Joey Porter is a lot of things. Mouthy, opinionated, troublesome, and yes one helluva rejuvenated LB this year. What he is not however is in-expendable. Joey Porter should be suspended...at least one game. Late in the 4th quarter J-Peezy was called for two unsportsmanlike penalties that gave the Patriots enough field position to put the game away once and for all. That is not why he should be suspended.
On the sidelines during the telecast you could clearly see head coach Tony Sparano shout, “Get him out of there”. He was referring to Porter. He had sent in LB Charlie Anderson to replace Porter until Porter calmed down or did something else stupid. Instead, Porter blatantly disobeyed the wishes of Tony Sparano.
Last season Porter stood in front of the team and chastised then HC Cam Cameron for his handling of the Keith Traylor issues. It was a dividing line for the team that spilled over to the media. Cameron did nothing to punish his high-profile FA. This is not something that Tony Sparano and company are likely to let simply fade away.
Sparano will do his due dilligence and let the issue calm down before he acts. It’s not known if they team will simply fine Porter or suspend him for one game but what should happen is something. If Sparano fails to act on this issue, or Jeff Ireland, or Bill Parcells, then it sends a message to the rest of this team and future additions to this team that behavior like that is acceptable.
Joey Porter got frustrated, yeah that happens especially in the thick of a huge game that saw two ejections, but it still does not make uncontained emotion excusable.
Porter is the leader on defense and he ranks among the top in sacks this season. Still, allowing this behavior to continue and go unaddressed, then everything that Sparano and Co. have done up until this point is worth nothing. The Dolphins need to take a stand and unfortunately for Joey P…that means an example as well.