Re: is it WRONG to be leaning against MARTIN?
posted at 11/8/2013 12:07 AM EST
No...it isn't "wrong lean against Martin". My guess is that he has some emotional problems, and was too soft to cut it in the NFL.
The genesis of this problem was management's foolish decision to let LT Jake Long go, and instead use the big money saved on Long to sign WR Mike Wallace. They also passed on OT Lane Johnson in favor of DE Dion Jordan. This forced the 'Fins to sink or swim with Martin at LT. When Martin missed two out of the 12 "voluntary" OTA's, management should have had some indication that they made a mistake. But, by then, the 'Fins were so thin at OT that they were commited to Martin as their new LT, and tried to force feed him into the position. When he wasn't getting the job done in the preseason, management went to Richie Incognito, asking him to take Martin under his wing, and try to toughen him up.
Then...what happened, happened. Frankly, I don't see this situation as much different than hundreds of other that have taken place in NFL locker rooms over the past 30 years. Those of you who have played football at any level know how it is. There are always some players who try to test (bully) others...and the only way out of this is to take a stand. I mentioned rookie OT Lane Johnson, above. The way Philly has handled his development has been recently compared with Martin's, in an interesting article: http://articles.philly.com/2013-11-07/sports/43779613_1_lane-johnson-jonathan-martin-richie-incognito
Football is not a sport for the timid and faint hearted. The game is based on blocking, tackling, execution, and intimidation. Folks..."the QB must go down, and must go down hard". WRs who cross the middle of the field do so at their own risk. Trash talking and threats are freely exchanged at the line of scrimmage...and many times, one player can intimidate another. It is part of the sport.
That said, though the Dolphins may not know it yet...they are "dead men walking". Once our beloved Commissioner hired a liberal Harvard lawyer to lead an investigation into the matter, rest assured that this will be the second coming of Bountygate...only worse. Richie Incognito is through. The 'Fins head coach, OL coach, and GM will be heavily fined, and will likely be suspended...along with other players who were deemed to have created a hostile work environment for "poor" Mr. Martin. A lawsuit will be averted only because the 'Fins will pay Martin off. But...this unfortunate precendent will remain, as our beloved Commissioner, lawyers, judges, politicians, and the media get more and more involved with every aspect of each teams' business.
Yes folks...look for more wonderfully confining rules and regulations are coming the NFL's way, which will give the referees even more power to decide games, and continue to tear away at the game we all know and love...until football is no longer football as we know it.