Has Porter done enough to stay on the field?
At first, it didn't sound right that Miami's signature free agent signee wouldn't be in the game when Miami needs him most. It sounded like a coaching staff out-smarting itself. But further review tells us that Porter agreed to come out when he was approached about the idea earlier in the week.
Dolphins coaches, not wanting to over-extend Porter after he missed the entire preseason after knee surgery, told him he would come out in nickel and dime packages. Porter agreed.
"I got the heads up going into the game I was going to play in certain packages,'' Porter said. "But I didn't think about it until it was happening and when it was happening, they were finding a way and a mismatch and that was getting us in nickel and running the ball against us. And it was alright to deal with it in the first half but as the game got on the line, me being the competitor I am, I don't ever want to be on the sideline when the game's on the line."
So why did Miami coaches decided on this tact? They were forced to by Porter not knowing all the nickel package assignments he's supposed to know. So Miami coaches had no real choice removing a player that didn't have the best understanding of the assignment from the game.
What were they supposed to do -- let Porter remain in the game and not know what he's supposed to do?
It's up to Porter to understand that it is his responsibility to learn the playbook and give coaches no option but to put him in the game.
"I can't blame anybody but myself because if I new the playbook like I'm supposed to and me missing the preseason, if I had known something like that would happen, I would have tried harder to be on the field," Porter said. "I'm going to do whatever I can to put myself in a situation so I won't be in the situation I was in last week."
That, of course, leads me to this question: Why wasn't Joey Porter trying his hardest BEFORE this happened? Why didn't he know the playbook BEFORE the problem arose?
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