Miami Dolphins hire Joe Philbin as head coach

By Marc A. Greenberg

The Miami Dolphins have found a new head coach.

Former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will become the 10th head coach in Dolphins history, bringing with him nearly three decades of experience, including five years as coordinator with Green Bay.

Philbin is expected to receive a four-year contract and will be introduced at a news conference Saturday.

Owner Stephen Ross clearly hopes Philbin can rejuvenate a stagnant offense.

“We’re thrilled to have Joe Philbin join the Dolphins as our head coach,” Ross said in a statement Friday night. “Joe has all the attributes we were looking for when we started this process. [General manager] Jeff Ireland and I felt Joe was the right choice to bring the Dolphins back to the success we enjoyed in the past.”

Philbin, 50, is still coping with the Jan. 8 drowning death of his 21-year-old son, Michael, one of his and wife Diane’s six children.

After working at eight different colleges, Philbin joined the Packers in 2003 as an assistant offensive line coach, then added tight end coach to his duties the next two seasons before spending one year as the team’s offensive line coach. He was promoted to coordinator in 2007.