Monday, November 4, 2013

The Jonathan Martin Aftermath

Miami Dolphins Offensive Lineman

UPDATE (11/14/13): Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is scheduled to meet with Jonathan Martin after NFL investigator Ted Wells meets with him in the coming days. Ross wants to "know what the real facts are" before making a final decision on Martin and Richie Incognito. Much to the chagrin on many Dol-Fans, this story is far from over.

The repercussions of this will include an impending lawsuit against the Dolphins on behalf of the Martin family as well as one from the Incognito camp. Plus, this will undoubtedly result in a league-wide culture change in NFL locker rooms.

UPDATE (11/6/13): New developments have raised questions about Jonathan Martin's claims of harassment. A new report claims that Martin considered quitting football before the lunchroom prank was made on October 28th. Another report indicates that coaches urged Richie Incognito to "toughen up" Martin after missing two OTAs this offseason.

UPDATE (11/5/13): Hear our on-air interview discussing the Martin-Incognito dilemma.

Miami Dolphins Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin left the team last week following an incident with teammates. What we didn't know was the aftermath that Martin's departure would bring.

The latest casualty being Dolphins Guard Richie Incognito, who was suspended late Sunday evening for "conduct detrimental to the team." Coach Joe Philbin informed Incognito that he was suspended indefinitely until the NFL conducts an investigation on this matter.

As a result, Miami is now down two starting offensive linemen; a unit that was already ranked at the bottom of the league in sacks allowed.

Two schools of thought have emerged from this situation. One siding with Martin's claims of bullying and intimidation going on in the Dolphins locker room. The other siding against Martin with the idea that he is not emotionally equipped to handle an NFL locker room setting.

The NFL will be investigating for accounts of alleged hazing and player misconduct over the course of the next few days and weeks. No timetable has been set on when the investigation will be completed.

Meanwhile, it is highly unlikely that Martin returns to the team ever again after this incident. Expect Miami to release in the near future or trade Martin in the offseason. Incognito's future is also uncertain and will likely be based on the NFL's findings.

The Second Round Curse

Miami's 2nd round curse continues with the Martin saga unravelling. The last notable 2nd round draft pick that panned out for Miami traces back to 2001, when they selected Wide Receiver Chris Chambers with the 52nd overall pick.

Since then, Miami's 2nd rounders have included LB Eddie Moore ('03), DE Matt Roth ('04), John Beck ('07), Samson Satele ('07), Phillip Merling ('08), Chad Henne ('08), Pat White ('09), Sean Smith ('09), Koa Misi ('10) and Daniel Thomas ('11).

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