The Miami Dolphins showed very little hesitation or pause in ridding themselves of Chad Johnson after his arrest for allegedly head-butting his wife. He was arrested, and less than 24 hours later, he was unemployed.
Karlos Dansby, one of the team's veteran leaders on defense, wishes the Dolphins would've had a little more patience with Chad.
On the Sid Rosenberg show on 640 AM in Miami, Dansby expressed some hesitation about the release of Johnson and speculated that the move will hurt more than help. Via NFL.com:
"I hate that we didn't stand behind him. I know the guys in the locker room would. But the organization felt a totally different way about the situation, and they probably had more information than we know. And they had to do what they had to do.
"It's going to be an even bigger distraction right now, I think, because of the simple fact we let him go. I think if we were going to be with the guy, if he was going to be our guy, we have to stand behind him ‒ even though the situation came about. He didn't get that third strike."
That's what teammates do: They have each others' backs in all situations. This is also why active players would make terrible general managers.
I'm not saying that the Dolphins were right to cut Chad so quickly. Maybe it will turn out that Brian Hartline and Davone Bess will step up and the Dolphins receiving corps will be fine, and that the Dolphins will have a great year due to character and team unity. Maybe it will turn out that they'll miss Chad terribly. I don't know. My crystal ball is broken.
It's just that Dansby's not in a great position to make the call. I don't fault him for his comments, because it's his job to look out for his teammates. He's a team captain, and loyalty is part of his job. For a front office person, though, loyalty is a liability. The good of the team comes above all else.
Dansby and the Dolphins just have different ideas of how to achieve it.