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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross supports HC Joe Philbin through Richie Incognito situation

Posted by Erik Frenz  November 11, 2013 11:28 PM

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross spoke on Monday for the first time since the NFL began its investigation into the brewing situation between suspended guard Richie Incognito and absent tackle Jonathan Martin.

He started by detailing the course of events over the past two weeks since Martin's departure, and went on to outline the selection of an independent advisory group, who will be brought in to make recommendations for guidelines on locker room conduct.

Ross mentioned that the two have been in touch "as recently as this weekend" via text messages, and the owner also said he plans on meeting with Martin on Wednesday.

"I look forward to that meeting. I think that can help us move forward," Ross said. "I'd like to hear from him what had happened, why he felt that way and what we did and what we could have done to prevent something like this from happening. I want to hear the circumstances, the facts."

Martin has yet to speak to the media, but he remains in contact with his coaches and Ross.

The main takeaway from this press conference was a resounding show of support for head coach Joe Philbin.

"Joe Philbin is probably one of the most organized people I've ever met," Ross said. "When I interviewed him that stood out, but what also stood out was his character. I don't think there is a better person, a more respected person, a more caring person in the National Football League than Joe Philbin."

Just as interesting as any of the words Ross said, however, were the words he didn't say. He only mentioned Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland once, to name him as one of the members of the second committee, in place to review Dolphins policies.

The group in place to review locker room conduct, however, is an impressive list of high-profile former NFL coaches and players: Don Shula, Tony Dungy, Curtis Martin and Jason Taylor, with more announcements to come.

"Together, these men bring integrity, respect and diverse experiences to the discussion, some having just recently retired from the locker room," said Ross of his committee. "Joe Philbin and others will be a part of the process, as will current Dolphin players. I want to be clear: this effort is to improve the Miami Dolphins only and is not intended to be a blueprint for other franchises. The working group will begin its charge after the season."

Whether they intend to or not, the Dolphins model could prove to be the first model teams look to, if the NFL investigation brings about any widespread change in the NFL.

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