Dolphins to hire Philbin as head coach

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The Miami Dolphins are set to hire Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their next head coach, according to multiple reports.

Philbin was one of three candidates brought back for second interviews, along with Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Dolphins defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who was named interim coach after Tony Sparano was fired.

Philbin is expected to sign a contract and be introduced as the new head coach Saturday.

Philbin’s 21-year-old son, Michael, recently died as his body was found in a Wisconsin river. The funeral was held Jan. 13.

Joe Philbin, 50, first interviewed for the Dolphins’ job two weeks ago. His hire will only fuel speculation that Miami will make a run at Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn in free agency.

While head coach Mike McCarthy called the plays for the Packers, Philbin is a respected offensive mind credited with making strong halftime adjustments. He joined the Packers’ staff in 2003 as an assistant offensive line coach after spending 19 years coaching at the college level. Green Bay promoted him to offensive coordinator in 2007.

The recent death of his son sent shockwaves through the Packers’ organization last week. But Philbin returned to the team in time to coach from the press box during Sunday’s loss to the Giants.

“He’s a special, special human being,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. “What Joe has gone through, and what his family has gone through, obviously tough is not the proper word. ... His ability to come back meant a lot to all of us. It was not expected, it was not asked of him. But Joe’s a class act?. I think he would make an excellent head coach.”

According to the NFL Network, Philbin is open to keeping Bowles and part of his defensive staff. However, Bowles has also interviewed for the Raiders’ head coaching vacancy, and could have other opportunities as well.

Philbin will become the Dolphins’ seventh head coach since the start of the 2004 season.


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