Mike Wallace benched, has Brandon Gibson answer questions … as Mike Wallace
Brandon Gibson answered questions as Mike Wallace after Wallace was benched during the Dolphins’ loss to the Jets. Wallace, once a promising free agent signing, faces a questionable future in Miami.
Mike Wallace was benched for the second half during the Miami Dolphins‘ loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. According to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, coaches were unhappy with the wide receiver’s attitude. Rather than answer questions about his future Sunday, Wallace let teammate Brandon Gibson speak for him. Literally.
Gibson not only served as Wallace spokesman after game,but answered with “I,” as if he’s Wallace. “Moving forward,I expect to be a Dolphin.”
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 28, 2014
Gibson told ESPN he was trying to save Wallace from saying something he might regret.
“Honestly, things were communicated and maybe misunderstood,” Gibson said with Wallace next to him. “Things didn’t work out. It was a lot of communication, and it didn’t work out.”
Wallace was a major free agent signing for the Dolphins in 2013. He hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of his arrival in Miami, however. Wallace had two season with more than 1,000 yards receiving in his final three years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In two seasons with Miami, he hasn’t topped 930 yards receiving. Wallace’s 12.7 and 12.9 yards per catch during his two seasons, respectively, were the two worst averages in a career predicated on his deep ball prowess.