The Dolphins have a six member Leadership Council instead of Captains and it appears, in hindsight, that Incognito was a poor choice. There are also some indications that Mike Pouncey was involved with Incognito.
If true, two out of the six “leaders” are bullies (are there more?) and would explain why Martin did not go to the council with his concerns. What could he do? Maybe he should have gone to management, HR, or the coaching staff. Maybe he did and they did nothing. Maybe he didn’t and didn’t have any faith in them doing anything. All of this is a clear indication of poor leadership from the top of the organization to the leadership council.
Martin is no dummy. He went to Stanford and his parents are Harvard educated lawyers. I am certain they advised him through all this and would have started with him following the policies and going through the proper internal channels. When those outlets apparently failed, he decided to leave the team (with his parents advice) and start the process that is happening now.
My opinion: failure in leadership
Here are the members of the Miami Dolphins Leadership Council:
QB Ryan Tannehill
C Mike Pouncey
G Richie Incognito
DT Paul Soliai
LB Dannell Ellerbe
DE Cam Wake