by Terry McCormick
January 20, 02012
Joe Philbin was named the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team announced Friday evening.
“We are thrilled to have Joe Philbin join the Miami Dolphins as our head coach,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. “Joe has all the attributes that we were looking for when we started this process. Jeff Ireland and I felt Joe was the right choice to bring the Dolphins back to the success we enjoyed in the past. I know I join our fans in welcoming him as the newest member of the Dolphin family.”
Philbin had been the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator since 2007 and had been part of the staff there since 2003.
In getting the Dolphins' job, Philbin beat out Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles.
Philbin also endured an unspeakable tragedy during the week of preparation for the Packers divisional playoff game against the New York Giants, as his 21-year-old son drowned.
“I want to thank Steve Ross and Jeff Ireland for giving me the opportunity to become the head coach of one of the premier franchises in professional sports,” said Philbin. “I also want to thank the Green Bay Packers for all the support the organization has given me during my time there. 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. 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.”
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