Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Football Isn't Funny

This might be taking the bullying thing too far. But part of being an adult is finding where you fit.. Unlike as a child you are tied to your parents.  But all that changes once you grow up and take a mate.  If you're prepared to be an openly gay player in the NFL you better have thick skin. This is two grown men who don't get along. And Jonathan Martin didn't handle it right. Something in this soup isn't tomatoes. As a black, 6 ' 5", 312 lbs. homosexual football player, this isn't the first time he encountered ridicule or racism for that matter..Unless he is just coming out.

Where is Jonathan Martin's father, big brother or concerned uncle? Someone who would teach him or at least remind him of the male code. I bet this guy comes from a single parent family or one like that of Jason Collins.  With the openly gay uncle and a father who I think is on the down-low. That or a single mother and a house full of females.  I think it's safe to say he grew up in what would be considered a liberal household. .

We live in the day of a "Big Freedia" selling out shows twerking like a female. So unless you're rolling your eyes and rubbing your stomach. Straight men and women aren't watching you that close. So to draw attention ta yourself just for being gay is highly unlikely if you ask my opinion. The fact that Joseph Martin  walked away from a multi-million dollar contract . Makes me think there was more involved than just Richie Incognito. I just think he is taking one for the team. The front office and the players union has gotten involved.mainly for the media. Not to mention avoiding a lawsuit. In spite of what the analysts and officials say in public. Football isn't funny.


Blogger Common said...

The NFL Players Association released a statement regarding Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and the incident that caused him to leave the team for personal issues. The statement said that the union has not launched an investigation into fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito or other specific Dolphins players.

Martin reportedly left the team after an incident in the cafeteria in which his fellow players were playing a prank on him. He is seeking "professional help" and is expected to be away from the team for multiple weeks while working through the personal issues.

Incognito's name surfaced in an ESPN report that suggested he was specifically being targeted in an investigation by the Players Association. The two had apparently exchanged texts, according to ESPN, in which Martin did not blame Incognito for the incident, saying it's "just the culture around football, and the locker room got to me a little."

The union did say that they are going to stay in close touch with the Dolphins organization as the "information develops," and that they take these kinds of investigations very seriously. However, it sounds like there is no truth to the rumor that a specific player is being targeted as the source of Martin's issues.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Common said...

By now the Miami Dolphins' season was supposed to be over, with little left to do but make sure quarterback Ryan Tannehill still had all his body parts and the NFL had an answer for what really went on in the locker room.

But something happened on the way to another losing record. Something clicked just when everything seemed to be falling apart after a 300-pound offensive lineman left the team saying he had been bullied.

Columnists, opponents and fans questioned the team's leadership, saying the coaches had ceded control to guard Richie Incognito and his bad-boy antics. But instead of imploding, the Dolphins came together. Instead of tanking, they found ways to win.

"Kind of a blessing in disguise," tackle Bryant McKinnie said.

Now the Dolphins are squarely in the playoff hunt, a surprise team peaking at just the right time. With two very winnable games left they control their own destiny in a season when they couldn't even control the locker room.

Players say coach Joe Philbin's calm response to the November crisis put them on the winning path.

"Adversity is either going to make your team strong because the leader is going to rally and pull everyone together, or make you disintegrate because the leader is panicking," said Patrick Lencioni, who writes on leadership and team building in business. "Clearly he did not panic."

The team was floundering even before Jonathan Martin walked out and Incognito was sent packing. The Dolphins had lost four straight games to fall to 3-4, and the uproar over bullying threatened to further fracture a fragile team.

Owner Stephen Ross expressed his outrage.

"Changes need to be made," he said.

But changes weren't made, at least big ones. Replacements were brought in for Martin and Incognito and they proved capable. The coaching staff remained intact and general manager Jeff Ireland still has his job.

But as NFL investigators traveled to Miami to interview everyone about what Incognito said or did to Martin, other things began to change.

Miami started to win. The line, with backups replacing Martin and Incognito, gave up fewer sacks and opened up more room to run.

And on Sunday, a fill-in safety playing his first NFL game intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal an upset over New England and put the Dolphins in the driver's seat for their first playoff appearance in five years.

"With all the distractions, everybody still wanted to win," McKinnie said. "We found a way to remain focused."


12:25 AM  
Blogger Common said...

No stranger to adversity, Philbin was still mourning the accidental death of his 21-year-old son days earlier when he was given his first head coaching job in the NFL in January 2012.

His total focus became rebuilding the Dolphins. A four-game losing streak this season didn't shake his plan, and neither did the scandal.

"He laid that plan out from the very first day he was here, and he never wavered from it," defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. "Amidst all of the peripheral things that have been going on here during the course of the season, he just stayed the course each and every day and provided the leadership to the players in the team meetings and to the staff in the staff meetings about, 'Hey we are doing things the right way. We are going to continue to move forward and try to build the best organization in the NFL.' Nothing has ever changed."

In the process the stoic Philbin has gone from being on the chopping block to being mentioned as a possible coach of the year candidate.

"I haven't heard any of that," Philbin said. "Again, we are all concentrating as a team and an organization. This is important. We talked about the fourth quarter and playing well in December. These guys have been hard at it since July 21st. We need to finish this season strong."

Lencioni, who wrote the book "Five Dysfunctions of a Team," said it could be that the bullying and team leadership was not as bad as thought. That's certainly the perception of Dolphins players, who stuck up for Incognito.

"If the media is tough on them and they're sticking together, that's a unifying force," Lencioni said. "But it requires credibility on the part of the coach. If the coach is a jerk with no credibility then the whole 'Us against the world' thing probably implodes."

With four wins in the last five games, the Dolphins have a chance to be remembered for more than having a bully in the locker room. It could be the rare team that becomes unified in the face of controversy.

Instead of worrying about the loss of Martin and Incognito, players have embraced the personnel they have. That includes safety Michael Thomas, who was picked up off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad and made his NFL debut on Sunday against the Patriots.

Many of his new teammates said they didn't even know who No. 31 was until he picked off Tom Brady with seconds remaining to seal a game that the Dolphins of old would have probably lost. That didn't stop them from embracing Thomas in celebration.

"Teamwork really is a huge competitive advantage when you can actually make a team play like a team. They may have less talent on the field now but they have a better team," Lencioni said.

"And that may be the real story of the Miami Dolphins of 2013."

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He hopes otherwise, but Richie Incognito’s chances of returning to the Dolphins are slim. (Aaron M. Sprecher/AP)

The Miami Dolphins have plenty of on-field issues along their offensive line, which has made it very difficult for quarterback Ryan Tannehill to get comfortable in the pocket and take the next steps in his development of as a starting quarterback. Not too mention the bullying scandal that rattled the team and led offensive tackle Jonathan Martin to leave while guard Richie Incognito was released.

Incognito checked into a rehab facility to work on his mental issues, and now that he has ended his time in the program, Incognito is hoping to make his NFL return. He even hopes he can do it with the Dolphins.

“Returning to the Dolphins was my No. 1 goal from the time I got suspended,” Incognito said to WSVN-TV’s Rosh Lowe.

After a break from Twitter, Incognito finally returned to express his desire to make a comeback with the team.

“Richie wants to come back and play,” Incognito wrote on Twitter. “But the business has to handle the business end, and that’s it.” He also retweeted several fans asking the Dolphins to bring him back.

Unfortunately for Incognito, it is very unlikely that the Dolphins will have him back after his involvement in the bullying and harassment of Martin. What chances Incognito does have at an NFL return likely exist outside of Miami.

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