chance that you've probably seen the last of Martin in a Dolphins uniform -- period. ESPN's Lisa Salters recently reported that Martin doesn't want to return to the team. And, right or wrong, Martin is not viewed highly in Miami's locker room due to the way he handled the bullying and harassment allegations. Many teammates claimed they were unaware of Martin's issues and believed he could have kept the situation in-house instead of causing a national media firestorm.

The NFL's investigation will eventually prove whether Martin's claims are justified.

The next move is to determine what -- if anything -- the Dolphins can get for Martin. The 2012 second-round pick has talent and started at both left and right tackle for Miami. Starting offensive tackles in the NFL have value. However, Martin also comes with the label -- again, right or wrong -- of being a mentally fragile player. Teams must do their homework if they're interested in acquiring Martin.

Two teams that could have preliminary interest in Martin next year are the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts. San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh coached Martin at Stanford and knows him well. Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck also is a friend and a former teammate of Martin at Stanford. Martin protected Luck's blind side in college. Either team might be willing to buy low and take a flyer on Martin for a late-round draft pick. Martin has the potential to turn his career around if placed in the right situation.

But don't expect Miami to be the right situation for Martin -- or Incognito -- in 2014.

It's best that Martin, Incognito and the Dolphins break up this awful and explosive triangle once and for all.

Extension best for Dolphins, Incognito

November, 29, 2013
The Miami Dolphins simply could not handle the distraction of bringing Richie Incognito back to the team on Monday, when his four-game suspension was scheduled to end. Incognito also had a solid grievance case, because the Dolphins were withholding pay even though the NFL investigation of the bullying scandal involving Incognito and teammate Jonathan Martin is not complete.

That is why the Dolphins and Incognito made the correct move to reach a middle ground with a paid two-week extension of his suspension.

Incognito will earn just less than $1 million from the Dolphins during his time away from the team. That includes two game checks that would've been denied under the original suspension, plus the extended two games of the suspension, against the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.

For the Dolphins, it buys time for NFL lead investigator Ted Wells to complete his review of the Incognito-Martin bullying scandal by Dec. 16. The Dolphins will be able to make a better-informed decision at that time. The extension works out for both parties.

Still, chances remain slim that Incognito will return to Miami's locker room, regardless of the NFL's findings. Incognito will be an unrestricted free agent in 2014, and there will be only two games remaining following the new agreement on the suspension.

The Incognito-Martin controversy has many layers, and there still remains plenty of gray area that the NFL must get to the bottom of. But in the end, Incognito, Martin and the Dolphins are all likely to go their separate ways.

Double Coverage: Dolphins at Jets

November, 29, 2013
Mike Wallace and Muhammad WilkersonAP Photo, USA Today Sports ImagesMike Wallace's Dolphins and Muhammad Wilkerson's Jets are battling to stay in the AFC playoff race.
The final wild card in the AFC is up for grabs as the Miami Dolphins (5-6) travel to face the New York Jets (5-6) in what is essentially a playoff eliminator. The winner will get to .500 and have an inside track in the crowded wild-card race. The loser will take a major step back with four games remaining.

Which AFC East team will win this crucial game? ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker and ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini weigh in.

James Walker: The Dolphins and Jets will square off twice in December and it looks like both games will be meaningful. I think the common link between these teams has been general inconsistency. The Dolphins started 3-0 in September but are 2-6 since. Their season has been hanging by a thread for quite some time with uneven play on the field and controversy off it, thanks to the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. Sunday is the kind of game that could make or break the rest of Miami's season.

Rich, the Jets have been just as inconsistent, losing three of their past four games. How vulnerable are they?

Rich Cimini: Pretty vulnerable, James. When you can't score, you're vulnerable in my book. The offense has produced only one touchdown in its last 31 possessions with Geno Smith at quarterback -- yet he remains the starter. I really believe the Jets have reached a crossroads. A win over the Dolphins could springboard them into the final quarter of the season. If they lose their third straight, it could break them. Frustration is building in the locker room. They're at the tipping point.

The Dolphins aren't lighting up scoreboards, either. What's the deal with their offense?

