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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Joe Philbin fine with new task force

By James Walker

DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins are in the process of adding a new task force to oversee the culture of their fractured locker room. It includes a five-person panel of former coaches Don Shula and Tony Dungy and former players Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin.

This is an edict from above with Miami owner Stephen Ross, who described the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin controversy as a “nightmare.” Martin left the team on Oct. 28 and has since made allegations of harassment and bullying claims.

Ross’ addition of an outside counsel is a strong indication the current leadership failed to establish the proper football culture. That falls on head coach Joe Philbin, who said he’s open to outside assistance.

“Steve and I have been in constant communication throughout the course of this season,” Philbin said during his Tuesday news conference. “I’m for anything that can make our organization better. Steve and I talked about this, and I’m in total agreement and support.”

The NFL is investigating all that went wrong in the Incognito-Martin saga. Ross seemed embarrassed by what happened and promised that changes will be made based on the findings and no one on the Dolphins is absolved.

“I think he’s very serious,” Dungy told ESPN.com Monday night. “I think he’s disappointed that this happened on his watch, and it could have happened to anybody. People ask me how much should a coach know? How much should you be aware of what’s going on? You do have to count on your players, your leadership.”