Bill Belichick would blow a gasket if he heard this one. Joe Philbin, Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins needs a class on not being so sensitive. Belichick is the master of non disclosure, his mastery of avoiding intruding questions is legendary. Philbin should place another call to the hooded one after calling a reporter to clarify a statement he made during a press conference.
Philbin called Brian Briggane of the Palm Beach Post, who called Philbin out for not being honest about the Brian Hartline situation. In case you missed it:
Philbin used the off-season injury-reporting rules to not to disclose that receiver Brian Hartline wasn’t in mandatory minicamp because had undergone surgery for an appendectomy. Philbin in a nice covert move said that Hartline had a “personal issue,” that qualifies as the truth. Sensitivity regarding the disclosure of medical information by persons other than the patient has been a growing issue, so it was a logical move.Philbin called Briggane who accused the first-year head coach of being dishonest.
Philbin told Briggane that, since it wasn’t an injury but a medical condition, he decided to apply the term “personal issue.” Briggane explained in his post on the subject that he regards “personal issue” as a family issue or some other instance unrelated to the specific status of the player’s person. Belichick would bristle and say: “It’s nice you have your medical degree,” and “You’re wasting your time in the media when you could be saving lives.”
However, it wasn’t warranted and furthermore, showed Philbin cares about what is being written about him. Philbin attempted to clarify by saying:
“I’ll have no problem with you criticizing my coaching abilities, and I figure you’ll get the chance to do that pretty soon,” Philbin allegedly told Briggane.
Belichick would bristle at the thought of giving a reporter a leg to stand on, let alone say it’s okay to criticize his work. Philbin is his first NFL head coaching stint should learn fast that if you let the media control you, you won’t have much time to be criticized, and he’d be too busy looking for another job.