Dolphins' Joe Philbin: 'I accept responsibility' for causing distraction
Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Thursday that he accepted responsibility for causing a distraction in the team's locker room by not yet naming Ryan Tannehill the starting quarterback for Sunday, according to NFL.com.
Philbin has remained noncommittal about saying whether Tannehill would start against the Raiders in London. On Wednesday, Tannehill announced himself as the starter. The quarterback said Philbin's approach has caused a distraction in the locker room.
"One of the functions of the head coach is to create an atmosphere free from distractions and, to the degree that I contributed to any of those distractions, intended or not, it doesn't really matter," Philbin said. "That falls on me. It's my responsibility. Certainly, I accept that responsibility as the head coach. Really that's all I have to say on that."
According to a report by the Miami Herald, Philbin told players in a team meeting on Thursday morning that he regretted causing a distraction and said a similar situation wouldn't happen again.
Through three games this season, Tannehill has four touchdowns and two interceptions across 624 yards. His backup is Matt Moore, who appeared in one game last season.
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