Here’s some of the Dolphins’ reaction to Johnson’s release:
“Again, it was more a body of evidence from June 11th forward. When he came in on June 11th, we sat down and we talked and I was very clear as to the expectations of the program. It just didn’t work out. It’s more about the fit; in my gut I didn’t think the fit was going to be beneficial to either party moving forward, whether in the short-term or the long-term. That’s really what it was all about. It wasn’t about one specific thing; it just wasn’t going to work.
“It’s not about one person flexing his muscles and saying, ‘We’re doing this.’ It’s, again, it’s just about a fit and it didn’t feel like to me that this fit was going to be right for us as an organization or for Chad. It was time to move on. It is what it is. Again, it wasn’t done to send a message. It was done because it just didn’t feel right. That’s why it was done.”
“Well, that’s football. You’re always going to miss the guys you play with. But at the end of the day, your friends aren’t going to help you on the football field. We need football players, and he’s not on the football team right now so we’re moving forward.”
“I look at it more of as an opportunity for younger guys who may not have that big name to step up, like a Marlon Moore, Roberto Wallace, Julius Pruitt, just to name a few. Those guys have big shoes to fill and they’re looking forward to it.”
“This is a business and you’ve got to be a professional at all times. By that happening, I guess it did give guys a different outlook on how you should carry yourself.”
“The NFL, period, won’t stand for it. The shield is what we’re protecting at all times. We’ve got to man up and be accountable for our actions.”
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