New Dolphins coach Joe Philbin emerges as the big winner in the ill-fated Ochocinco Error

The Dolphins released WR Chad Johnson last night on the heels of his arrest on a domestic violence charge, ending that saga before it really began. Regardless of what the courts find, the player who used to be called Ochocinco became a distraction for his new team, and that was enough for new coach Joe Philbin. Earlier in the offseason, I wrote a guide to understanding Ochocinco┬ábased on my time spent with him. In my closing comment, I said this: “Use your eyes and ignore the noise.” That is exactly what Philbin did in dismissing Johnson/Ochocinco. He used his eyes and saw a player who can’t really contribute anymore. And he ignored the noise, in this case the player’s explanation […]

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