There is no question that Ricky Williams has had his chances, and with that, all signs seem to be pointing to his former team – the Miami Dolphins, finally cutting the cord with the former workhorse running back. New Dolphins coach Cam Cameron did all but shut the door Friday on the possible return of Williams, who is trying to comeback to the league after serving a one-year suspension for substance abuse. “I will not allow our fans to be let down by people that are not on our roster — not again,” Cameron said. “It’s my responsibility not to let that happen. We have the greatest fans in the game, and we’ve got men on our team that we’re going to focus on.”
Should Williams be allowed to return? That is the question that will be debated from now until the Dolphins make their final decision. I for one am in the corner of Cameron. He has to make a statement to his players as well as the fans of the Dolphins that Williams’ actions will not be tolerated. Sure Williams could help, but at what cost? “The easiest predictor of future behavior is previous behavior,” Cameron said. “Could I have made that statement 15 years ago? Absolutely not. I was trying to save every guy in the game. Ultimately it comes down to the team. You want to be as fair as you can be, but no individual comes above the team.”
Forgive Williams yet again, and it could be a great move. He comes in, does everything right, and ends up being a great teammate and 2nd running back next to Ronnie Brown. Then again, the 30-year-old may have already lost a step. Maybe he can’t hang anymore in the rough and tough world of the NFL. After all, Williams walked out on his team just a few seasons ago, and the team tanked the entire season which ended up a total nightmare. Zach Thomas played the good teammate role on Friday, but you could sense that he knows its time to move on. “Ricky is a good person. He might have a disorder or something. Hopefully he gets help. I’m a little selfish, because I would want him on the team. I know he would make our team better. But I’m moving on and worrying about what we’ve got.”
It’s better for Miami to simply do what they are doing now. Move on. Forget about Williams. If you have to, bid him farewell and let him work out his problems with another team. Don’t let him ruin yet another season. After all, hasen’t he messed up enough already?