The Miami Dolphins may just turn out to be exemplary reality television for HBO and Hard Knocks after all. They can thank a former and current player for that happening, although it is not the way they were hoping to be featured. While Chad Johnson already head butted his way off of the team and perhaps out of the NFL, Karlos Dansby may be trying to talk his way off of the team as well.
Exactly as I had predicted following his arrest on a domestic abuse charge, the Dolphins released Johnson, the enigmatic wide receiver who may have just head butted his way out of the NFL for good. Signing Johnson had more to do with publicity than talent to begin with, and now they will realize that it was an experiment gone wrong.
But don’t tell that to Dansby.
“I hate that we didn’t stand behind him,” Dansby told a local South Beach radio station. “I know the guys in the locker room would. But the organization felt a totally different way about the situation, and they probably had more information than we know. And they had to do what they had to do. It’s going to be an even bigger distraction right now, I think, because of the simple fact we let him go,” Dansby told the radio station. “I think if we were going to be with the guy, if he was going to be our guy, we have to stand behind him — even though the situation came about. He didn’t get that third strike.”
Maybe not with Miami, but everyone has to admit that Johnson has had multiple opportunities, and he has blown through all of them recently. He just doesn’t seem to get it.
I’m still not sure exactly what it will take for the players to receive the message that new head coach Joe Philbin is not going to put up with any nonsense from his players. I’m sure Johnson got the message, but Dansby may be the next one forced to learn a hard lesson.
Philbin may not win in Miami. Not for the next couple of seasons, at least. The owner appears partially clueless as it relates to football personnel and decisions, and players around the league have expressed their extreme hatred toward the general manager.
Yes, Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland. I am talking about you.
But while Miami may be a disaster on the field, Philbin is not going to let that leak out into the media. He warned Johnson to clean up his act – and certainly language – if he wants to be a part of this team and represent the Dolphins in Philbin’s renewed image.
Clearly, Johns made a different decision, which was one to head butt his new bride while in the heat of an argument. He made his choice, and Philbin and the Dolphins immediately made theirs as well, which was to cut ties with Johnson.
And now, Dansby feels the need to go tell the media that he wished Miami had stood behind Johnson? Not a smart move, fella.
Ultimately, I do not expect the Dolphins to release or discipline Dansby. Not publicly, at least. But I guarantee you that he and Philbin will have a discussion. And that one will be behind closed doors, and it will not land as a segment on the next episode of Hard Knocks.
Besides, I think the next couple of episodes already have enough to talk about concerning off the field and on field issues as it relates to the team picked by most to finish at the bottom of the AFC East.