INDIANAPOLIS -- Joe Philbin, the Miami Dolphins head coach, got in front of the microphone on Thursday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium, knowing what was coming. Every reporter there had no interest in the Dolphins' draft interests, but rather the bullying scandal involving Miami's offensive line.
Philbin talked for 10 minutes, speaking mostly about what went on inside the organization's walls. At times, the answers were predictable, and at others anything but. In his opening statement, Philbin came out strong, taking responsibility.
"I want everybody to know, I’m the one responsible for the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins."
When asked about Ted Wells' report, Philbin said he was a bit caught off-guard.
"There we some little details I didn’t know about … the majority of things I knew about."
Philbin went on to talk about his role within the team, along with the way the Dolphins conduct business within the locker room and on the field.
"I have to do a better job. I’m going to look at every way, the way we talk, the way we act, the way we communicate to each other … I have to make sure we create a better atmosphere and a better environment."
Later in the presser, Philbin was asked a tough question about how Richie Incognito could have been voted to the Dolphins' leadership council despite allegations of him acting inappropriately with a woman on a golf course during a team event.
Philbin ran from taking any responsibility.
"I didn’t necessarily name him the leader. There is a leadership council that we have in place. The players vote on who they want."
"We haven't made any decisions on anybody's future in terms of the 2014 Miami Dolphins."