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Joe Philbin press conference (tape review)

Joe Philbin and his coaching staff study the tape of every game the Dolphins play after the fact and meet with the team to make corrections. Well, on Monday, the Dolphins coach was in front of his biggest forum -- a group of about 75 media representing more attention-grabbing power than I've ever seen at a club presser -- and he put on his best face to address perhaps the ugliest set of facts ever faced by the franchise.

Philbin had to discuss the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito mess. And below you will find what he said. And below the coach's comments, I will give you my thoughts on what was said as I see fit.

Think of it as going back to the film and correcting the mistakes or issues.

(Opening statement) – “I thought I would start out the press conference by giving you a little of a background on some of the events that have occurred during the last week. Last Monday evening in preparation prior to our preparation for practice against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jonathan Martin left our facility prior to that practice after an incident occurred in our team dining room. Later that evening, he contacted a member of our organization. Soon thereafter I contacted Jonathan personally, requested a meeting with him, at which he readily accepted. I met with him later that evening. We had a good discussion. Throughout the course of the week, I was in contact on multiple occasions with him and members of his family. I spoke to him the day after the game, and I spoke to members of his family over the course of the weekend. As the weekend unfolded, early on Sunday, as you well know, as an organization we released a statement that was 100 percent factual. Soon thereafter, we were contacted by representatives of Jonathan, and before I say that I should let you know that in all my discussions with Jonathan and members of his family, at no time were there any accusations or allegations of misconduct by any members of this team or organization. Later on Sunday, we were contacted by one of his representatives where they in fact had some concerns over player conduct that had occurred. We immediately took those concerns very, very seriously.

Our owner, Steve Ross who has been involved throughout the entire process, contacted the commissioner, Roger Goodell, and requested that the NFL become involved and conduct a review of the work place. We issued a second statement noting we had received information that we were taking very seriously and that we were gathering information on. Throughout the course of the day, we gathered more and more information. At the end of the day, I decided to suspend Richie Incognito based on the information I had at that time. The NFL is going to conduct a review of the work place. It’s going to be comprehensive. It’s going to be objective, and we are going to give as an organization our full and complete co-operation with the NFL. That’s really where things are as of today.

I want you to know as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins I am in charge of the work place atmosphere. Since April 10, 2012 when the players first came here and I was the head coach, every decision I’ve made and everything we’ve done to the facility has been done with one thing in mind, and that is to help our players and our organization reach their full potential. Any type of conduct, behavior that detracts from that behavior is not acceptable and is not tolerated.

Two of my children go to school here right behind here at the University School. As a parent, when they walk through those doors I have certain expectations that the administration, the teachers and the staff are going to create a safe atmosphere where my children can learn and develop as people. This is no different. I take this responsibility very seriously that these players when they walk in this door they feel like they have the best medical care, the best strength and conditioning care, the best coaching, the best fields to practice on, the best technology and the best classrooms to learn in. That’s very important to me. I will tell you if the review shows that this is not a safe atmosphere, I will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that it is. I have that obligation to the players that I coach on a daily basis, and I will do that. Any questions on that?"

Salguero: I find it strange that in this account Martin met with Philbin the same day he supposedly went AWOL. And yet with the troubling issues that caused him to flee the Dolphins still so fresh, the player could not bring himself to tell Philbin what was troubling him. If that is the case, what the heck did the coach and the player talk about? Zone blocking schemes? I mean, your player leaves the team. You bring him back for a meeting. Question No. 2, after how are you feeling, is why did you leave? Did Philbin ask? Did Martin answer in a fashion that the coach was still unaware about why his player left after that meeting ended?

Also, Philbin and the Dolphins talked to Martin's representation and his family. And still the club didn't know what was troubling Martin on Thursday? How about on Friday when Philbin was asked about reports of misconduct and bullying in the locker room?

How is it the media seemed to know and was reporting on what was troubling Jonathan Martin before Joe Philbin and the Dolphins knew? And how is it that after seeing those reports and talking to the Martin camp some more, the Dolphins still believed the reports to be "speculation" until late Sunday afternoon?

