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Thursday, January 10, 2008

The stuff of novellas and soap operas

A lot of you have been asking for my information and opinion about the end-of-year meltdown the Dolphins had OFF the field prior to the season-finale.

First I commend FOXsports.com reporter Jay Glazer for giving a complete and accurate account of what happened. The players who gave him the information did a great job of carrying the message off the team plane, out of the locker room and out of team meeting rooms. And Glazer did a fine job of relaying it. So go to FOXsports.com if you want all the gory details.

Observation No. 1: The Dolphins are currently undergoing something of an information crackdown. This is typical of a team trying to hide its warts. Staff is being warned not to speak with media, not to return the phone calls from reporters and least of all, don't let anyone know exactly how royally screwed up things are within this organization. As one club employee told me recently, "I could write a book about this season."

But as typical of an organization that often worries about the wrong things at the wrong times concerning the wrong people, no one has told a player to keep things under wraps. And players are the ones who not only caused the meltdown a couple of weeks ago, but then served as sources for the episodes.

About the episodes: There was the widely reported confrontation on the team plane between Keith Traylor, Vernon Carey and Rex Hadnot with the defensive lineman remonstrating with the two offensive linemen. It started over a card or dominoes game which the Dolphins spent much of the season playing in the locker room and on chartered flights.

Observation No. 2: You have a bunch of competitive men that don't like to lose at ANYTHING. Those guys were quite frustrated throughout the season because they did little other than lose at football. So the card and dominoes tourneys were often heated. I saw angry exchanges myself several times in the locker room. One of those games begged to spark a more serious argument. Next year? Duh .... Keep the competition between players to the practice field. If they want to play cards, dominoes, or video games, let them do it on their off hours.

Anyway, the problem with the episode on the plane is that it seemed clear to everyone watching that coach Cam Cameron didn't really want to jump into the fray as it was happening. He seemed unsure. And that lost him much respect among players who, among themselves, started whispering that he "was not in control and looked scared," according to one player.

So the day after this incident, Cameron meets with Traylor about the whole thing and Traylor, who had publicly criticized Cameron, apparently let his emotions spill. He was disrespectful to Cameron and the coach responded by kicking the player off the team.

That sent ripples the size of rogue waves throughout the locker room. Veterans, particularly those on defense -- Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, Vonnie Holliday-- were incensed. Joey Porter, who mostly cares about Joey Porter, also joined in. And that led to a dressing down of Cameron by Porter in front of the entire team that was this year's version of the Daunte Culpepper- Nick Saban yelling match.

Except that, unlike Saban, Cameron didn't hold his own in this exchange.

It should be noted that Porter early in the season talked about wanting to lead the team but all he did this year was mostly talk and not back it up with production on the field. The Steelers were right about him, his best days are in his rear view mirror. Unless Porter finds a magic potion that greatly increases productivity, I would be surprised if Bill Parcells keeps him beyond 2008, regardless of the cap hit.

Anyway, the same Joey Porter that disobeyed Cameron by not returning with the team to South Florida after the Pittsburgh game, ripped Cameron a new one in front of the entire team after the Traylor incident. "Cowardly" was one word Porter used to describe Cameron IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE TEAM, according to one player. Cameron basically had no response. He had no retort and did nothing.

Observations No. 3: The coach should have suspended Porter for insubordination on the spot, IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE TEAM. But he didn't. Just as the punishment for that first offense of disobedience -- a fine -- was not enough, the punishment for this offense was ineffective also because, well, there was no punishment.

So Cameron lost his locker room cred right then and there, six days before the season-finale.

The troubling thing is that the players who led the revolt are supposed to be Miami's leaders. Was Cam wrong for being something of a wimp? Yes. Were the players wrong for acting as if this was a prison breakout while the warden slept? Absolutely.

A short aside: Thomas, a good man and a great player, also had issues with general manager Randy Mueller that he probably never should have had.

