Wait, Joey Porter’s still in the league? Huh, I thought he had retired, or been abducted by aliens or some such because he’s been keeping a low profile since the Steelers released him following the 2006 season.
That might have everything to do with his new team, the Miami Dolphins, and their jaw-droppingly awful 1-15 record last year. Such futility quiets even the loudest trash talkers, and apparently, that’s exactly what has happened to J. Peezy. Until now, anyhow. With Tom Brady done for the year, Porter is seizing on what he perceives is a golden opportunity for the Dolphins to turn things around. Yep, he’s smacking his gums about Matt Cassel, and even hints at a Miami victory this weekend.
From the MIAMI HERALD:
“It’ll be good to go out and get our first victory. I just know [Cassel] is not a Tom Brady,” said Porter, when asked how difficult it will be to prepare for a quarterback he has never seen.
“If it’s not Tom Brady, it shouldn’t be that hard. . . . They won last week, but it’s not like they were putting up the crazy 40 points they were when they had Tom.
“So, it’s a different offense, it’s a different team without Tom there. I don’t care what anybody says. It’s not the same team without Brady.”
I don’t think anybody would argue that it’s a different offense, but one thing that hasn’t changed are the Dolphins. Sure, they have a new overlord in Bill Parcells and a new head coach in Tony Sparano, but the results are the same: 0-2 to start the season, and that includes losing to a Jets team that fell to the Patriots last week, and also getting housed by the Kurt Warner All-Stars. That’s fine if it’s 1999; less so in 2008.
As for empty predictions, at this point, who cares? It’s not like anybody is taking Porter seriously. I mean, this is the same dude who promised a victory against the Daunte Culpepper-led Raiders last year. Miami lost and Culpepper is now retired. I think that pretty much says it all.