I mean, where are the people and communication skills?

(On if he has talked to Richie Incognito and if he is satisfied with his apology) -  “I’ve been in contact with Richie. Any conversation that I have with any football player on this team are personal and confidential in nature."

Salguero: Bad answer. Sure, it gets Philbin out of having to explain the talk and thus gives him all sorts of plausible deniability about what was said. But ... I'm sure Dolphins fans might have felt better about their coach's leadership ability if he'd said that he explained to Incognito that evidence against him was strong and that he had no tolerance for the stuff the evidence (ie texts and a voicemail message) shows Incognito to have said and written.

(On if he had an inkling that anything like this was going on in the locker room before last Monday) - “That falls under what the NFL review is here for."

Salguero: So earlier in this very presser Philbin says Martin told him nothing specific of the issue and now he's refusing to answer the question? Raises suspicion.

(On if he personally had any idea incidents were going on) – “Again, I want to make clear this. My focus right now is on the men in the locker room, preparing our football team to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I will give my full and complete and total corporation with the NFL. When that takes place, the timeline on that I don’t have the specifics of. I will tell you I will be in full and complete co-operation with them. I will answer everything honestly to the best of my knowledge. But what I would like to make sure what everybody understands is that there are not going to be comments during the course of this investigation until we get all of the information and we come together on that information."

Salguero: Philbin is basically saying "I'll tell the NFL what I know. You, the media, not so much." What he needs to start realizing is something Jimmy Johnson and Don Shula knew almost instinctively: When you are speaking at a press conference, you're not really talking to reporters. You are talking to your players. You are talking to your opponents. You are talking to your organization. Most importantly, you are talking to your fans. When he blows off questions, he's blowing off opportunities. And he's blowing off fans.

(On how he missed incidents of what could be deemed hazing or bullying from Richie Incognito on national television last year) - “What was that?"

(On Richie Incognito’s incidents on television last year where he hacked into Facebook accounts and talking about someone’s girlfriend) – “I never saw it."

(On if he never saw the incidents with Richie Incognito on Hard Knocks) -  “I never saw it. What was it on TV, on Hard Knocks? I never saw the show, not once. I was working at the time.”

Salguero: The coach has said numerous times he didn't think Hard Knocks helped the Dolphins or hurt the Dolphins at all last year. Except he apparently formed that opinion without even knowing what was on the show? Hurts his credibility.

(On if incidents staying inside the locker room are part of the NFL) - “Again I think each locker room has its own culture, it’s own identity. I can’t speak to other locker rooms and how they do things.”

Salguero: Excellent escape. But everyone it recognizes for what it is -- avoiding the question.

(On if he has seen rookies getting picked on in a locker room) - “I personally think laughter in a work environment is a good thing. Not at the expense of an individual, but I think laughter can be a healthy, productive thing. But not in a demeaning way at the expense of an individual.”

Salguero: Good answer.

(On what he saw Sunday night that made him say Richie Incognito needed to be suspended) - “Again, the information that I received I took under consideration and I felt this was the appropriate action. I’m not going to get into the specifics of what it was, but I had enough information I felt to make a good decision. That’s exactly what I did."

Salguero: Coach's on a roll. Two good answers in a row. Can he do three?

(On if Richie Incognito being on the team’s leadership council was a trust that was misplaced) - “The leadership council is selected by the players. I have a lot of confidence in our players. I have a lot of confidence in the locker room, the character of the men we have in the locker room. He was selected by his teammates."

Salguero: Three in a row!

(On if there is racism on his team) - “Again, that’s going to fall under the review of the NFL.”

Salguero: Again, a terrible answer. By not answering, you are basically opening the door to the possibility there is racism on your team. If your answer to this question cannot be a resounding, emphatic "Hell no" you did something wrong in the building of your team.

(On if he has addressed the team about the situation) - “We’ve addressed it in a team meeting, yes.”

Salguero: Good.

