In the latest example of NFL coaching “Back to the Future” the Packers are bringing back a familiar face for them and for Dolphins fans, too. Joe Philbin is back in Green Bay as the new offensive coordinator.
Philbin was hired as head coach by the Dolphins in 2012, after having served as the Packers offensive coordinator from 2007-11. During that tenure with head coach Mike McCarthy calling the plays for QB Aaron Rodgers, the Packers won Super Bowl XLV. Green Bay was in the top 10 in offensive yardage and points scored in all five of Philbin’s seasons compiling the game plans.
That set the stage for Philbin to get a crack at being a head coach.
However, Philbin never really got things going in South Florida, going 7-9, 8-8 and 8-8 in his first three seasons. One of the frequent criticisms from media and observers of the Fins, was that Philbin was just too plain and bland to be an NFL head coach. And, it didn’t help that there were repeated game management and lack of adjustment issues throughout his career.
And when the 2015 season began, new Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had heard all of that and seen enough losing from his club. So, when the Dolphins started 1-3, he dismissed Philbin and replaced him with tight ends coach Dan Campbell.
Philbin spent 2016-17, as the offensive line coach of the Colts under Chuck Pagano. Pagano was fired after the Colts after a 4-12 season this past year. That freed him up for the chance to return to the Pack.
In a very interesting twist from the NFL schedule, the Packers and Dolphins are in the rotation to play each other this upcoming season, and Miami will travel to Lambeau Field.
The date and time of the game have not yet been set, and that will come out in April.
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