Dolphins hire Joe Philbin to replace Sparano

Packers coordinator becomes 10th coach in team history

Published On: Jan 20 2012 10:54:25 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 20 2012 09:16:18 PM EST
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DAVIE, Fla. -

The Miami Dolphins are hoping that what worked for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will work for the Miami Dolphins and whomever they start at quarterback. Miami has selected Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as its new head coach, replacing Tony Sparano and interim coach Todd Bowles.

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Though not the team's play-caller, Philbin, a Green Bay assistant since 2003, created the weekly game plans for one of the NFL's most high-powered offenses. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross chose Philbin from among a list of three head coaching candidates that included Bowles and Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

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Largely credited with devising a plan of attack around the passing arm of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCoy's main charge in Miami will be overseeing the development of the Dolphins quarterback; whether that is incumbent Matt Moore or a player acquired through the draft or free agency.

It has been a rough few weeks for Philbin and his family following the death of his 21-year-old son Michael. The younger Philbin's body was found in a river after he was reported missing on January 8. Despite taking time away from his team duties in the week leading up to Green Bay's divisional playoff game against the New York Giants, Philbin coached the game in which the Packers lost 37-20.

Never a play caller in the NFL, Philbin did call plays in three stints at the collegiate level and had a big role in the design of a Packers offense which ranked first overall in the NFL.