Colts hire Joe Philbin as offensive line coach

Chuck Pagano's revamped staff in Indianapolis is expanding.

The Colts announced Friday that they have signed former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin as their new offensive line coach. Philbin was fired by Miami before Week 5 this season after compiling a 24-28 record in more than three seasons at the helm.

In addition, Philbin will also serve as assistant head coach, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

Earlier this week, reports had Philbin heading to New York to work on new Giants coach Ben McAdoo's staff. Clearly, something changed.

Before being promoted to Packers offensive coordinator in 2007, Philbin had been an offensive line coach in some capacity for 21 years, including in college. This move to the Colts' offensive line takes Philbin back to his roots, which is always a good place to start after a firing.

Protecting franchise quarterback Andrew Luck, who sat out most of the season with a lacerated kidney after taking a beating behind a shoddy line, should be one of Pagano's focal points in 2016. The Colts allowed 37 sacks in 2015 and were 29th in the league in rushing. In hiring an experienced coach in that department, the Colts have taken a step in the right direction.

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