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Joe Philbin was named the tenth head coach in Miami Dolphins team history by Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen Ross and General Manager Jeff Ireland on January 20, 2012. Philbin joined Miami with 28 years of coaching experience, including 19 in the college ranks.
Joe Philbin was named the tenth head coach in Miami Dolphins team history by Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen Ross and General Manager Jeff Ireland on January 20, 2012. Philbin joined Miami with 28 years of coaching experience, including 19 in the college ranks.

Prior to joining the Dolphins, Philbin served as the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator from 2007-11. He originally joined the Packers 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 then to offensive coordinator on January 15, 2007.

From 2007-11, Philbin directed an offensive unit which ranked in the top 10 in both total yards and total points, one of only two teams in the league (New England) to accomplish that feat during the period. Green Bay’s point total (2,263) was third in the league over that five-year span, trailing only New England (2,457) and New Orleans (2,283).

Green Bay reached the playoffs in four of Philbin’s five seasons as offensive coordinator. In three of those appearances, the Packers set team postseason records for most points in a game, with 42 vs. Seattle in 2007, 45 at Arizona in 2009, and 48 at Atlanta in 2010.

During his five seasons as offensive coordinator, a total of 12 Packers were selected to the Pro Bowl, including wide receiver Greg Jennings (second appearance), fullback John Kuhn (first), quarterback Aaron Rodgers (second) and center Scott Wells (first), in 2011.

 In 2011, the Packers set single-season franchise records for regular-season games won (15), total points (560), average points per game (35.0), total points at home (321), average points per game at home (40.1), touchdowns (64), net passing yards (4,924) and fewest giveaways (14). The 2011 season marked the third straight campaign (2009-11) that the Packers averaged at least 250.0 net passing yards. Prior to that three-year span, Green Bay had never accomplished that feat in consecutive seasons.

Rodgers established himself as one of the league’s elite passers in 2011 as he posted a 122.5 passer rating, the best single-season mark in NFL history. He also set an NFL single-season record with 13 games with a 100-plus quarterback rating and 12 games with 110-plus rating. He also set franchise marks with 4,643 passing yards and 45 TDs while becoming the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards and have six or fewer INTs.

Green Bay’s 6,482 total net yards in 2011 ranks first in franchise history, besting the 2004 total of 6,357 yards. The Packers’ 560 points for the 2011 season ranks second in NFL single-season annals behind only the 2007 New England Patriots (589). With 70 total touchdowns in 2011, Green Bay tied the 1984 Miami Dolphins for the second-most TDs in a season in NFL history, behind only the 2007 New England Patriots (75 TDs). The Packers’ turnover differential of plus-24 in 2011 tied for the second-best in franchise history behind only the plus-26 margin in 1943.

In 2010, en route to the franchise’s 13th world championship, the Packers finished with the NFL’s fifth-ranked passing offense at 257.8 yards per contest. It was the first time in franchise history that the Packers averaged 250.0 net passing yards in back-to-back seasons. Rodgers finished in the top 10 in nearly every passing category, falling just 78 yards short of his third straight 4,000-yard season despite missing one-and-half games due to a concussion. The Packers also posted two 45-point games during the regular season, the first time Green Bay had accomplished that feat since 1983. 

From 2008-09, the Packers became the first team in league history to have a 4,000-yard passer (Rodgers), a 1,200-yard rusher (Ryan Grant) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Greg Jennings, Donald Driver) in back-to-back seasons. The 2009 unit was particularly prolific, compiling a then-franchise-record 461 points and gaining 6,065 total net yards, which at the time was the third-most in team history. The 2009 offense also led the league in time of possession (33:03) and in fewest turnovers (16), both franchise bests.

In 2007, behind quarterback Brett Favre’s MVP-caliber season, the offense ranked second in the NFL in total yards. That ranking was Green Bay’s highest since 1983, while the 5,931 net yards and 435 total points both rank fourth on the franchise’s single-season list. Favre’s 4,155 yards passing that year combined with Rodgers’ 4,038 yards in 2008 marked the first time in league history a team had different 4,000-yard passers in consecutive years.

Philbin’s move from offensive line coach to offensive coordinator helped maintain continuity with the young offensive linemen and zone-blocking scheme. In 2006, Philbin oversaw a line that had three rookies (Daryn Colledge, Jason Spitz and Tony Moll) combine for 38 starts. Despite injuries that led to five different starting combinations, the Packers allowed only 24 sacks and improved their run production by a half-yard per carry.

In 2005, Philbin’s tight ends contributed to a passing game hampered by injuries. Green Bay joined Tennessee as one of only two NFL teams to have three tight ends record at least 25 receptions each that season, as Philbin effectively blended Donald Lee into the offense despite the tight end’s late-preseason arrival.

Philbin’s group in 2004 contributed to an offense that racked up more total yards (6,357) and passing yards (4,449) than any team in franchise history to that point. As proved in 2003, the line played an integral role in the NFL’s third-ranked offense, including team marks for first downs (354), completions (382) and fewest sacks (14). In 2003, Philbin’s teaching played a role in a rushing offense that improved from 12th the year before to third in the NFL, proving to be one of the best lines in team history.

Philbin came to Green Bay after four seasons as offensive line coach at the University of Iowa (1999-2002). Under Philbin’s stewardship, Iowa fielded one of college football’s finest offensive lines in 2002, helping the Hawkeyes finish second in the Big Ten Conference in rushing (214.2 yards per game). Philbin pupils Eric Steinbach, Robert Gallery and Bruce Nelson earned three of the five first-team All-Big Ten linemen spots, while Steinbach earned consensus All-America honors. Over the next two years, all three were selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.

Prior to coaching at Iowa, Philbin served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Harvard University (1997-98). Under his direction in 1997, the Crimson established 15 offensive records. Five members of his offensive squad earned All-Ivy League honors, including Matt Birk, a 1998 draft choice and six-time Pro Bowl selection.

Philbin was offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Northeastern University (1995-96) and offensive line coach at Ohio University (1994). He also spent four seasons (1990-93) at Allegheny College, highlighted by two undefeated regular seasons and an NCAA Division III national championship in 1990.

Born in Springfield, Mass., Philbin is a 1984 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.), where he played tight end (1980). He also possesses a master’s degree in education from Tulane University (1986). He is married to Diane, and the couple have five children, Matthew, John, Kevin, Tim, Colleen and a deceased son, Michael.

Recent Videos

  • Coaches Corner: Philbin Previews Training Camp

    (12:35) Posted Jul 24, 2015

    In the latest installment of our Coaches Corner series, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin shares insight with Greg Likens as the Dolphins prepare to begin Training Camp 2015. Don't miss Philbin's comments on the joint practices with Carolina, Ryan Tannehill and the competitions at guard and linebacker.

  • Philbin Discusses Roster As Minicamp Wraps

    (12:33) Posted Jun 17, 2015

    Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin gives his thoughts and observations on the 2015 roster following Wednesday's minicamp practice in Davie, which was the last on-field session during the team's offseason program. Watch for Philbin's comments on Ryan Tannehill, Ndamukong Suh and other members of the team.