The Dolphins thought they were defusing a touchy situation Wednesday by having Ryan Tannehill and Brent Grimes address controversial comments made by Grimes’ wife about Tannehill.
The team wound up being the butt of jokes on Boston sports-talk radio, which replayed Grimes’ session with the media, during which teammates are heard making light of the situation by hooting and hollering.
One player is heard yelling, “Plead the fifth!” twice. (A portion of the interview, including that remark, can be heard here:
‘It is really a you-know-what show down in Miami and South Florida,” host Mike Petraglia said on Boston’s WEEI. “I really makes you appreciate what you have here, huh?”
The station posted a replay of Petraglia’s show online under the headline, “Dolphin dysfunction reminds New England fans of greatness of Patriot Way.”
As Grimes began to speak, one teammate joked, “I’m here so I won’t get fined,” as if egging on Grimes to resort to a tactic used by media-shy Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks at the Super Bowl. The interview initially was posted on the Dolphins’ site, then taken down.
That wasn’t the extent of the circus atmosphere. During Tannehill’s session with reporters, defensive end Damontre Moore, who like Tannehill attended Texas A&M, took a microphone from Sun-Sentinel reporter Chris Perkins and pretended to be a reporter himself, asking Tannehill if he felt “blessed and fortunate … to have a beautiful specimen like myself as a teammate.”
“No,” Tannehill responded.
One Dolphin fan e-mailed The Post from New England, writing, “Clearly this whole thing is a big joke to not an insignificant portion of players.
“Just absurd. Grossly unprofessional, childish, and I can’t put exactly into words what it sounded like other than a giant clown show full of players that don’t care about winning or hold themselves to a high standard.”
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Wednesday that cornerback Brent Grimes apologized for comments his wife, Miko, made on Twitter as the Dolphins tried to diffuse a potentially divisive situation in the locker room.
“He came up to me and apologized for the whole incident,” Tannehill said.
Tannehill said it’s “business as usual” between himself and Grimes moving forward.
Although Grimes delivered the apology, he told reporters he was unaware of specifics of what his wife had tweeted. Nonetheless, he tried to distance himself from those remarks.
“I’ve said this plenty of times: My wife is my wife,” Grimes said. “She talks, that’s what she says. We don’t speak the same thing. That’s her opinion.”
Grimes revealed that this week wasn’t the first time he extended an olive branch toward his quarterback.
“I told him this before,” Grimes said. “We had lunch early in the season. Somebody asked me this question and my wife’s opinions are her opinions. It’s not my opinions. I really don’t understand it — don’t understand why you ask me about my wife’s opinions. It’s not mine.”
Miko had tweeted that the locker room “hates” Tannehill and sharply criticized his ability.
“I feel I have support,” Tannehill said. “I know you can ask around and gather your own opinion but I feel confident about the support I have and the guys are behind me.”
Although the tweets raise questions of whether Brent shares Miko’s opinions, Brent said that’s not the case.
“He’s our quarterback,” Grimes siad. “He does what he has to do, and that’s the guy we go out with every Sunday. And that’s my guy. That’s my teammate.”
The situation created a circus atmosphere in the locker room. As Tannehill spoke to reporters, defensive end Damontre Moore, who also attended Texas A&M, attempted to make light of the situation by taking a reporter’s microphone and asking the quarterback if he felt “blessed and fortunate … to have a beautiful specimen like myself as a teammate?”
“No,” Tannehill said.
The Dolphins posted the video of Grimes’ interview session almost immediately, then took it off their site. As Grimes spoke, players near his locker loudly hooted and hollered, with one telling him he should plead the fifth.
Speaking of noise, Tannehill took issue with a question that this time, the “noise” wasn’t coming from outside the locker room, but inside, since it was from a teammate’s wife.
“It’s as outside as outside can get,” he said.
Grimes denied the incident has caused a distraction in the locker room.
“It creates a distraction to you guys,” Grimes told reporters. “You could see, I don’t have a problem in the locker room, so if it’s a distraction to you guys, if that’s your perception, that doesn’t mean your perception is the reality.”
But it is a distraction in the locker room, Tannehill said.
“Honestly, at this point, you know, I’ve heard what she said and I don’t really want to give it the time of day,” Tannehill said. “It doesn’t affect what I think about myself, the way I go about my business and prepare to win games.
