But, the NFL is hypersensitive to social issues, and takes a narrow view of anyone who doesn't follow suit. And the Dolphins are even more so, in light of the bullying scandal. So while a fine and public flogging seemed like a lot, it was a knee jerk to trying to protect their own brand.
As for "the scrub" who tweeted it was disgusting? That's his opinion, and he's entitled to it. The First Amendment guarantees us that. The problem is that you represent an organization by your words, and your actions. I wouldn't have even known he played for the Dolphins player if someone hadn't pointed that out.
Now as for Michael Sam's kiss. Who. The frick. Cares. We see draft prospects kissing their girlfriends, wives, whatever. And no one cares about that. 50 years ago - before de-segregation, really - if you had seen a black man kissing a white woman, the outrage would have been similar, I'm sure. Now? Does anyone care? My point is that we just need to get over it, and move on. The guy had success in college and wound up being drafted very late, and that should be the talk - not who he kissed when he finally got drafted.
As far as Pouncey's tweet, it was immature, sophomoric. But we know that's who Pouncey is, so no big surprise. Hank Goldberg summed it up well when he said "if the guy wasn't a probowler, he would have been let go." and then went on to tell us that it was Hickey - NOT Philbin - who talked to him about the incident. So the player hasn't grown up, and the coach still isn't accountable. That could be troubling in his opinion, and its probably worth watching.
I personally hate "rating" the draft. Its impossible to say that someone will be good or bad in the NFL - a top prospect may flake out, an injury may derail a career. You just don't know.So every GM gives the same line "we did good" and everyone with an opinion will tell you how they think these players will perform with the team.
If you were to swap the Patriots draft and the Dolphins draft, would the touts be saying the same things? Success breeds good will, lack of it doesn't.
Now with that in mind, here's my take on the players. They got some new players. They filled some obvious needs. Does the fact that the new GM evoke memories of the last GM bother me? Maybe a little. These guys are all trying to be the hero and find that diamond in the rough. The problem is that its a bit of a longshot. Success in college against good opponents is really the only barometer you have. 40 times, how much he can bench press - that stuff doesn't matter.