On Dec. 14, I reported on this blog that anonymous people within the organization were questioning Zach's desire to return from his concussion and headaches. I said in the post I did not agree with the opinion and, days later when he and I talked about the post, I told Thomas as much.

But Thomas told me during that talk that he already knew those things were being said, and furthermore, he knew who was saying them. He also told me he was going to confront that person although he didn't mention who exactly he was going to confront. I told him it wasn't one person saying those things, it was two, but I did not tell him my sources.

So how did Thomas come to believe Mueller was my source on this subject? Apparently a "reporter" from a competing newspaper trampled every line of ethics imaginable by injecting himself into the matter and WRONGLY convincing Thomas my source on the subject was Mueller. Again, I had two sources on this and, for the record, Mueller was not one of them.

Anyway, Zach apparently believed the misinformation he got either directly or indirectly from that other "reporter" and confronted Mueller. I do not know how that conversation between Zach and Mueller went, but Glazer reported Mueller denied being the source.

The whole thing needlessly caused friction between the team's star linebacker and general manager and all because Thomas trusted gossip from a fool with a reputation for having a big mouth. The irony here is that while Mueller was fired, both the people who questioned Zach to me remain employed by the Dolphins.

That club employee was right. Maybe I'll start on that book soon.

76 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, my team is a nightmare. Bill save us please!!!!

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Trenton said...

Armando, please tell me why you never criticize Brian Weidermier or Joe Bailey. Those two clowns need to go. Why do you protect them like you do? Are they your sources?

If you don't respond, I think it will be you losing the cred.

11:40 PM  
Anonymous flpd said...

Mando, please name the idiot "reporter." Would love to know his name and whether he works for Sentinal or Palm Beach.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual very good stuff here. Amazing to me how dysfunctional these guys are.

I remember listening to Zach on WIOD talking to Footie about this very issue. Zach was cool with you but Footie ripped you.

Now that I know what really happened, I don't think I'll listen to Footie anymore. What a tool.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ethan Skolnick? They are just jealous of you Armando.

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cam Cameron sucks. He's a dumbass who drafts families. What kind of idiot drafts families? What an idiot.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure there are a lot of Cowboys fans in South Fla. I think there are also many others who detest "America's Team" with their Texan arrogance. The team to root for is a hard call this week; I hate New Yorkers from my experience with home Marlins and Dolphins games (Jets, Giants and Yankee fans) and am no fan of Dallas. I just made up my mind; I am rooting for the Giants and Mini-Payton to win this one. Also Armando, can u picture the Dolphins mutiny happening with this Tony Soprano guy coming in? This guy looks like he would not be afraid to throw down on the plane with a Drunken Truck Traylor, this is just what we finally need, some discipline and player accountability. Hope the current bad Dolphin players are sent to sleep with the figurative fishes and we get some new free agent talent. Get Ocho Cinco in here ASAP. Good Day Sir.

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lost total respect for Miami veterans.

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heated exchanges over dominoes and cards? WTF? Good riddance to anyone fighting over that crap..I don't care how long they have been on the team.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Dolfan Ray said...

From day 1, people questioned if Cameron had the mental toughness to be a head coach. As a coordinator, this is not required. But as The Man, you need a brass set of cajonas to be able to stand up to these elite athletes. I think the team was tired of being led by a quiet man and needed that firey figure as a leader. This, I believe, is the main reason Cam wasn't retained. I think if he had respect in the locker room, he would be back for a 2nd season, despite the 1-15 record. I hate insubordination, but I think the vets on the team had had enough and it all vented out. And after 1 saw that the other got away with their actions, more insubordination followed. Cam is a smart guy who will be gainfully employed in this league for a long time, but never as a head coach. This team is moving in the right direction. Better players are coming. Better coaches are coming. Good times are on the horizon.
Go Dolphins!

7:26 AM  
Anonymous From the grassy knoll said...

so.....
are these storys about the vets being let out. So when they get rid of them , the fanbase is not upset??
great article

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Freddy said...

