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February 20, 2014

Philbin news conference takes center state at NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS — While the 2014 edition of the National Football Scouting combine got underway Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium, the day’s focus was centered primarily on the NFL coaches and general managers who met with reporters throughout the day.

Workouts for the 300-plus former college players who are expected for the combine aren’t scheduled to begin until Saturday. NFL organizational meetings got underway Wednesday afternoon, including the league’s competition committee.

The spotlight Thursday was squarely on Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who was the first speaker at the combine podium, and first-year general manager Dennis Hickey.

Miami had a tumultuous 2013 season after bullying allegations against offensive guard Richie Incognito surfaced. After an NFL investigation, which culminated last week with the release of the Wells Report that found major issues in the Dolphins’ locker room and team culture, offensive line coach Jim Turner and long-time head athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill were fired Wednesday evening.

During his news conference Thursday morning, Philbin accepted the lion’s share of the blame for what went wrong on and off the field for Miami. The third-year head coach would not say if more changes to the coaching staff, support staff or roster were in the offing.

“I want everybody to know I am the one who is responsible for the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins’ facility,” a strident 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 lift, everything they do at the facility.

“I have to do a better job. I’m going to look at the way we educate, they way we communicate, the way we talk to one another. I’m going to look at every avenue. I want to make sure that we create a better atmosphere and a better environment.”

He added that hindsight is always 20-20.

“I don’t have the benefit of looking back. I would hope that I would’ve noticed some of these things,” Philbin said.

“If I had heard this type of language or these type of acts being done, I would’ve intervened immediately. There’s a common decency that people need to have toward one another. And when that gets violated, that’s an issue.”

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