Other than providing serious entertainment on HBO’s Hard Knocks series last fall, WR Chad Johnson ultimately did nothing during his short stint as a Miami Dolphin. That’s not necessarily a bad thing either. The former Fin experiment has been doing a lot lately, but not on a football field. On May 7, a warrant was issued for Johnson’s arrest in Broward County, Florida (per NFL.com). Johnson, who was released for failure to follow Joe Philbin’s etiquette off the field, also failed to follow his parole guidelines.
Before such warrant was ever stated, Johnson was also accused of head-butting his wife of the time, Evelyn Lozada. Johnson has spent the last two years in and out of the media headlines, for everything other than football.
The case of Chad Johnson shows two things: the trouble a player can get into when not focusing his effort and mind on his production on the field, and the correct coaching decision of Miami’s Joe Philbin. Philbin knew that Johnson was not what the organization needed in terms of conduct. He could have given Johnson multiple warnings and do-overs, hoping that Johnson would spark what was then a feeble offense. However, Philbin stuck to his roots and cut Johnson, and looking back now it was the right thing to do. Take a second and look how far this team has grown in the short time since cutting Johnson. It is a completely different team: new logo, new uniforms, almost a completely new roster, and more importantly, a new mindset. No longer is Miami starving for stars who will come in and perform great for a year, then leave. They are building a complete team that will play together deep into the month of January. While Chad Johnson was busy getting himself into more and more trouble, the Miami Dolphins were busy building a stronger team.