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SBD/November 25, 2013/Franchises
NFL Special Investigator Ted Wells To Interview Jonathan Martin A Second Time
Published November 25, 2013
ANOTHER LAYER: In Miami, Barry Jackson cited a friend of Martin as saying that Wells has "asked some Dolphins players whether they attended a party" at the home of Pouncey, where an alleged attack on Martin occurred. The friend said that Incognito "was the ring-leader that night, in 2012, and the 'level of punching' of Martin 'became more than playful.'" Wells has been "trying to get to the bottom of that physical attack allegation, among many others." Wells also "asked many Dolphins about how often they heard the N-word in the locker-room and what they thought of it." Reactions "varied widely." Meanwhile, one player said that he "declined Wells' request to meet with him, but changed his mind and agreed to a meeting later in the week" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 11/24).
PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT: The MIAMI HERALD's Salguero wrote the challenges facing Ross "in the coming weeks are, frankly, over his head." Based on his "numerous and well-chronicled past mistakes," Ross "needs help" if he is to replace GM Jeff Ireland. Korn/Ferry Int'l Vice Chair Jed Hughes said, "The general manager pool isn't as well-trained and sophisticated as the coaching pool. It's much more difficult to find a qualified general manager than it is to find a qualified head coach." A source said that Ross "will consider reorganizing the Dolphins and hire a czar of sorts who would have authority over the coach and personnel department." The name that "continually pops up" is Chiefs President Carl Peterson. Hiring a "football czar" -- someone like Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations John Elway -- is a way to "have an overall overseer on the ground and at work every day." That person, "over both the coach and general manager, could decide the fate of both," and they also could "guide Ross through a talent search to fill either job if the decision is made to go in a different direction" (MIAMI HERALD, 11/24).