Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito is now a member of the arch-rival Buffalo Bills, and that is bad news for Dolfans.
It’s just another item in the long list of exciting news that is occurring for the 3 other AFC East teams, while Stephen Ross keeps the Dolphins mired in morbose mediocrity.
2015 has been filled with exciting news for 3 of the 4 teams in the AFC East.
- The Patriots were handed a free Super Bowl victory.
- The Bills got a tough-as-nails head coach with a chip on his shoulder. They also got Richie Incognito, a Pro Bowl guard who Miami should have kept.
- The Jets got a cerebral but inspiring head coach who, besides Bill Belichick, is the only head coach in our division with a winning record as head coach.
- The Dolphins got nothin’. Again.
Speaking figuratively and not going literally by the calendar, the Dolphins’ 2015 began on the day when we were eliminated from the playoffs at the end of December. On the day were were eliminated, Stephen Ross stabbed us all in the back by doubling down on Joe Philbin. Ross condemned us to another 8-8 season next year AT BEST.
It’s baffling why Ross rewarded Philbin at all. But it’s infuriating that Ross rewarded him on the very day we were eliminated.
There is no logic to explain Stephen Ross’s logic.
Last year, the Dolphins were involved in a situation where some linemen teased each other. One lineman, Jonathan “Judas” Martin, turned his back and quit the team. Before the NFL could say a word, the Dolphins came down hard on Pro Bowl lineman Richie Incognito, suspending him indefinitely. The Dolphins held counseling sessions. Stephen Ross toured the country in support of anti-bullying campaigns.
This year, the Patriots were caught (or at least accused) of cheating in a playoff game. The Patriots suspended no one. Patriot owner Robert Kraft did not tour the country to apologize for his players. On the contrary, Kraft DEMANDED and apology from the NFL. The Patriots did not allow the distraction to stop them.
The way the Patriots handled their crisis is the 180-degree opposite of how the Dolphins did it. One team over-reacted way too quickly and cost itself a playoff berth. The other team ignored the scandal, stuck up its middle finger to the NFL, and got a world championship.
Dolphin fans hate the Patriots, but we’re forced to admire their leadership. We’re jealous of it.
Just imagine last year if Joe Philbin and Stephen Ross would have stated, “Richie and Jonathan teased each other, and 100% of the Dolphins attest to Richie’s side of the story. We’re very sorry that John Martin chose to walk away, but we replaced him and we’ll move into the playoffs. And we demand an apology from the NFL for calling this bullying. It was two grown men.”
The difference in leadership is palpable, and it was demonstrated all through January by the way the Pats ignored or denied the cheating.
The message boards are abuzz on the Jets, Bills, and Pats sites. Meanwhile on the Dolphin sites, fans are complaining (rightfully). Or, worse, fans aren’t saying a word.
But Stephen Ross is okay with that. He doesn’t care if fans want the Dolphins to win. He only cares about moving home games to London, changing our beloved logo, and removing 11,000 seats from our home stadium. He is the only owner in sports history who tells fans what they want instead of listening.
Or instead of reading our begging and pleading on this site.