“So the saddest part about the whole thing is we have to answer questions about it and it’s becoming a distraction to myself and this organization, this team.”
There’s a misconception (well, a partial misconception) among both fans and foes of the Miami Dolphins — particularly their unbeaten 1972 team — that the old-time players and coaches root each year against current-day NFL teams equaling (or, God forbid, bettering) their 17-0 record.
“Go ask the Patriots how difficult it is to do it and how they feel about some little kid in Guatemala wearing those perfect 19-0 Super Bowl tees.”
In that same interview, when asked what would happen if Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers were able to best the mark of the ’72 Fins this season, Morris responded by asking, “Do you know the second biggest canyon in the U.S.? No, because everyone only knows about the Grand Canyon. No one cares about the second to do anything.”
But perhaps the Dolphins legends are starting to mellow as time goes on.
The official Twitter account of legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula sent out this tweet during the Panthers game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell says there’s no spat between cornerback Brent Grimes and quarterback Ryan Tannehill after Grimes’ wife, Miko, bashed Tannehill on social media.
But Campbell made one thing clear: He’s a Magic Johnson fan.
Miko Grimes went after Tannehill on a Twitter tirade Sunday night and then said she wanted three local reporters — including myself — to be raped by Johnson, an NBA Hall of Famer who was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1991.
“I think Magic Johnson is a hell of a player,” Campbell said Monday, trying to add some humor to an awkward situation.
Miko Grimes was criticizing reporters — which also included the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley and Armando Salguero — for being critical of her husband, but supporting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
All three reporters have written both positive and negative comments about Tannehill and Grimes this season, based on their performances.
None of the comments on my end have been personal in any way, or overly critical.
Campbell said he doesn’t believe you can discipline a player for his wife’s action.
He also confirmed that the team has had discussions about Miko Grimes’ repeated negative public comments about the team, but that it occurred before he was interim coach.
On Sunday night, Miko Grimes bashed Tannehill, who she’s been railing against all season.
Campbell said he would keep any discussion he had with Brent Grimes in-house, but that he doesn’t worry about anything that’s said by outsiders.
“I’m not concerned with those things,” Campbell said. “I’m concerned about the way our guys in our locker room just handle their own business with each other. I’m not worried about outside noise.
“This is not the first time to be honest with you as a player or coach that these things have happened. I know it’s quite a story but to me it’s about how our guys feel in the locker room. You can’t listen to all that stuff out there anyway. If you do, it’ll just bog you down.”
Campbell said he doesn’t believe there’s any issue between Grimes and Tannehill even though Miko criticized Tannehill’s practice performance — information she likely would have gotten from her husband.
“I’ve never sensed there’s been animosity or any type of disconnect between those two guys,” Campbell said. “That’s never been an issue. I still don’t believe it’s an issue.”
Campbell said players and wives don’t always agree with each other.
“Anybody is entitled to their own opinion,” Campbell said. “Sometimes my wife thinks different than I do. And she has that right.”
Grimes’ base salary is more than $8 million next year, but his contract is non-guaranteed.
He has had an up-and-down season. He has four interceptions but has also struggled against some top-tier receivers.
It’s unclear whether this could effect a potential 2016 return. The Dolphins may bring him back or decide to go in a different direction based on performance and cost alone.
Grimes will be 32 next season.
Miko Grimes was arrested while tailgating at a Dolphins game in September and charged with assaulting an officer. The chargers were later dropped.
That’s high enough to get a potential game-changing player — and the Dolphins could certainly use one of those.
So who could get the Dolphins get at No. 6?
Here’s a quick look at players who might be available.
1. QB Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch
Both players could go in the top five, or they could both be lower top 10 picks.
In CBS Sports’ latest mock drafts, Rob Rang has Lynch at No. 2 and Goff at No. 7.
Dane Brugler has Goff at No. 7 and Lynch at No. 10.
So would the Dolphins really consider drafting a quarterback if they like one and he’s available?
It could depend on who the Dolphins hire as coach.
Head exec Mike Tannenbaum likes Tannehill and would like to see him succeed. But if a new coach is convinced Goff or Lynch can turn the franchise around — and one of them is available — it’s certainly possible they’d go that route.
Lynch — 6-foot-6, 230 pounds out of Memphis — has size, mobility and a big arm but he’s raw.
Goff — 6-4, 210 out of Cal — is more polished and has strong pocket-passing skills but doesn’t have amazing arm strength.
