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Miami coach promises new culture

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says he will be more visible.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says he will be more visible.

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

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

In taking questions for the first time since attorney and NFL investigator Ted Wells released his report into the bullying scandal, 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 combine. "I'm going to make sure that happens."

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

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. Martin has said that the persistently vulgar language made him feel trapped. Wells determined that Turner didn't try to stop the harassment and even took part in taunting lineman Andrew McDonald.

Philbin, who said he was unaware of the bullying when it happened, said he found the details of the language his players used and their actions to be "inappropriate and unacceptable."

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

Ravens' Rice faces charge: A police complaint alleges running back Ray Rice knocked out his fiancee during an argument Saturday at an Atlantic City casino. Police charged both Rice and Janay Palmer with simple assault. Police say Rice struck Palmer with his hand, "rendering her unconscious." Palmer is also accused of striking Rice with her hand. Palmer's attorney, Robert Gamburg, said he's certain neither person committed a crime. TMZ Sports released a video of what it says shows Rice, 27, dragging a seemingly motionless woman out of an elevator.

Cap: The league's salary cap for 2014 will be approximately $130 million, a 5 percent increase from last season when it was $123 million, according to ESPN. The figure is higher than teams were expecting, which will provide some relief for cap-strapped organizations such as the Saints, Steelers and Cowboys. Teams have until March 11 to get under the cap.

Lynch to plead down: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch expects to see his DUI trial in California end today when he pleads guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

Sharper pleads: Former safety Darren Sharper pleaded not guilty to charges he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood, Calif., nightclub, while the emergence of a new accuser in Miami Beach left him under investigation in five states. Lawyers for Sharper, 38, said he will claim that any sexual contact was consensual.

T.O. says I'm 40, I can play: Former receiver Terrell Owens played his last NFL game Dec. 19, 2010. But the five-time All-Pro player believes he can play at age 40. "Jerry (Rice) played until he was 42," Owens said. "At 39, I ran a 4.43 40-yard dash. You look at the number of dropped balls and the way guys are playing now, and you can't honestly say I can't do better."

Miami coach promises new culture 02/20/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:47pm]
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