Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin wasted no time parting ways with Wide Receiver Chad Johnson. The former Ochocinco was released by the team Sunday night after he was arrested for domestic battery in a head butting incident with his wife on Saturday (see Oucho!).
Johnson was not at practice on Sunday. Philbin said he wanted to discuss the matter in person before making a call on his future with the team. Just before 10:00 Sunday night, the Dolphins released a short statement saying they had terminated Chad Johnson’s contract. Johnson had no up front or guaranteed money.
By Monday, the opinions were flying fast and furious. Philbin elaborated, stating the decision was not an easy one and was based on a “body of evidence” rather than one incident.
And this is where I have a little trouble. Philbin said he made it clear to Johnson that he didn’t want any distractions. No distractions, huh? Like…cameras following players and coaches around during training camp? On the field, in the locker room, and off site? I’m sure they don’t create any kind of distraction. This is also the guy who called the decision to do Hard Knocks a “football decision.”
Dolphins Linebacker Karlos Dansby expressed his displeasure with the team’s decision during an interview with a Ft. Lauderdale radio station Monday.
Asked about Dansby’s remarks during his press conference, Philbin responded, “I’m of the opinion you should keep things in house.” Again…you’re taping a reality show! Have you not seen Keeping Up With The Kardashians? The whole point of reality television is to NOT keep anything in house…air your dirty laundry to the world, f-bombs and all.
Joe, as a new head coach, there are a few things I’d like to see you work on in training camp:
1) Stop with the mixed messages.
2) Find someone who can catch the ball (ASAP).
3) If you don’t want distractions, don’t sign someone whose side career is their three ring circus life. And you may want to rethink the reality show thing.