The Dolphins have a lot of defensive needs, but it would be very interesting if one of these quarterbacks is available when the Dolphins make their pick.
Miami can feasibly get out of Tannehill’s contract after the 2016 season though they’d still have a $10 million cap hit in 2017 if he’s cut — and an $18 million cap hit that season if they keep him.
2. CB Jalen Ramsey or Vernon Hargreaves III
Ramsey, out of Florida State, could easily be a top five pick so he might be out of the Dolphins’ range, even if they finish 5-11.
If Ramsey is there for the taking, he’s a 6-1, 202, physical lockdown corner who could excel from the start.
Miami’s future at cornerback in flux with Brent Grimes, 32, heading toward the end of his career. He’s also owed an $8 million base salary if he returns next season.
Drafting a stud cornerback would be ideal for the Dolphins, whether or not they bring back Grimes.
Hargreaves — 5-11, 199 out of the University of Florida — is quick and strong and is projected as a lower top 10 pick.
3. OLB Jaylon Smith or Myles Jack
There are a lot of good linebackers in this draft and Smith and Jack are at the top of the class.
Smith — 6-3, 240 out of Notre Dame — is athletic and makes a ton of plays, something the Dolphins desperately need.
Jack — 6-1, 245 out of UCLA — isn’t the biggest linebacker but he’s extremely athletic.
The Dolphins need a serious upgrade at linebacker.
4. DE Joey Bosa or DeForest Buckner
Most mock drafts have Bosa — 6-5, 275 out of Ohio State — in the top five. So he could be gone when the Dolphins make their pick.
Buckner — 6-7, 290 — is being projected between No. 5 and No. 10.
Miami’s Cam Wake is going to be 34 next season and coming off an Achilles’ injury. He also has an $8 million base salary.
Olivier Vernon will be a free agent if the Dolphins don’t re-sign him by early March.
The last time the Dolphins had a top five pick, it was a disaster — they traded up to take defensive end Dion Jordan No. 3 overall in 2013.
Miami still has the rights to Jordan, who is serving a year-long drug suspension. While it’s possible they try to get something out of him, it’s hard to imagine he comes back or makes much of an impact.
5. OT Ronnie Stanley
Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil could potentially be the top pick in the draft, so as of now he seems like a long shot for the Dolphins.
But Stanley — 6-6, 315 out of Notre Dame — could be there for Miami.
Unless Miami decides it can’t pass on a franchise quarterback, the defense needs even more of an overhaul than the offense.
The Dolphins offensive line, however, is a perennial mess so they could consider going with a lineman early.
The Dolphins already have left tackle Branden Albert but could contemplate moving him inside if they drafted a top five left tackle.
Albert has also dealt with injuries and he’ll turn 32 next season.
Several of Douglas’ teammates came to console him. Offensive line coach John Benton gave words of wisdom.
“My fault,” Douglas said. “I should have been locked in on that play. Bad play by me.”
Sure, Douglas will take the blame. But it really just speaks to Miami’s offensive line woes, a problem the Dolphins can’t shake.
Douglas shouldn’t have even been in that situation. He never played center in high school or college and was selected in the fourth round of this year’s draft as a guard.
He began the season as the starting right guard but was eventually benched for Billy Turner.
Douglas had his first extensive action at center when starter Mike Pouncey was injured in a Week 12 loss to the New York Jets, struggling with low snaps.
The Dolphins spent more than two seasons developing Sam Brenner, who was an adequate backup center. Yet when they finally needed him he was gone, signing with Denver after he spent weeks on and off Miami’s roster while the team tinkered with the bottom of the lineup.
With Pouncey out on Sunday because of a foot injury, Douglas started his first game at center. It’s a game he would love to forget.
“I feel for him,” Tannehill said. “I’ve been there. I’ve been that guy numerous times in my career.
“He’ll be a better player because of it.”
Pouncey, who made the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season, wasn’t the only missing starter on Sunday.
The Dolphins have been without right tackle Ja’Wuan James since he suffered a toe injury in a Week 8 loss to New England.
No matter who’s in the lineup, the offensive line continues to be a major problem for the Dolphins.
Tannehill had been sacked 38 times heading in to Sunday’s game, tied for fourth-most in the league.
He climbed up the chart after he was sacked six times by the Colts — a team that entered the game with just 25 sacks this season, the fourth-fewest in the NFL.
