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Incognito saga gets more convoluted

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The sage continues to change

Does anyone believe we’ll ever actually know the truth or all of the details about this story? I doubt it. I’m done reacting to the latest piece of information that trickles out daily and will wait to see what the NFL’s independent investigator reports. That will be the definitive word on what transpired (regardless of whether it is the complete or accurate truth). To that end I will part with this: harassment is defined as what an individual perceives – not what is intended. It’s the law and it applies to all workplaces, including the NFL. The NFL hired a prominent New York lawyer, Ted Wells, to investigate. From the USA Today article

Wells is the same lawyer who handled the special investigations into the Syracuse University basketball team sexual harassment case and the NBA players union leadership dispute – the latter ending in a report that led to a change in the head of the union.

Wells isn’t an NFL guy. Here’s his page on his law firm’s website. (Has anyone checked if he’s a Continue reading

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Is Jonathan Martin a Hero in “Bullygate”?

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The Dolphins have suspended OG Rich Incognito for “conduct detrimental to the team” for his actions contributing to teammate Jonathan Martin leaving the team last week. Many are calling Incognito’s actions “hazing” or “bullying”.

In the discussions I’ve seen there has been a good deal of criticism directed towards Martin for leaving the team, saying Incognito’s actions are a standard right of passage for NFL players. We need to take a step back and change the terminology. It isn’t bullying or hazing. In the workplace it’s harassment and it’s illegal. You may not be aware of this, but Martin’s parents are lawyers who attended Harvard.

Martin attended Stanford. This is an intelligent, educated family. It’s safe to say they weighed the pros and cons of the situation, understanding the press this would get, and the potential ramifications to Martin’s NFL career.

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Forget the offense. Miami’s fate depends on the defense.

 Forget the offense.  Miamis fate depends on the defense.

The Dolphins need Cameron Wake to return and disrupt opposing offenses. Photo courtesy Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post.

After a better than expected 3-0 start to the season, the Dolphins have stumbled through two consecutive ugly losses. I’ve heard a lot of Dolfans wail about the failures of every phase of the offense with the offensive line getting what seems like the most criticism. Meanwhile the defensive failures, while mentioned somewhat, seem like an afterthought.

I’m particularly surprised about the focus on the offensive line because in the offseason I saw a lot of discussion about how the offensive line was going to be average at best, if not bad. There were question marks about losing Jake Long and replacing him with Jonathan Martin.

There were concerns about Louis/Jerry being the right guard. Free agent acquisition Tyson Clabo at least seemed like he would be an adequate fill in at right tackle, but apparently Atlanta did a better job of recognizing his better days were behind him than Miami was.

There’s been a lot of focus on the passing game,from the numbe Continue reading

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Dolphins vs Browns primer: what to watch for from the Browns offense

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Davone Bess will square off against his old team

While looking ahead to this weekend’s game, I started thinking about how the Dolphins will get to see former Phin WR Davone Bess, traded to the Browns on the second day of the 2013 draft in exchange for basically a 5th round pick that Miami used to draft RB Mike Gillislee.

Although I’ll revisit the terms of the trade later in the article, my primary thoughts focused on what we should expect to see out of Bess and the Browns offense.

Bess is listed as the No 1 WR on the Browns depth chart with Josh Gordon (selected in last year’s supplemental draft) being injured. I started thinking about how it will be interesting to see where Cleveland lines Bess up: outside vs slot.

Joining Bess in the WR corps is Greg Little, Travis Benjamin, and Josh Cooper for a shallow 4 WR depth chart. Here’s the skinny on these guys, with their production from last year:

Name Height Weight 40 yard dash 2013 catches 2013 yards
Little 6’2″ 220 lbs 4.51 53 647
Benjamin 5’10” 175 lbs 4.31 18 298
Cooper 5’10” 190 lbs 4.65 8 108

New Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner is nostranger torunninga Continue reading

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Who is FB Tyler Clutts?

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Miami claimed fullback Tyler Clutts over the weekend. Photo courtesy StateoftheTexans.com.

One of the smaller headlines over the weekend was the release of “hybrid” fullback Evan Rodriguez and signing traditional style blocking fullback Tyler Clutts. And yes, that’s pronounced klutz.

Technically Miami claimed Clutts off of waivers from the Texans who released him. By doing so Miami assumed Clutts contract, which has one year at $555,000 on it.

Clutts path to Miami is an interesting one. In college the 6’2″ Clutts played defensive end at Fresno State (he played quarterback and defensive end in high school).

The NFL wasn’t interested in Clutts after he graduated, and for the next three years he bounced around in the alternative football leagues, playing for the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) in 2008, Utah Blaze (AFL) in 2009 where he started playing fullback, and Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL) in 2010. His performance at 1+ seasons at fullback was good enough to earn him a contract with the Browns in January 2011.

He played that preseason with the Browns and was signed to their practice squadafterthe53 Continue reading

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