The Jordan Rules

Another drug related suspension sidelines Miami’s defensive star

by Jordan Pensabene | @JPens4Real21 |

The Miami Dolphins lost a big piece for their 2015 season this week when defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended for the entire 2015 season after violating NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy yet again. Jordan will not appeal his suspension and will sit out the entire year.

In 2013, the Dolphins traded up to select Dion and he’s done nothing but disappoint since his arrival in Miami. Counting this year long suspension, Jordan has been suspended a grand total of 20 games in his brief career. In 26 career games played Jordan has accumulated just 46 tackles along with a grand total of three sacks, not exactly eye popping to say the least, but in that brief playing time the Dolphins have paid him $14 million to under perform this bad.

Many scouts compared Jordan to Jason Taylor, which is one of the greatest honors you can possibly give a prospect coming out of college, but in his short career Dion has looked more like Vernon Gholston thus far. The thing that makes this even worse is the Dolphins jumped nine spots to take him and have been trying to make him one of the faces of their franchise on that defensive front.

Things have turned ugly between Jordan and the Dolphins after he was a no show for voluntary workouts this year, obviously he’s suspended for the entire season but your image takes a significant hit when you look as though you don’t even care about it. You do no harm by showing up at your teams voluntary workouts, you look like you actually care about what you did and show that you’re a team oriented player despite your stupid mistakes. Jordan just looks like a guy who’s in it for the money and that’s a terrible thing for any player to think. He’s just a lazy player now who just wants to show up and collect his pay check until he proves otherwise to the rest of the league that’s how he’ll be viewed. There were even rumors of him being shipped out of Miami in a trade with the Eagles but since he was suspended the Eagles are obviously no longer interested in him.

Jordan needs to right his ship fast otherwise he will be labeled a bust and he’ll be out of the league so fast his head will spin. Even though I’m a Jets fan I’m not one to root for another players demise, I feel like that’s bad karma for anyone to do for any player. Besides, I want to see all players reach their maximum potential because it makes the game more enjoyable to watch and seeing players play at an elite level is a special sight to see.

Maybe all of this substance abuse stuff is a mental thing with Jordan, maybe some rehab and a year-long suspension is just what he needs to get his motor going and turn him back into the stud he was at Oregon. I hope nothing but the best for this young man and I hope he can come back and be a successful NFL player, I don’t need to see anymore players flameout before the age of 26.

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