Joe Philbin Will Reportedly Return to Packers
We didn’t get the wide receivers coach right, but it looks like we will get the offensive coordinator right. Former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator and Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin will reportedly return to the team.
Although the role hasn’t specifically been defined, it sounds like it’s offensive coordinator. That job became open when coach Mike McCarthy fired Edgar Bennett. The team’s quarterbacks coach job is also open. However, offensive coordinator is the obvious spot for Philbin.
He served in that role with the Packers from 2007-11. Philbin served as the Dolphins coach from 2012-15, where he went 24-28. For the past two seasons, Philbin has been the assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
Their coach, Chuck Pagano, was fired on Sunday.
While a lot of people will say “more of the same” from the Packers, it should be noted that Philbin was the team’s offensive coordinator when they won the Super Bowl in 2010. Also notable is that quarterback Aaron Rodgers loves Philbin. Rodgers has spoken glowingly about Philbin’s work ethic and leadership.
Of course, McCarthy will continue calling plays.
The Packers still have a quarterbacks coach opening to fill on offense. We predicted that would go to former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo. There are multiple openings to fill on the defensive coaching staff, including defensive coordinator. The Packers appear to be waiting for Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to become available, which will happen on Tuesday. However, there are rumors that in-house candidate, safeties coach Darren Perry is the leading candidate.
We shall see. At least the Packers appear to be looking outside of the organization to fill their vacancies.