Ron Jaworski: Dolphins Players Who Criticized Vic Fangio ‘Did Not Want To Work’

There's always two sides to any story, and Vic Fangio's side regarding his departure from the Miami Dolphins hasn't really been told -- until now.

A new wrinkle in the still-evolving explanation as to why Vic Fangio and the Miami Dolphins broke up last week:

Criticism from Dolphins players should be taken with a grain of salt, former NFL quarterback and longtime Fangio ally Ron Jaworski suggested on 94WIP radio Tuesday.


Because they were more interested in living the Miami lifestyle than putting in the work, per Jaworski.

Ron Jaworski on Miami Dolphins-Vic Fangio Split

In the hours and days after Fangio and the Dolphins announced their mutual decision to split last week, some of Fangio’s players in Miami took some shots at him.

Jevon Holland suggested he should kick rocks. Cam Smith said a lot with his “unlocked” emoji tweet.

And Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill said the following:

“I’m not surprised he landed in Philly. People talk around the league behind closed doors. They was like, ‘Vic trying to get to Philly anyways.’

“I just want to say shoutout to Coach Vic for making a pit stop in Miami. I learned a lot from him, even though it was quick. He’s really a guru at defense. He’s just got to learn how to fit in with his players.”

Fangio has yet to comment publicly on the rift, but Jaworski, a friend of some four decades, didn’t bite his tongue during a Tuesday radio appearance.

“Coaches coach,” Jaworski said. “I have connections as well around this league and I hear another side of that story, that there were some players on that defense that didn’t want to work. Didn’t want to put the time in, didn’t want to put the effort in, didn’t want to make the commitment to be successful.

“Guys like to party at night and South Beach is really a great place to party. And Vic tried to get those guys and push those guys to become harder workers and better athletes, and more committed to their team. And he couldn’t get through to those guys. Those were the guys that Vic was pushing, and they’re the guys that are whining right now.”

Fangio wasn’t unemployed for long. The Eagles hired him as their new DC just days after his departure from Miami.

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“You won’t find a better man, a football lifer, a guy dedicated to his profession, a great designed, not an ego that impacts anyone else,” Jaworski said.

The Dolphins are conducting a wide search for Fangio’s replacement, and have a candidate that’s at least six deep.

Coaches tied to the Dolphins opening in published reports:

  • Bills linebackers coach Bobby Babich
  • Dolphins linebackers coach Anthony Campanile
  • Former Bills defensive coordinator and ex-Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier
  • Dolphins outside linebackers coach Ryan Slowik
  • Ex-Chargers head coach Brandon Staley
  • Former Texans defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver

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