Richie Incognito Can’t Find a Job; Here’s Why

The Denver Broncos are firing on all cylinders as it stands, except for on their ground game. They currently rank 25th in the league in yards per attempt, and 26th in yards per attempt. They’ve been shuffling their offensive line forever in their attempts to address the glaring problems. Just this past Sunday, their O-line was completely reshuffled, having moved All-Pro guard Louis Vasquez to tackle, center Manny Ramirez to guard, and started Will Montgomery at center for the first time this year. In short: they’re desperate.

Enter, Richie Incognito. On Monday, the Broncos hosted Incognito for workouts, in an attempt to bring in some veteran talent to help their offensive line woes. If Incognito were still able to play even close to how well he was playing last season, it would be an enormous improvement to the Broncos’s current state of affairs. However, after a day’s worth of workouts the Broncos have decided to pass – for now– on signing Incognito for the remainder of the season, who hasn’t played for over a year at this point.

It’s been a very long time since we last saw Incognito playing in the NFL. He was suspended last season after last season’s Week 8 reports emerged about his harassment and bullying of fellow teammate Jonathan Martin. The CBA only allowed for a four-game ban, but as more and more information came out about the incident, Incognito became increasingly toxic to the Dolphins, to the point where the Dolphins paid Incognito out for the remainder of the season to sit. And finally, in February this year, the results of the NFL-commissioned independent investigation were released, and they revealed Incognito to be about as toxic as it gets.

However, talent speaks more volumes than behavior in most sports league, especially in the NFL, where talent is hard to come by and is also easily injured. What you cost, and how good you can play, trump behavior and decency completely in the NFL. Incognito is, at least in theory, still a good football player. At the time of his suspension, he was generally regarded by football analysts as one of the best guards in the league. However, Incognito just can’t find work these days in the NFL – nobody wants him, despite a handful of teams kicking his tires since his reinstatement in August. Reportedly, Incognito has worked out for both the Chiefs and the Buccaneers, and in both cases the teams decided not to pursue action to bring him on board, according to Jay Glazer.

Incognito, 31, isn’t getting any younger, and his redemption contract, which will likely be prorated to reflect the remaining number of games in the season, will be relatively cheap. He’s missed training camp, ten weeks of the regular season, and most likely isn’t in tip-top form. He’ll likely be a playoff pickup, because even someone as dumb and toxic as Incognito is couldn’t possibly divide and destroy a locker room within the small number of months he’d be around for anyway.

There’s no doubt that he would have been signed by a team long ago were it not for last season’s controversy in Miami. If it weren’t for Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson, Ray McDonald, and the other scandals in the NFL this year, he’d probably have a job already. Though none of them are in the family of Incognito’s indiscretions, they still all go into the NFL’s reactionary sensitivity designed to reclaim whatever moral high ground it never had in the first place. If Incognito can’t catch on to a team like the Broncos – a playoff-bound team, with a stable lockerroom, that desperately needs to establish a ground game to be truly competitive in the playoff landscape, which is their one glaring weakness – it’s hard to see Incognito catching on anywhere else in the league.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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