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Philbin's press conference at the NFL combine was one of the most long-awaited combine press conferences in a while.
Surely, the head coach of the Miami Dolphins had a lot to say when it comes to the problems facing his team.
All we got was empty declarations and an unwillingness to be held responsibility for anything despite saying that he is responsible for the team.
As Philbin put it, per Will Brinson of CBSSports.com:
"I want everybody to know I am the one who is responsible for the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins facility," Philbin said. "I'm the one that sets the schedule. I decide when the practices are. I decide what time players eat, how they meet, when they leave, everything they do at the facility."
He was then asked about Richie Incognito being a part of the leadership council:
“I didn't necessarily make him a leader," Philbin said. "The leadership council we have in place—the process is the players elect the players they want to be on the leadership council. I respect the process and that's how the votes came in."
Now, if he was fine with Incognito being a leader at the time, he should've said that was the case. I'd respect him more for that than this instance of player blame. He is the head coach, so he can overrule a team decision made by players.
"I don't have the benefit of looking back. I would hope that I would've noticed some of these things," Philbin said. "If I had heard this type of language or these type of acts being done I would intervened immediately. There's a common decency that people need to have toward one another. And when that gets violated that's an issue.
"I certainly wish I'd seen some of it."
Now, a few things I'd like to mention. I don't think you can blame Philbin for the text messages or anything that doesn't happen in Davie, Fla.
But some of this stuff did happen in Davie, and while I can buy that he didn't see any signs of bullying, I can't buy that he didn't at least see that Martin was troubled at the very least.
The Wells Report does state that Martin contemplated suicide in 2013 and that members of the Dolphins' organization knew about it.
Philbin would go on to say that he was committed to building a better workplace:
"We're going to look at every avenue," Philbin said. "We're going to uncover every stone and we're going to have a better workplace. I promise you that. I'm going to make sure that happens."
The best workplace in football is a winning workplace. Miami doesn't have a winning workplace at this time. That falls on Philbin as much as it did on Jeff Ireland, Mike Sherman or Turner, and much more on Philbin than it did on O'Neill.
Philbin will eventually lead Miami to a better workplace. Either the Dolphins will win in 2014 (spurring the improvement), or he will lose his job spurring an even bigger improvement.