Joe Philbin kicked off the 2014 NFL Combine by speaking with the media first thing on Thursday morning and the coach, while ducking several questions about the future of players and of himself, took responsibility for the nightmare situation in Miami. The report released by Ted Wells on the incidents surrounding Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin cast a dark light on the Dolphins locker room and while Philbin got no blame in the report, he took responsibility at the combine. "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 leave, everything they do at the facility." Claiming responsibility and taking responsibility are two different things, though. Philbin did the first but wasn't willing to fall on the sword for the real problems. Asked about making Incognito a leader (Incognito was on the Dolphins leadership council), Philbin denied any knowledge. “I didn't necessarily make him a leader," Philbin said. "The leadership council we have in place -- the process is the players elect the players they want to be on the leadership council. I respect the process and that's how the votes came in." See, that's a problem. Philbin's ducking the culpability behind Incognito's place as a leader by basically saying the players made the decision. That's a massive red flag, right? It's one thing to "respect the process" or whatever. It's a whole different ballgame to not have the, ahem, fortitude to look at an obvious nightmare situation and make changes.
Joe Philbin: 'I am the one who is responsible' for Dolphins workplace
CBS Sports | Feb 20