Joe Philbin has been named the tenth head coach in Dolphins team history, it was announced today by Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen Ross and General Manager Jeff Ireland.
“We are thrilled to have Joe Philbin join the Miami Dolphins as our head coach,” stated Ross. “Joe has all the attributes that we were looking for when we started this process. Jeff Ireland and I felt Joe was the right choice to bring the Dolphins back to the success we enjoyed in the past. I know I join our fans in welcoming him as the newest member of the Dolphin family.”
Philbin joins Miami from the Green Bay Packers, where he originally joined the team on February 10, 2003 as assistant offensive line coach. He was promoted to tight ends/assistant offensive line on February 27, 2004 and was promoted by Head Coach Mike McCarthy to offensive line coach on January 17, 2006, and to offensive coordinator on January 15, 2007.
“I want to thank Steve Ross and Jeff Ireland for giving me the opportunity to become the head coach of one of the premier franchises in professional sports,” said Philbin. “I also want to thank the Green Bay Packers for all the support the organization has given me during my time there. The Dolphins have a strong nucleus to build around, and working with everyone in the organization, I know that together we will return the team to its winning tradition. I have seen how much the fans in South Florida care about the Dolphins, and that passion is one reason why I’m really excited to be here. I’m looking forward to their support, and I can’t wait to get started.”
In his five seasons at the helm of the Packers offensive unit, Philbin has directed both a productive and sound attack. League-wide, Green Bay has ranked in the top 10 in total yards and total points each for the past five years. They are one of only two teams in the league (New England) to accomplish that feat during this period. Green Bay’s point total (2,263) are third in the league over that span, trailing only New England (2,457) and New Orleans (2,283). During that five year span as offensive coordinator, 12 Packers have been selected to the Pro Bowl including four in 2011, WR Greg Jennings (2nd), FB John Kuhn (1st), QB Aaron Rodgers (2nd) and C Scott Wells (1st).
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