It’s been a crazy 24 hours in regards to Mike Wallace and the fallout from yesterday’s game against the New York Jets. There have been many conflicting reports on what really happened. Some say that he pulled himself out of the game while others say that he was benched. Others say that it’s somewhere in the middle. What’s the truth? We’ll never know but earlier today, Joe Philbin addressed the situation.
“I had a conversation with him during the game and made a coaching decision. It’s really nothing more complicated than that. I’ve never discussed private conversations with players to anybody. It was a private conversation. He and I had a discussion. Then I made a coaching decision. Really, that’s all there is to it.”
Philbin said that he spoke privately with Wallace in his office on Monday morning but of course, wouldn’t reveal the details, saying that those conversations are between the two of them. When asked whether or not Wallace would be coming back in 2015, Philbin simply said that nothing has changed.
“Nothing has changed. I haven’t spent one second thinking about 2015 yet. We are taking a look at the film and watched the game film. I have meetings with every single player here the next day or so to get feedback, ways we can better, ways we can improve, things I can do better, things they can do better. I haven’t really thought about who is playing what position in 2015 or any of that stuff.”
In regards to their relationship, Philbin said that it has always been good and that yesterday hasn’t and won’t affect their relationship moving forward. Ryan Tannehill echoed that sentiment when asked about the controversy yesterday by saying that it wouldn’t impact their relationship.
“I don’t think so. That’s what teammates do. You stick together, you find a way to make it happen. Today happened, but moving forward, I don’t have any question about it.”
In the locker room on Monday morning, Tannehill said that he will work with Wallace to get better in the offseason and that he has a valuable skill set. However, he also said he was unsure whether or not Wallace would be back in 2015 and that those decisions would obviously have to come from up top.
It’s another interesting situation to keep an eye on as we move forward in the offseason. Is Wallace worth the headache and how much do the Dolphins value him in the new offense? It all remains to be seen but answers are coming within the next few months.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs