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Quickie highlights from Joe Philbin presser

Joe Philbin today became the first Dolphins official to discuss the Wells report and the scandal that spawned that report. He stepped to the microphones in Indianapolis in front of the national and some local media (not me, I'm home) and started with a statement ....

Philbin talked of creating an atmosphere where players' experience with the Dolphins was "the best professional experience they had."

"Anytime that isn't accomplished, anytime a player or staff member or anyone has an experience contrary to that, it requires my attention," he said. "It needs to be corrected, it needs to be looked at, it needs to be fixed."

Then going futher in his memorized statement he added ...

"I want everybody to know,  was responsible for the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins facility. I'm the one that sets the schedule, I decide when the practices are, I decide when players eat, how the practices are, how they lift, everything they do in the facility."

That's good. Everything means everything and Philbin is being accountable here.

Philbin said he got the Wells report at the "same minute" the public got the report.

"I think you can imagine when I got the report, some of the facts, the behavior, the language that was outlined in the report was inappropriate," Philbin said. "It's unacceptable. And I'm the one who is charge of the work place. And I can tell you ... we're going to do things about it. We're going to make it better."

Then Philbin stopped his shouting into the microphone and took questions.

Philbin was asked if he believes it is his job to know what was going on and if not, did he fail by not knowing what was going on as the Wells report stated?

"Look, I'm the head football coach," Philbin said. "The team, the performance of the team, the 8-8 record, that falls on my shoulders. I'm going to be more vigilant. I'm going to be more diligent. I'm going to be more visible. I'm going to have a better pulse."

Philbin defended himself from the idea that he didn't delve in depth with Jonathan Martin on his suicidal thoughts after May 2013 despite the fact those thoughts lingered for Martin.

"When I was made aware of his condition, I immediately connected him with medical treatment," Philbin said. "And I had subsequent discussions. Nothing at great length. And out of respect for Jonathan, I'm not going to get into the details of those discussions. He should be the one that speaks on his health status."

Philbin kept open the door for a Jonathan Martin return. He said owner Stephen Ross will meet with Martin, something Ross said in a statement Wednesday, and decisions will be made after that.

Philbin said no decisions have been on the future of any players mentioned in the report -- Richie Incognito, Martin, John Jerry, Mike Pouncey. We all know that not to be true. Incognito is not coming back. Ross has said Martin's not coming back.

"We haven't made any decision on anybody's future," Philbin said.

Phiibin then took on more responsibility and showed more accountability.

"I have to do a better job," he said. "We're going to look at everything. The way we educate, the way we communicate, the way we talk to one another. I'm going to look at every avenue. I have to make sure we create a better atmosphere and better environment."

Philbin was asked how he could abide with the Dolphins players voting Incognito a leader on the team in 2013 when he had assualted a female golf course volunteer at a team sponsored event in 2012.

"I didn't necessarily name him a leader," Philbin said.

But he allowed it.

"There's a leadership council that we have in place. The process is the players elect the people they want to be on the leadership council. Out of respect to the process that's how the votes came in and he was on the leadership council."

So in a presser where Philbin is taking accountability for everything that goes on within his team, he's now distancing himself from this issue. Bad moment.

Does Philbin wish he handled this whole affair differently?

"I don't have the benefit to look back," Philbin said. "I would have hoped that I noticed some of these things. I can tell you I never turned my back. If I had heard this type of language or these type of acts, I would have intervened immediately.

" ... I certainly wish I would have seen some of it. I would have intervened quicker and perhaps it would not have grown to this proportion it has grown to. But it's easy to look back. That's how it happened. That's how it unfolded. I have to focus on the future and correct the problems."

Philbin was asked if he thinks he should keep his job ...

"Steve Ross is the one that does the hiring for the Miami Dolphins," Philbin said. "That's a question you should ask him."


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I'm going to have a better pulse."

Now, that's funny!

achoooooo !

Philbin is running the show now

...Philbin was not going answer anything of substance. I wish he would have. It would have been great when he was asked about if he deserved his job after the body count that was left in his wake. If he would have been defiant, if he would have been firm..Nope. Stock answer...

I know that Joe Philbin is supposed to be the Cardinal Saint of character, and accountability. But who is buying that now? Does the team?

its really hard for him to relax and admit he failed in his command of the locker room. denial of past failings and promises of future greatness. yeah,right. had to be forced to give a prepared statement with a rehearsed tone/volume.

don't 4get
2 ask cheap ross
about the 200 m's he gave mich
and now all of the $$$$
he is dishing out at nyu
but he didn't put an
f'n dime in2 the joe

There, team co-operated with the NFL, fired employees who should've been fired, got rid of the chief culprits, and the coach addressed the media (which after whining and bicching - didn't even attend).

All because Martin, as I said the day he was drafted, was not fit to playin the NFL. Can we all move on now...


Still find it hard to believe him. He KNEW about the golf course incident and still allowed Cogs to be part of leadership counsel. Even though he didn’t appoint him he could have removed him being in charge of it all. He is really out of touch with the team.

I guess this year he will be more of a tyrant and go too far as he did with other things in the past. I don’t see allot of brightness in the Fins future ! 

DD, and I don't mean to single you out here, I address this to everyone questioning why we don't see an open hand from the Dolphins regarrding this issue.

There are legal ramifications present. What is the first thing counsel says to you when allegations are present?

Say nothing.

Kris...I was a Navy man back in the 80's when hazing was not only tolerate but almost embraced.
I recall participating in a time honored ceremony when crossing the equator called the "Shellback Initiation".

If you never crossed the equator on a ship, you are forever called a pollywog and all pollywogs must participate in an all day hazing ceremony to become a trusted shellback.
On our ship the captain was a pollywog along with about 80% of the crew. He and others were subjected to repeated spankings with fire hoses, crawling around on our knees for hours, hot sauce drizzled in our faces, drinking from toilets, & laying in week old food in a fake coffin.
There were 5 sailors who refused to participate and they were forced to hose down the entire ship when the ceremony was completed.
When the leaders participate in hazing, everyone who is subordinate to them see it as an approved event.

So when players saw Turner and others participating in the hazing of Jmart, they felt it was approved and therefore acceptable.

As a military person, you are taught to never question orders... and I see this whole scandal being parallel to the close camaraderie in the military. If leadership condones it, then its a green light to participate without fear of judgement or penalty.

I'm glad Turner is gone, along with Ireland and feel as though we've turned a page to a new chapter in Dolphins lore.

Posted by: NHFINSFAN | February 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM


I was in the Army in the early 2000s, and we were still giving sock parties to members of our platoons.

And thanks for bringing the point across that every military person knows. YOU DONT QUESTION YOUR SUPERIOR!!

If I were to compare the J.Martin situation to something, I would compare it to being in the military.

And J.Turner was a former Marine. Anyone who has been in the military knows, Jarheads are the biggest bullies!! They are trained to be bullies!! Marines take it as a compliment if you call them a bully.

MO, you do realize the point of the leadership counsel is to communicate player issues to the coach.

If you as a coach remove someone the players selected to represent them, what are you saying exactly to all 53 players? That your opinion overrides theirs? Self-defeating, no?

I blame Philbin for lots of things - Kevin Coyle cheif amongst them - but this is such poppycock.

Are we going to question harbaugh now because Ray Rice knocked out his fiancee?

tell cheap ross
that wembley stadium
holds 90 g's
and that there's
only 1g's
in tix left 4 the oak game
and for him 2 stay in London and move the team over there
and don't come back
after that game
just like he does in new f'n York.
he won't b missed


..Mark in Toronto. Sure. But then why hold the presser? I'm not blaming Philbin. He wasn't going to answer anything. He never does. I'm just saying in the great hypothetic..It would have been nice to see him be frank.

I'm not sure any coach in the same situation would have said any more, or any less. I get that. I wasn't expecting much, and got exactly what I thought we would get.


Agreed. Can we talk combine!!

The Scandal stuff should be put to a close. The Off season has started!!

What was going to happen, happened. Can we please move on.

A couple of years late! He's a slimy creature that reacts to situations but only when forced to react. On Sundays he can't react fast enough to dictate the outcome. All together not a good HC nor leader of men.

To think that you have to be a 'Philbin Guy' to play for him. One sports writer (Omar?) said that a 'Philbin Guy' was a "mute idiot". Not a good basis for a leader! Don't think he can deal with leaders. Not confidant enough.

And as expected Philbin accomplishes nothing by this presser. I for one didnt feel Philbin needed to have a press conference. I knew he would be picked apart and really wouldnt say much, as he should.

Turns out I was right, didnt say much and people are killing him on Twitter. I get it, but I dont.

People were saying he should have overruled his players when they made Richie a captain.

How do you think the players would react if Philbin overruled their vote? Kind of like how some states have made weed legal in their state because their people voted for it to be. But the Federal government doesnt like what the citizens voted for, so they arrest people anyways.Same damn thing. I dont think Philbin should have overruled his players, you notice how Miami writers say players dont like Philbin, yet you only hear good things about him from his players. He would have lost all respect if he vetoed their vote.

I think Philbin just trusted his players and coaches to act appropriately. I feel Philbin has learned a lesson and I believe he will adjust the way he handles his team.


Ray Rice hit his fiance harder than any hole he hit this past season.

coyle deserves
a rai$e for his
d allowing just 20 measley
a game with all of tpukes
and coyle will b interim hc
if/when the chat
hitz the fan
in the 1st 8 games of 2014
so get used 2 him..

go coyle go !

I'm not sure what these fools like Freeman and Mando want Philbin to say. Please enlighten us on what he should be saying. He has taken responsibility and wants to move forward. Hardened criminals have been given more leeway. Let's move forward.

"So in a presser where Philbin is taking accountability for everything that goes on within his team, he's distancing himself from this one."

So it is Philbin fault the PLAYERS voted Cogs as a leader, and it is Philbins fault the GM retained a player he wated gone?

Really? Because I have read multiple article over multiple years from the Pro and college level of coaches that "fix" the players vote to get the people they want in. Is this how Philbin should have approached this process?

From the little Philbin did say. The Fins won't do anything without passing it by the NFL first. The NFL is running this for the Dolphins.

Rdubs - you are spot on. How would the players feel if they voted someone capt. And the coach says "no". There has to be trust. Philbin was trying to trust his players and they stabbed him in the back. These jock sniffers like Mando and Freeman have never played or coached ball on any level-so we have to exchange u we their ignorance.

So Philbin has a press conference and Mando bashes him.......is this a surprise? He's bashed every coach since he's been here and will continue to do it for as long as he's here......he has an agenda. Why don't more people see this?

DD, I hgave my opinion of interviews and press conferences in general yesterday. Nothing EVER gets said of any consequence.

m vix
j freeman
working out in so flo?
make it so
bring them both in
and kix tchoke to the sideline


Best believe bro, many feel the way you do. But we need to make sure Armando keeps his job so we have a blog to comment on LOL

..Rdubs..No way Philbin loses the locker room if he over-rules the player vote on Incognito.

They may have had their feelings hurt, some may have whined "This is outrageous..(ministers voice)"..But you know what..We probably win more games without his "leadership" and the players respect that.

People in true leadership roles are leaders because they make the tough choices. Cogs was not a leader of the whole team. He represented a portion of the players. A bunch of half wits. Anyone with a brain is no getting behind a man like Incognito.

