After Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett broke off a huge run towards the end of the game, cameras cut to the Miami Dolphins’ sideline and captured Jared Odrick screaming and lashing out at Joe Philbin.
Odrick’s lips read ‘every week’ and Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reported that there was another video out there that showed an even angrier Odrick. Following the game on Sunday, Joe Philbin, Cameron Wake and Odrick talked about the situation and chalked it up to raw emotion.
“It’s an emotional game. Sometimes it’s a player and a coach, or anyone that’s involved in an organization that plays football,” said Odrick. “It’s tough to find that gauge of what’s too much emotion and what’s not enough. You never want to border that line of not enough. I think one thing that I bring to the game of football is emotion and I try to do it in the most positive way possible. It may have looked like I was yelling negative things and that there was a disagreement, but every game there’s a disagreement. Emotions are running high and I hate to say that any of that was a detriment to our team.”
Odrick went on to say that he probably should have calmed down earlier than that, but who knows whether or not that was his agent telling him to de-escalate the situation as quick as possible or if it really it his true feelings.
“I probably should have calmed down a little earlier than that, but it’s tough when you want to win a football game. You’re asked to bring emotion to this game, cause if you don’t you’re going to end up in a position where you don’t want to be. Emotion is all a part of this game and it’s tough to gauge it sometimes.”
Cameron Wake said there is no shortage of passion in the locker room – from the coaches all the way down to the last player on the team.
“I mean you think about all the training camp snaps, the gassers, the bench presses, the study hours, everything that we have done is really just to get to this point. To get to this point and things really don't go your way I can definitely understand the passion, so you just have got to make sure that it is directed in the proper way and hopefully it will be in the preparation for this next game."
Despite the apologies and the explanations from Odrick and Wake, several beat reporters reported that this is just the tip of the iceberg and if the Dolphins lose to the Patriots or any other game this season for that matter, things can get out of hand and more players may start speaking out.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs