Wide receiver Mike Wallace accepted The Good Guy Award from the Miami chapter of the Professional Football Writers Association Thursday. The award goes to the player who most consistently cooperated with that chapter’s media members.
That Wallace won the award while also being one of the most scrutinized and, at time, criticized Dolphins speaks to how adeptly he handled the media this season.
“I’ve been in a pretty good mood for most of the season. Probably two weeks, I was in a bad mood, but the rest of the time I was in a good mood,” Wallace said, explaining his ability to deal with the media and, seemingly, enjoy it most of the time. “Everybody’s got a job to do. People might not like it. Some people might like it. Everybody’s got a job to do and I try to take that into consideration. Nobody wants to make their job harder than it has to be so I try not to be the guy who gives y’all a hard time.”
Wallace should break one of the stranger runs around the Dolphins: the last six Dolphins to win the award and eight of the last 10 players were released or traded by the Dolphins before the following season or suspended by the Dolphins during the following season.
The exceptions were 2005 co-winner Vonnie Holliday, who stayed with the Dolphins long enough to win again in 2008 and be released; and 2007 winner Andre Goodman, released after the 2008 season.
Dolphins owner Steven Ross spoke to the team after Thursday’s practice, which Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said went so well, the team ended five minutes early.
“As I told the team, Steve has been supportive throughout the entire season and has always had great confidence in this team,” Philbin said.
This and that
• In the brief portion of practice open to the media, Nate Garner was at left guard, replacing Sam Brenner, who was benched during Sunday’s 19-0 loss at Buffalo.
• Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, said he felt fine and the injury report indicated he went through a full practice.
The injury report also said running back Daniel Thomas had a limited practice on his hurt ankle.
• Jay Fiedler, the starting quarterback for the last Dolphins playoff win (after the 2000 season), dropped by Dolphins practice to promote The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps, a sports summer camp that’ll have Fiedler, former Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison and former Olympic sprinter Ato Boldon among the instructors.