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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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drsamii @ 12:08 for post of the year on this subject.

Couldn't all be really that easy, could it??

Is this finally rock bottom for this awful franchise? Has to be right??? Now wake up ross and clean house. Get a respected gm to come in here and clean this mess up.

This season is over but fix this so 2014 isn't a waste also

How come Phil sounds like Obama? Perhaps acting stupid will save your job.

Dashi makes a lot of sense.

even the jets fans r feel'in sry 4 u homers
how loooooooooooooooow
can u gooooooooooooooo?

Lockeroom lacks leaders. Part or all of that could be Philbin.

Talent to be playoff team, just need someone to lead. Serioulsy.

Cogs and Martin are gone. What happens next is more important.

Thank you Mark. I thought I was living in the twilight zone until I read some of your comments. You are dead on and this stuff is ridiculous. Hopefully, these guys can keep it together and pull out a win on Prime time, because if they lose to a bad team, on national TV, with "bullygate" looming..oh the horror. SMH

Look at the headline on Drudge Report!

billcale, not sure I'd say it's deplorable. Is it slightly unfair (especially to rookies who aren't stars and don't make that money back) probably? But taking into account most NFL players wind up broke at the end of their careers, I'm not sure they wouldn't spend that money unwisely even if this wasn't going on.

Why I say it's worse under the new CBA is because now rookies don't make more than vets. And they also are locked into their contract for 4 years. Seeing that the average lifespan of a NFL player is around 4 years (maybe even less) then they may never get a chance at a payday. So taking 1/10 of a rookie's annual salary might be a crushing blow if said rookie never gets another contract.

Back in the day (not too far back when salaries were crazy low) rookies came out of college making millions immediately. And could re-negotiate at any time. So vets (rightly) were upset that this new guy comes in, takes all the money, without ever proving themselves. If they sucked (like, say, Chad Henne) then the team was stuck paying out all that dough for a bust. In that atmosphere, I can see how this "virgin tax" was somewhat balancing things out and making them more fair (towards vets). But now, the new CBA has done that for the league, so really there is no need for this type of "tax." Vets need to understand that and not go overboard with the taxing of rookies.

Armando, why wasn't Philbin challenged about why goes on in "other" locker rooms?
He spent what, 7 years in the locker room of the PACKERS?
Surely he could have used that experience as a comparison. I think he is hiding some serious merde.

The already anti-Fin media are just LOVING this, and prolly couldn't give a flying fig about Martin. Truth be told, from what I've seen, many ex-jopcks on all the networks have been less than gung ho supportive of Martin, and how he handled things.
It's a macho culture, for sure. It takes THOSE type individuals to play the game.

What goes on, not 'why goes on."

"Why I say it's worse under the new CBA is because now rookies don't make more than vets. And they also are locked into their contract for 4 years. Seeing that the average lifespan of a NFL player is around 4 years (maybe even less) then they may never get a chance at a payday. So taking 1/10 of a rookie's annual salary might be a crushing blow if said rookie never gets another contract.

DC, I posted this 2 days ago, but good to see someone else understands how important this point is, in the overall scheme of things. Martin accomplished things in college Richie could only dream about. There had to be some envy there.

Was Ritch Incognito the biggest jackass in sports?

We used to circle the dates when we played you fishies, I didn't care if we went 2-14 as long as we beat the fish our season is complete.
No more rivaly like in the past, The Pats are our new hated team,how far down the pike the Dollfish have fallen
@Marino13,Do you still go to games down there?
@ 2 watt
How did you see this coming and all of the homers couldn't?

Martin was not mentally fit to to be a nfl player and incognito wasn’t mentally fit to be a leader. Done.

This is now squarely on the coaching staff/GM. 10-6 or they are done.

Well, Ross was too cheap to pay the team leaders Bush and Long.