There really isn't any excuse for insubordination no matter who your coach is. I work like a freaking dog for less than $50,000 a year. These players who get paid millions can't even respect the coach and are playing cards at the Dolphins training facility? Sure it is Part Cameron's fault in the he wasn't an in your face SOB. But it's also a sign that those players are not good people. Good people with good common sense would never.

Put it this way people. If a player ripped Joe Gibbs like the stories we've heard here, who would you be most angry with?

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Josh said...

Dolfan Ray,

You know I read your comment and it was ok. However I can't get over you calling the Dolphin players "elite" It was disturbing, it kinda made me want to back hand you one.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't convinced that Sparano was the right guy until I read about him being a real no-nonsense hard@ss. This team obviously needs someone to lay down the law and get the team focused on FOOTBALL!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

Hence the reason Cam/Randy are no longer with the team. What a bunch of babies!!! Mando, just report and don't get caught up in it.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous cocoajoe said...

So much for keeping the few vets that were worth keeping.

Yeah, Cameron pussed out but you just don't pick a fight with the boss. I don't care if you are a NFL vet or work for a company in the private sector.....you pull that kind of crap and your gone. Simple as that.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Tommy said...

Good job Armando. Let me know if that book ever comes out. I'll be first in line to buy a copy.

For those of you who wanted Cam around next year, lemme ask you this: Is this the guy you want leading your team??

9:17 AM  
Anonymous NCFINFAN said...

If you want to fight, join the WWF, or start a boxing career, or go to the ocragon on 'Spike TV', better yet, take your frustrations out on the opposing team. NOT IN YOUR LOCKER ROOM!!!!!!NCFINFAN

9:18 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

Cameron was a "turn the other cheek" type of person. He's religious and probably felt he didn't need to get in the middle of a disagreement between grown men.

However, when your reputation and leadership qualities have been challenged all season, he should have stepped up on the plane, told the players to quit their game and act like adults.

Thats not his personality, and ultimately will be the reason that all he'll ever be is a good offensive coordinator. Let's not forget that L.T. helped quite a bit with increasing his credibility as well as the Chargers going 14-2 in 2006.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous NCFINFAN said...

OOPS OCTAGON, on Spike TV

9:19 AM  
Anonymous PMC said...

Armando, you are also a slimy reporter. By not revealing your sources, you leave people wondering who they might be. Other people, besides the sources, come under suspicion. It is not fair, and it is not right. By telling someone (Zach) that some source said some bad things about him, you are opening a can of worms. You should have either revealed the source when you notified Zach, or you should have kept your mouth shut completely, so that Zach did not become suspicious of others who were not the source. You are gutless. You understand not the folly of your ways.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Colorado Phins fan. said...

Mando,

You still haven't given us anything regarding Beck and Glazer's report the players were upset that Cam benched him in favor of Lemon. I originally heard the move was made to appease the players but Glazer reports to opposite. What's the real scoop?

9:28 AM  
Anonymous DolfanTom said...

Wow, what can I say! Thank God that's all over - or will be soon now that Sheriff Bill is in town. A winning team isn't guaranteed, but at least the end of this BS is!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Frank Moore said...

Armando, quick question, which season was more dysfunctional for the Dolphins, 2004 or 2007?

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always funny to me to watch Amrando pout when somebody else breaks a story before he does. Almost as funny as it is annoying when he beats his chest for being the first to break a story.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Zod said...

DolfanTom, it ain't over and Bill Parcells is not in the locker room..

The very same veterans who led this saga are still in the locker room.

The very same "reporters" who present soap opera rather than football are still covering the team.

It is the "friendship" of reporters and players that continually lead to the same issues. What's the answer to end the soap opera?

Get the reporters out of the locker room and release their friends in the locker room.

Armando, I find it to be somewhat hypocritical of you to find fault in the same things you have presented in the past. Do you not remember your article from one month ago airing this organizations dirty laundry from the ENTIRE PREVIOUS DECADE?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Put me in Bill Parcells shoes. I would trade all of the reporters "friends" in the locker room for a pack of cigarettes if that is all I could get...

