Dolphins hire former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as new head coach

Before heading into the NFC Divisional round against the now Super Bowl bound New York Giants, the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers were devastated by the news of the death of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s son. This news was what Philbin and the team had been dreading since the news of his disappearance, but it happen and the team had a game to play.

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Despite the death of his son before the game against the Giants, Philbin decided to be on the sidelines for the Packers and get back to concentrating on football for a team that seemed destined to return to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the Giants were the better team in that playoff matchup and advanced to the NFC Championship game to face the San Francisco 49ers.

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Shortly after the loss to the Giants, Joe Philbin was approached by the Miami Dolphins about the open head coaching position. Despite everything that he had been through over the past month or so, Philbin decided to interview for the open head coaching job and was ultimately offered the job. This would be the next step for arguably one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL and even though he was still an emotional wreck with the death of his son, Philbin decided to accept the job and the challenge of turning around the struggling Miami Dolphins franchise.

This was great news for the Miami Dolphins as the one thing this team has been missing over the past few years under the recently fired Tony Sparano was a potent offense. Even though the Dolphins have been primarily a running football team over the years, the hiring of Joe Philbin could drastically change that, especially if the Dolphins can get their hands on a promising rookie quarterback or a proven veteran in the offseason.

Even if the Dolphins can’t land an upgrade at the quarterback position, Miami might be content with Matt Moore under center for at least one more season. There is no question that Moore has had his fair share of struggles during his NFL career and during his time in Miami, but the veteran quarterback did show some signs of promise last season while striking up some chemistry with Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall and former Heisman trophy winning running back Reggie Bush.

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One intriguing option at the quarterback position for the Miami Dolphins and Joe Philbin could be Green Bay Packers backup gunslinger Matt Flynn. With no real future in Green Bay playing behind one of the league’s best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, Flynn will most likely look to cash in on his record-breaking six-touchdown performance in the final week of the NFL regular season and sign with another team like the Miami Dolphins.

Flynn’s amazing performance could be nothing more than a fluke, but the Miami Dolphins might be willing to roll the dice on the free agent during the NFL offseason in order to improve the quarterback position moving forward.

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