Both Martin and Incognito will ever play for the Phins again. Martin simply will never be trusted by these teammates and Richie is the scapegoat (brought upon himself) offered up to the NFL. Ross has to bring in the NFL in effort to build a defense in case Martin files a lawsuit which I am sure he is already having steps taken to avoid. Ross and the "Phins could be in real trouble with this. Ross has to take steps to isolate himself from the team in this matter and that is why "everyone's job" is in jeopardy. There is a very real chance there will be a complete overhaul of the staff from Ireland all the way down because of this. The team is defintely weaker as a result and there is no way there isn't a distraction that will affect them on the field. It is a shame because this team had the talent to be competitive and although I know they'll win some remaining games, I don't see any chance for playoffs even though they should be there.

Armando, why wasn't Philbin challenged about why goes on in "other" locker rooms?

Posted by: IMAWriter | November 05, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I guess you and others will never ever learn that these press conferences have nothing to do with giving information they don't want to give you. They are strategically, planned media spin messages devised by the FO and nothing more. It's no different that canned political speeches - appear to address the issue and either say nothing or lie.

You call yourself a writer?

Incognito was retarded.

harmel.where've u been?, i need help knocking some sense in these homers

Somewhere between 99% and 100% of the posters here are seriously naive or brain dead.

OH NO! Chad Henne pulled into the debate, ETF won't be pleased!!

DC, I understand. Originally I reacted to the "extortion" of rookie monies but I see that it's been prevalent far back in NFL history. Is it a non-story? Don't know but I think the Martin-Incognito bullying is.

"Ritchie Incognito has no place in the NFL.".......Mike Ditka


" I wouldnt have Incognito on my team."......Tony Dungy

Unless the Dolphins and the NFL can find some loophole that excludes them from fair labor laws, Martin is going to crucify them in the courtroom if it goes that far. Having lawyers for parents sure comes in handy.....

Jake Long has to be laughing. This is what Ross gets for hiring cheap coaches and GM and low payroll.

Monte, the only reason Dungy won anything of note was because of Peyton Manning. Ditka only won anything because of Buddy Ryan's defense. The talking heads opinions on this mean squat.

Find it comical that ESPN's power rankings has us not moving after beating the Bengals because fat arse went crying home to his mother. Who knew beating a top ten team is counter balanced by having a fat bicch cry??

meanwhile their beloved Jets are ranked six spots higher two weeks after getting throttled by those same bengals.

is there really six spots difference in that half a game that seperates these two teams?

ESPN's a joke.

Completely agreed Mark. If I had a dollar for every time I heard them say bully I wouldn't have to be at work today. Why they are trying to turn this into an episode of Glee is beyond me.


I'm sure Jake Long is laughing as him and Fisher head towards obscurity with their 3-6 record.

Funny, so many wished this story would go away, when we ourselves can not stop talking about it. lmao

As far as the FOOTBALL SIDE, I'm anxious to see how well Garner plays. If there's no fall-off with him, that will be a HUGE indictment on how the coaches are using the personnel.

Monte, the only reason Dungy won anything of note was because of Peyton Manning. Ditka only won anything because of Buddy Ryan's defense. The talking heads opinions on this mean squat.

Posted by: NeMo | November 05, 2013 at 01:04 PM

Sorry NeMo but I'll take HOF coaches opinions over yours 8 days a week.

People who throw the name Dan Marino around as executive material are idiots. Dan Marino has a t.v. gig because he's both lazy and dumb. He could make more money in business than he does as an analyst but for the reasons mentioned he never has. John Elway owned seven car dealerships in the Denver area. He sold them to Wayne Huizenga. Dan Marino was Mike Maroone's b i t c h .

Marino is dumb.

This much should be obvious to anyone who has heard the man speak.

His daddy was a truck driver and he Dan couldn't throw a football...

Besides, Dan was banging a fugly intern while doing his his cling to my former glories ex-jock CBS gig. If Dan were involved with this organization he'd probably get caught doing Dawn...in a Dolfan Denny outfit.

Enough with Dan Marino already.

The Dolphins changed their logo to turn the page from the past.

Who cares where the power rankings have us? All that matters is winning your division, or securing a Wildcard spot. The rest will work itself out. At this point, anyone think we can actually compete for any of those? That's where all the attention needs to be given.

DC, I think Garner will do well. He's at least serviceable imo. He did a good job filling in against a good Bengals D-line imo.