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

To me this whole circus makes complete sense... You have a bunch of highly competitive athletes marching toward infamy as the worst team in NFL history, keeping the lid on that pressure cooker just wasn't going to happen. As much as Cameron brought this on himself by his lack of authoritarian leadership, the circumstances of the mounting losses was as much a poison in the locker room as Cameron's leadership flaws.

I'm not defending Cameron in any way. I'm happy he is out the door because there was absolutely no way he could have righted this ship with the amount of water that was already under the bridge. I do have to question certain players on this roster and I think we should be calling them out as well.

Porter 1st, where the hell does he get off confronting his coach in the locker room in front of the entire team? This guy is a class "A" jerk and needs to find the door. Any man with an ounce of class would have had this exchange in private. And to think when he was brought in it was because he had this type of personality and it would add fiery leadership to the team. Cameron agreed to bring him in and gave him the fat contract just to have the dude stab him in the back in front of his players. Class "A" jerk. Of all the personnel mistakes this was the worst.

JT, you're next... WTF!!! you are the face of this entire organization. You are the unchallenged leader of this team and yet you allow yourself to go down the rat hole with the likes of Joey Porter? What Cameron could have used more than any single thing was a clear leader who had his back. He thought that would be you and you did not stand up when the chips were down. This speaks volumes to me as to the true nature of your personality. You are not a leader and maybe you should not be expected to be so, but do not claim to be or allow others to claim it if you are not going to step up and live it. You want to just be a player and do your thing, then make that statement so this team can find a real man to lead them on the field.

Finally Zack, and I won't go as hard on Zack... You deserve a WTF also! Did you see Parcells' 11 rules for a QB? Well those rules don't just apply to QBs they apply to every player. Don't get caught in what is said in the media. Don't allow the words of others to cause you to lose focus on your goals.

This whole team needs to understand that once they step on that field it is them who will win or lose the game not the coaches. It should never have to come down to a miscalled timeout or a botched play call. If you are beating the crap out of someone it doesn't matter what play is called. Beat the guy in front of you on every play and you will win a lot of games. Get your butt kicked and then go looking for a coach to blame. Play the freaking game and shut the "F" up!

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Your Conscience said...

If Joey Porter had had his posse with him, maybe he would have had the guts to physically attack Cameron instead of using mere words. Watch the tape of his 'assault' in the casino, and see his own 'courage' displayed as he stands by while his thug/friends attack Jones.

I'm willing to bet there was also friction between Porter and J Taylor that hasn't come out. You might be able to lay the blame at Cam's feet, but the veterans should have comported themselves as the professionals he constantly claimed they were.

As for you, Armando, to paraphrase a great man, "pull the 2by4 out of your own eye before you point out the splinter in another's."

You've spent the entire season trying to craft a soap opera (you don't have the patience or skill for a novella or a book,) from the events in Dolphin-land. Just sayin'.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think all the reports in this town need to go! They are the drama queens in this whole mess and they have a hand it whats wrong with the dolphins. They say the fans are rediculous but they are the ones with the pen and voice. If they don't like a coach or player that person doesn't stand a chance in this town.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Justin NotherFin said...

Armando,

In your blog you that stated the “Dolphins” questioned Zach’s heart, so much so, it was titled as such. Since it wasn’t Cameron or Mueller who leaked their belief that Zach could have returned, but lost his heart and only two assistants were retained, the source HAD to be either Brian Weidermier or Joe Bailey.

In my opinion, their heart and credibility should be questioned as much as they questioned Zach’s…He lays it on the line EVERY TIME he straps on the pads and for EVERY play that he is on the field.

I think someone's credibility needs to questioned here...

