Dolphins wonder if Zach Thomas really wants it
But here on this blog we try to look past the makeup on the pig's face and actually stare at the pig: And that's what this is -- a pig wearing makeup.
In fact, in truth, the Dolphins are a little wary of the entire migraines drama for several reasons. They wonder how much Thomas reeaaaalllly wanted to get back on the field this year. They wonder if too much undue influence on Thomas was exerted by his new bride, Maritza. They wonder, frankly, how it is Thomas spent nearly a month and a half battling the migraines after a horrible collision on the Florida turnpike ...
... But Maritza, a tiny gal who was in the same car in the same accident, apparently felt no similar symptoms.
These questions have no answers really. And they are not my questions about Zach because I believe he still wants it. But they are being legitimately asked by some personnel inside the Dolphins organization.
The Dolphins MUST ask themselves these questions because if the answers they come up with paint a player who didn't try his hardest to get back on the field, that must cause them to think long and hard about addressing the middle linebacker spot this offseason.
Now to the questions: Last week at a weekly Miami Touchdown Club luncheon, Thomas admitted that his wife wants him to retire. He admitted she told him not to play the remainder of this year. He also said that Maritza, a pharmacist, did extensive research on his concussion and migraine situation and was seriously concerned about her husband's future well-being.
That makes Maritza a wonderful wife to Zach. But it has got to make the Dolphins crazy.
How else can they feel when a person with such profound influence on a player is constantly telling him to quit? What kind of seeds, the Dolphins must worry, are being planted in Zach's mind? And did that influence cause Thomas to resist coming back this year when the migraines had shrunk to a mere twinge, as Thomas described it to me once?
In Zach's defense, he also said at the Touchdown Club Luncheon that he has no plans to retire because he doesn't want "to out this way."
But despite that public stance, the migraine issue which cannot be confirmed through an MRI or X-Ray is causing the Dolphins to wonder about Thomas. That doesn't mean they don't believe him to be hungry about playing again.
But they are wondering.