(On if he spoke with Richie Incognito after his initial conversation with Jonathan Martin) - “Again, I’m not going to get into discussions I have had. I don’t do that with any situation.”

Salguero: Crappy question. Already been asked. And coach, you would be wise to acknowledge that you spoke to Incognito because he's your player, too (for now) and he deserves fair treatment and an audience with you. You gave him that audience. It's alright to admit it. It's not a revelation of state secrets to admit to talking to a player.

(On if he thought it was a serious matter based off his initial conversation with Jonathan Martin) - “He never mentioned to me any accusation of any inappropriate behavior. (It) was never mentioned to me at any point, not in the meeting I had with him, not in the phone conversation I had with him."

Salguero: Honest. Forthright. And a terrible fact for Philbin and the Dolphins because, again, the media found out before you did, Joe.

(On if Jonathan Martin’s representation presented evidence against one player or multiple players) - “A player.”

Salguero: Honest.

(On how likely it is that Jonathan Martin or Richie Incognito play for the Dolphins again) - “Again, right now the focus is on the football team, the men in the locker room right now (and) preparing our team for Tampa Bay. There will be a time and a place for all of that stuff."

Salguero: Don't want to nitpick so this is fine.

(On if the last four days have been miserable for him) - “Absolutely not. It’s a privilege to serve as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. I feel fortunate every single day I come to work. I work with a great group of men, a great staff, support staff. Absolutely not.”

Salguero: Best answer of the entire presser. Philbin finished strong.


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Martin's days as a Dolphin are done. Poll our locker room. No one's supporting Martin. It's Cogs they are supporting.

Martin would be doing everyone a favor if he just retired today. None of his team mates want him back. That's far too easy to tell.

Perhaps it's been planned and executed by the parents. Maybe they wanted a huge NFL lawsuit under their fancy belts for bragging rights at the country club. Maybe that's why Martin sent the text to Richie "I don't blame you guys...it's crazy"

"The story has grown so large that even White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked about it at his daily briefing. President Obama has made bullying prevention a point of emphasis.

“I’m confident [Obama is] aware of it, but I just don’t have a response from the president on it,” Carney said."

What did I say earlier today? Expect a congressional investigation in regards to this incident. I am positive this behavior is not isolated to just this franchise. I am sure that this type of behavior is practiced league wide and others will soon come forward. Some will play it off like it is just part welcoming a rookie to the team and others will find it down right intimidating, both physically, mentally, and financially. This is not going away....thanks a bunch Martin.


My points have logging to do with wether or not Marc made valid points.....

I hope he did....if so...good for him....he has a right to his opinion on the matter (as we all do)....and he has a forum such as this one with which to present said opinion...

My issue/point is simple....

I only called Marc out of his name....because he feels the need to insult others.....

But when insulted...he can't handle...and feels...well...insulted....

You don't see the irony in that....

It really was nothing more than that to me....

Although....I do find it ironic (once again)...that the people that most entrenched in the COGS camps....are also the ones that attempt to come off as tough guys... But when confronted (like in the case of Marc).....

They seem to be the most sensitive....

From the way things are shaping up Cogs stands a great chance of playing in the NFL again. More and more, it's beginning to look like it is Martin who won't.

I'm sure the Dolphins would have did it by now if litigation and national media didn't have them handcuffed.

Blame Ireland for drafting the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man(Martin).

Had nothing....

Meanwhile Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall are prospering elsewhere.

It's really time to part ways with Jeff Ireland. Mr. Ross you are long over due. Keep Ireland and you'll keep getting more of the same.

we/normal people should stop passing judgement, and trying to apply our values and attitudes, on the nfl and its culture and players--we dont understand their world, and wouldnt survive in it for 5 minutes

marc.....how many games or AFCE championships did we win with bush and/or marshall?--actually, marshall was tops in the league, or close, in drops while he was here.....and reggie leaving was mostly about money/contract and age/injury concern--do you know nothing?

So is it true? The coaches asked Incognito to toughen Martin up?