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only is Ethan Skolnick a fool but he is also a horrible writer. Most of his colums from a couple of years ago were unreadable.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, someone will have to explain to me why the players were so angry about Cameron kicking Traylor off the team if Traylor was outright disrespectful? This is especially hard to understand considering they were so upset that Cameron wasn't more forceful with Porter when he was out of line!

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Freddy said...

Patrick,

I enjoyed your comment and agree with it 100%.

Get rid of all these clowns. I am glad Bill Parcells is here. I can't wait until they start releasing these disrespectful players. Thats when the real soap opera will begin. Thats when they will sink themselves even deeper than they have. All because of their big mouths.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

You know I don't know why we didn't hear about these issues before the season ended. I would have have told off the players myself at the game. I could have easily gotten an entire section to chant "Joey Sucks!" I would have gone down to the 100 level just to get close enough to these losers and given them a piece of my mind. For crying out loud!

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were your editor, I would haul you into my office and demand to know how my Almighty Reporter missed the big picture and how a TV personality could make a couple of phone calls from FOX HQ and get the whole truth and nothing but the truth _ and scoop my self-anointed "ace."

Shame on you, Mando, for giving us only half the story, then spend DAYS after Glazer breaks the story to follow it up with a confirmation. You sure come across as lazy and out-of-touch.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Panhandle Finfan said...

Give me the FOXSports.com link please. I have looked around there and cannot find the story.
The two that questioned Zach's heart need to go! Identify them and we can TAR and FEATHER them before running them out of town. You talk about being a professional journalist, what about the part about letting Randy Mueller take the fall when YOU knew better! In not revealing the truth you became part of the lies! Think about it..

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Jose Padilla said...

Armando, thanks for being the only local reporter to be able to confirm this stuff and write it. You've been nails this year, bud.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear moronic pmc, Armando wasn't the idiot who convinced Zach the source of the article was the wrong guy.

Please get your thumb out of your arse and get with the program. It was another idiot that did that.

Armando actually talked to Zach about it fleabrain.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Feeley said...

I love this blog!!! Good stuff, Mando!!

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Trenton said...

Mando, you are losing cred with me boy. What do Joe Bailey and Brian wiedermier have on you that you don't rip them?

They suck! They need to go! and you're holding back on them. Let it rip boy cause your pissing me off.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Kurt In Tampa said...

A couple of things:

If a reporter names confidential sources - that reporter will no longer get confidential sources and by proxy we will get less information - so get off Armando's back on that one.

Until hearing about all the locker room issues I was (in the minority or mornority) hoping for some coach-scheme continuity for the offense next year. With that pipe dream gone I have one topic I still want answers on:

John Beck - Did the vets really want him playing instead of Cleo?

Does Ireland really like his potential?

Fumbles asside I would have liked to see him in shotgun more often so he could watch the play develop and see which o-lineman was getting beat first this time. Also with 3 or 4 wide it makes it harder to disguise coverages and blitzers.

If nothing else it may have gotten his confidence and rytyhm back earlier than waiting till the last quater of the last game of the season to see him back to the same form he had in pre-season.

Any rate just venting - it was the most miserable football season I can remember in over 30 years.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Martin K said...

To Panhandle finfan,
msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7644170
You can google "Jay Glazer Cam Cameron" and the first link will be titled something along the lines of Cam sealing his fate with his silence.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Randy said...

Here is what Glazer wrote: "That was not the first time the players cursed at their head coach. They had ripped into him in the past, even during games, often over pulling rookie QB John Beck and replacing him with Cleo Lemon."

This is just written poorly so that it's ambiguous. Glazer means that the players ripped into Cam during games as they urged the coach to pull Beck and replace him with Lemon. They weren't ripping into the coach *for* pulling Beck and playing Lemon. Pulling Beck and playing Lemon was the goal of their ripping. Get it?

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Colorado Phins Fan said...

Randy,
You make a good point but I still think that sentence can be interpretted to mean two completely opposite things.

Either way, you're right--very poorly written.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous steve said...

