Written by Matthew Cannata
After the bullying scandal broke during the 2013 season, head coach Joe Philbin was heavily criticized for being out of touch with his players and the locker room. Now, in 2014, he has taken many steps to interact more often with players on a 1-on-1 basis.
"I think I have a better rapport, chemistry, with the players on the ball club. I’ve spent more time communicating with them in a one-on-one manner and in team meetings. I’ve been doing the bed check every single night at the hotel and just knocking on their doors and making sure that they’re OK, busting their chops a little bit if they’re awake," he said. "Speaking of (Marcus) Thigpen, he has some wild parties, I mean this guy is asleep, he hasn’t even moved every time we knock on the door. I think we’re all more on the same page. I think I’ve done a better job outlining the expectations. Obviously, the proof is in the pudding, we’ll see.”