The Dolphins underwent a major change in leadership style when they fired head coach Joe Philbin and hired interim coach Dan Campbell. But Campbell says there needs to be a leadership change in the locker room, too.
Without naming names, Campbell indicated that there are players who need to do a better job of holding their teammates accountable.
“I think that just overall leadership is something that we’ve got to get better at,” Campbell said, via the Sun-Sentinel. “We do have leaders in that locker room. We’ve got good guys. We’ve got guys that work, but just as a whole for those guys to take ownership of how they handle their business and go about things and what they accept and don’t accept. That’s where it’s got to come from, and that’s the next step. That’s the step we’ve got to get to.”
Campbell said one of his goals as a head coach is to get the team leaders to recognize their responsibilities.
“We’ve got some good guys in this locker room and we do have some guys that have leadership qualities,” he said. “To take that next, uncomfortable, step to where you challenge your teammates on what you think is right and what’s wrong, and for me that answer right now, if you’re saying right now, what do you do? You lead the leaders. That’s what I’m charged with. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to get those guys to somewhat open their eyes to that.”
It’s too late to make any meaningful changes this season. But Campbell’s comments suggest that the changes the Dolphins will make in the offseason should extend beyond the coaching staff, and to finding better leaders on the roster as well.