Walker: The Dolphins can't run, can't pass, can't block and can't score touchdowns with any consistency. At times you see flashes in one or two areas. For example, quarterback Ryan Tannehill finally hit a couple of deep balls to receiver Mike Wallace last week, which hasn't been the case all season. If those two can make some big plays each week, the Dolphins have a chance to score more points. But the offensive line has been an issue all year, and it's not helping that they lost two starters in Incognito and Martin. The line has allowed 44 sacks and the running game is 26th in the NFL. The red-zone offense also has been horrendous. The Dolphins haven't scored more than 27 points in a game all season. That's why they are in close games nearly every week.

Rich, Rex Ryan's stock has been all over the place this year. He was projected to be a lame duck in the preseason. Then, a solid start improved his job security. Where does Ryan currently stand?

Cimini: Personally, I think Ryan is doing a good job, considering the circumstances -- turnover-prone rookie at quarterback, second-rate talent at the skill positions and seven new starters on defense. New general manager John Idzik has been complimentary of Ryan in the few interviews he has given, but no one really knows what he's thinking. If the Jets finish with at least seven wins, I think Ryan will be back. He ended the past two seasons on three-game losing streaks, so he obviously has a problem finishing.

I'll shoot the coach question back at you: Is Joe Philbin toast?

Walker: That's a tough question, Rich. There are so many factors involved, such as the future of general manager Jeff Ireland and the NFL's ongoing investigation of Martin's accusations. If Philbin and his coaching staff had any knowledge of the Martin situation -- and that's a big question -- it could lead to his demise. There is more to it than X's and O's. This would be a scandal that happened on Philbin's watch, and the NFL's findings will weigh heavily with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

But strictly on the field, most coaches get three years to implement their programs. A strong finish by Philbin makes a case for him to stay. Ireland is almost certain to be let go if the Dolphins do not make the playoffs. That could lead to the new general manager wanting to pick his own coach or going the Jets' route, where the holdover coach gets one more year to prove himself.

Finally, Rich, why is this Jets team so much better at home? It cannot be only due to the home crowd.

Cimini: You're right, James, it's more than the home crowd. I can't figure it out. It's weird because in the first two seasons under Ryan, they were a mediocre home team and very good on the road. Now they've flipped the script. You can't say they've feasted on an easy home schedule because they beat the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots. Go figure. I will say this: They benefited from a couple of fortuitous calls at home, including the rare "push" penalty by the Patriots while attempting to block a Jets field goal attempt. Most of all, their defensive line has dominated at home -- 21 sacks in five games, holding opponents to an average of 78 yards on the ground. The old saying "defense travels" doesn't really apply to the Jets.

Richie Incognito decision one week away

November, 25, 2013
The Miami Dolphins are on the clock.

Suspended Miami guard Richie Incognito served the third of his four-game suspension on Sunday during a 20-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. That means in exactly one week -- on Dec. 2 -- Incognito’s suspension will be complete and the Dolphins must decide whether to release or bring him back on the 53-man roster.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that there is some momentum for the Dolphins to bring Incognito back to the team. That would be Incognito’s preference as well as the preference of the locker room.

But the big question is this: What does Dolphins owner Stephen Ross think?

Ross was very critical of Incognito and Miami’s locker-room culture when he first got word of the foul language and early details of the Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation. More information has been gathered the past couple of weeks due to the NFL investigation.

Although all the details have yet to be made public in the Incognito-Martin investigation, I still think it is a long shot that Incognito returns next week. Incognito’s potential return would cause another media firestorm that the Dolphins probably want no part of. Miami is still in the playoff hunt and doesn’t need a bigger distraction than it already has created.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins are in the middle of an important investigation by the NFL. At the center of it is the offensive line, the unit that worked closely with suspended guard Richie Incognito and embattled right tackle Jonathan Martin.

Several Dolphins offensive linemen confirmed Wednesday that they had interviews with the NFL. These are the players who best know Incognito, Martin and the relationship between them that eventually led to bullying and harassment allegations by Martin.

“Everything went very well. So we will see how it goes,” Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said of the investigation. "We were in there for a while. They asked a bunch of questions. … It seemed like a long time but it probably wasn't. They got all the questions they wanted to get out of us and we gave them all the trustful answers."

