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Curtis Martin Agreed To Be Part Of Dolphins' Panel Due To Its Importance To The League
Published November 14, 2013
LESSON LEARNED? In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde writes Ross "finally surfaced at a news conference Monday to discuss forming blue-ribbon committees, tacitly blame General Manager Jeff Ireland and say he scheduled a meeting" with Jonathan Martin, but the "biggest issue is he talked to everyone in the sports world except the people he should have talked with first." Ross "never talked to his Dolphins players," and he "still hasn't." Hyde: "Isn't that the central topic in this story? Talking with players. Keeping lines of communication open. He wasn't going to talk to players in the hours before Monday's game. But in the days before?" Players were made known of Ross's comments by the media after Monday's game and they "had never heard of any formed committee." Meanwhile, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin on Tuesday said that the players' leadership council was "meeting with him that night." Hyde noted that was "interesting" due to Richie Incognito's place "on it and the role of a lack of team leadership in this story." Dolphins DE Cameron Wake and LB Dannell Ellerbe, who are both on the council, were asked about the impending meeting and indicated that they "had no idea one was called." Hyde: "Again, doesn't this suggest the Dolphins haven't learned enough from this episode?" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 11/14).
IRELAND'S FUTURE: In West Palm Beach, Greg Stoda writes Ireland should lose his job "when the housecleaning happens -- and it ought to if the Dolphins don’t make the playoffs." The Dolphins "probably can save Ireland by qualifying for the post-season, because winning erases, or at least masks, problems even as deep as the morass in which the franchise finds itself." Otherwise, the "stench" from the bullying situation, if "added to another disappointing record, should be enough to push Ireland out the door" (PALM BEACH POST, 11/14).