Smith: Future of NFL coaches
The one thing a successful coach needs in today's NFL is the ability to adapt. Jason Smith spies two coordinators who have it. More ...
"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," Philbin said, via the team's official site. "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."
Philbin, who has been with the Packers since 2003 and the team's offensive coordinator since 2007, could look to bring Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements along with him as offensive coordinator, sources told La Canfora. Clements is a candidate with Tampa Bay and interviewed with the Bucs on Thursday.
Also, according to sources, Philbin was amenable to retaining part of Miami's defensive staff, and ownership and management think highly of Bowles, who was the team's defensive backs coach before he was made interim head coach. Bowles has strong support from the players -- Miami went 2-1 with him after he replaced the fired Tony Sparano late this season, and the team nearly beat New England to go 3-0.
Ireland informed Bowles that Philbin was their new head coach. The Dolphins would like to keep Bowles as their defensive coordinator, league sources told La Canfora.
Bowles is exploring other options, sources said, and is a candidate for Oakland's head-coaching job. Staying with the Dolphins is not a priority at this point. If Bowles is not Oakland's next head coach, he could end up there as defensive coordinator. Philadelphia needs a secondary coach; Bowles is a native of the Philadelphia area.
Terms of Philbin's deal were not disclosed, but sources told the Miami Herald that it was for no less than four years. On Saturday, Philbin will fly to South Florida, where the team will hold a press conference to introduce him, according to the Herald.
Philbin decided to remain in consideration for various head-coaching jobs despite his son's recent drowning in a Wisconsin river. After spending a week away, Philbin rejoined the Packers last Sunday for their divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants. He completed his first of two interviews with Miami on Jan. 7. Philbin also interviewed for the Buccaneers' vacant head-coaching position.
"He's a special, special human being," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. "What Joe has gone through, and what his family has gone through, obviously tough is not the proper word. ... His ability to come back meant a lot to all of us. It was not expected, it was not asked of him. But Joe's a class act."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.