And how did Philbin not know that?

Perceived his life in danger? Because he said he'd kill him in a joking manner?! Oh boy. I would hate to work around you guys. I say worse things to WOMEN I know.
Posted by: Marc | November 05, 2013 at 06:30 PM

Typical Idiot Marc answer....
You haven't changed a bit.
You still feeding you kids steroids?
You still wearing a dress????

jack.....of course philbin knew it, as did the vets in the locker room.....they just didnt think it was unusual, or saw anything wrong with it.....thats the norm in their world, which we dont understand--read rickys article

So the coaches told Incognito to lean on Martin and toughen him up a little bit. If this proves true, the organization and this entire staff have become culpable.

No wonder Incognito said he was waiting for this storm to pass. Seems like there is a lot of evidence that hasn't surfaced.

I hate to say it, but I feel this team is about ready to implode.

Ricky's last comment was "people on the outside wouldn't last a week in the NFL."

Goodell: Did you order the Code Red?

Philbin: I did the job I...

Goodell: Did you order the Code Red on Martin?

Philbin: You're Goddamn right I ordered the code red on that half n-word!

Please already....this issue should have stayed in house, in family. When J Mart was awol on Monday, does anyone seriously believe that the coaching staff didn't ask questions, and get the cafeteria food tray story. Do you think by the time Philbin spoke with J Mart that night he STILL had no clue. Then certainly during that "good converstation" as described by Philbin. do you still believe the crux of the issue "never" came up? Then after that, Philbin spoke to Cogs , and still no clue ?????

This situation was TOTALLY mishandled by the Dolphin staff and FO. Their locker room culture and team chemistry was obviously in the crapper. Does anyone truly believe that the trainers, equipment personel, and strength coach had no idea?? They are among the players all the time; they are a coaches conduit to the locker room. Position coaches know their guys best, And the O-Line coach, Turner knew nothing?

This was a complete failure to connect with the team, and a failure of teammates to communicate with each other. Definitely, Cogs was wrong- for the racial slurs, the family slurs, the threats and the over-the-line nature of his attempt to bring out the beast in J Mart. He failed to recognize that there is no beast to bring out.

But he was not alone in this....ALL the linemen got up from the table and walked away from J Mart...they have not spoken, have kept true to the code of conduct, as misplaced as it may seem to the public. And judging by the recent interviews , they will continue to stay a closed shop.

The initiator of the hazing/bullying/slandering et al was Cogs. The motivators were higher up, although this will probably never come to light.

The question that the press is asking, and that most everyone else is asking is Why? Why didn't J Mart take his case to the Coach? or to an assistant coach? or to his player rep at the NFLPA? or to his agent?

Why did he go home, talk to parents and family attorneys, and then decide to release information that he kept for MONTHS, and unleash a whirlwind?

Sounds like some planning was going on there. Maybe everyone has been victimized by the "victim". !!!!


Posted by: Black Finhead | November 05, 2013 at 09:55 PM

The specific quote from the source, who requested anonymity: “Vets were going to give 10 a code red if he didn’t quit being a candy asssssss.”

That was the Eagles about a WR! How do you think they feel about a pansy lineman!

So the coaches told Incognito to lean on Martin and toughen him up a little bit. If this proves true, the organization and this entire staff have become culpable.

No wonder Incognito said he was waiting for this storm to pass. Seems like there is a lot of evidence that hasn't surfaced.

I hate to say it, but I feel this team is about ready to implode.

Posted by: nyfinfan | November 05, 2013 at 09:50 PM

No doubt. If a coach told Incognito to "toughen Martin up" there will be severe penalties and loss of draft choices and big lawsuits.

The fall guy is going to be either Coach Turner, or Philbin...

they can't continue to pretend that they didn't know....

If they DIDNT KNOW they should be fired for NOT KNOWING!!

...and since Turner has not put foot in mouth. my guess it will be Philbinhe's on record that he didn't know...didn't watch Hard Knocks....came away from TWO convos with Martin and one with Cogs, and still had "no information"

...what did they talk about?....fishing?

