On Sunday evening the Miami Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito for "conduct detrimental to the team." This comes in the wake of tackle Jonathan Martin taking time away from the team due to alleged harassment and bullying.
“The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team. We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time," the team said in a statement. "As we noted earlier, we reached out to the NFL to conduct an objective and thorough review. We will continue to work with the league on this matter."
Welcome to, the "Days of Our Offensive Lines Lives as the NFL Turns to the Edge of Sacks in Dark Shadows." Our very own NFL soap opera with South Beach as the backdrop and the boys in the trenches as our stars. This all could have been avoided, or at least diminished.
They had a high draft pick, traded it and moved even higher in the draft to the number three spot. They had just lost their former number one offensive lineman through free agency. They had a young quarterback with a rocket arm and a few good receivers. They had holes in the blocking trade that needed tradesmen.
Then the Miami Dolphins drafted a defensive end from a school known for its high-octane offense, oh and that number three pick had shoulder problems and a surgery on the books. They made big splashes in free agency to shore up its receiver corp and even brought in new linebackers.
But the offensive line just became more, well, offensive. Trades fell through and the line became a patch work quilt of "this might work" and "what if we try this guy?" Eight games later and the Fins are 4-4 (they just broke a three game losing slide) and have given up 35 sacks. Oh, and as of today, two more lineman are "off the books." Incognito is suspended, Martin is AWOL and the sacks continue to mount.
Hazing is normal in the NFL locker room in fraternity houses and even in Boy Scouts. It's an age-old tradition that has been handed down. But some can take it too far – way too far. A grown man, an NFL tackle has left his team due to this. That's a serious matter that needs to be looked into and corrected.
Martin does not have a timetable to return to the team so now Miami digs into their hapless depth chart to try and fill holes in their line that could have been filled in the draft. Oh, and don't forget about the subpoena that was served to center Mike Pouncey while in New England for him to appear before a grand jury for his old college roommate Aaron Hernandez.
You can't make this stuff up. Is someone making a soap or at least a reality show down in Davie?
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