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Philbin: Chad Johnson release 'not based on one single incident,' Dansby gets WR's back

Philbin: Chad Johnson release 'not based on one single incident,' Dansby gets WR's back

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Ocho's on- and off-field issues eventually wore on Philbin. (US Presswire)

The top story over the weekend was the shocking arrest of Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson and the team's subsequent decision to terminate his contract.

Joe Philbin addressed that decision on Monday and, per Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, said that it wasn't "one single incident" that caused the Dolphins to dump Johnson.

"As with any type of these decisions, it was not an easy one," Philbin said. "It was not reactive, nor was it based on one single incident."

Philbin said he also decided that the combination of Johnson and the Dolphins wasn't good and simply "wasn't going to work."

"It was more a body of evidence from June 11 forward," Philbin said. "When he came in on June 11, we sat down and talked and I was very clear about the expectations of the program. In my gut I didn't think the fit was going to be beneficial to either party, whether in the short term or the long term."

Rumors swirled on Sunday that the decision to dump Johnson was Philbin's call and that ownership got his back. But not everyone was on the same page -- Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby appeared on the Sid Rosenberg Show Monday morning and, via NFL.com, said that he was disappointed that the Dolphins "didn't stand behind" Johnson during his troubles.

"I hate that we didn't stand behind him," Dansby said. "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."

Dansby also said that Johnson's departure will now be a "bigger distraction" but that's simply not the case. Johnson will be a Dolphins storyline for the duration of preseason (and Hard Knocks!) and Philbin probably won't be done answering questions about the wide receiver just quite yet.

He certainly isn't done answering questions about Dansby's defense of Johnson and didn't sound thrilled about what the linebacker had to say.

"Let's be honest. You have a boss. I have a boss. I don't always agree with what the boss says every single time," Philbin said. "I'm of the opinion that you should keep things in-house in that regard."

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