And I'm sorry. But the comparison between the Military, and the NFl...One is life and death. The other is a game. As much as people want to draw the parallels. It doesn't fly. One discipline you are dealing with peoples lives. The other...you are dealing with a team...Huge gap in the importance of the reasoning for discipline.

Scandal aside he does not appear to be head football coach material . Report should have been just the nail in the coffin.

Unless he understands his short comings and works at them , Coyle improves, and the Lazor makes T-hill into a top 10 QB then this will be his last year.

So far everything he has said about how he wants to run a team has turned out just the opposite

Philbin rrespected the player voting process for the players he had on his team but it is his fault he did not undermine their process by not allowing them to vote in a player they wanted in. Way to be your usual hypocritical self Armando. Next time throw a few phrases from the "good book" in your article for the cherry on top!


I understand 100% that point you bring up. But you cannot have a person of questionable character being in a position of power. If it was a true leadership counsel then the players should have worked with the management and had him removed. They should have had enough sense to go “ He did a bad thing he needs to be relieved of his duties”. Cause ultimately the leadership counsel sets the example of what is accepted behavior for the room.

This blog has become laughable. Armando has an obvious slant against Philbin now that the Wells Report has come out and this scandal is coming to an end. Philbin was exonerated in the part of the Wells Report that Salguero chooses not to believe but he's up in arms based on the parts he does believe. He asked Joe in his pitiful Open Letter to fire Turner because he was implicated in the report and to speak to the media about the scandal, both of which were done. Now the question is why was Incognito on the leadership council???? Why didn't Salguero ask this months ago when the Golf Tournament incident became public knowledge? Why didn't he ask every Dolphin player who has backed Incognito then and backs him now? He's grasping at straws to send you guys into a fervor because of his personal agenda aginst Philbin and you guys are buying it; hook, line and sinker.

This is an open letter from Armando to Joe Philbin.

Joe, My hatred for you and the Dolphin hierarchy will never end. I will criticize and mock your every move, every loss and every statement.

I will never let this story go away even though most fans want to move on. I know I called for people to get fired and their lives to be destroyed over this overblown story. I do not want you and the Dolphins not to move forward. I will do everything in my power not to let that happen. Its killing me you were not fired too.

Just like when I high fived Jason Cole when the Dolphins were eliminated from the playoff's in 03 I will do the same every game you lose this year.

I will continue to use this blog to criticize, mock you and turn the fan base against the dolphins. I demand transparency from you and I will continue to censor anyone who criticizes my agenda against you.

Armando, the Dolphin hater

keep bashing
it's working
don't listen
the stupid clueless
out of touch
out of town


I respect your opinion and you may be right or you maybe wrong. I think a case could be made for both points of view

So we don't get a reprieve for the soliloquy that was posted yesterday.

We have to sit here for the 100th day of the off season and not discuss real football news.

From the last blog since I want to move forward with talking about football.

I'm glad Philbin is speaking so we can finally move on from all of this. I'm probably more interested to hear what Hickey has to say in his press conference.

Guys I understand why a lot of people are down on Philbin. I wouldn't call this year a bust yet though. Here's a few things I'm thinking about on the positive side.

Hickey wasn't the biggest name hire at the GM position. However, I think he can do better than Ireland. He has a full 7 picks and 32 mil + in cap space, the 5th most in the league right now. He has the resources to improve the team.

Lazor is replacing Sherman and Turner is also being replaced. This could be 2 big upgrades at the OC and O-line positions.

Tannehill getting better from year 2 to year 3. He still has a lot of upside. He still had 4,151 total yards and 25 total touchdowns despite the bad last 2 games he did do well in other games.

Philbin and Coyle I hope also improve. They did some good things, but also made a lot of mistakes. The team was 8-8 last year not 4-12.

I still have hope, then again I'm just a clueless homer.

Over the cap website now has the Dolphins at right around 36.2 million in cap if the cap goes up to 130 million like is being reported.

