As our regular readers know, we at Dolphins Truth have not been supportive of Dion Jordan.
We won’t change that now. We won’t be hypocrites and suddenly say how great it is for Dion to be back, because we do not feel he will make any difference.
That being said, there is some cause for a little hopeful optimism here, as the return of Dion Jordan MIGHT possibly help the defense.
First of all, let’s call out the obvious: What kind of player gets suspended while already on suspension? That’s like getting arrested while you’re already under arrest. The NFL player’s union is immensely, overly powerful, and so they’re able to protect Jordan’s privacy about what drugs he got suspended for. From what we gather, it appears that suspension #1 was for some type of PED, which Dion claims was in a supplement. Not too many people believe him, but that’s a different story. Suspension #2 possibly is from a recreational drug, but again, we do not know.
In any case, Dion could have just accepted suspension #1 and behaved, and he would have been back in Week 3. But no, he had to do something else and face suspension #2 as well. If #1 is due to a lack of maturity and common sense, what is the cause of #2? Can any adult on earth be THAT irresponsible? Yes, Dion Jordan can. And did.
Jordan has been on the Dolphins for a season and a half no, and he has never made a single meaningful play. Yeah, I know the Jordan defenders point to a sack or a tipped pass or two last season, but none of those were game-changing monster plays. In the last two seasons, Jordan, the Number Three Overall pick, has been just as productive as the team waterboy.
Is there any reason to think he suddenly got better? Any reason to think that last year was just a do-over, and that the real Dion will show up this season, starting Sunday?
Remember, Dion was allowed to practice and play in all our pre-season games, and he showed nothing at all. No playmaking skills whatsoever. This is a guy who was facing a suspension and had everything in the world to prove to his team, and he was still flat.
He played awful against the opponents’ pre-season 5th and 6th stringers. Is there any reason to think he’ll be better against the real pros?
A lot of people blame Jeff Ireland and Jeff Ireland only for this terrible draft pick of Dion Jordan at #3 last year. But there’s no real proof that Ireland acted on his own. Joe Philbin has more say in drafting and personnel move than people think. Look at the year before.
It’s just not reasonable that Ireland went into Philbin’s office a few years ago and said, “Hi, Joe. I don’t care what you want. I am getting rid of Reggie Bush because Daniel Thomas is better. I am getting rid of Jake Long because Jonathan Martin is better. I am getting rid of loyal Anthony Fasano because Dustin Keller has many productive years ahead of him.”
These disastrous decisions could not have all come from a G.M. acting on his own. There was agreement by Joe Philbin.
Anyway, no matter who is to blame for drafting Dion Jordan, it is a fact that it was a terrible choice. And again, there is no room for opinion here at Dolphins Truth, as we deal only in facts. So is it our opinion that Dion Jordan is unproductive, or is it a fact? You know the answers there.
The only hope for optimism here is a longshot. But it is POSSIBLE that Dion has learned his lesson and comes back in beast mode. He has the raw skills to tear up the NFL, much like Cameron Wake. If he stays focused, he could perform in the mold of someone like JJ Watt, only faster. He could also fill in and/or eventually dominate from the LB position. Kevin Coyle and Joe Philbin were both very vague about their plans for Dion, and that is good. There is no benefit in telling our opponents how we’re about use him.
We hope we wrong. We are giving Dion the benefit of the doubt right here, right now to shut us up. Go out and sack the Jaguars a few times Sunday. Cause a few fumbles with some jarring hits. Be in the right place at the right time and cause some turnovers.
Do all of that and earn our respect, and earn a retraction right here on the pages of DT.