I agree with Greg Cote’s assessments in his Feb. 18 column, Bullygate reveals Miami Dolphins’ lack of leadership. How did this go unnoticed or accepted by so many? As the saying goes, “the fish stinks from the head,” including Joe Philbin, although he seems to be exonerated by the Wells report.
I cannot imagine this going on in Don Shula’s time when we were less sensitive and politically correct. I can understand this is football and tough exteriors and skin are a must. Verbal jabbing and good-natured teasing are a part of the culture of the game, but this was beyond the pale. Granted, Jonathan Martin might be more sensitive, but as for most bullies, the Achilles heel proved to be irresistible. Also as with most bullies, this probably had more to do with Richie Incognito’s lack of self-esteem than with Martin’s.
It’s too bad that these fools didn’t put as much effort into practice and team building so that we wouldn’t have a quarterback with a record of most sacks! This O line seemed disjointed and sloppy before the scandal broke. I guess now we know why. I’m eager to see if the changes will make a difference. I, for one, would like to clean house.
Felicia Tannehill, Biscayne Park