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie joined the team in October from Baltimore. He didn’t know either party well, but said he hasn’t been afraid to voice his opinion on the situation.

According to McKinnie, investigators wanted to pick his brain as a veteran who has played on three different teams and been in various locker rooms. McKinnie estimated his interview lasted about 30 minutes.

"There was four people in there and two people asking questions," McKinnie said. "They’re just trying to gather knowledge from everybody on what really happened and go from there."

Dolphins right tackle Tyson Clabo also has been vocal and supportive of Incognito. However, Clabo was more tight-lipped about what went on behind closed doors when he met with the NFL.

"Yeah, I did that. They asked us to respect the process of the investigation and to not really go into the details about it," Clabo said. "So I did my time up there and that’s really all I’m going to say about it."

Pouncey, who has spent time with Incognito since the suspension, said he believes the full truth will come out at the conclusion of this investigation.

The Dolphins (5-5) are still in the playoff hunt and have tried to stay focused with a big game upcoming at home against the Carolina Panthers (7-3).

"I feel like we’re all at ease now," Pouncey said. "Now we can just focus straight on football. That’s the most important thing, that we can focus on football so we can win games."
The Miami Dolphins are getting hit from all angles this week.

In addition to the NFL investigation coming Monday to Davie, Fla., with questions about the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports Incognito’s grievance hearing also is scheduled for Thursday.

Incognito filed his grievance with the Dolphins last week in an effort to recoup the $1.176 million he stands to lose during his suspension. The Dolphins have until Dec. 2 to decide whether to release Incognito or place him back on the 53-man roster. Miami is in the process of making changes and is expected to cut Incognito once the suspension concludes.

Keep in mind, all of this is going on in addition to Miami’s preparation for its big game against the talented Carolina Panthers, who have won five straight. The Dolphins (5-5) are in the thick of the wild-card race in the AFC and need a good week of preparation and focus to win this game.

“You can’t let it [bother you]. You really can’t,” Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick said after Sunday’s win against the San Diego Chargers. “You have to focus on what’s important as a professional and as a player, and focus on your job. There’s always going to be distractions.”

The Dolphins are tied with the Jets (5-5) for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. Miami will play the Jets twice in the month of December.
Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner is on the hot seat for various reasons.

For starters, his offensive line has significantly underperformed on the football field. The Dolphins have allowed the most quarterback sacks (37) in the NFL and the running game is ranked 25th. Miami garnered a franchise-low 2 rushing yards in last week's loss to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, mostly due to penetration allowed by Turner's struggling offensive line.

But the latest report from ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen provides more troubling signs for Turner. Schefter and Mortensen report Turner is a "person of interest" in the NFL's investigation of bullying and harassment accusations by right tackle Jonathan Martin. Sources said Turner would "insult, bully and pile it on" Martin. Expect the NFL to ask Turner plenty of questions about this when investigators visit the Dolphins' facility.

It's no secret to those around the Dolphins that Turner is tough on his players. He has a military background and is a yeller. That is on full display when practice is open to the media.

A coach screaming at his players is nothing new. But if Turner indeed crossed the line with Martin with bullying tactics, this could have major repercussions for Turner and possibly others on Miami's coaching staff.

Based on performance alone, Turner hasn't done a good job with Miami's offensive line this year. Turner's much-maligned group is easily the weakest area of the team. Add in the fact that Turner might be linked in the Richie Incognito-Martin saga, and it certainly puts Turner's future with the Dolphins in question.

Dolphins' offensive line in shambles

November, 17, 2013
The hits keep coming for the offensive line of the Miami Dolphins.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports starting center Mike Pouncey (illness) will not play in Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Both teams have 4-5 records, so Sunday's meeting should serve as an elimination game of sorts in the AFC playoff race.

The Dolphins are now without three starters on the offensive line Sunday: Pouncey, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin -- due to a combination of illness and in-house controversies. Top reserve Will Yeatman also suffered a significant knee injury in practice Wednesday and was put on injured reserve.

