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Mike Pouncey just had to go there, didn’t he

Mike Pouncey

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (51) during a time out on the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 in Miami . (AP Photo/Rhona Wise)


As the Dolphins try to move beyond last year’s scandal that caused them to blow up their offensive line, the one part they’re building around just won’t let them move on cleanly.

After the Dolphins drafted Tennessee tackle Ja’Waun James 19th overall, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey welcomed his new teammate in a way Richie Incognito would have approved.

If you want to give Pouncey an extreme benefit of the doubt, you could believe he was just making a joke.

But after the bullying scandal that caused them to trade Jonathan Martin away and part ways with Incognito, you’d have thought it might have occurred to Pouncey that it was not the time to make that particular joke.

It was at least ill-considered and poorly executed. At worst, it was tone-deaf or stupid, possibly both.