After another dismal performance against a quality opponent, the most “important” story coming out of the Dolphins’ locker room is of course Channing Crowder. He accused Le’Ron McClain of spitting on him during the second half of their game yesterday in Baltimore. I have no idea if McClain pulled a Robbie Alomar on him or not, but one thing is for sure. I’m sick of Channing Crowder. His mouth, his act, his nagging miniscule injuries, and below average play have gotten old.
The six-year Dolphin veteran has been a bust since he was groomed to be the replacement for Zach Thomas as the leader in the middle of the Dolphin defense. To put him and Thomas in the same realm of discussion is unfair to Zach. Crowder has never had 100 tackles in a season, and the past four seasons he’s had problems staying on the field including this year where he missed the first four games. He’s never had 100 tackles in a season, and he has 2.5 career sacks and 1 interception. Sacks and interceptions are considered game changing plays on defense and he has a total of 3.5 game changing plays. That’s less then the amount of people he’s verbally spat with.
Last off-season he and Jets coach Rex Ryan publicly carried on a war of words. Ryan started “Who is Channing Crowder anyway?” Dolphin fans became irate by this and if they didn’t hate him already, Rex Ryan became public enemy number one in South Beach. Guess what though Dolphin fans, he was right. Who on earth is Channing Crowder? The only reason why people around the league know him is because of his propensity to talk, talk, and talk. Yes former Dolphin Joey Porter is the poster boy when it comes to running his mouth, but he was one of the best sack specialists of the decade, and did manage to make a Pro Bowl while in Miami. Only way Crowder is near a pro bowl is if he’s accidentally in Hawaii come February.
It is tough for me to believe that the Dolphins as an organization aren’t getting fed up with Crowder’s poor play and antics. They gave Karlos Dansby the highest contract ever for a linebacker in the off season to take over as their top inside linebacker, and to be the defensive leader, which were two roles that were once expected from Crowder. Off the field a team brought up in the Bill Parcells school of football isn’t exactly against the trash talking style Crowder carries, but they also expect a player to walk the walk before they talk the talk. We’re sick of the talking and sick of waiting for the walking. Now Crowder can just walk straight on out the door and we’ll slam it shut behind him.
About the Author
Written by Bill Dowling
I am a life long Dolphin fan from right outside New York City. I work for Sirius NFL Radio have some personal connections within the organization. If I’m not watching the Dolphins I'm watching all other sports around the country and have experience covering all these sports as well.