Joe Philbin's circular, lawyered up press conference

Joe Philbin Plays Stonewall Joe

11/7/13 in NFL   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Nov 4, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin addresses the media during a press conference at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsThe press conference held by Dolphins coach Joe Philbin could have been viewed as satirical of an exercise in self-preservation. Anything would have been preferable to the circular talk – intentionally saying nothing – that Philbin exhibited as he tried to control the fire of the Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito mess that threatens to burn down the entire Dolphins front office and coaching staff.
Make no mistake about it, there are many people in that facility who are preparing their resumes and checking around to see which organization they can work for next if the damage is irreversible and owner Stephen Ross conducts a purge after the season. Don’t be surprised if Ross goes to Bill Cowher or Tony Dungy and offers them the keys to the franchise from top-to-bottom to clean this up. Or if Bill Polian (who has been laser precise and on-point in his analysis) is hired as the new GM to replace Jeff Ireland. Neither Cowher nor Dungy have shown any indication of wanting to leave the comfort of the broadcasting booth to get back into the ring, but Polian might and these are the types of people who you want running your organization from a personal conduct standpoint.
There were many ways in which the Philibin press conference could have been improved:
  • Regis Philbin could have come to the podium and cracked a few jokes.
  • Joe Philbin could have said, “I don’t know about what happened with Richie and Jonathan, but I do know that I just saved 15 percent by switching to GEICO.”
  • As reporters were asking questions about the Martin-Incognito saga, a Dolphins PR person could have announced, “Anything on the Buc game?” in reference to the Dolphins’ Monday night game against the Buccaneers. Oh. Wait. That actually happened.
As the story moves forward, the people who truly appear to be in trouble are the front office and coaches and not the players. GM Ireland is now under siege from a former player for the Dolphins, quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who took to Twitter to air his feelings on his former GM.
Sage Rosenfels ‏‪@SageRosenfels18
I only spent two weeks on the Dolphins when Ireland was the GM. In that short time he won the award for worst GM in my career. ‪#jerk
Rosenfels went into greater detail as to why he has such disdain for Ireland in subsequent tweets.
You can see where this is headed if you look. Incognito is claiming that he was told by the organization to toughen Martin up. There isn’t anything overtly wrong with a coach telling a player to help out in unlocking his talent, but once those seeds are planted, it’s still on the coach to monitor the situation and make sure it doesn’t get out of hand as the player (Incognito) is armed with the inherent defense that he was doing what he was told to do. 
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