This number could go up further if Patterson is cut, Moore is cut, or Wallace is restructured. Hickey has a TON of ammo for free agency.

Look, this is simple. The reason Philbin gets so much abuse from the beat writers is because he sucks. He sucks in every measurable you d assess a HC against. The Phins or doomed until he and probably Ross move on.

It appears the Miami Dolphins organization would do right by everyone if they just signed me on as their PR point person. OBVIOUSLY Ross or Philbin or SOMEONE there reads my posts diligently, and while they might not do so immediately, eventually they see their way to my position. When I was screaming for us to move to an offensive-minded HC, they hired Philbin (who then destroyed the offense, but never mind that). When i was screaming for us to draft a 1st rd QB, they draft Tannehill (who's among the worst in the league, but never mind that....and Mark, no fights please, it's a joke). When I was screaming for them to get in front of this and fire these guys, they FINALLY do the right thing.

HIRE ME NOW and let me give the fans what they want, a franchise they can be proud of. I know you're reading this Mr. Ross, you know where to find me.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | February 20, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Anyone that questions Philbins decision to allow a PLAYERS ONLY vote to stand how the PLAYERS VOTED it, is just ridiculous. Maybe the NFL should start removing Pro Bowl players they feel don't deserve to be in the Pro Bowl even though the fans, players and coaches feel differently? Yeah that wouldn't be a big scandal at all. Get a clue.

Has it occurred to anybody that what you had with Cogs, Pouncey and Co is the preacher's son syndrome.

Philbin and Sherman came in banging the pulpit about character and effort etc to the point of over kill. To the point where nobody listened to it anymore.

We all saw it on Hardknocks. They looked like complete disiplanarian a-holes.

IMHO what Philnin needs to do is the opposite. Instead of increasing the focus he needs to lighten up and let men be men and have a little fun playing the game.

Then maybe they won't be trying to have so much fun jacking with one another and holding "meetings" in strip clubs. The might actually have a little more respect for whats trying to be accomplished and be proud to be Dolphin's.

Failbin sounds like a great secretary, he has all those appointments and agendas running great....too bad not much on the football side

Winning is the only cure and since bringing in new players is important to the cure. I would hope Philbin can now just focus on the Combine and FA coming up soon.

The CAP has been increased, and Albert will be available so it seem it could be a match.

I am also hoping that Mack does not get Tagged and all reports so far are saying TJ Ward is going to get the Browns Tag. So if we get Albert and Mack then I say we stay in house and get Grimes and Soliai or Starks. Then we can also look at S in FA and see if we can land a player like Byrd. Maybe cost too much at this point and have to look at draft for that S but there are a few available in FA.

...So Combine talk..Do any of you listen to Late hits on NFL Radio? It is worth the listen just to hear Bill Polian talk about stuff. That guy is like freekin' Yoda he has so much knowledge about the game.

He spoke about the combine at length the other day. How it came(Gil Bradnt) How there were 2 combines back in the day, one in the Midwest, one on the West Coast..

Then he went into what the combine was really about. And this is what I thought was interesting. He said you could do without all of the show pony stuff. The combine is all about Physical examination of the player. For instance. Teams will discard a low combine score in favor of a higher Pro-Day score. Every team does this, as they understand that the Combine has variable factors that effect performance. He said there has never been a first round talent that has fallen out of the round because of poor combine performance..

He also went on to say that the Combine is more about show then substance. The real info comes from the physicals, and the interviews. The teams aren't really learning much about players that they do not already know. Where the combine helps players is the later round guys. But the premium round players..The teams have enough information already that their performance at the Combine is really not important.

The fans will like to disagree, they like it or it wouldn't be on TV. The NFL makes a big show about it to sell the importance of these exercises. But if a guy has short arms..We don't need to measure to see it on film. The film doesn't lie..The Combine can fool you.

Intersting and informative,

Here's a excerpt from the morning presser that they wont print, right Mando......

