An ugly off the field scandal, a slumping team, and now a loss to a team in-state that had not won a game all season.
It’s been a tough few weeks for the Dolphins.
The Fins are under .500 at 4-5, and while the off the field stuff with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin is ugly, their play Monday night in a 22-19 loss to the Bucs wasn’t much better.
Tuesday fans spoke out on radio and on websites about their team, and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.
”I’m happy fans are passionate,” second-year coach Joe Philbin said Tuesday.
”We have a loyal fan base. We all want the same thing. We want to have a team that is consistently competing for championships and represents the organization the right way on and off the field.”
QB Ryan Tannehill said that right now, there’s plenty of off the field things the team simply has to find a way to overcome.
”Yes, we faced a lot of distractions,” Tannehill said, ”but leading up to this game, the last few days I’ve had a good feeling that the guys were ready to play.”
Clearly that wasn’t the case, as the team fell behind and while they rallied to make it a game, they eventually lost to a Bucs team that entered the game 0-8.
Now there’s the issue with Martin that the team is trying quickly to handle. Owner Stephen Ross said in an interview broadcast on ESPN prior to the game on Monday Night Football that he planned to meet with Martin on Wednesday.
That meeting has been postponed, however, at the request of the NFL according to Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com.
The meeting between Ross and Martin was scheduled to happen two days before Martin meets with Ted Wells, the attorney hired by the NFL to lead the investigation into the Dolphins’ locker room culture.
Martin left the team two weeks ago amid allegations that he was bullied.
“Ted Wells and the National Football League have asked that we delay our meeting with Jonathan Martin until they have the opportunity to meet with him first. Out of deference to the process, we will cooperate with their request,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement.
“We look forward to meeting with Jonathan directly as soon as possible.”
One has to wonder if with all these issues and 7 games left, it’s yet another season lost for the Dolphins and their faithful.