You think the record is bad? Read this ...
First his team quit on Sunday. Then, after the game in which they quit, the players admitted there is a divide between some players and coaches and even some players and other players. Dissension is the word used by some.
Then we find out Cameron, though not a liar, is definitely taking liberties with the truth on how he dances around questions.
The first issue in which Cameron's credibility is now at stake is that of offensive playcalling. The subject of whether Trent Green was calling plays came up after the game Sunday and again Monday. Both days, Cameron said Green wasn't calling the plays and suggested nothing had changed in how the Dolphins offense does business.
"Yeah, he just relays the call to the quarterback," Cameron said. "That's the only difference.''
Except that is not true. Turns out, according to several players, Mike Mularkey called the offensive plays against the Jets Sunday. It was the first game Mularkey did it and not Cameron. I would say that is quite a difference.
This revelation brings up a couple of issues. Now we have Cameron giving up his play-calling to the guy who called the plays last year and that effectively defeats the purpose of owner Wayne Huizenga going out last spring and searching far and wide for an offensive mind to lead his team.
It also asks Mularkey, a former Steelers offensive coordinator, to call plays in an offense in which he was not reared and does not feel most comfortable with. Last year Mularkey had to call plays in the offense Scott Linehan installed and last Sunday he's calling plays in the offense Cameron brought from San Diego.
But aside from that, it torques me that the coach was thinking he was smarter than everyone by not answering questions in a straightforward fashion. I mean come on. I have a huge pimple on my nose and you ask me if I have a pimple on my cheek and I say, "No, my skin hasn't changed," and I'm not stretchg the truth?
A similar exchange happened between myself and Cameron again Wednesday. Cameron was talking about putting linebacker Zach Thomas on injured reserve and I asked the question all of you want answered:
"Cam," I asked, "Do you want Zach Thomas on the team next year?
Cameron's answer: “Zach Thomas, you can’t imagine what it’s like having your defense lose, not only it’s Mike linebacker, but it being Zach Thomas. That’s something we’ve had to deal with all year long. I have so much respect for him. In my view, he’s our Mike linebacker. Now Channing (Crowder) has done an outstanding job of filling in for him and is one heck of a Mike linebacker, too. But as I said, you don’t replace Zach Thomas. You don’t. You try to do it collectively, but I think we all have so much respect for the guy.”
So with all due respect, I asked him if that simply meant YES or NO?
“He and I have talked that that’s where everyone is going to go, and he and I have agreed. The bottom line is he’s going to do everything to help us this year, and we’re going to let some time go by. He’s under contract next year. He knows how I feel about him. We’re not going to get into the speculation on next year. We’re going to focus on this year, and I think that’s fair.”
In other words, I am up here on this podium doing the Soulja boy dance around these questions but you're not going to get a straight answer and maybe not even the truth.
Nice job. Last time a Dolphins coach took liberties like this was last December. His name is Nick Saban.