Fans fed up amid Mi­ami tur­moil

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY STEVEN WINE

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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