Its the coaches business to know these things.

@ Vegas Mike...absolutely....just another example of the staff's inexperience and incompetence...

Richie Incognito: You want answers?
Armando Salguero: I think we're entitled to.
Richie Incognito: *You want answers?*
Armando Salguero: *I want the truth!*
Richie Incognito: *You can't handle the truth!*
Richie Incognito: Armando, we play a game that has quarterbacks, and those quarterbacks have to be guarded by Offensive Lineman. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Armando Salguero? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Jonathan Martin, and you curse the Richie Incognito's of this world. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Martin's Hazing, while tragic, probably saved sacks. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves sacks. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about in press boxes, you want me on that Offensive Line, you need me on that Offensive Line. We use words like gap protection, holding, bum rush. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent protecting the quarterback. You use them when writing articles. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of quarterback protection I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a helmet, and play left guard. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
Armando Salguero: Did you order the Hazing?
Richie Incognito: I did the job I...
Armando Salguero: *Did you order the Hazing?*
Richie Incognito: *You're Goddamn right I did!*

In a year and a half no coach had any sense ever that SOMETHING was wrong?? Are u F'N KIDDIN ME? Cmon man.

Menace...that is purely, hysterically funny.....

The Hazing was ordered by coaches meaninmg Philbin and Comp are gone, period. Look for my pick, Jim Mora JR to be next coach. We were wondering "why is team going backwards" and now we know, THE CANCER WITHIN killed this team even before the season started.

Talk about losing the locker room. Let the coaches start ratting out players right now.

Of course all of the coaches are on the record as knowing nothing right now.

LMAO Cuban

Mike...of course they knew..impossible not to know...impossible they didn't find out, and ask questions...

..this is their team, their livelihood.....if they didn't know they deserve to face the consequences just for that alone....

If you think the starting Offensive line was bad. Wait until next week! HAhA

Well..maybe not Marc......

McKinney-Gartner-Pouncey-Jerry-Clabo, with Teatman in the Flex formation did okay last game

..it should be enough to run over Tampa Bay

my prediction....125 yards plus for Lamar Miller

Fins 28 Tampa 17

* Yeatman

The coaches on record of not knowing anything is a personal indictment for culpability in itself....

All you MORONS ripping on fans for wanting Philbin, Ireland & any one else fired for this are a joke.

Either the coaching staff was in on it(latest claim going around) or they are completely oblivious to the locker room.

Either way it's BAD. The NFL locker room will forever be changed as a result of this. This franchise looks TERRIBLE in the eyes of the world right now.

That is a DIRECT reflection on the owner, management, coaches...everyone. But, yea, according to you knobs, they shouldn't be fired.

Most of you have been making the same excuses for Ireland for 5 years. Even having the audacity to compare his FA & drafts to Bellichek.

Heads will roll for this. The Dolphins are negligible & liable!

And people wonder why Miami has the worst football fans in the country?

And yet you all sit down each week and watch about 90 men launch into each other with insane force...hit...push...punish...taunt...and BULLY each other for 60 minutes...rooting the whole time...people are mad at the league becuase they want to stop the players from slamming their heads into each other at full speed...irony...
Now...I wouldn't have gone all racial on dude but other than that...I have easily said worse to other dudes...commrades...this whole charade is fkin ridiculous...I don't know who Martins people are but they handled it about as crappy as one possibly could...collecting evidence like a snitch then ducking out into protection...fk that guy...

Marc, You might be right,
Maybe Tennehill may look into some other form of employment, He might just get killed in the next couple weeks....

...they are PAID to know...it's their Friken team !!!!!

In limited action perhaps...But give any team 10 days to gameplan vs backup linemen?

Also, last week they FINALLY got rid of the ball quickly and rolled out numerous times

And let's not forget they still gave up sacks

Heck, Incognitabrain put up a sign "I HATE ROOKIES". The NFL wont be thrilled with even that.

