Dear Dolphins beat writers,
Tonight on Hard Knocks, Joe Philbin prepared Ryan Tannehill for the media response to his being announced as starter. I, along with many other Dolphin fans, groaned, not because I disagreed with what Philbin said, but because I knew the comment itself would spark a gratuitous flurry of angst and annoyance among media members.
Allow me to explain Philbin's comment before the mental midgetry takes full hold: The coach was simply preparing Tannehill for the increased scrutiny he will be under as a rookie starting quarterback, playing for the franchise that has been trying to replace Dan Marino for well over a decade. In doing so, he also indicated that media members have a job to do, for which they get paid. It's not like they are trying to antagonize you, or create stories where none exist, Philbin intimated, by saying media members are not "bad people."
Your response to his statement makes me disagree with his sentiment.
Coach Philbin's comments were immediately contorted as some sort of insult by more than one beat writer on Twitter. In that sense, you are engaging in exactly the self-important, egotistical, and irrelevant ****-stirring that draws the ire of players, coaches, and front offices around the league. As a fan, I'd really like Joe Philbin to spend his time coaching the Dolphins, and if he must, answering questions about the Dolphins. I'm fairly certain he will need to spend several minutes during tomorrow's press conference defending his statement about you, to you, a moment which will be as much of a waste of time as it will be cringe-worthy.
As far as I can tell, Philbin has treated the media with respect thus far and understands the job you all have. I hope you are able to set your egos aside and understand that he has a job as well, and unfortunately a part (albeit small) of that is to prepare his players for the **** that you continuously stir with your enlightening pontifications, astute analyses, and innocent questions that you continuously shower upon them.
Look, we fans appreciate the practice tweets and the factual information that you provide to us about our team. But I would also like to reiterate that from my perspective, it's never about you. I have no doubts that you work hard, and I appreciate that, just as I appreciate anyone who works hard at their job and provides a useful service to society. But please do not allow your blog readership or number of twitter followers to get to your head lest you commit the two greatest follies of all: creating a story where none exists AND involving yourself.
FH member oasis