Joe Philbin: I have to do better job
Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin guaranteed Thursday that the team will have a better workplace environment in 2014.
A fiery Philbin, who is at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, spoke publicly for the first time since the NFL released the Ted Wells report on Friday.
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"We're going to look at every avenue," he 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."
Philbin said again that he was unaware of the bullying of Jonathan Martin by fellow offensive linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey while it was going on. The coach's assertion was supported in the Wells report.
He also said he got the full details of the investigation at the same time as the public, and he called the behavior described in the report as "inappropriate and unacceptable."
"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 lift, everything they do at the facility."
The Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and head trainer Kevin O'Neill on Wednesday as a result of the report. Turner and O'Neill were found to be complicit in the team's sordid locker room culture.
This is an embarrassing chapter in the franchise's history. The responsibility to fix it will rest with Philbin.
"I have to do a better job," Philbin said. "I'm going to look at the way we educate, they way we communicate, the way we talk to one another. I'm going to look at every avenue. ... I have to make sure that we create a better atmosphere and a better environment."
Both Incognito and Jerry are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this offseason while Pouncey is under contract with the Dolphins through the 2014 season. Martin is under contract with the Dolphins through the 2015 season.