|Dolphins should probably turn off the radio and concentrate on trying to win a game. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
The 0-7 Miami Dolphins should have more important things on the to-do list than issuing statements refuting comments made by a former NFL player on a local radio station. And yet on Friday, the team did just that.
Jim Miller, an NFL quarterback for six seasons who now works as an analyst for CSN Chicago covering the Bears, appeared on 640-AM's The Big O Show with Orlando Alzugaray last week.
Miller was asked about the "Suck for Luck" phenomenon and where the Dolphins fit into that conversation:
"Yes, it's frustrating because I live here in Motown and we got a turnaround with the Detroit Lions and the fans here have been devastated for a long time in terms of not winning," Miller told Alzugaray. "Now there's a lot of excitement yet the fans never went away even through the Matt Millen years and all the things that have gone on. And now they're winning the fans back over and I think that certainly can happen for the Miami Dolphins.
"I think (Miami) has a lot of talent," he continued. "I like that defense. I like the corners, Sean Smith and Vontae Davis, but the defense is on the field consistently.
"And I don't know what's been talked about down there, O[rlando], I mean, I'm upset with Chad Henne. I think he flat out packed it in for the Miami Dolphins. I've a had separated left shoulder -- you can play with that injury. All you're trading when you get surgery is a bump for a scar. He realized he wasn't going to get a new contract down there so I think he packed it in. And those aren't the type of players, in my opinion, the Miami Dolphins need in the future. They need guys that are going to give it up for their football team."
To recap: a guy with no ties to the Dolphins and presumably no sources in or close to the organization offers up his thoughts on Chad Henne to a South Florida radio host. Doesn't this happen every day, in every city, on every sports talk station around the country?
Miller said nothing about "I'm hearing," or "my sources tell me," or "someone close to the situation says…" Miller says "I think [Henne] flat out packed it in." The use of the verb "think" tells us that that's what Miller … thought.
No matter. the Dolphins were none too happy with Miller and his opinions. On Friday, they issued the following statement (via the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero):
"The report that Chad Henne should have played with his injury is totally false and the speculation of the nature of that injury is not correct. The medical staff made it clear to Chad that he could not play with his injury and that his only option was surgery."
How utterly embarrassing (yet nowhere near the humiliation of losing seven straight times to start the season or having the wrong defense on the field against Tim Tebow on the game's decisive play).
Also worth mentioning: when someone offers up a thought, it's not to be confused with a report. Figured that went without saying. Clearly, we were wrong. And in case it comes up again: Tebow likes to run the quarterback draw on short-yardage situations, especially out of the shotgun. You're welcome in advance.
Salguero notes that while Miller is wrong (Henne sought a second opinion before having surgery), the Dolphins have every intention of letting Henne walk after the season.
Either way: who cares what Miller, a Bears analyst, thinks about the Dolphins? (Other than the organization, which apparently hangs on Miller's every word.)
The Kansas City Chiefs hope to continue their hot streak as they prepare to host the Miami Dolphins, who are still searching for their first win. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan break down this game. Watch the game at 1 PM ET on CBS.
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