Defense won that game, Lets hope they show up Monday night, otherwise...............................

Look...Cogs is a wildcard...a nutcase...accepted...

however..the NFL game is a war..a fight for supremacy..AND WE ALL KNOW IT..AND WE LOVE THAT PART OF THE GAME...

..and if I'm in a fight, who do I want next to me week after week? Cogs or J Mart.?

.....so can blame the rest of the team for not badmouthing Cogs?

...it's a violent slugfest of a game ...if you want non-violent action, try table tennis....


Go read Omar Kelly's post, apparantly Cogs was instructed to toughen Martin up. So they knew. Kinda like "A Few Good Men" and "did you order a CODE RED?"

Posted by: The truth is... | November 05, 2013 at 10:27 PM

It happens league wide...no players seem surprised by it...how is it the coaching staffs fault they had a rat in the locker room??? Now should it be going on??? That's another debate...how do you blame ONE coaching staff for a culture that has been prominent for probably...EVER!!! Imagine it 30 years ago??? FACTS...Cogs can be a jerk...Martin is a snitch...the Miami Dolphins are the scapegoat...

If a coach told Incognito to "toughen Martin up" this will explode.

nyfinfan....I have read it...it was plain to me that they knew from the first report ....
.....Cogs just took it further than the norm....that's his mistake...but I don't see him being banned from the game for it...

......I do believe that J Mart will never suit up again....he'll write the book...sell the screen rights
...and maybe come out for a knder, gentler nation,

...but a future in the NFL????...for a marginally talented O-Lineman? I doubt it .

It would be ironic if the new o-line (minus Incognito and Martin) don't allow a sack.


Wrong again Cubano.
Did you forget about the PI call Mike Wallace drew in OT. Surely that saved a TD.
Field position matters and our run game is a BEAST!

....as I said before....he kept the info for months.....he is very intelligent...his parents are attorneys...

...he has thought long and hard about what he was headed for....and the cafeteria incident was the catalyst...

Given Godell's track record he will make an example out of the dolphins, especially If Omar Kelly's report is correct and Incognito was asked to toughen up Martin. The dolphins are probably looking at losing draft picks and those coaches will be held accountable. This also means the end of the Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin era. Amazing how one man (Jonathan Martin) can bring down an entire franchise. He will be an outcast if he returns and will considered a snitch. It looks like we are going to suck for a long time.

Philbin should have hired majic mike vegas to be the snitch of the locker room.

Jack.....the coaches take the blame for not having a handle on it...not that it exiss, of course not..

but they failed to monitor it, or so they say...

but the indictment on Philbin is that he is in the forefront, on record that he did not know....

...that is incompetence at the least....

..but if he KNEW...and it comes out that he knew...he's cooked...and that's all I'm saying ...

If you have a chance take a look at what Ricky Williams said. I have to tell you this guy is sometimes painted as weird but man he makes a lot of sense. He dififinately not like the other hypocrite ex jocks and coaches, who have an agenda. He is honest and speaks from the heart.

I half agree and disagree Buster.

JMartin will get to play somewhere but it won't be with Miami past his contract. Cogs will get shafted but the NFL. But this organization might get a worse penalty than the Saints got last year.

Okay...an example of how it could come down..

The NFL calls in Martin to discuss it...they ask why he didn't tell the Coach his concerns...he replies something like "but I did "

...end of story..party over....turn off the lights....

Do you know how hard it is to save a voice mail that long?? You have to save, then save, then save, then save again.

McKinnie was brought in because Martin wasn't cutting it at LT. Clabo at RT allowed sacks that contributed directly to losses. So putting Martin back at RT made sense since he did a better job at RT last year.

He had the meltdown the day after McKinnie arrived. I believe he couldn't handle the perceived demotion and the shunning mealtime prank pushed him over the edge.

Maybe he just needs to sue the Fins and leave the NFL (as some other articles have suggested). And get his Harvard degree which both parents have. Grandfather and great-grandfather as well. He doesn't have the jock make up for the NFL.

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