Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Dolphins coach vows to change hostile locker-room culture

INDIANAPOLIS - Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is promising to change the culture inside Miami's locker room and make it a better workplace than the one that forced Jonathan Martin to leave the team last season.

Philbin said yesterday he wants players to treat one another with civility and he won't tolerate anything less.

In taking questions for the first time since Ted Wells released his report into the bullying scandal that rocked the NFL, Philbin made it clear things would be cleaned up.

"We are going to do things about it. We are going to make it better. We are going to look at every avenue. We are going to uncover every stone, and we are going to have a better workplace," Philbin said at the NFL scouting combine. "I'm going to make sure that happens."

The changes have already begun. On Wednesday night, the Dolphins fired offensive-line coach Jim Turner and longtime head trainer Kevin O'Neill for their roles in the scandal.

The Wells investigation found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in persistent harassment of Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. Martin left the team at midseason, and Incognito was suspended for the final eight games.

Philbin said he was unaware of the bullying when it was occurring.

"I'm going to be more vigilant, I'm going to be more diligent, I'm going to be more visible and I'm going to have a better pulse," Philbin said.

Associated Press
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