Much Ado About Nothing?

The focus at minicamp on Friday clearly was the Daunte Culpepper situation, with practically everyone offering an opinion on how the Dolphins are handling things. But another issue that generated a lot of talk was an story where a few veterans, most notably Vonnie Holliday and Jason Taylor, expressed disbelief and almost disappointment at the Dolphins choosing Ted Ginn Jr. over Brady Quinn.

For those not familiar with the story, here's what Holliday had to say: "With the ninth pick they took a guy who is basically a kick returner -- a hurt kick returner. Here were are in June, and he hasn't been in camp yet. Maybe he'll come in eventually and become a better route-runner and make some plays. But I couldn't believe it then, and I can't believe it now."

As for Taylor, his comments were: "You notice the commissioner kind of paused before he read the name. Like even he couldn't believe it."

On Friday, the two were asked about their comments and tried to diffuse the situation.

Holliday said his comments were taken out of context and that he thought he was speaking to the SI reporter for a story on Taylor.

As for Taylor himself, he said everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and that the players' opinions carry more weight than those of a lot of people.

Holliday made it a point to talk to Ginn on Friday to make sure the rookie didn't feel unwelcome. For his part, Ginn said he didn't pay attention to any of it, much the same way he ignored the harsh criticism that came the Dolphins' way on draft day when they took him instead of the golden boy from Notre Dame.

So, was too much made of this story?

Here are a couple of takes on it.

First, athletes often are criticized for giving bland, formulaic answers, so should they be knocked for telling us exactly how they felt? Think about it, you bash a player for speaking his mind, you're likely to get nothing out of the player afterward other than things like, "We're just going to give it 110 percent" or "It's going to come down to who wants it the most" or "We've just got to take it one game at a time."

Who wants that? That's brutal.

So on that count, we can't fault Taylor, who said way too much was being made of the whole thing and compared it to the Paris Hilton saga.

Holliday, on the other hand, seems to have gone a little too far. Again, we respect and appreciate Holliday's candor. He has been over the past few years one of the best interviews on the team, but this time we think he might have been better served by limiting his comments to his surprise at the pick without elaborating about Ginn being merely a returner and an injured one at that.

Besides, it's only June, Vonnie. What's the rush?

Look, the bottom line is nothing is going to come of it because there was nothing personal said and Ginn doesn't appear to be the type of guy who's going to make an issue of it.

Just don't be surprised, however, if Holliday becomes a little more guarded in his comments from here on out.

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