January 15, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Colts hire Joe Philbin as offensive line coach
The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin as their offensive line coach. Philbin spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the Dolphins. He has 30 years of coaching experience, including 13 seasons in the NFL. He compiled a 24-28 record in Miami after being named the 10th head coach of the Dolphins on January 20, 2012. Philbin was instrumental in the development of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whom the Dolphins drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2014, Tannehill (4,045 passing yards) registered his first career 4,000-yard passing season as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only players to surpass that plateau in team history. Running back Lamar Miller rushed for 1,099 yards to become the first Dolphins 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2011 (1,086 yards). Tannehill and Miller became the first duo in team history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. The Dolphins finished the 2013 season with an 8-8 record as Philbin became the first Dolphins head coach to improve the team’s record two consecutive years since the 1997 and 1998 campaigns. Offensively, Tannehill threw for 24 touchdowns in his second season and became only the second quarterback in team history, joining Marino, to throw for 24-or-more touchdowns in a season. In his first season as head coach in 2012, Philbin guided the Dolphins to a 7-9 record. Miami finished tied for first in the AFC in touchdowns allowed on defense (32), as their 42.6 percent of red zone touchdowns allowed was the lowest in the NFL. Defensively, Miami ranked third in the AFC in points allowed per game (19.8). Tannehill set franchise rookie records in several offensive categories and became the first quarterback in team history to start all of the team’s games in his first year in the league. Prior to joining the Dolphins, Philbin coached nine seasons (2003-2011) for the Green Bay Packers. In Green Bay, he served as offensive coordinator (2007-2011), offensive line coach (2006), tight ends/assistant offensive line (2004-05) and assistant offensive line (2003). In his five seasons as offensive coordinator, he directed a unit that ranked in the top 10 in both total yards and total points, joining the New England Patriots as the only teams to accomplish that feat during that 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 as 12 Packers were selected to the Pro Bowl. Before making the leap to the NFL, Philbin coached at the collegiate level at Iowa (1999-2002), Harvard (1997-98), Northeastern (1995-96), Ohio (1994), Allegheny College (1990-93), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1988-89) and Worcester Tech (1986-87). Philbin won two Division III National Championships at Allegheny while serving as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.