The Miami Dolphins are currently in "shambles" according to reports from Wednesday. There are multiple issues from top to bottom, as the team is losing games, players are unhappy with the coaching, the coaches are getting frustrated and more. It sounds like most of the problems are originating on the offensive side of the ball. The team had a promising start to the season with three straight wins, but has lost every game since.
Here's what else you might have missed from Wednesday:
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith turned himself in to authorities on felony weapons charges late Tuesday. Smith posted $75,000 bail, and is officially charged with possessing illegal assault weapons. Smith has been in rehab since a DUI arrest in September. It's unclear if this means he could be done with rehab or leaving soon, but Smith had agreed with authorities to surrender previously.
Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was missing from practice on Wednesday, and one report suggested that he smashed a food tray and had an altercation with teammates before leaving the team cafeteria. He's been described as having had an emotional breakdown and is reportedly seeking mental counseling.
The Philadelphia Eagles named Nick Foles their starting quarterback for the team's Week 9 game against the Oakland Raiders. Foles is starting in place of Michael Vick, who is injured. Foles missed last week's game with a concussion, and Vick re-injured his hamstring, as he didn't give it enough time to heal. Foles has cleared his tests, however, and is ready to go for Week 9.
The St. Louis Rams are sticking with quarterback Kellen Clemens as their starter for Week 9. Sam Bradford is injured and Clemens played poorly in Week 8, so many questioned whether or not the team would go with Austin Davis or Brady Quinn. They're sticking with Clemens, who knows the offense best, for at least another week, though.
The NFL could consider changing the rules regarding taunting penalties on touchdowns. As it stands, taunting can incur a 15-yard penalty enforced on the kickoff, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that the league eventually votes to change the rule. One possibility would be to totally negate a touchdown if the player taunts. That would certainly send a message.