Richie Incognito: Return to face Dolphins ‘has a little more meaning’

“My train of thought is there’s only one way to play the game, and that’s with an edge and with an attitude”, Incognito said. Miller looked better than ever during training camp and the preseason so it would be wise for offensive coordinator Bill Lazor not to abandon the run if things don’t go well during the first few attempts of the game, which he has admittedly done during the first two weeks of the season.


New Jersey native Richie Incognito, the main culprit in the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal in 2013, returns to Florida this weekend with the Buffalo Bills to face his former team. Just kind of figuring out who am I and what I wanted out of my career and what I wanted out of life. “Definitely made some big improvements, definitely made some strides from the situation in Miami and just really thankful for the opportunity to be playing again”.

Martin, who is black, said he had been subjected to harassment, which an investigator said included racial slurs and sexual taunts about his mother and sister. An unnamed Miami player and an assistant trainer were also found to have been victimized by the threesome. He missed all of last season. Incognito was suspended for the final eight games of 2013, then hit the unrestricted free agent market in 2014 and never found employment as he sat out the entire season. “But I’m in Richie’s corner”.

Not only is there intrigue as to how much each Pro Bowl lineman can disrupt his opponent’s offense – and how their performances stack up against one another – but both mammoth tackles must continue to prove they’re worth the massive contracts they landed this year. “He’s a great guy”.

“When you do look at the pay increases, it’s clear how people are valuing these defensive tackles”, Bills coach Rex Ryan said this week. And with Terry and Kim Pegula’s blessing, Incognito was signed to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million. Incognito’s career was uncertain.

“He has been absolutely tremendous”, said Ryan.

3) LeSean McCoy will rush for over 100 yards. He can wreck the whole game if you let him. “I’m happy he’s here, I really am”. And Miami reporters were denied requests to have Incognito take part in a conference call. “I’ve got a lot of friends in the organization”.

“I would hope we could move past all this”, he said, but he added with an nearly wistful smile.

Joe Philbin’s players bent as a team against the Jaguars, and a loss to Rex Ryan’s pompous, arrogant and unsafe Bills in their home opener very well could break them. After two games they haven’t even been close to that and the best players on Miami’s defensive line haven’t been either of those three. “Probably the Monday Night Football guys will be bringing it up five years from now, so we’ll see”.

That’s all Incognito wants, too.


“The plan has to be better on defense”, said Ryan, whose team had only four passes defended after recording 12 in beating Indianapolis. “[But] you gotta respect every single team’s run game”. Incognito hasn’t lined up across from him since Suh was a rookie, and he’s more than ready for it. “He’s stout in the running game, he’s instinctive, he can rush the passer, he runs well, he makes plays in pursuit and screen passes and things like that”. But as we all know, the quarterback is not all there is to a football team.

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