Coach Philbin, did you order the Code Red on Martin?

Coach Philbin
Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with helmets and pads. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Armando. ? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Martin, and you curse the Dolphins. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Martin's Being Bllied, while tragic, probably saved Tennehill. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves QBs. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that Sideline, you need me on that Sideline. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, 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 stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

The common denominator in all of this is Ross. From the moment Ross purchased the Miami Dolphins it has been one disaster after the next. Think back. The Red Carpet, The Celebrity ownership, club Liv, The next year the Harbaugh fiasco, the awkward press conference with Sporano, The next year the ridiculous chase of Payton Manning and Jeff Fisher (Being snubbed by both) Now this mess, caused by His Coach Joe Philbin's lack of ability to fulfill the complete job of being a head coach, and finally taking your Trainer of 18 years to Indianapolis only to fire him at his hotel. Hell of a resume Ross!

This is the million dollar question.

Will Armando post a blog about free agency needs, the draft, How Lazor will develop the offence, Available FA's and how they would fit.

Or will he regurgitate the same sh*t over and over and over? Is he on the phone with O'Neil and turner trying to dig up more trash to post or will he give the fans what they want ?????????????

Posted by: DC Dolfan | February 20, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Conceited much? A true NoVA resident.

Rdubs, definitely true bro.....definitely true. Hey I wonder, now that Ray Rice K.O. his girl will the Ravens suddenly have a leadership problem in the locker room?

Why does Philbin still have his job?

go coyle go !

Posted by: 2 watt | February 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Yo 2 watt where is your usual lol? Coyle was as bad as Sherman last year. Defense (especially run d) keeps regressing and is not good at all. 3rd string RB's looked all-pro against us.

Did he use Dawns cue cards?

Coyle should be HC when Philbin is fired. He is the best coach we have.

I can so see this dysfunctional, joke of a franchise letting Pouncey go and keeping Martin. If they do that, I will never spend a dollar on this team as long as our Ringling Brothers Owner is still running the team.


Ray Rice is another reason why you see more and more marriages like the ones we have, not us together of course LOL Is that a low blow, is that racist? Do I care, NO!!!

DD, also another reaason the presser was held was just to quiet the media storm - give them a nice little blurb to type up - make their jobs easier for a day.

Look, it's 11 am and Mando's work for the day is done and he didn't even need to put on pants...

Besides Incognito, get rid of Pouncey, Jerry, and Philbin and it'll be a better place to work.

..I would love to talk about the offense..The more and more I think about next season. The more and more I hope the offense takes on a whole new look. It has too. It has to for survival.

Think about this..We could have 4 new lineman. Possibly 5. This makes trying to play the same offensive style as Philbin want(We will call it unattainable) obsolete. How in 1 offseason with 4-5 new moving parts would you dare install a pass heavy offense? An offense that forgets the tight end can also block. An offense that wants to spread it out and expect to win..It cannot happen and expect success

The whole identity must change just out of necessity. You cannot put this many new parts on a line, and just expect the group to be able to gel as a unit that can throw it 35-40 times a game(Did you know the Phins have only won 3 games since 2008 where the QBs have attempted 40 plus passes?...Yeah keep chucking it!)

Teaching a group to run block is much easier then getting a bunch of guys on the same page to learn complicated protections. Also, for the survival of Tannehill, even Philbin.. We had better have a major facelift on this offense. Spreading the field all day..Ain't going to work, if it didn't work last year with a group that was familiar..

Posted by: Darryl Dunphy | February 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Exactly right DD. REAL HC's in the league CHOOSE who's on the leadership committee, and that's the way it is. I'm fine with you giving players the latitude to choose themselves, but you always put in the caveat that YOU have the final say. It's like a school President, they can have a say in things, but ultimately the Principal will have the final say. You don't let children manage themselves, this isn't Lord of the Flies.

Pouncey should be traded and that will pave the way for Martin to return.

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