Forget the fact that Jonathan Martin has gone AWOL from the team only days before an important game the Miami Dolphins have much bigger problems. So big in fact that the team according to some with knowledge of the situation, are teetering on the verge of full and complete collapse.
According to members of the national media, specifically Albert Breers, the Miami Dolphins locker room is a complete mess. Losing will do that to you.
There have been multiple reports that have come from all three of the main Miami area papers as well as national news outlets each painting a picture of a locker room boiling with anger. Much of that seems to be directed at offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
According to reports Sherman was at the center of a shouting match from Martin earlier in the week prior to the practical joke gone awry. Complete with cursing by Martin. In addition, Mike Wallace has spent time talking with Sherman about his role with the team. One local member of the Miami media said that many of the Miami offensive players agree with Wallace and are or have lost faith in the ability of Mike Sherman to run the offense.
The Dolphins of course are trying to keep a lid on it but that isn’t going to happen. The Bengals are coming into town tomorrow to face a team who has no faith in themselves right now. Another loss will make a long ten days between games and it’s anybody’s guess as to what happens in that time period.
While Sherman may very well be at the center of the issue and we all know he has received most of the blame by the fans, it’s the responsibility of Joe Philbin to control this team. So far the team has not responded positively on the field since they lost to New Orleans four weeks ago. If Philbin can not turn the locker room around and get his team back into the victory column, Stephen Ross may have no choice but to make a change at seasons end.
For Philbin, he may want to consider making a move during that ten day window following tomorrow nights game. If saving this team means firing Sherman Philbin needs to put friendship aside and do exactly that. If he doesn’t it very well may be his career that finishes somewhere else.