Give Chad Johnson this much: The man might have had the most eventful Dolphins career of any player in club history among those who appeared in exactly one game an exhibition at that and dropped the only pass thrown his way.
Quick chronology of Johnsons two summer months with Miami:
Gets married in wedding filmed for planned new reality show.
Has surname legally changed from Ochocinco back to Johnson.
Says hello to Dolphins with profanity filled introductory news conference.
Is admonished by coach Joe Philbin to quit spewing F-bombs publicly in an intended private conversation aired nationally on HBOs Hard Knocks.
Gets arrested for head-butting his newlywed wife Evelyn in a domestic incident.
Is cut by Dolphins.
Learns his planned reality series, The Ev & Ocho Show, set to launch in September, has been cut by VH1.
I think that about catches us up.
At Dolphins camp Monday the talk was all about how the former Ochocinco suddenly was the former Dolphin, and also about how one prominent teammate, linebacker and defensive leader Karlos Dansby, outspokenly blasted the Dolphins for not standing behind Johnson and giving him another chance.
Dansby isnt right. Philbin made the right decision in letting go of Johnson even if it wont be entirely popular within the locker room.
Poor Joe, right? Tough enough for a rookie head coach to try to get a listing franchise upright and moving forward again without the kind of weekend he just had. And I dont even mean the exhibition loss to Tampa Bay.
First Philbin learns quarterback David Garrard the starter or at least No. 1 on the depth chart would miss most or all of the preseason following minor knee surgery.
Then he sees his most experienced, accomplished receiver arrested, then gone.
It leaves one tempted to wring hands and affix a TEAM TURMOIL label, except that both situations present an opportunity for the Dolphins and this rookie coach.
At quarterback, not to repeat myself, this helps clears the way for the club to fast-track its future by doing what it should and giving the job to promising rookie Ryan Tannehill.
With Johnson, Philbin has an opportunity to be seen as decisive, as tolerating no silliness or off-field distractions, and as moving forward with an eye on youth, not recycling older players such as Garrard and Johnson when this season should be about development, about building something special.
Philbin kept saying Monday how Johnson didnt fit. He is trying to build a team. I dont know there is any NFL player more about me.
I try to not criticize honesty so wont blame Dansby for his candor, but I also see Philbins point of view in saying, Im of the opinion you should keep things in-house. As a coach I dont want a linebacker blasting me for cutting a receiver especially when there are complicated circumstances as with Johnson.
At Dolphins camp Monday one of my media brethren snickered, I wonder if Cameron Wake would have been cut for a head-butt, knowing the likely answer: No. The thing is NFL players are not all equal. Never have been. Bulletin: Stars are treated differently. So are top performers in most any line of work, right?
I remember Jimmy Johnson, way back in the Dallas Cowboys days, telling me once that if a seventh-round, fourth-string rookie guard fell asleep in a team meeting you would kick his butt out the door, but if Troy Aikman was caught dozing you would gently nudge him awake and offer to fluff his pillow.