Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
For the past two years, the Miami Dolphins had a leadership council, which consisted of several players who were supposed to act as the liaison between the locker room and the coaching staff. This year, like many other things, they are tweaking it to better represent all of the players on the team.
Each week, these players meet inside Joe Philbin’s offense to discuss player issues and to receive various messages from the coaching staff. Don’t call this group the leadership council though. Instead, it’s a leadership group that features one or two senior members representing each of the team’s units.
Branden Albert and Mike Pouncey represent the offensive line, Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore represent the quarterbacks and Mike Wallace along with Brian Hartline represent the wide receivers. In addition, Knowshon Moreno represents the running backs and Charles Clay represents the tight ends.
On the defensive side of the ball, Cameron Wake, Randy Starks and Earl Mitchell represent the defensive line while Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan represent the defensive backs. For the linebackers, it’s Koa Misi who gets to be part of the group.
“We have a different group. It’s not something we are necessarily going to reveal to everybody," Philbin said. "Different members are on it this year, but we’ve been communicating regularly throughout the offseason, through training camp, the preseason, and we’ll continue to do so.”
The Dolphins have been working hard to create leaders and form a tighter group of players since last year’s locker room scandal and controversy. Hopefully this tweaked format will help the team do just that.