Fans fed up amid Miami turmoil
DAVIE, FLA. | Miami Dolphins fans are venting on Twitter and complaining on radio about the team owner, the coach, the general manager and even the backup left guard.
A harassment scandal and a loss to a winless team can have that effect.
Already staggered by a scandal that prompted an NFL investigation, the Dolphins must now try to bounce back from their worst loss of the season.
Rather than taking out their frustrations of recent days on the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Dolphins came out flat Monday night, dug a 15-0 hole and lost 22-19.
The loss left the Dolphins at 4-5, with the five defeats coming in the past six games. Fed-up fans took the latest loss hard, and many said owner Stephen Ross should fire everyone, himself included.
“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.”
With the harassment case involving offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito likely to remain unresolved for at least a couple of weeks, Philbin will try to salvage the season beginning Sunday at home against San Diego.
Philbin, now 11-14 at Miami, won a vote of confidence before Monday’s game from Ross, but that could change depending on the findings of Ted Wells, the NFL special investigator.
Wells will meet this week with Martin, who is with his family in Los Angeles and receiving counseling for emotional issues.
Ross also plans to meet with Martin. That meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but at the NFL’s request it has been postponed until after Wells gets together with Martin.
The second-year pro suddenly left the team two weeks ago, and his attorney has alleged Martin was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito, who has been suspended.
On Monday, Ross announced the formation of two committees to examine the Dolphins’ locker room culture.
Miami running back Daniel Thomas is tackled for a safety Monday night during the Dolphins’ 22-19 loss to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.