The team can easily be above .500 and primed for a playoff run come Monday night.

Clearly there was a total lack of supervision in the Dolphin organization.

As far as the FOOTBALL SIDE, I'm anxious to see how well Garner plays.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | November 05, 2013 at 01:10 PM

Does this mean you are expecting him to play any different than he always has?

You guys never learn.


Hey DA (you know that stands for) Marino was brought in, in a GM position, and took one look and the way things were being ran and quit a couple days later. Had nothing to do with not wanting the job or his feeling about the team; he saw nothing to lead him to believe the team would takes steps to become relevent again.....

DC, Garner has 2 to 3 good games max, in him. So he should play well against the Bucs, but I look for the wheels to begin to fall off after that.

That's been Garner's history with Miami and chief reason why he's never been seen as a viable starting candidate the 5yrs or so he's been a Miami Dolphin.

The Dolphins won't beat Tampa Bay. Philbin's head is spinning with all of this. The guy has to be worried about keeping his job at this point...and whether or not he has done it good enough to this point, considering that this happened under his watch. All Tampa Bay is thinking about is getting win number one. They're at home, confident that they're playing better because they gave Seattle fits. Cincy was trying to give the game to the Dolphins as best they could, and the Dolphins only play makers : Wake, Grimes and the Punter won the game.

Dolphins 4-5 soon 4-6.

Garner completely fell apart the final 2012 game against the Pats. Seems everyone so focused on the 2 sacks Martin gave up that day. The 4 sacks Garner gave up went totally over their heads.

Shula would never have a player like Incognito on his team.

Very good chance Tannehill lands on IR well before season's end. I've already prepared myself for this. It will be no surprised when it happens.

That whole Pats game was a mess, no point in singling out just Garner or anyone else.

As far as the playoffs we should be able to beat the Bucs. I also give us an edge against the Chargers at home. So I will say 5-4 then 6-4. We then have a tough game against the panthers, but its at home.

I see us still being in the running come December when we play our 4 division games.

I actually think O-line might be better off without Martin and Cogs. I really think Martin has just as many issues as Cogs at this point.

The Dolphins could cut Incognito because he was one of Ireland's many acorn (turds). Reports say Pouncey was in on this too, I wonder what the Dolphins would have done if Pouncey were the chief instigator ? Cut him ? I think not...

Incgonito's reputation buried him here.

He's the easy scapegoat.

Perhaps Pouncey was every bit as aggressive as Incognito.

The players don't seem to think that this is a big deal.

This is much to do about nothing.

Martin is just looking for a pay day...he's a coward and a punk...this or he's got mental health issues.

s smith + a fasano = 9-0 + happiest fa's evah

Seems the guys Ireland hires are as bad as his draft picks.

DC @ 1:13, just commenting on the "journalism", that's all. NOW LET'S BEAT TAMPA AND GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD!!

I don't claim I know more than the rest of you when it comes to professional sports, so I will get that disclaimer out of the way first and foremost. WIth that said I don't really think it would be in the best interest of this team to lay down and die simply because their house is in turmoil, I believe just the opposite will happen. Teams have a tendency to be resilient under pressure and the Dolphins are no different when it comes to this aspect.

I believe they will plant a big case of whoopass on the Bucs come Monday night if not for relief of stress from the circus that has camped out in their front yard or just for the simple fact that they are professionals with pride.

Sam, Garner was playing RT that day, not LG, kind fo different no?

If Ross fired Ireland instead of Sparano this never would've happened.

Well they most likely did not catch Pouncey on voice mail or text with racial slurs and threats. A major reason to cut ties with a player. However Pouncey could be indicted because the prosecutor in the Hernandez murder trial seems to be going after family, friends and girlfriends to get more evidence for a conviction. Despite what is written in the press the prosecutor needs a lot of evidence to get a murder conviction.

Incognito's dad said Pouncey is on drugs.

if tfumble just would have gotten rid of the ball faster , 1/2 of jmarts and clabos sax wuldn't have happened and non of this would have transpired ie: getting mckinnie moviing jmart,etc
c it's the qb stupid

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