Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin apparently took enough issue with Brian Biggane's commentary on his blog to telephone the beat writer of the Palm Beach Post to discuss the matter.
Briggane had used the words "disingenuous" and "a liar" in saying that receiver Brian Hartline was dealing with a "personal issue," when Hartline was in fact out because of an appendectomy. The surgery won't keep the receiver out of camp, and Philbin explained to Briggane that that was his reasoning for not disclosing the matter.
But while Briggane tossed some strong words Philbin's way in the blog, I also see his point in feeling that Philbin should have been more forthcoming in the first place.
The job of a beat writer can sometimes be a tricky one, because you often spend more time around coaches, players and competing beat writers than you do around your own co-workers. Like any work environment, disagreements will sometimes take place and have to be handled.
There were a couple of times in the course of being a Titans beat writer that I got a phone call from then-coach Jeff Fisher disagreeing with something I had written. It comes with the territory, and the best way to deal with those occasional flare-ups is to handle it professionally and man-to-man, and then move forward.
The job of the coach is to do what he feels is best for his football team. The job of the reporter is to do what he feels is best for his readers and his employer. And on occasion, those priorities will conflict, as Philbin and Briggane demonstrated this week.
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com
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