(FootballStL) -- Former Ram and current Dolphin offensive lineman Richie Incognito is the talk of the entire country right now for allegedly bullying and harassing teammate Jonathan Martin in Miami. He’s been suspended indefinitely by the team and could be released at some point.
Incognito played in St. Louis from 2005 until 2009 and earned a reputation for being a fiery player who could cross the line sometimes.
“Richie has that switch and that switch can flip (on and off),” Chris Long said. “But Richie was a good teammate to me when he was here and I think most people would regard Richie as being and really good teammate but obviously (he) crossed the line there (in Miami) and he’s hearing about it now and deservedly so.”
So what is a head coach supposed to do within a locker room? Especially nowadays with paychecks - and attention through the media - getting more and more prevalent?
“We use common sense. You have a philosophy. We almost have a human resource department within the football team,” Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “When the players come in, you talk to them about what our philosophy is and how we act, how we treat one another, the respect factors that we have and what we do and what we don’t do. Obviously, it’s our responsibility to be very much aware of what’s going on within the building and that’s how we’ve always been.”
It’s too soon to tell how this is going to affect other teams around the league. Will they change their policies or won’t they? But it will certainly spark some major discussion.