Finally we are seeing heads roll in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal following the release of the Wells report. Offensive line coach Jim Turner, yes he of the blow up doll purchases, gone. Longtime athletic trainer Kevin O Neill whom we understand refused to co operate with the Wells report. Gone.
They were preceded by former GM Jeff Ireland , ex assistant GM Brian Gaine who moved on after being passed up for GM and ex offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. There may be more fallout in the aftermath of this train wreck but one thing is apparently and shockingly quite clear Head Coach Joe Philbin is not going anywhere. Philbin may be a man who might be sitting on the hot seat but he confidently reminded Dolphin nation that he was in charge during a well orchestrated press conference on Thursday. “I’m going to be more diligent. I’m going to be more visible and I’m going to have a better pulse.” Really Coach ?? John Lennon couldn’t imagine that. Now ? After a six week silence the great Joe Philbin emerges from the smoke to tell Dolphin fans that he is still the sheriff in town and no his name is not Reggie Hammond.
Basically the Ted Wells report did exonerate Philbin of any wrong doing in it’s investigation into the Dolphin mess however all of the chaos occurred under his watch and I feel he is responsible. Be it directly or indirectly. Joe Philbin should be among the previous names as ex Dolphin employees. Instead there he was on Thursday in a stern tone letting every one know about his new no nonsense policy for Dolphin nation. The Wells report last week that found the three main culprits in the locker room fiasco were offensive linemen Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry in their “continued harassment” toward Jonathan Martin, another teammate and an assistant trainer. Meanwhile Philbin vowed that it is a new day with a zero tolerance policy. “It is not possible for a team to accomplish its goals when the fundamental values of respect are violated,” Philbin said. “That ultimately rests on my shoulders and I will be accountable moving forward for making sure that we emphasize a team-first culture of respect towards one another.”
There you go Dolphin fans. Your head coach has assured us all that “moving forward” everyone will have to answer to him. Yes sir, my way or the highway right coach ? It all sounds good but my lingering question is why is Philbin’s not among the heads that have rolled so far ? Where has he distinguished himself as a head coach ? Philbin sounded really authoritative condemning the actions of the three knuckleheads who spearheaded the animal house type behavior as “inappropriate” and “unacceptable,” but shouldn’t he as the man in charge be aware of what’s going on in his own locker room ? Stephen Ross needed to clean house and he failed to do that. Again I ask why keep Philbin ?
Could it be the fact that he is a great players coach ? Nope, this team was 8-6 with a playoff berth well within their reach but Philbin with his stoic demeanor couldn’t start a fire at a gas station. Philbin preached a sermon on accountability throughout his Q & A with the media but why is Ross not holding his head coach accountable for the most embarrassing period in this franchises storied history ? He shipped out his previous locker room leaders in Reggie Bush and Karlos Dansby yet somehow Richie Incognito ended up as a team appointed “Leader” ? Failure.
How is he still the head coach ? Joe Philbin failed on the field and was an even bigger failure off it. He fell short as a leader of men . He must be thankful that Stephen Ross is his employer because apparently Philbin can do no wrong. Somehow he will hold everyone accountable in the dolphins locker room but he himself seemingly works without any such consequences. Imagine the scenario :
Ross : Hey Joe what the hell happened with this team ?
Coach : Dang gummit Steve I have no idea !!
Ross : Aw heck Joe don’t worry about it we’ll figure it out somehow.
There you have it Dolphin fans. Your team has officially arrived. As a laughingstock.