The Miami Dolphins got their first win of the season on Sunday and improved their record to 1-7. Sadly, in this unpredictable season, the Dolphins first win wasn’t the big story of the day. Perhaps the Dolphins first win of the season came at just the right time, because it appears the Dolphins locker room reached a tipping point on Saturday. According to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, Vontae Davis and other Dolphins were out late in South Beach on Friday night. Apparently, every Dolphins player except Davis, was able to make it to practice on Saturday on time…without showing the effects of going out on Friday night.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Davis arrived late to Dolphins practice, hungover and still smelling like alcohol. Davis, who has been battling a nagging hamstring injury, did not make the trip to Kansas City with the rest of the Dolphins. At the time he was ruled ‘out’ of the Sunday’s Dolphins’ game, we assumed it was due to the lingering effects of the hamstring injury. However, it turns out, Vontae did not make the trip as a result of a his ‘inability to act like a professional’.
The story doesn’t end there. According to reports, at practice on Saturday, Brandon Marshall took it upon himself to call out Vontae for his immature behavior….Yes, the same Brandon Marshall who punts footballs in practice and told the media he was going to get thrown out of a Dolphins/Jets game. Marshall went so far as to throw a football at Vontae’s face from point blank range, causing Vontae to erupt. Reports indicate that other Dolphins teammates had to hold Vontae back….although, if I’m not mistaken, Marshall has about 1/2 a foot and about 20 lbs. on Vontae. Who would win that fight?
I have to say that I’m disappointed in Vontae Davis. I know that athletes are not angels and I don’t blame Vontae, or any Dolphins player, for going out and having a good time. I’m disappointed because he is in his 3rd year and should be able to know his limits and act like a professional. This is a year when you would think he would want to prove something to people. ESPECIALLY when you come out and say that you and Sean Smith are the best CB tandem in the NFL prior to the season. The Dolphins secondary has been a joke this season, so you would think a prideful guy would want to do everything in his power to improve himself and the team.
And as for Brandon Marshall, I give him credit for calling out Vontae…..someone had to. And apparently his Dolphins teammates agreed. What I don’t agree with is exactly how he went about doing it, but at least he did it. Maybe Brandon is finally trying to show that he can be a leader. Maybe he’s put his own immaturity issues behind him….we can only hope. After all, the Dolphins seemed to rally this week, as they beat the tar out of the Chiefs on Sunday. Maybe this incident was a wake up call (although it’s about 7 weeks too late). It’s probably only a matter of time before another incident like this happens. If I’ve learned one thing from the 2011 Miami Dolphins, it’s that you never know what’s going to happen next.