Inside the Dolphins locker room late last week, Nolan Carroll quietly acknowledged what few of his teammates -- and certainly not his coach -- would admit publicly:http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/16/3 ... acted.html
This whole bullying scandal has indeed been a distraction, and it’s probably the steepest challenge the organization has faced in Carroll’s four years in Miami.
“We don’t really know what’s going on, but you get family members texting you,” Carroll explained. “You get family members’ friends texting them to text you and ask you what’s going on, and you don’t really know. You can’t really control it.
Carroll continued: “We’re trying to avoid that stuff and not get distracted by it. At times, it has been hard. We’re tuning it out. We’re starting to figure out what’s done is done. We can’t change that. We’re just need to worry about what we can control right now.”
Here’s what the Dolphins can control: Their playoff fate.
But they can come awfully close.
Despite the catastrophic events of the past month and a half -- losses in five out of six games and the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga -- the Dolphins are just a game out of the playoffs with seven to play.
And there’s more: They have three games still on the schedule against teams ahead of them on the standings, including two against the Jets, who are currently the No. 6 seed. ...