Thank you for posting some of the many disturbing events of this past season. The Dolphins did not make any progress this past season and it was no surprise that they are replacing virtually everyone in football operations. Next up in the great purge are the players.

I have been saying for months that Joey "Throw him out with the Trash" Porter is worthless to the team. Will someone please shut him up!

Based on some of the latest reports, does anyone still think Cam deserved another season. Not if they love football and want to win!

I am disappointed in Zach who was once a great player but is now well past his prime. He is not worth what they are paying him even when he is playing, his body is breaking down at an increasing rate, and he is no longer a team leader with his negative behavior and comments. He needs to shut up and play football!

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm...Let's see. Players that weren't focused on football. Coaches that lost the respect of their players. Veterans who weren't leading, or producing.

Gee. Like we couldn't tell that by the product that was put on the field. What a revelation.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Justin Notherfin said...

Armando,

Who’s left in the organization from the 2007 regime besides the two assistants that were retained, Joe Bailey and Brian Wiedermier?

It is my understanding that pretty much EVERYONE, including training staff lost their jobs.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with PMC's comment 100%. By reporting that unnamed sources were questioning Zach's heart, and leaving it out there, you contributed to the mess. That makes you just as "SLIMY" as your competitor.

Some things are best left unsaid.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando,

You're beating up on the sister's of the blind. The Sentinel's beat guys are a guy who was on the UM beat the last few years and some guy who covers tennis. You really should stop beating your chest.

When Marvez was at the Sentinel he kicked all your asses.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Frank Caliendo said...

Marvez? I don't ever remember him breaking a story. he worked around the same time Armando and Cole were on the beat together and they totally owned him and everyone else.

I'm not a groupie or anything, but I give credit where it is due and Armando and Co. at the Herald have been conducting a clinic on covering a team for years and years and years.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

I would like to thank the post for the article about Schnellenberger!

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is not about the writers, who don't really matter, or the coaches who are gone. This is about the players who are still around and seem to me to be the biggest problem in the organization. What losers.

A team with good leadership doesn't disintergrate like this.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

I have searched all blogs that have ripped the coach cause they wanted Lemon or they wanted Beck? Im frankly tired of this B.S. Armando do you have an answer what the players really wanted?

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

He wont answer...just like my Scnellenberger questions dont get answered...luckily the Herald saw him a big enough news to have an artilce devoted to him...now lets just home the Finz grant him an interview

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shnolick is talking mess over there! wa wa we wa

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please stop with the Schnellenberger stuff. Enough is enough.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Hornshwaggle said...

Please stop with the Schnellenberger stuff. Enough is enough.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Pantera said...

Mando, thanks for taking me inside the muck. I have to go take a shower now and rethink renewing my season ticket. I don't think I will until I'm convinced this team is worthy.

Also, I'm glad I don't read Skolnick. Never have.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have such a problem with everybody porter and Jt, why don't you make a tackle every once in a while. Why do you let the defense run down your throats and then continue to talk. This team with the exception of the coach pisses me off because we blame none except for the coach when it is the players that allow 5, 6, and 7 yards a carry, and a front office that for years has put no drafts together or free agencies or anything that has actually worked. Porter why don't you make more than 4 tackles a game and then you can talk, shut your mouth. JT How about you make more than 3.3 tackles a game and not get pushed to the sideline in any run defensive play. Make some plays and then you can open your mouths about what the coach can and can not do. Chad Johnson can talk because he made 93 catches and more than 1400 yards this season. This team can talk the talk, but they can't walk the walk

None of this was Cameron's fault, but the prima donnas on this team who can't do a damn thing on the field

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Cam Cameron sucks, and is simply an idiot that loves families. Bill might want to consider kicking some of these hot-headed, egotistical, self-centered veteran players right square in the ass. It may be time to cut bait with a lot of the vets and just start with a young team.

