by Aaron Wilson
February 20, 02014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is set to break his silence.
He's scheduled to meet with reporters today at 9:45 a.m. at the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Phibin has drawn criticism for not being more proactive about the Dolphins' bullying scandal and not doing more to look into how offensive lineman Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey allegedly bullied teammate Jonathan Martin and others.
Phibin issued a statement after the Dolphins fired longtime trainer Kevin O'Neill and offensive line coach Jim Turner.
“As the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, it is my responsibility to create an atmosphere that allows each player the opportunity to reach his full potential,” Philbin said. “As Stephen Ross said, and I agree, the language and behavior outlined in Ted Wells’ report was disappointing and unacceptable. Since I first arrived in Miami, it has been my goal to have a team which honors our proud tradition and represents our fan base the right way both on and off the field. It is not possible for a team to accomplish its goals when the fundamental values of respect are violated. 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.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun