Andy Cohen’s column on Dolphins.com appears at 6 a.m. every weekday from training camp through the season and when events warrant during the offseason. Occasionally, like today, Andy will provide six things to think about. Thus, the title, “Six at Six.”
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1. Joe Philbin did what he had to do, said what he had to say. He took ownership of the future and regretted he didn’t do more in the past. What more can you really ask for from a head coach at this point in the process?
2. There is no disputing that this was the ugliest chapter in the history of this franchise. Jobs were lost. An entire locker room came under the most powerful of microscopes, and justifiably so. Each day seemed to bring new revelations, new issues to confront. There are many to blame from the top on down and nothing depicted that better than the 144-page report. But I ask you this: Haven’t we all suffered enough? When can we start moving on? I’ll tell you one thing: The beginning of free agency (March 11) can’t come soon enough.
3. I am glad that Owner Stephen Ross is planning to soon meet with Jonathan Martin. It’s important. It’s the right time. I’m not sure what Martin’s future holds. But I do know that he deserves a chance to play again and I’ve got a feeling, even with his Stanford degree, he’s learned an awful lot from this regrettable episode.
4. Something else about Philbin you need to understand. He made a point in his press conference to pledge to be “more vigilant, more diligent, more visible and have a better pulse” in the future. But it’s not as if he hasn’t been all of those things already. I have covered very few head coaches who are any more “hands on” than Philbin. He has a voice and an opinion on every conceivable facet of the football operation. That’s why I can understand his frustration when he said he didn’t see any of the indiscretions occurring.
5. If there is one thing I have learned during this whole ordeal, it is the importance of strong, tough-minded, high-integrity leaders inside that locker room. A Jason Taylor. A Zach Thomas. I’m beginning to see it in Ryan Tannehill. If I had one suggestion for General Manager Dennis Hickey at this early juncture, it would be this: Yes, draft talent, but also draft character.
6. And finally, now that Philbin has spoken, now that the Ted Wells report is out, can we turn our thoughts this weekend to 40 times and vertical leaps? I truthfully never thought they would seem so appealing.
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