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

Cam Cameron was a gutless moron and Mueller was classless. JT was correct when he announced Trent Green better not be "scrambled eggs"! Why dont you Cam Cameron lovers have an opinion on scrambled eggs Trent Green or Cleo Lemonhead? Instead you pick on the ONLY players (JT and Zach) that have done ANYTHING for this team for the last ten 10 years. Go be fans somewhere else.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we all know that Mandy's source was indeed Randy Mueller, stop preaching nonsense Mandy!

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, i dont like how these 'sources' are still employed in Miami. How could they say such a thing about Zach whom is a legend in Miami, i have no doubt these guys would be out of there if their names were spilt. Maybe you should do us a favor....and accidently spill them for us!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Flint said...

Yeah, Armando do spill your sources and get them fired and lose all your credibility. Amazing to me how stupid and simple-minded some of my fellow posters are.

And while you're at it, Mando, give us your social security number, date of birth and bank account and credit card numbers.

Moronic.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

My source says that Schnellenberger is being interviewed Sunday evening. And dont bother asking. Ok..I will tell you. It is Anonymous. He/she told me.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett, shut the hell up! God, you're an idiot.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

Anonymous. I am not an idiot. I simply amuse myself with frustrating people like you. I dont know your level of educaion, however, the fact that you don't use a name and have called me an idiot on several occations makes me think you are displacing your emotions about yourself onto me. I have a degree from UNC-CH and am published in many places. This is purely an diversion if not a study to me into what I consider funny. It is also funny how anonymity makes people courageous. Where as if you were near me you would not be quite as verbous. Schnellenberger called me and Lekkerkerker is going to be the OC.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett, you've got one strange sense of humor.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

Anonymous, you are a fool! Good night and Good luck.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who was the reporter who screwed zt? you shouldnt write about another reporter and call him out, you dumbas$

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Armando shouldn't write about another reporter, except this time the reporter became part of the story.

It was clear that reporter guessing who Armando's source was and telling Zach about it somehow turned Zach against Randy Mueller.

That reporter, which is known to Zach, Armando and probably the Dolphins, should be banned from covering the Dolphing again. He is a scum.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This team officially hit rock bottom.

I am so glad Bill and Co. are coming in.

This stuff keeps up my wife will start watching this team - for the sheer soap opera aura around it.

Ridiculous.

Thanks for the career Zach. There is no way you fit into the Fins plans next year - have fun in New England with Junior, Wes and Heath Evans.

GO FINS - no more drama - please - just put on a helmet and hit someone.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous omgcom said...

If I had to get into the middle of a trio of three hundred pound men fighting on a plane I think I would also take a pass, although somehow I don't think Bill Parcells and company is going to allow this to happen again...
http://0mg.com

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just watched a you tube video of the classic charger/dolphin playoff game. then i watched the you tube intro of the chicago/fins game from 1985. what fun it used to be to watch football.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Rog said...

I heard today 1/14 that you are full of crap. The kicker(Feely) said on Joe Rose's show that what you wrote on your blog was inaccurate. That guys talk crap when they play dominoes or cards but it's all in fun. And about the Zach Thomas thing he said you are full of it too.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Paul K said...

I said from the beginning that Armando’s blog about Zach right down to the title which stated that the “Dolphins” are questioning Zach’s heart was antagonistic and irresponsible journalism and many of you called me an idiot for it. The media can pretty much say what they want especially when they hide behind a blog by quoting “source” or “anonymous” and that’s exactly what Armando did and continues to do.

Trenton, you’ll never get Armando’s source and that’s okay. You’re either pretty much right on with your hunch on who his sources were relating to that blog entry, or Armando quoted a club employee, (maybe trainer) and deemed it “THE DOLPHIN’s” who questioned Zach’s desire to return. Since I highly doubt Brian Weidemier or Joe Bailey would question Zach through the media, my opinion is and remains quite obvious.

Either way Trenton, IMO it was nothing short of irresponsible journalism. Although I disagree with your opinion about Brian and Joe, it is good to see you questioning what you feel is BS.

12:58 PM  

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