Dolphins To Hire Packers O.C. Philbin

Congratulations to Joe Philbin and best of luck as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

The Miami Dolphins plan to hire Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their coach, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Dolphins are expected to hold a news conference Saturday.

The hiring comes less than two weeks after Philbin’s son drowned in a Wisconsin river. After spending a week away from the Packers, Philbin rejoined the team last Sunday for its divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants.

Philbin has been with Green Bay since 2003 and has been offensive coordinator since 2007. Coach Mike McCarthy called the plays, but Philbin put together the game plan.

It’s another example of the price of success in the NFL over the past two years for the Packers.

With Philbin’s hiring expect the Dolphins to become a frontrunner to sign soon-to-be free agent QB Matt Flynn.  As James Walker over at ESPN points out:

He coached Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who arguably will be the NFL’s most sought-after free agent. If Philbin can help the Dolphins land Flynn, Miami definitely made the right choice with what was left in this year’s thin crop of coaches.

Philbin has the potential to make this hire a two-package deal from Wisconsin. Philbin and Flynn could be the exciting, fresh start the Dolphins need. Think Green Bay’s high-powered offense meets South Beach. Sounds intriguing, right?

The Dolphins, known for their dysfunction, did their best with what was left on the market. They missed out on the home run (Fisher). But they still hit a double (Philbin) that potentially could be stretched to a triple if Miami’s new coach uses his influence to snag Flynn in free agency. With Philbin now in Miami, you have to peg the Dolphins as one of the major favorites in the Flynn sweepstakes.

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Price of Success

The Green Bay Packers success over the past few seasons means assistants and front office personnel are being looked at as candidates for openings around the league.

Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will interview with the Kansas City Chiefs for their head coaching job tonight, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this  morning, citing a Green Bay source.

Philbin, 50, also is on the Miami Dolphins’ list of possible coaching candidates, Fox’s Jay Glazer has reported.



Reggie McKenzie, the Packers’ director of football operations, is expected to interview today for the Oakland Raiders’ general manager job, Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported, citing an unnamed source.

McKenzie, who is close to Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, also has been mentioned by Chicago media as a possible candidate for the Bears’ GM job. Jerry Angelo was fired Tuesday after 11 years as the Bears’ GM. Because the Packers gave McKenzie permission to interview with the Raiders, he’s free to interview with other teams as well, Jensen reported.

At least one assistant is also being considered for a collegiate position.

Meanwhile, Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements will receive a second interview for the head coaching job at Penn State, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Best of luck to all three gentlemen in their pursuit of these career advancing opportunities.

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