Miami’s offensive line is in shambles. This is the same group that was a part of a franchise-low 2 rushing yards in last week’s 22-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The offensive line has been Miami’s biggest weakness all season, and Pouncey was easily its best player up front. Not having Pouncey will impact both quality of play and communication between the linemen and second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The Dolphins have two choices to replace Pouncey against San Diego. Miami can either start backup center Sam Brenner, who was just called up from the practice squad on Saturday. Or, the Dolphins can shift starting guard Nate Garner to center and start backup Danny Watkins at guard. Neither choice is ideal.

Dolphins Q&A: Tony Dungy

November, 12, 2013
TAMPA -- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced Monday that he’s set up a task force to clean up their locker-room culture. One of the members selected to lead that task force is former Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy.’s Dolphins team page caught up with Dungy before Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get his thoughts on his communication with Ross, Miami’s in-house culture, and how he plans to help.

James Walker: Tony, you have been one of the leading figures on several important NFL issues. How did Ross get in contact with you to join this task force to clean up the culture in Miami?

Tony Dungy: Steve called me. I talked to him several times during their coaching search and since he’s gotten the team. Steve called me and said he wasn’t sure what happened. He’s in the process of finding that out. But he wants to look forward and see how he could ensure their locker room and whole organization was operating in the best way. He wanted to get some former players that he respect and former coaches, and put together a recommendation of best practices.

Walker: After the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga, how serious do you think Ross is about cleaning up the Dolphins’ locker-room culture?

Dungy: I think he’s very serious. I think he’s disappointed that this happened on his watch, and it could have happened to anybody. People ask me how much should a coach know? How much should you be aware of what’s going on? You do have to count on your players, your leadership. I’m standing around a bunch of guys [in Tampa] who made it happen for me. What I did is set the atmosphere on what my expectations are. But I counted on Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp to let me know. As a coach you are kind of counting on that.

Walker: You, Don Shula, Dan Marino, Curtis Martin and Jason Taylor all have a lot of clout in NFL circles. Why do you think Ross picked this particular group?

Dungy: I think he wanted to get some ex-Dolphins. I think he wanted to get some guys that he respected that could say, ‘This is how football is. This is normal. This is what we had in great locker rooms and this is how you get it.’ I think he picked some great guys.

Walker: How involved will you be?

Dungy: I’m not sure. We haven’t really talked about it. It’s something I think will be very intensive early on, especially, to kind of set the tone. I just told him I would be glad to do whatever I can to help him out.

Video: Latest on Incognito, Martin

November, 9, 2013
AM ET Miami Dolphins reporter James Walker is in Davie, Fla., reporting all the latest with the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin situation.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins suddenly have a free-speaking locker room over the past 24 hours.

Surprised? You should be.

Most of this year Miami has been secretive about topics such as injuries, strategy and changes on the depth chart. The Dolphins under head coach Joe Philbin have been much closer to Bill Belichick and New England Patriots than Rex Ryan and the New York Jets.

But something has changed since Wednesday when this media firestorm grew with Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, who is suspended indefinitely following accusations of harassment and misconduct. Players have addressed this issue openly and, at times, passionately. Most veterans are siding with Incognito.

The usually tight-lipped Philbin said he doesn't mind.

"Those are their comments, and they should stand on their own," Philbin explained. "Everybody is accountable. One of the things that we talked about yesterday in our program, we talked about honesty, we talked about respect, we talked about accountability. If you're going to put your name on something, those guys are accountable."

The Dolphins and their players have often treated injuries like government secrets. Asked what changed with transparency this week, Philbin simply added, "It's an open locker room. People ask questions and they responded to the questions. I wasn't there."

According to Philbin, he's doing his best to block out the noise. The Dolphins (4-4) still are in the wild-card hunt and have a game to play Monday against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8).

But this national controversy involving Incognito and Martin did reach Philbin's family in recent days.

"Unfortunately I called my 92-year old father yesterday, and he was on the computer, so I had to tell him to get off the computer," Philbin said, sparking laughter. "Honestly, I don't think I'd have enough time in the day to read all the stuff that's out there."
The Miami Dolphins’ locker room has spoken. Miami’s veteran players took sides by providing overwhelming support for suspended Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito over second-year player Jonathan Martin.


Whose side are you on in the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito incident?


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Now, it’s your turn. Knowing what you know, who’s side are your taking: Incognito or Martin?