Tannehill has been sacked 183 times in his four NFL seasons, the most in the league in that span.
Give him credit for never missing a start despite the constant hits. He’s barely missed a snap and he didn’t miss any on Sunday after several hard hits.
“I’ll be all right,” he said with the slightest of grins. It’s a question he’s been asked so many times before.
The Dolphins have spent years trying to rebuild the line, signing left tackle Branden Albert to a 5-year $47 million deal before the 2014 season and selecting James in the first round of the 2014 draft.
But there’s still uncertainty at guard where starters Dallas Thomas and Turner have struggled. And the depth is suspect — a problem when the starters are rarely healthy at the same time.
So it all comes back to the quarterback.
Tannehill will be entering his fifth season next year and his upside is still debated.
The best teams and the best quarterbacks — New England and Tom Brady being the prime example — excel despite constant turnover on the offensive line.
The Dolphins and Tannehill aren’t in that position, so it’s impossible to fully evaluate Tannehill when he’s treated like a rag doll.
“I could care less about getting hit if we’re winning,” Tannehill said.
But, he added, “it’s not easy to win when the quarterback is getting hit so that’s something we want to fix and move on.”
Reshad Jones might have the best statistics of any safety in the NFL, but he’s not sure if anyone has noticed.
Jones, speaking to the media on Wednesday for the first time since being snubbed from the Pro Bowl, was stunned that he isn’t going to Honolulu as one of the league’s three best strong safeties.
“It’s obviously a popularity contest,” he said. “They just picked the popular guy or whoever made it last year or however it goes.
“We can’t be going off play and production because my numbers double all those guys numbers.”
Well, not quite.
Jones’ 124 total tackles easily lead NFL safeties — Dallas’ Barry Church is second with 110.
Jones’ five interceptions is tied for third among safeties — Cincinnati’s Reggie Nelson leads with eight.
You can technically make the case that Jones doubles any other safety in picks returned for a touchdown — he’s the NFL’s only safety with two interceptions returned for a score.
No matter, Jones felt he should have make it — especially considering that he’s the first defensive back in more than a decade to have more than 100 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions in a season.
“The numbers that I put up, a DB hasn’t done it in a decade,” he said. “I’m going to continue to work my butt off and do everything that I can and help the Miami Dolphins win.
“I don’t know what else I have to prove or put up.”
Arizona’s Eric Berry, Seattle’s Kam Chancellor and Oakland’s Charles Woodson were the strong safeties chosen ahead of Jones.
Jones is a Pro Bowl alternate and could still make the trip to Honolulu if another safety sits out.
He initially said he won’t play as an alternate.
“It would be a cool compliment but I won’t play in the game,” he said. “I shouldn’t have to be an alternate. I don’t want to play in the game as an alternate player.”
But Jones later changed his stance on Twitter:
It was always a dream to play w/ the best, I was upset, but I thank God for teaching me humility, I WOULD play if they ask me
Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell was equally surprised that Jones didn’t make it.
“I was shocked,” Campbell said. “I thought he would get in. He’s a hell of a player. I thought he put up good numbers. He’s been consistent all year.”
Both Campbell and Jones agreed that Miami’s 5-9 record and overall defense — the Dolphins are third-worst in the NFL — hurt him.
But Jones doesn’t think it should have.
“I thought the Pro Bowl was for individual play, each player,” he said. “Like I said, my play and my numbers speak for itself.”
Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had a lot less to say about his snub.
Suh, who this offseason signed the largest contract for a defensive player in NFL history, didn’t make the Pro Bowl for just the second time in his career.
Suh was far from dominant this year but still had solid stats.
His 52 total tackles are fourth at his position — St. Louis’ Aaron Donald is first with 64.
Suh’s 4.5 sacks are tied for ninth among defensive tackles — St. Louis’ Aaron Donald leads with 11.
Suh’s 12 stuffs this year are tied for fourth-best in the NFL — one behind Donald, J.J. Watt and Mark Barron, who lead with 13.
When asked if he was disappointed or upset at not making the Pro Bowl, Suh simply said: “Next question.”
“He was another guy that deserved to get in,” Campbell said. “I thought that he was productive all year — very productive. He was a force. And for a defensive tackle he did about all that you can do.”
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, the team’s lone player to make the Pro Bowl, said he believes he’s having his best season yet in the NFL.
