Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Michael Ola was with the Miami Dolphins in OTAs and was cut before training camp. Prior to that, he had spent some time on the practice squad. After being released, he was picked up by the Chicago Bears and is now set to start on the offensive line against the Dolphins. With that said, Joe Philbin said the reason why they released him had nothing to do with him and other factors played into the decision.
“No, it was nothing against him. He’s a good young prospect; he worked hard every single day he was here. We just felt like we had different guys we wanted to take a look at. Not a reflection of him and obviously he’s done a great job. Happy for his success, that’s great.”
Often, players will see games against their former teams and use it as extra motivation, especially if they were cut or traded. Philbin said that he wishes Ola well and if he has any extra motivation, then so be it.
“Again, he’s certainly entitled to his own motivations for the game. He was a good teammate, he was a good individual. He worked hard every single day he was here. Our coaching staff treated him with respect every day he was here. And we wish him well. Every summer players go on and do things with other teams. You know, that’s part of football.”
With so many decisions second-guessed over the past few years, this match-up suddenly got a lot more interesting. We’ll see if Ola can hold up against the Dolphins ferocious defensive line.