When the Miami Dolphins released Channing Crowder, we knew the day was going to come when he would truly speak his mind about his former team. Today was that day. The Dolphins former inside linebacker commented on everything from his love for Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, to his rocky relationship with Dolphins GM, Jeff Ireland. For a full run down of his comments, check out the Palm Beach Post here.
Crowder was interviewed earlier today on the Joe Rose Show on 560 AM and confirmed that he will be ‘retired’ for this season. He is awaiting the birth of his son and wants to spend time with his family this season. He suggested that he will be back for the 2012 season and beyond. He does point out that its highly unlikely it will be with the Miami Dolphins. He said that he was often called up into Ireland’s office and assessed fines for his sometimes, outspoken comments. It should also not surprise any Dolphins fans that Crowder is unhappy with the man that unceremoniously cut him earlier in training camp. Crowder does profess his love for Tony Sparano, who he ‘loved’ playing for.
Here are some of Crowder’s quotes about the upcoming Dolphins season:
When asked whether Henne can get the job done for the Dolphins this season: “As of what I’ve seen so far, no.”
“The defense will be great this year, but they can’t make a run unless they get a delivery man throwing that ball to all the great players they have.”
“But you know the proof’s in the pudding, so if he comes out here this year going crazy I’ll have to put my foot in my mouth. But if I was a betting man I wouldn’t bet on that boy going crazy.”
So there you have some pretty damning quotes by one of the most vocal voices on the Dolphins team. Does the rest of the team feel this way about Chad Henne? Or is it the Dolphins defense that feels this way about him? OR, is it just a scorned player speaking out? After all, Crowder wasn’t around Dolphins training camp that long this year. Other, current Dolphins, have said that Henne has shown more leadership this year in camp. Maybe Crowder just hasn’t seen it firsthand? We caution you to take Crowder’s words with a grain of salt, but also remember that he’s never been one to hold back what he really thinks.
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