Pouncey is in his fifth season with the Dolphins and made his third consecutive Pro Bowl.
But he said he really cares about making the playoffs, something Miami hasn’t done in seven years.
“With team success comes individual success,” Pouncey said. “Obviously you can see that with the Panthers — those guys have 10 Pro Bowlers because they’re winning games.
“At the end of the day when I look back on my career, I’ll be happy about making Pro Bowls. But it means zero to me right now unless we’re in the playoffs.”
Injury updates: Pouncey, who was in a walking boot on Wednesday, did not practice after suffering a foot and ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to San Diego.
Campbell said he doesn’t foresee Pouncey playing this week against Indianapolis, but said he also didn’t expect Pouncey to return a week after after injuring his foot against Baltimore last month.
“Pouncey, he’ll surprise you,” Campbell said.
Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (calf) and left tackle Branden Albert (knee) also did not practice. Campbell said Albert is healthy but was resting.
Right tackle Ja’Wuan James (toe), linebacker Jelani Jenkins (ankle), receiver Jarvis Landry (knee), running back Lamar Miller (quadricep) and guard Billy Turner (calf) were limited.
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is making his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl but he won’t be joined in Honolulu by an argubaly more deserving teammate.
Reshad Jones, who statistically was having the best season of any NFL safety, was snubbed.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who in the offseason signed the largest contract for any defensive player in NFL history, didn’t get a bid for just the second time in his career.
Pouncey will be Miami’s lone representative unless Jones or Suh makes it as an alternate. He said said Tuesday night he wishes he could give his trip to Jones.
“I feel so bad for Reshad,” Pouncey said. “I felt like, and I know, that he’s the best safety in the NFL.
“For him not to make it is very disappointing. I told him when I got off the phone with him earlier that I wish I could give him my Pro Bowl nod because I feel like he’s a guy that deserves it more than any guy on our football team and any guy throughout the NFL the way he’s played.”
The players are selected by a consensus of fans, players and coaches voting. Three strong safeties made it — Arizona’s Eric Berry, Seattle’s Kam Chancellor and Oakland’s Charles Woodson.
Jones, who has been calling himself the best safety in the NFL for a couple of years, finally had the stats this year to make a case.
His 98 tackles easily lead NFL safeties — Arizona’s Deone Bucannon is second with 82.
Jones’ five interceptions is tied for third among safeties — Cincinnati’s Reggie Nelson leads with eight.
Jones is also the NFL’s only safety with two interceptions returned for a touchdown.
He had an equally strong season last year, but missed four games due to a performance-enhancing drug suspension which made him ineligible for the Pro Bowl.
He blamed the failed test on taking a supplement recommended by a former college trainer, but said he didn’t take anything illegal.
“He’s an impact player on the football field,” Pouncey said. “He’s really grown as a football player and I think he’s the best safety in the NFL. It’s just sad he didn’t make it.”
Jones, who had been publicly lobbying for a Pro Bowl bid on social media, retweeted a fan on Twitter Tuesday night who asked NFL Network “are you doing the ProBowl Snubs? @reshadjones9 is the biggest snub. Ridiculous.”
Jones also praised several former University of Georgia teammate who made it.
Suh was supposed to be the Dolphins’ game changer on defense after signing a deal worth up to $114 million over six years.
Statistically he had a case for the Pro Bowl but his numbers weren’t dominant and it didn’t help his cause that the Dolphins defense ranks third-worst in the NFL.
His 36 tackles this season are fourth at his position and his 4.5 sacks are tied for ninth among defensive tackles.
Suh’s 12 stuffs this year are tied for fourth-best in the NFL — and only behind the NFL leaders, who have 13.
Pouncey didn’t address Suh but said he believes Miami’s 5-9 record hurt Jones.
“For him not to make the Pro Bowl obviously it has to be bigger than just what you’re putting out on the football field,” Pouncey said.
Pouncey’s three consecutiev Pro Bowl bids are the most for a Dolphins interior offensive lineman since Keith Sims was selected to three consecutive following the 1993-95 seasons.
Last year he made it as an alternate despite missing four games to a hip injury and moving to guard.
He said it helped his cause this year that his twin brother Maurkice Pouncey, who plays center for the Steelers, missed the season with a broken ankle.
“It’s very exciting for me,” Pouncey said. “Now that my brother is out I felt like I had an advantage. I’ve got to play catch-up with him because he’s such a great football player.”