“Let me just say this: One of the functions of the head coach is to create an atmosphere free from distractions and, to the degree that I contributed to any of those distractions, intended or not, it doesn’t really matter,” he said. “That falls on me. It’s my responsibility. Certainly, I accept that responsibility as the head coach. Really that’s all I have to say on that.”
Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reported that Philbin told players in a team meeting on Thursday morning that he regretted causing a distraction and said a similar situation wouldn’t happen again, according to two people who were inside the meeting.
A league source told Jackson that Philbin was similarly contrite in a private meeting with Tannehill.
Philbin has wisely shifted into damage control mode as his public reluctance to back Tannehill turned into a big story. We’ll see if he’s done enough to keep a hold on his locker room.
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