Written by Matthew Cannata
After a national controversy rocked the Dolphins in 2013, all eyes will be on them and their locker room in 2014. Players, coaches and front office personnel are ready to turn the page and begin a new chapter of Miami Dolphins football.
Head Coach Joe Philbin said that ever since they got together in the offseason, the team has been emphasizing respect for one another and communication. General Manager Dennis Hickey echoed that thought and said that they have talked to the players about being good teammates and respecting each other.
"We've been emphasizing respect for one another and communication," Philbin said. "I thought our communication last offseason was the best it's ever been. ... I've had many, many more one-on-one [conversations] with players in the offseason. I think they have a better understanding of where I'm coming from."
"Coach Philbin, Mr. Ross put in a bunch of things to change that," Pouncey said of the locker room. "Right now, we're heading in the right direction. The guys, everyone has bought into this program and the way we want it done here."
Many inside and outside the organization within NFL circles have said that the whole controversy was overblown but like it or not, the Dolphins have a black eye because of it. It will be up to them to turn their image around and it seems as if they are off to a good start.