The Well's Report was released, we can all debate the intents of those involved, the severity of the NFL as a work place etc. etc. etc. However the facts, the detailing of events, remains unchanged and as damaging as it was to the franchise as a whole it did however exonerate both Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin,
Jeff Ireland is long gone, on separate issues we are told. Along with him, or within a couple of weeks, was Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman. Again on unrelated issues. We bobbled through the GM hiring process because Stephen Ross believes in Joe Philbin and believes he has his man for HC. So we interviewed many candidates for GM and had to settle on the one that would work along side Joe and not above him. This was also a man who was willing to take on the job of post the post Bully-Gate fallout. Dennis Hickey, our new GM. The media can say what they want about us our structure (which isn't new) or about them not liking Dawn Aponte or Joe Philbin, but who are we kidding. When it came down to it, not sweeping the entire house in the wake of disaster was a dicey move by Ross. He must have had a serious belief in those he has kept. Leading us to today, the post Bully-Gate fallout has begun. The Wells Report is out, it has been dissected and actions are being taken.
Kevin O'Niell, was the Head Trainer for the Miami Dolphins for 18 years. He was brought to the team from Dallas by Jimmy Johnson. He was a favorite of the legendary/infamous Bill Parcells. And yet he was fired by Stephen Ross based on the findings of the Wells Report including his refusal to finish his interview. In case you haven't read the report, he was accused of not only witnessing and pseudo counselling Martin, but also witnessing and laughing at the mistreatment of his subordinate known in the report as "Assistant Trainer". He did not report any of the above. .
Jim Turner was the OL coach of the Miami Dolphins for 2 seasons. Those have been is first and only seasons thus far in the NFL. Turner was in trouble long before the report was released. His unit sourced this scandal and allowed the most sacks in the NFL (58) also setting a franchise record. The hiring of Coach Benton as an Assistant O-line coach, a man with a proven record and 8 years experience in the NFL, was a foreshadowing sign of his fate. The report however sealed the deal. Turner witnessed a massive a large number of incidences as well participating in one in which he gave Andrew McDonald a male blow-up doll for Christmas while all the others were given females to corrilate with an ongoing joke that he was a homosexual. Regardless of whether this was a problem with McDonald or not. incidentally it was not, it was an irresponsible move. As was not stopping the "Anything Goes" atmosphere he witnessed. He also perpetuated Martins unwillingness to report the issue because of his introduction of "Judas Concept" to the team in regards to not ratting on your teammates. And as the final nail in the coffin he also lied to the investigation team.
Now, according to the report, these are the only two men who could have known enough of the events to report the indecent up to Mike Sherman, Joe Philbin etc. Besides Jonathan Martin himself whom at any time in this process could have spoken to either men. However this entire report exonerates Martin's responsibility to report based on the testimony of an "unnamed abuse expert". Apparently this one expert along with a very small pool of texts between Jon and his parents exonerates Jonathan Martin of all of his actions. Not even going to point out how Mrs. Martin-Howard made a career out of work-place harassment and bullying cases and knew exactly how to coach her sons answers. And being the Harvard educated woman she, most likely had an idea of which questions would be asked. The others however had no counsel. Yet, I digress. The point of the matter is that Joe Philbin was apparently clueless of the pattern of harassment according to the Wells report findings. Now many in the media are asking if he should have known. Or, why didn't he know?
The only answer I have to this is logic presented in the form of anecdotal evidence. Imagine this were a school, the parallel has been drawn before in this situation, by the media itself in many instance, and therefore I deem it a fair setting for anecdote. If this were a school, you would have Stephen Ross and his board as the Board of Trustees and Chairman thereof. Jeff Ireland is your Admissions Councillor, Dawn Aponte is Financial Aid Councillor, and Joe Philbin is your Principle or Dean of Students. The players are thereby the students.
Is the Principle supposed to know that one teacher is joining in the bullying of students? Or that in the mean time another faculty member also witnessed bullying to a different student by the same core perpetrators, and, although improperly, thought they had counselled the bullied. Even though the second faculty member may not have known about the first situation. Is the Principle supposed to know those events were occurring?
No, not unless someone brought it to his attention. The Principle, has a lot of duties much like a HC. Overall vision for the institution, guiding all of the staff in how he wants things done, meeting with parents/media. A small amount of any Principle's or Head Coach's time is spent among his students/players. And as most will recall from school, nearly everyone is on best behavior when the Principle is around. The same as most people work harder when the boss is around. How could Joe not have known? Easy, because no one told him, and because it is not his job to monitor the day to day relationships and outside activities of his players. That is what his staff is there for, to report to him such issues they may witness. Want more proof of that? Ask Bill Bellicheck if he knew Aaron Hernandez was a killer.