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John Fox on coach overseeing locker room: 'The buck stops there'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Six days after the Ted Wells report was released, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin finally talked to the media about what it said and about how the locker room had deteriorated so badly under his leadership. His most telling statement was when he said, "I want everybody to know I am the one who is responsible for the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins facility. I'm the one that sets the schedule. I decide when the practices are. I decide what time players eat, how they meet, when they leave, everything they do at the facility."

During his media availability Thursday, Broncos coach John Fox, coming off his second Super Bowl appearance as a head coach, was asked about how realistic it was for the head coach to actually oversee an entire organization so something like the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin meltdown doesn't occur.

"Being the head coach as it relates to the football team, the buck kind of stops there," Fox said. "You try and you need to be on top of it. But is it totally realistic? I can't honestly answer that, because it's hard. You try to set a good culture in your building and hope for the best."

On some level, it probably is a little bit of a crapshoot. But Fox also talked about how you have to rely on the coaches you've hired and that, hopefully, you trust.

"Whether you're a position coach or a head coach, you're gathering information," Fox said. "You rely on other people. One guy can't do it all. I don't care who it is. You rely on your assistant coaches. You rely on people in your staff in the building, and that relates to a lot of different areas, because these buildings are pretty big now."

But still, life in the locker room is different now.

"One of the things that happened is that it's become way more public," he said. "I'm not pointing fingers [at the media] but kind of. That's really the difference. Twenty years ago, there wasn't nearly the coverage there is today. Right, wrong or indifferent. You try to create one with respect and understanding, because people come from all over the place. We have to be aware of that, We're just all trying to evolve and get better."

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