Did Incognito’s actions classify as harassment and misconduct? ESPN reported the transcript of Incognito using threats and racial slurs toward Martin. Was Martin correct to leave the team and report it the Dolphins, the NFL and NFLPA?

Or could Martin be perceived as soft and thin-skinned? Various Dolphins players were upset with the way Martin handled this situation. It has caused a national media firestorm and a suspension for one of Miami’s best offensive linemen. Was Incognito’s actions acceptable and a version of tough love in the NFL?

Using our SportsNation poll, cast your vote on the Incognito-Martin saga. You can also share thoughts in the comment section below or message me via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.
DAVIE, Fla. -- Various players in the Miami Dolphins' locker room on Monday were surprised by the developments regarding Richie Incognito, who was suspended indefinitely for his treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, which included threating text messages and a voicemail that included racial slurs.

"I was shocked when all this happened," rookie cornerback Will Davis said. "What's going on? I was trying to get filled in. I'm not sure about this situation at all."

Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN that the following is a transcript of a voice message Incognito left for Martin in April 2013, one year after Martin was drafted:

"Hey, wassup, you half n----- piece of s---. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s--- in your f---ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your f---ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F--- you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."

Dolphins starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson has played for five NFL teams in eight seasons. He said sometimes personal issues between players call fall between the cracks in a locker room.

"Everybody has their own deal going on. Guys don't know," Patterson said. "There's so much that goes on throughout a work week, and there's so much that goes on throughout guys' individual lives. Guys have kids, guys have other things that's going on."

Dolphins middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe added, "I never heard anything about it until now."

Ellerbe is on Miami's six-player leadership council -- so was Incognito -- and said Martin could have addressed the leaders on the team with his concerns.

"We don't have no problem with [coming forward]," Ellerbe said. "We would try to handle it the best way possible. We would rather [happen] that than this."

Miami starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie was traded to the Dolphins just two weeks ago. But McKinnie spent a lot of time with both Martin and Incognito in various team practices and meetings during that span.

"I didn't sense anything," McKinnie said. "I mean, I was kind of caught off guard with it. I don't really know too much about the situation because I just got here."

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin took the blame for the environment that was created in his locker room. The final thing that forced Martin to leave the team last week was a lunchroom incident. Martin hasn't returned since.

"I want you to know as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, I am in charge of the workplace atmosphere," Philbin said. "Since April 10, 2012, when players first came here ... every decision I've made, everything we've done at this facility was done with one thing in mind: that is to help our players and our organization to reach their full potential. Any type of conduct and behavior that detracts from that objective will not be tolerated."

The Dolphins (4-4) will travel to play the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8) on "Monday Night Football."

The Miami Dolphins are not being viewed in a good light following their huge controversy involving guard Richie Incognito. He was suspended indefinitely following alleged harassment and threats of physical violence toward teammate Jonathan Martin.

ESPN analyst Cris Carter, a Hall of Fame wide receiver, had strong words for the Dolphins on Monday night. Here is what Carter said on air:
"I played in three different decades: the 1980s, '90s and 2000s. I'm really disappointed in [Martin's] teammates, because I don't know how this guy can still be playing on a football team and they not find it out. I'm disappointed in the offensive players. I'm disappointed in Mike Pouncey. The guy who is playing right next to you and you don’t know? This is criminal information. We're taking showers together. We're on the road together. We're sleeping together. I'm depending on you, man, so I don't get my neck cracked. And they don't even know this? [Ryan] Tannehill, the quarterback, how can they not know? How can these guys not know? Joe Philbin as the head coach, the reason why coaches in this league are great is because they care about the players. The reason why [Martin] didn't want to talk to [Philbin] when they met is because [Martin] didn't trust him. When a young kid can't go to a coach and tell him what's happening to him, that's how guys get weeded out in the football league. But you got to care about these guys."

Carter brings up a very strong point of caring about the players. The Dolphins' coaching staff and front office either knew Martin was having a tough time and didn’t do enough to address it, or they were completely oblivious and have zero pulse on their locker room.

Neither situation is good, especially for Philbin, who admittedly is in charge of creating the proper work environment. The NFL is looking into the situation, and we will know more details of this situation in the coming days and week.


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