The Dolphins had just suffered a season-wrecking loss to the Ravens, and immediately after Joe Philbin addressed his team, he called Jared Odrick into his office.
The discussion’s topic was no surprise: Odrick’s emotional (and at times profane) outburst on the sidelines, partially directed at Philbin.
“It was squashed, a dead issue,” Odrick recalled Tuesday. “I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy being around these guys and this organization. ... We all put our bodies on the line and that takes a lot out of you emotionally, when you do it it day-in and day-out, not just on Sundays. When you do that, and put that much on the field, and you realize that you have to do it again and again and again for the same guys that are part of this program, that’s when you realize you’re doing something special. I respect and love everyone in this room.”
Odrick’s diatribe was seen by many as a snapshot of a larger issue within the locker room, particularly with another Dolphins season on the brink. Philbin’s coaching style has been questioned by players at various points in the season, and some simmering emotions boiled over with Sunday’s loss.
But Odrick was adamant that he has a lot of respect for Philbin, and that it will not be an issue moving forward.
Odrick did insist that he did not yell “every week” to Philbin, as has been widely reported.
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The Patriots have tight end Rob Gronkowski, a gridiron power forward who can catch and run whose 10 touchdowns are tied for fourth in football.
The Dolphins have embattled linebacker Philip Wheeler ... and for now, that’s about it.
When the team returned to practice Tuesday, Wheeler was the only starting linebacker not sidelined by some sort of medical issue.
Koa Misi (hamstring) and Jelani Jenkins (foot) were both observers during the portion of practice open to reporters. Making matters worse, so were backups Chris McCain (ankle) and Jonathan Freeny (hamstring).
That would presumably leave Kelvin Sheppard and Jason Trusnik – backups who play mostly special teams – as the next men up.
“We’ll have to see,” Philbin said, when asked if he expects to have his starting linebackers Sunday. “They have to take it one day at a time and see how things progress throughout the course of the week, and how practice goes.”
▪ Backup lineman Nate Garner remains away from the team as he deals with an unspecified illness.